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New York Fashion Week from the perspective of a Jewelry Designer

Friday, September 27th, 2013
Our team from left to right. Jewelry Designer, Tiffany White of Geisha Creations, Angelana Perez, Mandy Vahlkamp, Nikki, Savannah Prochnau, Laurin Crosby, Amanda Hillmann, Perla Ochoa, and Eco Chic Clothing designer Alyssa Perez. Photo by Yassir Ketchum. Our photographers were also there, Eric Barro and Jac James.

Our team after the show, from left to right. Jewelry Designer, Tiffany White of Geisha Creations, Angelana Perez, Mandy Vahlkamp, Nikki, Savannah Prochnau, Laurin Crosby, Amanda Hillmann, Perla Ochoa, and Eco Chic Clothing designer Alyssa Perez. Photo by Yassir Ketchum. Our photographers were also there, Eric Barro and Jac James.

Hi, my name is Tiffany White and I am the girl pictured on the very left of this photo. I am a jewelry designer, jewelry blogger, and jewelry making instructor.   My world pretty much revolves around jewelry! I have worked for Rings & Things, and if you follow this blog, you have probably seen some of my jewelry-making blogs on how to do various techniques.  When my company, Geisha Creations, was invited to show my jewelry at a fashion show during New York Fashion Week, Rings & Things was happy to help my team get there! In exchange for their support, I am writing a blog to tell you all about the line I created for the event and the journey to New York for Fashion Week.

Twice a year, New York City is transformed into a fashion mecca. Every September and February, New York City hosts the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and people from around the world flock to the city in their most stylish clothing and accessories. During this time, anything fashion goes. It reaches beyond the Mercedes Benz sponsored events. Fashion bloggers, underground runway shows, and street style make their presence visible throughout the city.

A few of the models in front of the entrance to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Though the show we did was a smaller underground show, we went down to where the big shows were to get the attention of fashion bloggers and photographers.  Models: Amanda Hillmann, Laurin Crosby, Angelana Perez, and Perla Ochoa. Photograph by Eric Barro, WTFashion Magazine.

A few of the models in front of the entrance to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Though the show we did was a smaller underground show, we went down to where the big shows were to get the attention of fashion bloggers and photographers. Models: Amanda Hillmann, Laurin Crosby, Angelana Perez, and Perla Ochoa. Photograph by Eric Barro of WTFashion Magazine. Clothing by Eco Chic Clothing and jewelry by me, Tiffany White of Geisha Creations

This fall, I was fortunate enough to experience all these things first hand. As a jewelry designer, I was invited to attend an underground fashion show that hosted several fashion designers. I was part of a design team that included a fashion designer, two photographers from WTFashion Magazine, six models, and me, the jewelry designer. Our fashion designer was Alyssah Perez of Eco Chic Clothing, and our collaborative line was called “Leather & Lace Dripping in Gold”. Alyssah made the Leather & Lace gowns, and I made the Dripping in Gold Jewelry. All ten of us boarded a plane in Spokane, Washington and made the 2,500 mile journey across the country to see first hand what New York Fashion Week was all about. It was amazing!

Our team at the Spokane International Airport, ready to board a light headed to New York City!

Our team at the Spokane International Airport, ready to board a flight headed to New York City!

When Alyssah Perez came up with the idea to make a line titled, “Leather & Lace Dripping in Gold” she contacted me and asked if I was interested in making the Dripping in Gold jewelry.  I jumped at the opportunity to create a collaborative line, and loved her idea to make the jewelry all gold.  We worked together and as she created the clothing, I created jewelry that matched the style and cut of the dresses.  We debuted our collection at Runway Renegades, a local runway show here in Spokane.  It was great practice for the show we would be putting on in New York City,  less than one month later.

Some of the team hanging out at Times Square. From left to right, model Mandy Vahlkamp, clothing designer Alyssah Perez, photographer Eric Barro, and model Amanda Hillmann,

Some of the team hanging out at Times Square. From left to right, model Mandy Vahlkamp, clothing designer Alyssah Perez, photographer Eric Barro, and model Amanda Hillmann.

Though we worked most of the time while we were in New York City, we did get to enjoy the sites a little! On  this day we ate lunch at the famous sandwich shop, Katz’s Delicatessen. From left to right, Mandy Vahlkamp, Alyssah Perez, Laurin Crosby, TIffany White, Amanda Hillmann, and Perla Ochoa.

