Thursday, May 31, 2007

Ancient Chandeliers 2

I am having Blogger-angst!
has been helping me trouble shoot why there are no comments tags viewable...
Perhaps, they will only show up on new posts?? So I am doing a redeux (doing a redo? duexing a redeux???) of this item to see if we can get a conversation going here!
Evidently there is a blogger problem with the comments feature. I am not insane! You aren't either!! Hopefully this will work out soon. Until then, you CAN leave comments by clicking on the post title and going directly to that post's page.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Ancient Chandelier Earrings

Back in the 80’s, one of my favorite pairs of earrings were huge s-curls of flattened wire. Or maybe they were cut out metal…but they had that wonderful linear quality that wire can bring to a design. I have been having great fun experimenting with this new design, in a similar vein as those old favorites. Chandelier earrings are still hot, but I’ve become bored with the prefabricated components so many designers use. I wanted to create something really big and flashy, yet a little rustic. I think these have that archeological quality I was after…almost like they were just dug up or rescued from the bottom of the sea. Both the hand hewn quality of the wire work and the imperfect stones of carnelian, aquamarine and apatite contribute to this effect. With this ancient quality in mind, I have not coated the copper with anything to preserve its rawness. It will develop a patina of either brown or green, sooner or later! Since I am not sure how this is going to play out, I am wearing them for a while and will make more for sale once I see how they work! So far, they are very comfortable!! What do you think?

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Blue So Phist Necklace

This chunky necklace has already sold and is now living in New York leading an exciting life! It was one of my favorites, and the color combination is still intruiging to me, I am sure I will play around with this theme again. I really like the subtle variations in color and texture. Blue sponge coral gives that great denim color, labrodorite in both blue and green varieties add flash and sparkle as do the faceted surfaces of the brown pietersite beads. Irregular onyx pebbles and fluted ebony wood beads bring depth while the brushed matte sterling flat rounds bring a modern edge. All pulled together with my signature handmade “industrial strength” sterling silver chain links.
A very elegant yet earthy and modern look!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Mistress of the Rose earrings

This pair of earrings just screams out "Ahna" to me! For those unfamiliar with the name, Ahna is the driving force and unstoppable web mistress and leader of the Etsy Street Team "Eclectic Jewelry Artisans" or EJA. (Sometimes, there is an additional E in front of the moniker, for the Etsy part of the name!) Ahna has a gothic, bohemian style and makes a variety of gorgeous jewelry, stained glass, perfume, candles and art. A very busy girl!! She collects these earrings are perfect for her. These carved onyx beads have a rose on both sides! The garnet dangles jingle a little bit. Ahna just received a mini care package from me, that included some of these beads, so I am sure she is busy creating something beautiful with them. Check out her work, as well as the other talented EJA team members by visiting our galleries at

Fiery Felt earrings

Fiery Felt earrings
Originally uploaded by pagano designworks.
I am so excited to be able to announce that this pair of earrings is scheduled to be published in an upcoming book entitled 1000 Jewelry Details by Sandra Salomony!!! I participated in a call for entries just a few months ago and am THRILLED to be chosen. My photographs are even going to be used...which is such a rush. I did end up reshooting the earrings, since my existing photos were taken with low-res, with the web in mind. I think I actually improved the shots. She's hoping to use a close up of the orange earrings similar to this photo, and perhaps a full page of a line-up of various similar designs. The book is scheduled for Spring 2008 release from publisher Rockport/Quarry. They also publish lots of books on interior design...maybe they'll be able to use some of my other projects?! Wouldn't THAT be cool!!

Latin Dancer earrings

Latin Dancer earrings
Originally uploaded by pagano designworks.
A flirty expolosion of citrine and carnelian with the bounce and flounce of a gorgeous Latin dancing dress. Combined with a festive and exuberant sterling silver round, these earrings are ready for a party!

Many Blessings earrings

Another wonderful choice for a bride or grad this year, the pearls represent the bountiful blessings you wish to bestow, both large and small. Made of luminous pearls and gold filled wire for classic and sophisticated beauty.

Kyanite Talisman Earrings

These earrings have such a dramatic, earthy flair! It was difficult to capture the beauty of the Blue Kyanite in the photos. There are translucent and possess a beautiful "flash" like opal. A modern bride could wear these for her something blue and look smashing!

Green Kyanite and Gold wire wrap earrings

I love, love, love Kyanite! It is a lovely translucent stone, with opal-like flashes and a striated form. So when I found a bargain deal on these rough kyanite shards, in both green AND blue, I just had to add to my bead collection. This particular pair is mine, as I experiment with the design. Handmade gold-filled ear wires and gold fill wire wrap. I want to do a version with oxidized sterling silver as well...and may experiment with copper and brass. Of course, each pair of earrings will differ as the beads are all unique!