Saturday, February 16, 2013

Studio Saturday with Skye Jewels

Welcome to Studio Saturday! Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.
This weeks winner is.... OpenID SusanM
She said...
While I always appreciate creative packaging, I like it when the seller takes time to write a personal thank you. Even a quick hand-written "thanks" on a business card is enough. It's a small thing, but as a buyer, this little extra effort makes me feel like the buyer appreciates my business."
You have won $20 worth of (beautifully packaged!) goodies from The Curious Bead Shop.
Please send Rebecca Anderson an email
with your address and she will get it right out to you.
This week we visit the studio of Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp
The studio has been pretty quiet lately. I reserve my energy these days for getting back and forth to the hospital for my radiation treatments. I have them everyday except for weekends. I am almost halfway done so I feel encouraged to finally start working in my studio again! I have done a few things however and I am happy to share these with you today.
First I want to share with you that my wonderful husband is starting to come around to this little business of mine. He bought me a portable light box for taking pictures! I have used it on everything I have made so far! It's great! We don't get much light this time of the year, so it's nice to have a place to take pictures without having to wait!
   So this pendant is a part of my new batch that are now listed in my More Skye Jewels Etsy shop!
I have many more in this series of wonderful images created by my friend Ella of Calico Collage.  
 She also created these wonderful quote images at my request. I wanted these for a few reasons. For you to create with, for me to create with and I am hoping for a local shop to start selling them for me as well, but for scrapbooking. I think they would look great in a shabby chic style page.
I have been working on getting some more new pieces ready, but I am using some new products and the pendants take much longer to make. 
I am starting to do more everyday and hope to be back in full swing very soon!
On a different note I have been starting to make new inventory. Not too much, but it's a start. I am using some of my favorite lampwork art beads in my bookmarks. I used to make bookmarks all the time and stopped for a year or so. I just got bored with them. I did however get a special order for one and it got me going again. I made close to 100 of them in a week. They have a mix of beads and links, but most have lampwork beads.
 A few in brass tones with a variety of lampwork beads and crystals

Some in copper tones with more lampwork, crystals and some fun links

And last but not least silver tones with lampwork, crystals and faux sea glass! 

So tell me what you like to make make or purchase with lampwork beads for your chance to win some of my fun and colourful Ephemera Pendants! Leave your comment here and next Saturday we will announce our winner!

Marie is a Canadian jewelry designer and ephemera tile creator living in beautiful Calgary Alberta at the foot of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. You can read more about her work on her Skye Jewels Blog. You can purchase her jewelry in her Skye Jewels Etsy shop and her pendants and a handful of handmade findings in her More Skye Jewels supply shop.


Unknown said...

i like them, a lot

Unknown said...

Love these

baymoondesign said...

I love to make earrings with lampwork beads. Right now I am involved in the AJE Earring Challenge and I am making a pair a week with artisan components. It is fun creating and seeing what others make.

I am glad to hear your are getting stronger and able to create. Taks care!

Cheryl K Roe said...

I use lampwork beads for everything from pendants, bracelets, necklaces, erarrings, and zipper pulls. I love your bookmarks very artistic.

Divya said...

I like making necklaces with lampwork beads and chain. I keep all the other elements very simple so that the focus is wholly on the beads

Cheri said...

I love the tiles I purchase from you, using them in necklaces and.the smaller ones on charm bracelets. I use the lampwork bears creating an asymetrical look.

Marianna said...

Beautiful bookmarks!! I can picture them all tucked up in a cozy read :) I make lampwork glass beads and I also love to collect them from various glass artists whose work i admire. I usually create special pieces (mostly bracelets) to keep for myself and add to my collection. Sometimes I will use them in pieces that I sell in my etsy shop or website but it's so hard to part with them lol! ;)

Cheri said...

I use your.tiles.for necklaces and the.smaller ones for bracelets. I love using the lampwork bears to create an asymetrical look in my necklaces.

Stepha said...

I am hording as many handmade lampwork beads that I can. I have plans to make earring and bracelets. I adore the Owl bookmark. He is so cute..

