Thursday, October 29, 2015

Custom Biker Designer Dogtag Pendants

This was a fun one to create. Custom biker dog tag pendants hand painted in their colors of red and black, with "Sisterhood" hand stamped, cut and textured, plus a winged heart charm attached and all sealed in non-toxic resin. Then I etched their nicknames on the back side. 
Eventually, the whole group will have one of their own, as I am making these in small groups. These gals are going to feel bonded and pretty special as they rev their Harley's and spend time together, and live out what sisterhood really means.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Paia, Maui and my New Sign

This summer, we took the family to Maui. On our last day, we'd checked out of the hotel, but our flight wasn't until evening! How do you kill time and not get entirely dirty when you can't shower and all your clothes are in the back of the rental car? Well there are ways. We were able to hang by the pool of a nearby hotel for a few hours. We also drove up toward the north end of the island and explored the quaint, artsy town of Paia. Never been there before on previous trips, but it was thoroughly enjoyable, especially being an artist myself.

This town has a mix of both hippie and hip. It showcased gorgeous glass and art galleries, gelato shops, great restaurants, candles, soaps and sundries that my girls enjoyed sniffing (thankful for coffee beans), ultimate surfer gear, swimwear galore, (mostly in extra teenie weenie sizes), jewelry (of course my fav), and clothing boutiques with some really high end items. (I had to put down the super, funky, cool Italian leather and metal sandals with the wooden heels when I saw the prices were close to $600.) Yep-at that point, our budget was for ice cream and taxi tips only.

Another find was the local grocery store, Mana Foods. From the outside, you might think it was a touch run down, all boarded up and about to be demolished. But then you notice the locals using the single side door on the left hand side of the store. In you go and's Whole Foods and Trader Joe's combined, only for a fraction of the cost. Oh, it would have been fun to shop there, but alas, we were only looking for water and snacks. So be sure and hit that place up if you need something completely organic and INEXPENSIVE. They are the only store like that in the world. (I asked)

But my favorite find, was a sign I saw high on a wall in a boutique. I came home and had a lady at the Puyallup Farmer's Market make it for me in different colors. (If I find her name, I'll add it here).
Perfect, isn't it? Anyway, vacation with family is all about those special memories.

'Til next time...Aloha!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Fallen Soldier Custom Gift

love to share some of the very personal custom pieces I get to design. My clients will share the back story on what this piece is about, who it's for, who has died, who is sick, who needs encouragement to stand strong, who has overcome a huge milestone, etc, and we discuss the design together. As I create it, I picture the face of the recipient and I know how special this piece will be each time they choose to wear it. 

This one for a mother of a soldier who struggled with PTSD, who also collaborates with a charity that utilizes horse therapy to help others coping with the same cause.

Hand painted camo background for the military, angel wing (for her son), horse charm for the charity, and etched Bible reference on the back for encouragement. 

Isaiah 40:31 New International Version

"But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

SJD Featured on Karus Chains Jewelry Blog

SJD was recently featured on Karus Chains blog with a Guide to buying Father's Day jewelry featuring plenty of male celebs wearing jewelry of all kinds. Find the article here... 

They discuss many types of jewelry for men including personalized, standard, sports themed, music themed and novelty. Even some ideas for the guy who doesn't like jewelry (Yes ladies - you CAN find something). Cufflinks are my personal favorite - so classy and personal to the man wearing them. Check out the Seahawks Cufflinks in right sidebar.

They featured my TRI Guy Leather Designer Dog Tags for men under the Sports Themed Jewelry. You can purchase these in my ETSY shop here...

I'm a little partial to the pics of two of my favorite Celebrity Chris's - Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth, both shown wearing dogtag pendants.

Source: Pinterest

Be sure and check out Karus Chains site for their specialty, which is high quality gold and silver chains with free shipping. Thanks again for featuring Sarah Jane Design handcrafted jewelry.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Little things DO mean a lot

Just a little jewelry education here...

When you're shopping and wonder about the price of handcrafted gemstone jewelry, there are many product features to consider that affect the final price. I can't speak to manufactured jewelry since I don't make that personally. I will address a couple of things so you can sleep better tonight knowing all this.

Did you know...?

1.  Larger links of sterling or 24kt gold-filled chain cost more than smaller links. Here size does matter. More metal means more expensive.

2. Finishes on a chain cost more.
If it has filigree or special markings, is diamond cut or oxidized rather than just a solid shiny finish, that took more time to make. I love to use oxidized sterling chain, because it doesn't tarnish, and I love the modern look of the deep grey chain.

3. Genuine Swarovski crystals cost more than the other glittery knockoffs. They have tested at 21% lead crystal - the real deal. Side by side comparisons are really obvious. I only use these types of crystals in my work when I list crystal, so you know it's a quality product. 

As far as safety when wearing, Swarovski stands by their manufacturing process that creates a matrix which greatly slows the mobility of lead, and poses no significant risk to human health.

3. AB Finish
What is that anyway? The brainchild of Swarovsi and Christian Dior. Sometimes a Swarovski crystal color is listed with an AB finish. It means "Aurora Borealis", named after the Northern Lights because their special coating reflects a multitude of colors.

Through a steam finish, an extra fine coating of metal is appled on one half of the crystal, giving it an extra glittery sparkle, and in some colors, a completely different tone or color. There is also an AB 2X finish for even more variety.

I use this type of crystal often in my work, especially in clear, taking the look from sparkly flat glass look to truly magical crystal sparkle that you simply can't ignore.

Certain shapes cost more than other shapes of the exact same size and color, probably due to the number of facets. Ex: a round crystal costs more than a bicone cut crystal.

4.  Wirewrapped beads and stones
It is MUCH quicker to create simple loops when connecting stones, beads or crystals. That is also the reason that much of the inexpensive costume jewelry on the market today falls apart in short order with a little wear or catches on clothes, as the loops are not closed tightly and work their way open allowing the pieces to break. More labor equals more expense.

All expensive stones or pearls should be wirewrapped to ensure durability. Next time you are shopping, pay the extra for quality construction.

5. Faceting
This is when stones and crystals have all those cuts or sides on them for extra sparkle. As you would see on well cut diamonds or fine gemstone (rubies, sapphires, emeralds, etc.) it allows the light to enhance the beauty of the stones. This process costs more than a flat finished gemstone, so keep that in mind when browsing a table. Cut adds value.

So now you know a little more about the process when browsing the jewelry tables at the local craft market.