The day of the show was crazy! It went so fast. The girls had to be at the venue early for hair and makeup. In addition to our team, there were several other teams preparing for the the show. When the show started, we were the first team to walk. One of our models had to walk twice so we had to do a wardrobe change behind the scenes, with only like 3 minutes! It was amazing to see all the photographers as the teams walked. Here are a few shots of the girls walking the at the Mad Girl’s Production Sugar and Art Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week. The angle on these photos is right when they walk out, before they walk down the runway. They stop and pose then do their walk.

Model: Amanda Hillmann Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White Photography: Eric Barro, WTFashion Magazine

Model: Amanda Hillmann
Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez
Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White
Photography: WTFashion Magazine, Eric Barro

Model: Angelana Perez Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White Photography: Eric Barro, WTFashion Magazine

Model: Angelana Perez
Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez
Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White
Photography: WTFashion Magazine, Eric Barro

Model: Laurin Crosby Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White Photography: Eric Barro, WTFashion Magazine

Model: Laurin Crosby
Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez
Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White
Photography: WTFashion Magazine, Eric Barro

Model: Nikki Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White Photography: Eric Barro, WTFashion Magazine

Model: Nikki
Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez
Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White
Photography: WTFashion Magazine, Eric Barro

Model: \Perla Ochoa Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White Photography: Eric Barro, WTFashion Magazine

Model: Perla Ochoa
Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez
Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White
Photography: WTFashion Magazine, Eric Barro

Model: Mandy Vahlkamp Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White Photography: Eric Barro, WTFashion Magazine

Model: Mandy Vahlkamp
Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez
Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White
Photography: WTFashion Magazine, Eric Barro

Model: Savannah Prochnau Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White Photography: Eric Barro, WTFashion Magazine

Model: Savannah Prochnau
Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez
Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White
Photography: WTFashion Magazine, Eric Barro

Model: Angelana Perez Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White Photography:

Model: Angelana Perez
Clothing: Eco Chic Clothing Collections, Alyssah Perez
Jewelry: Geisha Creations, Tiffany White
Photography:

If you are reading this blog, you are most likely a jewelry fanatic like myself!  So let me show you show you some close-ups of the jewelry I made for the show.  I was fortunate enough to get a lot of the supplies from Rings & Things.  If you have any questions about how I made items or what supplies I used, please feel free to ask in the comment section and I would be happy to help!

Perla Ochoa showing off here golden jewelry. The necklace was made specifically to fit the neckline of her dress.

Perla Ochoa showing off here golden jewelry. The necklace was made specifically to fit the neckline of her dress.

Close up of the earrings I made. These feature sparkly gold glass beads that I got from Rings & Things.

Close up of the earrings I made. These feature sparkly gold glass beads that I got from Rings & Things.

Another shot of Perla, this one showing all the golden bracelets as well. Several of the bracelets were made using an acid etching technique.

Another shot of Perla, this one showing all the golden bracelets as well. Several of the bracelets were made using an acid etching technique. Some of the bracelet I cut from brass sheet metal and some were brass bracelet blanks I purchased from Rings & Things.

The necklace made for Perla. I antiqued and sanded this piece of raw brass and then added golden sparkly glass to give it some pizzazz..

The necklace made for Perla: I antiqued and sanded this piece of raw brass and then added golden sparkly glass to give it some pizzazz.

Mandy Vahlkamp's necklace really embraces the "Dripping in Gold" theme.  The necklace was made with 10mm gold sparkly glass beads available at Rings & Things.

Mandy Vahlkamp’s necklace really embraces the “Dripping in Gold” theme. The necklace was made with 10mm gold sparkly glass beads available at Rings & Things. Her earrings are made with brass leaf charm chain.

Close-up of Mandi's earrings featuring gold sparkly glass and brass leaf charm chain.

Close-up of Mandi’s earrings featuring gold sparkly glass beads and brass leaf charm chain. Rings & Things has several styles and platings of charm chain available. I love to use them in my designs.

Savannah Prochnau had sparkly golden chandelier earrings and a necklace with several pieces of antique brass chain.

Savannah Prochnau had sparkly golden chandelier earrings and a necklace with several pieces of antique brass chain.

Close-up of the earrings. Onion-shaped chandelier findings with graduated gold sparkly glass.

Close-up of the earrings. Onion-shaped chandelier findings with graduated gold sparkly glass.  Rings and Things has several antique brass chandelier findings!

Amanda Hillman looked so gorgeous wearing these sparkly gold faceted glass and brass filigree leaf earrings.

Amanda Hillman looked so gorgeous wearing these sparkly gold faceted glass and brass filigree leaf earrings.

These earrings were made with jumbo brass filigree leaves. And though they are large, they are quite lightweight.

These earrings were made with jumbo brass filigree leaves. And though they are large, they are quite lightweight. Rings & Things carries similar brass filigree leaves.

