Thursday, October 25, 2012

Forget us not.

I am sad to announce that when I'm done writing this blog post, I'm going to head over to Etsy and close up Honey Bijou for good. Kim and I have had tons of fun these last few years, creating, sharing, and making friends. However, keeping the shop alive has proved to be much more work than it's worth, and the market for authentic handmade goods doesn't seem to be improving.

I will continue offering custom jewelry as a  commissioned service, though my website, and Kim and I both will continue sharing our creative endeavors online. Please keep in touch with us via the following links:

Our Websites

Our Facebooks

Our blogs

My Zazzle shop

Thank you everyone for sharing this adventure with us!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Women We Love

I'm a day behind schedule, but this one's going to be a 2-weeker, so there's plenty of time.
Open 8/19/12 through 9/1/12

Inspired by Women We Love
This week, take inspiration from the women in your life- your mother, sisters, friends, mentors, aunts, cousins, anyone you know in person. We may not all have fashionista friends, but we certainly have people we think of when we're out shopping and come across items that are so them. Think about what colors, patterns, shapes, styles and themes make you think of the women you love and try to see your jewelry supplies through their eyes. What would they be drawn to?

Leave a link in the comments to your "Women We Love" creations, and be sure to tell us a bit about the woman who inspired the piece. I'm making this one a two-week challenge for those of us who can't decide on just one lady to model a piece after. I'll show off your work (as well as my own) on the first of next month before announcing the next prompt!
Last week's prompt was to make over an old piece. Again, I was the only participant. Don't make me have to say that 3 weeks in a row, people! Play along with me!

I took apart a necklace leftover from a collection I made for Valentine's day, and made 4 new pieces out of it, adding new elements and altering some of the old ones.

Notes on each piece~

All the beads on the original necklace are handmade (by me) out of polymer clay.

1. I took 2 of the disc beads that were just spacers on the original necklace (and other pieces in the collection) and carved designs into them, then paired them the spotted red beads and some vintage glass waved discs.

2. I transfer printed a bunch of vintage Valentine images onto clay to make lozenge-shaped beads for the collection. This one that remained was not Valentine-specific, so I was able to really update it by adding some carved texture and a contrasting green around the edges. I added wire and a ton of danglies (including a hand-painted bead, a little plastic heart bead I've had since I was 5, vintage buttons, and a fantastic vintage heart key) to upgrade it from bead to pendant. I haven't created the rest of the necklace to go with it, but I plan to have it clasp with a hook in the front.

3. Bracelet # 1- Pink and white beads from the original necklace along with oxidized silver beads, wood disc beads, a large oxidized lobster clasp, translucent pink glass dangles, and antique pink glass rectangle beads.

4. Bracelet # 2- Red, yellow and pink beads from the original necklace with added coral cube beads, bronze chain, glass beads and a wooden button clasp.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Makeover Time!

Time for a new...
Open 8/11/12 through 8/18/12
Take this week's prompt as an opportunity to breathe new life into old work. Pull out your creations from way-way back or, if you have a shop, pick out an item that has had it's listing expire. Re-imagine and re-work old pieces , whether it's adding on or simplifying, to take them to a new level of fantasticness.

Leave a link in the comments to your "makeover" creations, and be sure to include before and after pics. I'll show off your work (as well as my own) next Saturday before announcing next week's prompt!

Last week's prompt was called "An Unlikely Duo", and we had a grand total of one participant. Me. It's cool, I'll just keep doing this until it catches on.

So, my randomly chosen components were these two:

 Both are made by me over a year ago. Experimental things that went pretty well but never found a home in a finished piece. The "pod" bead I made from a tutorial in the book Ancient Modern, and the toggle I think was intended to go with the spotted beads that eventually ended up in the Desert Sands necklace. I'm really happy to have finally used it, because I'm kind of proud of some of the features of it's construction. The ring has a big brass washer inside to keep it super sturdy, and somehow I managed to do that braiding around the washer and get all 3 strands to meet up seamlessly. I'm not sure I could replicate it if I wanted to. The bar of the toggle is equally tough- it's got 16 gauge steel wire inside it.

So, here's my creation.
 I haven't listed it yet because I'm not sure how I feel about A) The mix of symmetry and asymmetry. And B) The hangy wire part. I like it, I'm just not sure I want to leave that much exposed wire. I feel like I should wrap it in some fibers or hammer it or something. Helpful ideas would be much appreciated.

