Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Sea in the hair

When one of my friends asked me to make "a sea that can be worn in the hair", I was intrigued. She wears dreads and asked for the beads with really large hole to put on them. I thought that normally holes in my beads are very smooth, therefore they can fall down from the hair, so I made separator with harder, dried grains so the inner side of the beads can have better cohesion with the dreads. And put corals, fish, shells and fantasy as the decoration on the outer side. These set of six dread beads is what I - and my friend I joined in my recent trip to Bali - got in the result :)

Currently, I have only copper dread beads to offer in the "Hair accessories" section of my Etsy shop. However, I'll definitely make few more experiments to create something interesting for those who prefer dreads, braids, and beard. So far I'd like to share my joy from the "sea in the hair" :)

One "little sea" more. After I got back from Bali, I decided to make few beads inspired by the ocean and coral reefs, and this focal sea bead is the first swallow among them. I already have few others in my head, so stay tuned, 'cause they will come up soon.


P.S. Ukrainian version is here.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Get Styled!: issue No 3

I know, that it's spring already, but the weather is not too warm in Kyiv now, so I feel myself free to show you one of my winter favourites today. I prefer warm coats for winter more than anything else, and this one is something I wanted to make for quite a while. The idea or this coat came to me few years ago, however, since the previous three winters or so were quite warm, it seemed that such coat is not too necessary at all. Nevertheless, last year I finally decided to make this project come true, found the fabrics I thought would fit the best, and... understood that I won't make it by my own only. The idea and materials chosen turned out to be too complicated for me, therefore, I looked for a professional tailor and luckily found Elena. I had an experience of working with the tailoring shops: for two times in my life I asked for help and in both cases got very poor realization, and after all decided not to use them at all. So you can understand my happiness when I found a professional, who can truly help with my idea. As a result, now I have this incredible coat with antique buttons found at the flea market.

The coat became my salvation for the winter outfits: I like to wear warm full skirts, and previously the narrow coat made them gather in one big fold just somewhere in front of the legs, while short jacket didn't warm up the lower part of the body. The skirt of this coat is half-full that allows wearing puffy skirts under it. The lining consists of three layers - backing cloth with a nice bird pattern, insulation 'Slimtex', and additional cotton fabrics to make sure that the coat can provide a good protection even in the coldest weather. The lining was made to be unfastened if necessary so the coat can be worn when the temperature is about 0°C. The inner side of the main fabrics imitates the fur and provides enough protection from the weather even without lining. We were shooting these photos during the last snowfall of the winter, and I felt too warm.

A few words about insulation 'Slimtex'. It's practical, very thin, lightweight, provides very good thermo-insulation and is made by Ukrainian manufacturer 'K.tex' located in Irpin near my native Kyiv. As I prefer to use Ukrainian materials whenever possible and support local manufacturers, this material was very attractive for me. I sewed a child blanket of it as well, and it turned our very nice as well. So highly recommend! :)

Why does the whole outfit work? First of all, the seams of the coat are mostly open and create a modern look of the quite old-fashion silhouette, while the chequered fabric appeals to a youth spirit in general. The antique buttons add an additional vintage spice to the coat, as well as - together with the same fabric used - connect the coat with the bag that appeals to the postman bags in the sense of shape and size. Light hat, scarf, and gloves lighten the whole outfit, while their color calls to the lightest stripes of the coat and bag. The hat creates enough volume to harmonize head with the puffy shape of the body in a coat. While accurate shoes do not create unnecessary 'weight' in the bottom.

Of course, there are no limits for the perfection: the shoes can be changed for the high, lighter boots to add completeness to the outfit.

Places and passwords :) So:
  • Earrings - Emerald Flame Crafts. You can find the same here.
  • Coat - BB Style with a help of professional tailor, and "featuring" Flea Market.
  • Bag - Mrs Baggins "featuring" Flea Market. After the coat was done, some fabrics have left, so I've made the big bag to fit the coat. The handle was found at the flea market: I like the idea of re-using of such elements very much.
  • Brooch on a bag - Artisan, handmade by my husband :) One of the best gifts ever, to be true.
  • Hat and scarf - Artisan, by Life like knitting. I adore her little - and big - knitted masterpieces and can't even count straight away how many of them are in my possession. Hats, scarfs, mitten gloves, pullovers, skirts... I and my relatives have plenty of them and still want more :)
  • Shoes - Flea Market. I've been looking for such shoes in the stores, but when I saw these at the flea market, realized that they can work even better. Brand new, with tags, they had been selling because of the wrong - for the previous owner - size. 

That's all so far, I hope it was a bit useful. To be continued, so stay tuned :)

P.S. Ukrainian version can be found here.