Angelana Perez's dress was very regal and medieval so I decided to make a necklace with the same vibe. This Lion Head and Gold Coated Quartz necklace is my favorite piece from the line.

Angelana Perez’s dress was very regal and medieval so I decided to make a necklace with the same vibe. This Lion Head and Gold Coated Quartz necklace is my favorite piece from the line.

The necklace is made from a raw brass stamping that I antiqued, polished, punched holes in and sealed with a resin sealer. You can do this with all the raw brass items available at Rings & Things.

The necklace is made from a raw brass stamping that I antiqued, polished, punched holes in and sealed with a resin sealer. You can do this with all the raw brass items available at Rings & Things. This piece also exhibits some fun wire-wrapping.

Laurin Crosby is wearing golden jewelry that has a more rocker look to it, much like her dress with Swarovski studded leather top of her dress.

Laurin Crosby is wearing golden jewelry that has a more rocker look to it, much like her dress with Swarovski-studded leather at the top.

These earrings are similar to the ones worn above by Laurin.

These earrings are similar to the ones worn above by Laurin. Rings & Things donated the supplies to make these earrings and we sold them to raise money for our trip. These earrings are made of only four items! Sparkly Glass Gold Beads, Antique Brass Tassels, Antique Brass Eyepins, and Bronze Niobium Earring Wires. Feel free to recreate your own Dripping in Gold Earrings!

Well, I hope you liked the jewelry I created for New York Fashion Week! New York was amazing, a whole different world than Spokane, Washington. I feel so fortunate that I had the opportunity to travel with my amazing team to this show! I hope it is the first of many, and who knows, maybe one day I will be showing at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week!

~Tiffany White

Geisha Creations, Jewelry Designer and Owner

Rings & Things, Jewelry-making Intructor

And all around lover of jewelry!

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Road Trip part 3

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Hi bloglandia! Today is the deadline for entering the Vintaj Summer Road Trip design challenge. Mollie was a little late in getting her inspiration piece completed…seems her idea of a summer road trip is wandering in the woods. There are no clocks or calendars in the wilderness! Her “Day in the Woods” necklace is well worth waiting for, however. She combined a number of sweet little elements together to make this piece. We’ll have to look closely to see them all, as the sunlight can be a bit distracting!

blends-with-nature

The vial hangs with a cluster of wire-wrapped bicones in shades of smoky blue and gray from olive green velvet ribbon.

n-is-north-mollie

Mollie painted a wee brass feather charm with Vintaj Patina in a muted blue-green color before hanging it inside a glass vial. The vial top is adorned with a Vintaj bead cap, Swarovski rhinestone wheel and a crystal bicone from our new Idewild Blue Crystal Jam mix.

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A DecoEmbossed Vintaj leaf and a metal stamped and dapped round Vintaj charm complete the grouping.

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And here is a view of how Mollie finished the ends – ribbon clamps (simply flatten with pliers -the teeth inside grip the ribbon securely) and a Vintaj clasp.

With jewelry this pretty, who wouldn’t want to wander in the woods? Hope you all have a lovely weekend! ~ Cindy

Vintaj Road Trip Design Challenge!

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

vintaj rings & things road trip design challengeHi bloglandia! We are really excited to be partnering with Vintaj for their Summer Road Trip design challenge this month. Visit their blog to see the great jewelry their designers created by pairing beads & components from Rings & Things with Vintaj products. The Vintaj blog also has all the details about how to enter the contest! Submissions are due by NOON (CST) Friday, June 29. But wait – don’t go yet!

Over the next couple of weeks we’ll share some of our own Summer Road Trip jewelry pieces, starting with Sondra’s “The Trail Less Traveled” bracelet:

trail-less-traveled-bracelet

This mixed metal bracelet contains all kinds of mementos!

She used so many fun techniques that I’m sure I’ll miss a few, but here are the highlights:

decoemboss-vintaj

The Vintaj luggage tags were DecoEmbossed with the Sizzix BigKICK. Sondra punched holes to in the tags to link them with textured locking jump rings.

postcard-bracelet

She curved the postcard charm and souvenir penny using bracelet bending pliers.

vintaj-bee-soldered-crystal

The Vintaj bee and several other charms have the tips of rhinestone crystal head pins soldered onto them for extra bling.

vintaj-turtle-charm

The memoir stamp bezel from Vintaj is filled with a scrap of map coated with SuperClear resin.

vintaj-leaf-crystal-clasp

The rest of the sparklies are from our Karma Chameleon Crystal Jam. Check out our Crystal Jam color themed design boards on Pinterest!