 I dry-brushed some ivory paint on both the pod and the clasp to make them a wee bit more matchy. And I got 3 doodlebeads into this design. That's the most doodlebeads on one necklace ever, unless a customer has made a mega-doodlebead-necklace and not shown me.

On the left side is a strand of abalone shell buttons, which I recenly procured a ton of. I like them because they're totally different on each side. The fronts are all shiny and pearly, but the backs are rough and rustic, which is equally attractive to me, because I'm a grunge-aholic.

The right side is all tube beads that I made from Bettina Welker's wildly popular (amongst the polyclay community) tutorial. I have more that will go up in the shop soon, as well as some round ones with the same pattern and colors.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Announcing: Weekly Creative Prompts!

Hey! I have an idea!

I've been wanting to host a blog hop/challenge for a long while, but it never seems to be the right time. It's always interfering with something else. So, I thought something more casual might be about weekly creative prompts? I'll just come up with some little exercise to kick start creativity each week, announce it here, and leave it open for anyone who wants to participate.

So, here's one for the upcoming week...
Open 8/4/12 through 8/11/12
"An Unlikely Duo"
Choose 2 beads or components from your collection at random. The method is up to you- close your eyes and point, do eenie-meenie-miney-mo, come up with a complex algorithm...whatever you like. Combine the 2 components into one piece of jewelry. If they compliment each other, great. If they don't- find a way to make them look good together. Choose other beads that bridge the gap between the colors, styles, or sizes of the 2 chosen beads. Alter one or both of them to make them go together. Stretch your imagination and have fun!

Leave a link in the comments to your "unlikely duo" creations, and be sure to specify which 2 components were your randomly chosen ones. I'll show off your work (as well as my own) next Saturday before announcing next week's prompt!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Bracelets and their unusual inspiration sources.

Guess what? Next month we turn 2! I was going to say that time flies, but I actually thought we were close to turning 3, so I guess I just have a bad grasp on time in general.

Guess what else? I've finally got my whole re-organization project done! So, that's one less thing standing in the way of the creative process... not that there aren't a zillion other things that keep me from my dream of making pretty things all day long every day.

Nevertheless, there are some fresh creative juices flowing, and some new bracelets in the shop.

We've got some fantastic plastic here. There weren't a lot of takers on the big plastic destash, so I had to show y'all how awesome plastic can be. The focal is a vintage brooch that I cut the back off.  

Shakti bracelet
I originally had in mind that I would keep with the whole vintage feel and for some off white or clear beads and bronze chain.

I was watching Charmed while I worked, and it was the episode where Piper turned into the Hindu goddess, Shakti.

Can you imagine all the accessorizing options you'd have with 6 arms?

That got me thinking about Indian art and the pretty colors of saris and stuff, so I pulled out the purple beads and some orange ink to tint the strands of smaller beads. Yay color!

 Once the orange and purple paired up, all the colors in the iridescent crystals on the brooch started to really pop. There's all kinds of greens and pinks and blues in there.

 Oh! And I even roughed up the oxidation on the hook and then inked it up, so theres some hints of orange-ness in there, too. You can click on any of the pictures to go to the listing....I think. Linking pictures is sometimes tricky.


Golden Shatter Cuff
 Have you guys seen all the cool "shatter" nail polishes out there right now? I bought some for like 11 bucks back when OPI was the only brand that made it, but now you can find it in a bunch of different colors by a bunch of different cheaper manufacturers.
That was my inspiration for the surface effect on the cuff.

It's got 2 chains, one with the hook for closure and a second, longer safety chain. I thought it was too long at first, but then I tried it on and I liked how it was just long enough to play with in the palm of my hand. I  can always shorten it if a customer wants it shorter.

And thirdly...

This one's not new, but it is freshly listed.

She Ra Cuff
Yep, I named it after She Ra, Princess of Power.

I know, I'm a total nerd. But- Kim was over the other night and she tried it on and instantly went into this pose:
And I'm compelled to do the same when I try it on, so I figured naming it after her was appropriate.

I've got a bunch more stuff ready to get listed in the next few days, so check back soon!

Friday, July 13, 2012

A MidSummer Night's Sale- and a huge destash giveaway!

Hi friends! Have you missed us?

Kim and I are both buried under big piles of life-junk lately. It happens.I haven't had much time to communicate, but I do take a quick scroll through my RSS feed every day and go "oooh" and "aaahhhh" I'm still vaguely aware of what's going on in the jewelry-making corner of the internet.

