Tuesday Tips - Creative Jewelry Displays for Earrings Series - Double Wood Frame Idea

From my Archives: 

Creative Hand Made Open Frame Earring Displays

This is the fourth and last post in my series of four different ways to display your hand made earrings for shows and fairs.

This one is similar in thought to the last one (post number three) but is larger and more open...making it ideal to be viewed from multiple sides.

For this display I bought two large wood framed cork boards at a discount store. I popped out the center so that I was left with the frames. I painted them black and attached small hinges along one side.

I screwed small eye hooks at regular intervals along the sides and attached picture wire from hook to hook on each frame...making sure to keep the wires as tight as possible.

Really that's it...open it like a book and load it up with your creations!

I have also used this idea with frames in varying heights and in a group of three...a big one in the center and two smaller ones on each side. Just be sure when you attach the hinges that the frames open like a "Z".

* Note:
This display can be too light for outdoor shows...even when there appears to be no wind...believe me, I learned the hard way that it only takes one gust to have flying earrings!

Hanging Earring Card Tip:

I use business cards to display and package most of my earrings.
Sometimes I fold them in half like a tent…that way the can stand up on a table or hang over one of my displays.

Another option is to apply sticky back plastic hangers/earring card adapters to the cards…that way they hang neatly on the wire rails. The earring card adapters can be found at jewelry packaging supply shops and by searching online.

Custom Red Thread Tattoo Design

Client’s Description Request:

Two shoulder tattoos connected by a red thread across the upper back. Two children adopted from China and I would like to incorporate the Chinese characters of their names. 

Flashback Friday - Infant and Child Loss Memorial Jewelry

From my Archives: This was a very special part of my business

A loving Memory

It is my honor and privilege to provide a special keepsake designed to help parents heal whose live are touched by the devastating loss of a child through early pregnancy loss , stillbirth or in the first few months of life.

These are three examples of how my fine silver fingerprint charms have been used to help heal grief and honor a lost loved one.

They represent a precious life that has meaning and purpose but that ended too soon.

This work is sacred to me and a very personal outlet for my artwork.

Custom Leg sleeve representing me Tattoo Design

Client’s Description Request:
I am looking for a leg sleeve (knee to foot) covering my calf and shin representing me and the important things in my life. I have ideas for a number of things but need a way of bringing them all together. I am looking for black & white tattoo with shading, with maybe 1 colour to highlight certain areas.

Idea is to draw a black pear tree up the calf (the symbol of Worcester - I have an example image but I want it drawn realistically instead of how it looks on the example image), a jigsaw piece with Newtons 3 laws of motion in formulae inside, an Avro Lancaster bomber, an England rugby rose symbol, playing cards with ace eight of spades and great a'tuin from discworld.

I appreciate these are all very random objects that will be difficult to bring together, but I hope someone has the ability to do so. All of my reference pictures will be added so you have example images to work to.

Tuesday Tips - Creative Jewelry Packaging

I like to put a little thought into how I package my handmade jewelry.

From my Archives:

I think it makes it fun for your customer to have a little treat or gift to open.

These tin boxes are perfect for small items...like a pair of earrings, a bracelet or a small necklace wound in a coil. The window makes it possible for your customers to see the item - which is great for storage and display. The tin is simple and won't distract from your creation.

I purchased a large container of these at my Art and Crafts store in the wedding crafts section and was even able to use a 40% off coupon. I think there were 24 tins in the container.

Wad up a little colored tissue or clear cellophane to set your items in or cut out a card that fits your box so that you can mount your pieces on...and you are all set.

Grand Opening of The Art Licensing Show!

I am very excited to announce the official launch of

It's a wonderful, innovative website that makes it possible for artists and designers 
to safely share their art for licesning with art directors and agents.

I have been busy setting up my private art licensing portfolio on the site
and spending time getting to know some of the other members.

I am so thrilled to have been involved with this stage of the beta testing
and now look forward to sharing all of my hard work. 

