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Juli grew up a shy, middle child and is a woman of few words whose jewelry speaks volumes about herself, her feelings and her perspective on the world.  A modern alchemist of design, she melds industrial imagery and organic aesthetics together to create new and unique designs.  Juli's love for asymmetrical design was immediately made apparent in her very first bead craft:  a pair of mismatched earrings created when she was sixteen.  She developed her eclectic style by reading about and experimenting with every style and technique she could get her hands on, from stitched bead jewelry to riveted metals and from wire wrapping to precious metal clays.  No matter what Juli creates, her sense of humor & fun, love of the craft and sense of style come through.  Juli would probably blog more often if her rather large tabby cat, Rocky, didn't insinuate himself between her hands and the keyboard.  However, she does regularly update her facebook fan page for Juli's Jewels.  Juli is always paying-it-forward, not only on a personal level, but through her company with "just because" giveaways.  Juli's Jewels ArtFire artisan shop is jam packed with earrings, pendants, necklaces, anklets and more that are ready to ship and she loves to make custom orders for people too!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Dominoes and Dominoes

Dominoes make great pendants! I believe this to be true, anyway.

There are several different types of dominoes out there. You can find antique born and horn dominoes, wooden dominoes and even the plastic dominoes that you can get in the game section of Target.
The two types I use are the wooden ones and the plastic ones.

I like to make mini collages with the wooden dominoes, which are about an inch by an inch and a half (1"x1.5"). When I say mini, I mean small. The dominoes above feature a Mexican cowgirl (I made her lasso out of thick button thread) and a wedding photo of my mother-in-law.

The plastic dominoes are inked with alcohol inks and then given a focal stamped image. I saw this technique in Margot Potter's new book, Beyond the Bead. I am not sure if I will make many more of these as the inks can be expensive and you have to be sure they are super dry and cured before you stamp the focal image or everything goes to heck in a hardcart. Also, the plastic dominoes are larger and heavier than the wood kind.
As always, I just keep looking for new ways to mix up my jewelry. I'll keep you posted.

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