I am glad your feeling up to making new items. I hope your getting enough rest. Hugs!!

sandi m said...

Love the antique feel of the bookmarks - beautiful.
I have used lampwork beads is many different ways. The size, color and shape of the bead will determine the design. No two designs are ever the same.
So glad you are feeling better, too!

Ann Schroeder said...

I am glad you are starting to feel a little better! Sweet gift from your husband; your pictures look great. I like to mix lampwork beads with beads made of other materials. I'm still trying to master the art of mixing colors, textures and materials without making things too busy.

Erin S said...

Lampwork beads are so versatile-you can use them anything. I like to showcase them with a simple treatment where they are the main attraction.

Colleen said...

Love those bookmarks,Marie! I use lampwork beads a lot when creating earrings - love how they showcase the glass! But I also include them in necklaces & bracelets. Thanks for this opportunity.

Elaine said...

Oh I tend to buy lampwork beads to go with my clay beads in jewellery and decor and bookmarks and just to sit in bowls on my shelf so I can admire them...

Lorie said...

Dear Marie, I love the Eiffel tower pendant I got from you quite some time intention is to incorporate it in a bracelet for myself someday. I am happy to hear you are half way through your treatment and are able to continĂșe your creative are in my prayers dear lady.

Unknown said...

I like to use lampwork beads in necklaces as well as earrings, if they are small (4-6mm) then I use them as accent beads but larger beads, I use as focal beads and design around the beautiful colors and textures within he bead.

Hurrundi said...

I adore lampwork beads, I make a lot of earrings with them, but also incorporate them in bracelets and necklaces, mixed with other materials.
I hope I win, I love your tiles and I cannot wait for my order to arrive!!


Jess Green said...

I love the bookmarks, very good idea! I could do with one as I read many many many books!

I have seen some awesome wire a lampwork bead sculptures around, would love to give that a try.

Anonymous said...

I love lampwork beads and use them in a lot of designs from necklaces to bracelets. They are so diverse and there are some really amazing beadmakers out there!

Angi Mullis

Sarajo Wentling said...

I am definitely a lampwork bead hoarder!

I love big, bold lampwork focals for statement necklaces. Smaller beads I love to turn into earrings (or part of a pair of earrings depending) or work into necklaces with a mix of other beads.

Shai Williams said...

Right now I am getting into making up bracelets so I would love more lampwork for those. I really need to get some more blue so that I can donate more to the 7000 Bracelet Project.

Carolyn said...


Like your bookmarks. Another good choice for lampwork beads.

Glad to hear that you are feeling better.

When I have lampwork beads, I use them for necklaces and earrings.


Carolyn said...


Glad to hear you are feeling better.

Like your bookmarks. Had not thought about using lampwork beads in them. I think about lampwork as being delicate.

When I have had lampwork beads u have made earrings and necklaces.


DanaStargazerTruitt said...

I completely adore all of these stunning sparkling pieces, the crystal, the metal, it's just so pretty. I have done a lot of blogs for Etsy stores, I can't wait to check out your Etsy store!!

Cynthia said...

I mostly hoard lampwork beads!! I know, it's a terrible habit. When I do make something with them, I usually make earrings. The lampwork beads always make the earrings extra special!
Congrats on making 100 bookmarks - wow!

Maneki said...

I'm a horder -- eh, I mean collector (sounds better than admitting to being an addict) -- so I'm quite pleased just buy buying a beautiful bead when I can afford it and then keep it in the treasure chest. That's why pictures of lampwork beads are the next best thing, especially as you get a close-up, showing all the exquisite details that you sometimes miss when looking at a bead i natural scale.

And along that line, I like just to put a fab bead (or a a bead set) on a simple necklace chain. Less is more, scandinavian minimalism and all that.

I do like beaded bookmarks too and when keeping books with bookmarks in the shelf I's a good way of displaying beads if/when not wearing jewellery. (Your tiles would be perfect for bookmarks!)