I've been bitten (repeatedly?) by the cleaning bug the past couple weeks and have decided to basically re-design my entire living-and-working space, which will hopefully lead to greater productivity- but, in the meantime, I need to make some space for new creations. So, we've decided to have a sale.

Those be rubies, fairy favours,
In those freckles live their savours:
I must go seek some dewdrops here
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.

I should specify that "everything" means everything already in the shop (custom orders not included). Already marked down items, however, ARE included.

This sale will go on through the rest of the month. So, head on over to the shop and get some good deals!

Oh wait, there's more. 

I have a zillion plastic beads hanging around that I've held onto because they're good for all sorts of crafty things- but, I don't do much crafting other than jewelry making any more, and they don't really fit into my jewelry making style. So, it's time to say goodbye to them. I've already de-stashed most of the plastic I owned, so what's left is the cutest/most useful stuff, and I'd like for them to go to someone who's really going to appreciate them (as opposed to getting stapled to telephone poles).

 So, here's what we're going to do- I'm going to number and describe them, and if you want any of them, comment here with what #s you want and a way that I can contact you to get your mailing address, and as long as no one else has claimed them, they're yours. That's all. There will be no drawing of names or anything. It's just first come, first serve. I will gladly pay the shipping so that these beads can be put to good use. You could send me back something you'd like to destash (as long as it's not more plastic), but that's totally optional, since the goal here is for me to end up with less stuff.

1. A tassel made out of both plastic and glass beads. Use it as-is or disassemble it and have a bunch of beads to play with.

2. A strand of off-white pearly thingies. They don't come apart. I suppose it's meant to be trim or some sort of sewing accoutrement, but I dunno, because I don't speak thread-and-needle.

3. Various sized round plastic pearly thingies on a gold (color, def. not real gold) chain. This might actually be a whole necklace that I intended on taking apart, but I haven't opened the bag in a while, so don't rely on the possibility that it has a clasp and is ready to wear. I do know for sure that it's pretty long.

4. Vintage plastic oval-shaped clearish and silver beads. The pic really doesn't do these justice. They're super pretty. The design on them is indented with silver paint inside so they shimmer a little bit, and they're very Art Deco.

5. Big burgundy acrylic beads. 3 are semi-translucent and one is pearlescent.  They are pretty realistically glass-like. No seams showing or anything.

6. Assorted sizes of ivory-colored pearly beads, plus 2 blue marbled rectangularish beads.

7. Cute little pointed oval-shaped (I know there's an actual name for that shape but I can't think of it) pearly white beads. Super girly. I used these for all sorts of things back when I had time for random crafting.

8. Big clear and opalescent beads in assorted shapes. Same as #5, just a different color.

9. Cute colored letter beads! As far as I know, all the letters of the alphabet are still in there, plus some hearts. I haven't used all the vowels or anything.

10. Faceted translucent pink plastic beads. 8 of them. Love the color.

11. Same as # 7, but silvery.

12. Tiny round silvery beads. Good for spacers.

13. Flat-backed translucent acrylic gems. All small and round.

14. Flat-backed oval-shaped acrylic gems in a variety of colors and sizes.

So, again...
  • Comment with the #(s) of the beads you'd like and an email address where you can be contacted OR just contact me at
  • Once I have an address to send beads to I'll cross those claimed beads off the list above.
  • Any beads that aren't claimed by next Saturday, July 21 will be donated to a local Goodwill.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I actually *wear* jewelry, too.

I want to show off my accessories today, because they're special...

I recently won this necklace in a drawing from Jodi Bloom of So-Charmed. I own more jewelry pieces than days left in my life to wear it all, so I have a real hard time justifying new jewelry purchases. I'm so excited to have won this one because I wanted a piece of Jodi's work real real bad, and now I get to have one without the post-purchase guilt.This necklace is super tiny and delicate compared to the stuff I usually wear. I'm afraid today it's kind of lost in a mess of my hair.

I've also got on this necklace of my own making (and it's in the shop here) because I felt like layering, and it goes perfectly with my tie dye top. Unfortunately it kind of dwarfs the other necklace.

Then I've got this pinned to the pocket of my cardigan. I just threw this brooch together because I wanted to wear the pendant- custom made for moi by Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati- but I haven't had the time to design a piece worthy enough to become it's permanent home yet.