I am listed under Veggiemuse, Art and Design by Pamela Vale

You can also see a sample of my art
that is available for licensing on products and textiles 
by visitng my website

Tattoo Quote

Good tattoos aren’t cheap 
and cheap tattoos aren’t good. 

~Author Unknown

Custom Tree of Life Energy Tattoo Design

Client’s Description Request:
Capture my belief in nature & the energy of the universe with my love for my family through images that signify this for me.

I want the tat on my upper arm.  I can do with some colour or without colour.  No text.
I want a tree with other imagery.  Concepts of growth, life, nature and strength in the tree (root, trunk, branches, leafs/ or not?)
Pisces sign with tuna fish in the trunk of the tree. I want the tree to have roots. Grounded, more than what you might see at first glance.  I am in the air about any imagery or text in the roots of the tree.

The cycles & energy of the moon.  Or the moon and sun the cycle of each day.

My daughter was born under the sign of Pisces; my older brother passed away recently, one of my favorite memories is a fishing trip we took (hence the pisces sign with tuna fish).  Tuna capture the "gift" of the oceans as trees the gift of the soil...life and energy that has existed through generations. 

I want the line to feel soft and serene.

Flashback Friday - Taking the Right Promotion Photos

A Happy Accident...

From my Archive:

Feeling the pressure of a printing deadline, I was having a hard time taking a photo of myself to use on my "jewelry making" marketing materials.
I knew I wanted something personal...something artsy...and something that said something about me.
All I can say is thank goodness for digital cameras. I can't imagine how much money I would have wasted in bad film trying to get the right shot.
After struggling most of the day and night I finally gave up. Nothing felt right. It was all too planned and stiff looking.
I went to bed well after midnight and as I was laying there I had a sudden urge to jump out of bed...in my PJ's and run up to my studio.
I didn't really have a plan but just started putting on lots of my handmade jewelry...no rhyme or reason...necklaces and bracelets.
I set my camera up...moved my pajama straps out of view and started snapping...in black and white.
It was fun. I started to think about how lucky I am to be doing something I love for work and how grateful I am to have the freedom to create...even in the middle of the night in my PJ's!

These two pictures (one vertical, one horizontal) are from that "session" and I have used them many times.
They might not be perfect technically but they felt like "me" and the best part is that I took them.
When I decided to just let go...it was effortless.

Custom Moto Guzzi California 1400 Tattoo Design

Client’s Description Request:

Simple but unique motorbike design for skilled designers. I need a black (grey shades also OK) motorbike to be inked in parallel to the inside of my left arm (between elbow and armpit). This should more of an abstract design of the bike like the tattoos I attached (indicating motion if possible) but with details that suggest the Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom. Such details could be (a) be the 90-degree V engine that is perpendicular to the length of the bike (b) the unusual headlight shape and (c) the funnel-like exhaust piping. Front of bike should be facing towards the elbow and back towards the armpit.

Nature and Imagination

It is the marriage of the soul with Nature
that makes the intellect fruitful,
and gives birth to imagination.

- Henry David Thoreau

Custom Breast Cancer Skull Tattoo Design

Client’s Description Request:

Looking for a gothic looking skull incorporating the pink breast cancer ribbon. Planning on either putting it on my chest or shoulder blade. Black/white skull. Pink ribbon. No text.

Flashback Friday - Hand Made Semi-Precious Stone Bangle Bracelet

Hand Crafted Bangle Bracelet

From my Archive:

This was part of a series of experiments I made using wire and stones.

I wanted to create bangle bracelets that would be bold and striking but easy and comfortable to wear.

This one is called Peaceful Earth and combines Jasper, wire and vintage beads.

Custom Psalm 51:10 Inner Forearm Tattoo Design

I really liked the simplicity of this design and the way it would sit on the forearm. The wording was laid over the bible in the final art.

I am looking to get the NIV version of Psalm 51:10 Tattooed on my Right Inner Forearm. The size is approx 6" long by 3" tall. "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and  renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10". In my mind I picture the words in the foreground with an Open bible in the background. I don't know if this will work for a tattoo but that is my idea. I am thinking of staying Black and Grey.  