Ok. Now you can go get started on your own Summer Road Trip design challenge piece! We can’t wait to see what you create! ~ Cindy

Torch fired enamel jewelry ideas

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Torch fired enameled metal is really (really!) quite beautiful! We recently added a selection of artisan copper components from C-Koop Beads. The colors are deep and lustrous due to the layers of glass fused to the surface of the metal, and since they are handmade, each one is slightly different. Here are a few of the mixed-media jewelry pieces our designers have recently created with enameled copper:

enameled-leaves-handpainted-wood

Nory painted wood pendants and beads with a rose motif, and had Tiffany construct his design using silk ribbon and brightly dyed wood beads. The enameled copper leaves, rings, bead caps and toggle clasp are all by C-Koop.

cindy-morris-gogoshebogo-design

I used copper clay powder to create the bird pendant, which coordinated well with C-Koop enameled pink rings and Swarovski antique pink crystals. I love how you can see bits of copper underneath the enamel.

bottle-cap-necklace-enameled-heart

The elongated heart shape is practically Sondra’s signature, so of course it was the finishing touch on her bottle cap necklace.

enameled-etched-copper-bracelet

Rita etched a copper washer to create the center link on this bracelet, and used a clasp and beads from C-Koop to add more color.

~Cindy

Turn it upside down!

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

What happens when you take the oh-so-popular Swarovski crystal tree charm pattern and turn it upside down? Beautiful, festive crystal earrings that can be worn year-round!

melissa-earrings

The French clips are another nice touch. Melissa made these classic clear crystal margarita earrings while on vacation with her mom and I snatched them off her ears as soon as I saw them. I think they look like frosty pine cones or icicles, but in a subtle way. Unlike the “real” crystal trees, they’ll still look appropriate in June. Something to keep in mind if you’re making last-minute gifts! ~ Cindy

 

 

Twelve Days of Christmas Jewelry Designs: 6 – Family Keepsakes

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Not all Christmas crafts or Christmas jewelry designs need to be Christmas-y. Sometimes the best jewelry presents are the ones with special meaning.

Soldered heart necklace

A perfect keepsake for a sister.

Soldered and riveted necklace by designer Mollie Valente. Photo by her sister, Janet, of Pink Poppy Studio on Etsy. The photo inside the one of a kind pendant is of their mother. (I’ll be posting a tutorial on how to sweat solder brass charms onto other metal components – just like Mollie did with the brass key charm and fairy door set – soon.)

If soldering and riveting sounds like too much work (work?!? it is fun!) then check out our hinged pendant frames. All you need to do is cut a picture to size and insert it in the frame. Here is a design by Amy that features a photo from her childhood:

california road trip keepsake necklace

Amy and her sister are swimming with their dad in this snapshot from California road trip.

A third option is to glue an image into a bezel and cover it with jewelry resin, like Rita did for this keepsake necklace:

resin-photo-necklace

"Days Gone By"

No traditional “jewelry making skills” are required here – she simply strung the pendant on a pre-made choker.

Maybe it is time to print out some of those digital photos languishing on your computer – or make photocopies of antique originals languishing in a box – and make some keepsakes to treasure! ~ Cindy

How to make copper bangle bracelets with large hole beads

Friday, July 1st, 2011
stamped metal bracelet

One of Sondra's bracelets from Bead & Button 2011.

Hello, bloglandia! Our sales manager, Sondra, was fortunate enough to attend Tracy Stanley’s “Bangles with a Message” class at Bead & Button last month. We’ve been oohing and ahhing over her wristful of chunky metal, so yesterday we got together and made some of our own bracelets.

For a sturdy yet slightly flexible bracelet base, we used 14 gauge copper wire. Start with about 10-11″ of wire. Simply form a large loop on one end with round nose pliers and hammer slightly. Slide on lots of large hole beads: 14 gauge wire is about 1.63mm, so your beads need to have holes that are at least 1.7mm big. Anything marketed as a Pandora or European-style bead will easily fit.

bangle bracelets made from copper wire

Mixed-metal mania bracelets are fun to wear en masse!

We mostly used metal, but trade beads, furnace glass and crystal all look great too. TierraCast has some especially interesting large hole metal beads. We all seemed to gravitate towards the rivet, divot and twist styles. You can also add coils of wire as decoration beneath floating beads, or as stoppers between beads. Shape the wire into a bracelet shape around your wrist and finish with another loop.

You can connect the two end loops together directly, connect them with jump rings or add a jewelry clasp. It is better to err on the small side, since a too-small bracelet can be extended with a jump ring or two, while a too-large bracelet will just go flying off your wrist!

Lindsey used a few jump rings to make her bangle fit her wrist - and a rooster to make it fit her personality!

