2006-10-25

Subject: Eni Oken's Jewelry Site: October 2006

Hello everybody!
There is a lot going on at my site:

*NETTED CAP TUTORIAL POSTED
*50% DISCOUNT SALE ON TUTORIAL BUNDLE
*ENI AND LIZZIE'S END OF THE YEAR GET-TOGETHER
*TRY THIS SUPPLIER: BONITACREATIONS.COM
*JOURNAL IS NOW ON BLOGGER
*BEADINGHELPWEB ARTICLE
*MAKING A 'Y' NECKLACE
*MAKING A PRETTY PENDANT FOR A NECKLACE


NETTED CAP TUTORIAL POSTED
One more tutorial posted: the lovely and delicate Netted Cap, which is great for pendants and earrings over a flat pear shape. This lacy netted cap is created with hair-thin 28 or 30 ga wire worked over a coiled bezel on a flat pear briolette. For more information, go to http://www.enijewelry.com/jewelry/tut045.html


50% DISCOUNT SALE ON TUTORIAL BUNDLE
Here's my end-of-the-year gift to you, jewelry maker... Save %50 (thatís $94!!!) when you purchase the "All Tutorials Bundle". Download 33 PAID tutorials online immediately, including the brand new Netted Cap. For more information, go to http://www.enioken.com/jewelry/50percentsale.html


ENI AND LIZZIE'S END OF THE YEAR GET-TOGETHER
My good friend Lizzie and I are having our annual end-of-the-year trunk show/chatfest at Lizzie's place in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, November 19. Lizzie will be showing some great holiday gift jewelry items. As for me, this is the ONLY time of the year I put together something that remotely resembles a live show -- it's more like a good reason to get together with friends, chat, drink champagne and show a few brand new jewelry pieces rather than a huge sale at all.
You are invited! If you are local and would like to come visit with us, then contact me to get the evite with directions. Although it's an open house from 1 to 5pm, we'd like you to confirm your presence. 


TRY THIS SUPPLIER: BONITACREATIONS.COM 
Normally I am very hesitant about buying stones over the internet, because I like to choose the strands personally. Silver beads and wire are never quite a problem, but stones vary so much it's hard to know what you are going to get (and of course, I'm jaded after receiving a lot of junk in the past). 
However, when I received a commission for a bracelet requesting specifically rhodochrosite stones, I ran to one of my favorite stone suppliers: BonitaCreations.com. I had bought stones from them at shows several times, but there were no shows in sight near my area at this time, and I could not wait. 
Tentatively, I placed the order... To my surprise the stones were EVEN nicer than I thought they would be! The stones had lots of wavy inclusions (which in rhodochrosite is very desirable, in my opinion), with varied *luscious* tones of pink. The holes were even and the sizes pretty identical. Delicious! To see the stones I bought, go to:
http://enioken.blogspot.com/2006/10/stones-to-die-for.html
The final bracelet will be posted very soon. 
 

JOURNAL IS NOW ON BLOGGER
Ok, I finally gave in and managed to transfer my journal to a regular blogging site, Blogger. This will allow my friends and students to post comments directly on each entry if they like and it will also allow viewers to browse older posts better (as soon as I am done posting all of it).
And finally, for those so inclined, you can add my journal to your favorite RSS reader. 
The journal is located at http://enioken.blogspot.com/ . 


BEADINGHELPWEB ARTICLE
I found a review of my site written by Lynn Kvigne for BeadingHelpWeb.com. I had no idea the review had been written, so it comes as a pleasant surprise. Overall, she gave me a great review (thank you Lynn!), the only minor critique is towards my tutorial prices, which she claims are a bit high. Oh well, I'm resigned, you can't satisfy all!!! 
To read Lynn's review, click here: Eni's Wire Jewelry Site Worth Your Time
http://www.beadinghelpweb.com/media/web/enioken.htm
She wrote a nice comment on the blog, thanks again Lynn!



MAKING A 'Y' NECKLACE
If you have mastered the "Coiled Bangle" technique and are ready to branch out, check out this entry of my journal: it shows a diagram of how to make the core of a "Y" necklace. 
This particular design is part of a commission I delivered recently, a set of bangle and necklace in amazonite. To see the diagram and more information on how to make a coiled "Y" necklace, go here:
http://enioken.blogspot.com/2006/10/amazonite-y-necklace.html


MAKING A PRETTY PENDANT FOR A NECKLACE
Another interesting entry in the journal shows how to combine three different techniques to form a different design: 
1) The bail is made woven in Ladder weave;
2) The flower is attached using Charms and Extensions;
3) The frame is worked with a Coiled Bezel Frame.
The final touch is to add a series of beads stitched to the edge of the pendant, and a necklace strung with lapis lazuli, iolite and silver beads. 
To see the necklace and pendant, go to: http://enioken.blogspot.com/2006/10/lapis-lazuli-necklace.html


Thanks for visiting my site!

Eni Oken

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