Client feedback:

Thank you for the great designs. This is exactly the kind of design that I was looking for.

Christian Louboutin Tattoo Quote

People are proud of their tattoos. 
It's like a modern coat of arms.

- Christian Louboutin

Custom Star, Vine and Pentacle Tramp Stamp Tattoo Design

Client’s Description Request:
A unique yet simple tramp stamp that shows off my three favourite things in the world.

Looking for a tramp stamp in only black (though greys/shading welcomed). I would like the Pentacle to be the centerpoint of the tattoo, though it does not necessarily have to be in the middle. From it, I would like there to be a design of tangled vines. I have this idea in my head that apart from the leaves, that the blooms of these vines would be stars instead. Though the stars do not have to be isolated to the vines themselves. Nothing too busy, just something that would be feminine and represent my beliefs. I don't want it to be symmetrical...I prefer the image to flow from either one side or the other. Thanks!

Flashback Friday - Hand Painted Dining Room Garden Mural

Trompe L'oeil Full Room Mural

From my Archive:

This was a fun job and it has pleasant memories for me.
I was happy with how it turned out and really enjoyed working with these clients.
This view is a section of one wall in their large dining room.
All walls and the ceiling were included in the Italian garden themed design.

Custom Simple Black and White Tattoo Design

Clients Description Request:

Black, no colors, "simple" black lines, minimalist. I have a tattoo from before which is very simple. It is of two theater masks. No color is desired, just simple black lines, minimalist! I agree that tattoos should hang together in a way, but may well be air between them. Would like it is playful expression but it should not be cluttered. The tattoo will go from the wrist up to the elbow. The underside of the arm and on the upper side, the tattoo I have now is on the underside of the wrist. The pictures show a bit what I want to have in the tattoo. But it’s important that it does not become too cluttered. Can wait to see what you come up with!

Tuesday Tips - Creative Jewelry Displays for Earrings Series - Double Wood Tray Idea

From my Archives:

A portable, easy set up, hand made jewelry show display for earrings…wood trays.

Ok, this is the third post in my series of four about finding creative ways to display earrings.

This one takes a little work...but only a very little!

I went to a national unfinished wood super store and purchased two small unfinished wood trays. The top rim of the trays were straight and not arched...that was important. At the same shop I purchased 3 small hinges which came with screws.

When I got home I placed the trays on top of each other inside to inside...and laid the hinges along one of the long sides. I marked where the holes were and drilled a tiny pilot hole. Then I screwed the hinges onto the trays one at a time.
This made it possible for the two trays to stand up and be sturdy when opened like a book.

Inside I attached thin wood strips from the craft store (model building section) with small pieces of wood behind them so that they were raised from the back. You could also use some wire strung side to side with small eye hooks.

...and Voila!

Your earrings hang on the rails and the whole display can be loaded before your show at home. Transport your items to the show with the trays closed together for protection and then opened like a book at your show. These trays had cut-out handles on the short sides which made carrying easy.

These could also be decoupaged or painted to match your jewelry style!

Hanging Earring Card Tip:

I use business cards to display and package most of my earrings.
Sometimes I fold them in half like a tent…that way the can stand up on a table or hang over one of my displays.

Another option is to apply sticky back plastic hangers/earring card adapters to the cards…that way they hang neatly on the wire rails. The earring card adapters can be found at jewelry packaging supply shops and by searching online.

Custom Full Sleeve Tree Tattoo Design

Client’s Description Request:
Bright colours, odd designs coming together. Look forward to see what you can come up with! Thank you :) Definitely full of bright colours, must incorporate a cherry blossom which roots will look like veins (lower forearm) A little elephant, the cat out of Alice in wonderland. I’m stuck on how it will all fit together, please help! Calm warm tattoo :)

Client feedback:  Wow! I’m very impressed, the cat is absolutely perfect! The way you've put the elephant in is very interesting, never thought of doing it that way, very beautiful The bird cages are PERFECT :) So happy with them you seem to be picking exactly what I want and just creating it in front of my eyes. I’m very impressed! Just wanted to say thanks again for listening to all my requests and turning them into something great