A giant lobster clasp is easy to open/close.

A couple of other bracelet-making tips:

  • Patina your wire, decorative coils and other components before assembling your bracelet.
  • Be sure to
    file down any sharp wire points or metal edges.
  • Have a whole bunch of beads ready, because once you start, you’ll want to make a bunch!

Metal, metal and more metal!

Check out Tracy’s teaching schedule if you’re interested in learning how she makes stamped word charms to fit on bangles. Our new brass and copper strips will save you a lot of sawing and cutting time!

~Cindy

 

Two ways to color metal using Image Transfer Solution

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

 

Alice in Wonderland image transfer bracelet

Hi Bloglandia! Last weekend I did a demo in our Spokane showroom on how to use Sherri Haab’s Image Transfer Solution (ITS) and thought now would be a good time to share these techniques for colorizing metal with everyone.

Image transfer is just that – transferring an image from the paper it is printed on to a different surface (in this case, metal jewelry components). Image transfers have a vintage, ethereal feel, and I love how the different colors of metals shine through. Unlike many of the other solvents and processes used for image transfer, Image Transfer Solution (ITS) is non-toxic. Yay! Plus, it has another purpose not even mentioned on the bottle: it is an excellent way to seal colors onto metal (more on that in a bit).

Transferring Images – ITS Method #1

One caveat: The images you use must be printed on a laser (toner based) printer. Ink jet pictures will not work. The pictures can be black or white or color. Photos and text should be reversed before you print, since transfers will be mirror images.

To be honest, I did not like ITS the first couple of times I tried it. I kinda hated it. Following the directions on the bottle, I prepped my metal with steel wool and heat-set the images in a 325 degree oven – just like it said! – but things just kept going wrong. Either my images would wash right off the metal or the paper would be so very stuck to the metal that no amount of scrubbing would remove it. But I loved the concept, so I kept playing with it. Below is my own method for using ITS. Maybe the package directions will work like a charm for you. If not, I hope my tips and tricks help:

  1. Scuff up your metal (aluminum, brass, copper and silver all work great) with a medium grit sanding pad or sand paper. Steel wool leaves the surface too smooth, in my opinion.
  2. Wash metal with rubbing alcohol to remove dirt, dust and oil – even if it looks clean!
  3. Using a clean, dry paintbrush, evenly coat the prepped metal with just a couple of drops of ITS.

  1. Press image face-down onto metal and press firmly into place to remove any air bubbles. ITS is like glue – you will not be able to reposition your paper at all, so be careful to place it where you want it! Let dry. Use an iron (high heat, no steam) to heat the metal for 1 or 2 minutes. Don’t worry, the paper won’t burn. Let metal cool.
  2. Place the metal into water and using a gentle circular motion, begin rubbing the paper off, leaving the image behind. Don’t get to aggressive or you could lift off parts of the image. Patience pays off here.
  3. After most of the paper is removed, use a sheet of polishing paper and more water to remove the finer paper fibers.
  4. After all of the paper is removed, seal the image with a dab of Renaissance Wax and a soft cloth. It really improves the luster.
image transfer necklace

My photograph looks like a vintage postcard after being transferred onto aluminum. The Swarovski beads are the same colors as the prayer flags hanging on the mountain tea house.

Complete your jewelry piece! The image is permanently attached. You can even punch holes or dap the metal and it won’t come off!

Sealing Colors – ITS Method #2

Image Transfer Solution can also be used to permanently seal inks onto metal! Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks are tons of fun to mix and blend onto non-porous surfaces, like metal, but since they are ink, they can be rubbed or washed off. That is, unless you seal them with ITS. When you heat-set ITS, it binds the color to the metal. It will not wash off or bleed onto your customer’s skin.

Vintaj fussy peacock pendant colorized with alcohol inks for a faux enamel look.

You can color your metal with alcohol inks and then, after they’ve dried, paint a thin layer of ITS over the top. Another option is to mix the ITS directly with your inks (just a few drops of each) and paint that mix onto your metal. Either way, once the ITS has dried, you need to heat-set it to make the bond permanent. Just follow the directions on the Image Transfer Solution package for using an oven to heat-set (the iron won’t work for this application).

Looks like patina - but this blue bee was colored with alcohol inks.

There you have it! Two tried and true methods for permanently coloring your metal pieces for jewelry and other applications. Although this post focused on metal, Image Transfer Solution can be used on polymer clay, etched glass and other surfaces too! Since it really only takes a couple of drops per image, you’ll have plenty to experiment with! ~ Cindy


PS: here are some handy links to some other how-to‘s in the Rings & Things blog!