P.P.S. Elena, thank you very much once more!

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Two summer mini-collections

My story of tribal jewelry started in almost three years ago when I've made first multi-strand bracelets. Since then I made some more jewelry pieces in this style, however, life circumstances moved me off the lampworking for some time, and last autumn I finally got back to it. And the very first thing I planned to do is to accompany two of the bracelets I had that moment with gorgeous necklaces and earrings to create finished mini-collections - about two different summers.

First was a story about the sea. The idea of this mini-collection came to me during my honeymoon in Greece with its bright and vivid colors and wonderful sea. So this multi-strand necklace includes tones you can call up when thinking about Greece: bright turquoise, coral, ivory, and terracotta. It includes glass, ceramics, textile, wood, freshwater pearls and natural stones. There are 77 (!) artisan lampwork glass beads in total in this gorgeous necklace.

To make a good match with the necklace I created these lovely earrings in the same Mediterranian colors. Sea inspired, they remind about bright summer day on a hidden shore.

The last one piece of this collection - but the very first that was made - is a multi-strand bracelet. All the pieces together can become extraordinary, generous gift - or incredible jewelry set for the Mediterranian sea themed wedding outfit!

My second mini-collection tells about the vacation in the Carpathians. Instead of the traditional journey to the sea, my husband and I  sometimes choose the beauty of green forests, high mountains, and bright berries. This is what I decided to reflect in this multi-strand necklace. In includes own artisan lampwork beads (50 beads in total!), ceramics, textile, natural red coral, jade, agate, carnelian, quartz, crystal rock, coconut, glass, wood, and nuts.

To match the necklace, these earrings were made. They remind me how we gathered wild berries in the mountain forest one early summer morning.

And again, the last one piece of this collection that was made very first is the multi-strand bracelet that together with two other pieces of this mini-collection tells a story of summer forest and creates the incredible jewelry set for the woodland themed wedding outfit.

You can find this jewelry and other boho pieces in the proper section of my Etsy shop. Enjoy! :)

P.S. Ukrainian version of this post is here.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Pins of all kinds

Small, but very useful. Strong, but very tender. Monochrome, but very bright. What is it? My glass ball pins! I like making them, but even more I like to see how they are used in my customers' crafts.

Currently, you have an opportunity to choose among a wide variety of colors , while eight pin sets - red, yellow, green, light blue, blue, violet, black & white and rainbow - are available. For your comfort, I've added the inscriptions that tell which colors exactly are presented in this or that set, so if you'd like to make a custom order, you'll easily find the color you like.





How can you use them? Anything! Though it seems like my glass pins create the most tenderness, originality, and style in jewelry making. I gladly represent you the jewelry pieces made with them. Just take a look at them!

by Emerald Flame Crafts (available at my Etsy shop)

by Emerald Flame Crafts (available at my Etsy shop)

Enjoy! :)

P.S. Ukrainian version of the post is here.

Monday, 26 December 2016

Thursday, 8 December 2016

New loyalty program

The world keeps spinning and it's time for a renovation. My old loyalty program has shown itself to be not popular and effective enough, so I've decided to transform it into the discount program - very simple and understandable for everyone.

Now when you shop with the EmeraldFlameCrafts for the first time, with your package you get a small card with the coupon code on it to get 10% with all your next purchases. You also receive a card for your friend, who can be interested in shopping with the EFC too, so she or he can also get a small 5% discount.

Simple as it is, and, I hope, pleasant for my beloved customers :) It's incredibly great that my pieces find their owners and lovely ears, necks, hands, etc. to bring their beauty into focus. I become happy every time someone buys something at my shop not because it gives me money, but because an item made by my hands finds a home and people to bring joy and pleasure to. Thank you for choosing EmeraldFlameCrafts and giving my pieces an opportunity to show themselves to the full!

P.S. Ukrainian version of this post is here.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Grey beauty

When you like a design, it's not a crime to repeat it. Not one-for-one, of course, but it's even impossible when you work with a lampwork glass. Anyway, at one time when I had made that first version of this gorgeous grey jewelry set, I liked it so much that since it was bought I wanted to make something like that ones more.

A sophisticated simplicity of the jewelry design and advanced grey and ivory marble pattern of the glass used, make this necklace, earrings and ring set really gorgeous and incredibly beautiful. It's like a gentle touch of a winter - not a bright one, when there's no much sunlight and snow, - however, still nice and cozy, when you look at it from the window while sitting near the fireplace, with a blanket and a cup of spicy tea.

All pieces are available now, during the Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales at my shop. Enjoy! ;)

P.S. Ukrainian version of the post is here.