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The Importance of Being Distinct

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To be outstanding, one needs to be different

And to be different, one needs to embrace his/her uniqueness

Unfortunately,
Some people might consider certain distinct qualities as weirdness
And so, in order to avoid rejections and humiliation,
One might decide to keep one’s distinct qualities hidden
And thus, stay in obscurity . . .

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The same principle applies to artists and designers . . .

In order to succeed, artists and designers need to offer something new and different

At the same time,
To make a living,
Some artists and designers might decide
to create the things they believe their customers want to buy

They offer watered-down versions of their aesthetics or ideas
Some of them might even decide to create things they don’t even like
There can’t be any joy in that . . .

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But, what if people don’t want to buy our works?

All of us need to make a living.

So, what should we do?

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I don’t claim to know all the answers

But, I know for sure that in order to succeed, we need to be memorable
and,
If we don’t stand out from the crowd, we’ll be absolutely forgettable

And, if no one remembers us, no one will look for us and buy our works

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And, so . . . take that risk
Be different, and shine

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter was rejected by 12 different publishers before Barry Cunningham from Bloomsbury agreed to publish it.

Stephen King’s first book – Carrie – was rejected 30 times!!!

Walt Disney was rejected 302 times before he finally could get some fund to build his Disney World

So,
Expect rejections
At the same time,
Know that if we do our best and hold onto our distinctness, we’ll have a MUCH bigger chance to succeed

-joyce @ Angelica Brigade

Feathers, Couture Accessories, and Vacuum Cleaner,

Making feathers accessories is a messy and wasteful process. Especially when I’m making this type of feather flower. I can only use the upper part of the feathers because the thicker lower part of the feathers aren’t very bendable. As a result, I have to toss 2/3 of the feathers away.
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I also need to toss the imperfect feathers away. I buy my feathers from the best feathers suppliers I know. Most (98%) of their feathers are in perfect condition. But, some of them have irregular shapes. And so, I can’t use them to make this feathers flower as well. But, I don’t toss them because I can trim them and use them to make other kinds of accessories.

Whenever I’m creating feathers accessories, my workspace looks as if it’s attacked by Suigintou, a Rozen Maiden manga (and anime) character. Why? Because the trimmed excess feathers will fly around everywhere . . .
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I need to thank Dyson for creating this handheld vacuum cleaner. It’s been a huge help in keeping my workspace clean.
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Angelica Brigade‘s Joyce

The Suigintou and Dyson Vacuum Cleaner images seen in this blog post are not mine. If you own the rights to these images and prefer not to see them on this blog post, please let me know. I'll be happy to replace them for you.

Improvisation

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Some people might think that I am wearing 2 pieces of bracelets . . .

But . . .

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These two parts of the bracelet are actually connected.

The chunky strap of beads (the one with the toggle clap) functions as the bangle’s wrist harness. Its main function is to prevent the bangle from falling from my wrist . . . or worse,  launching itself and hitting unsuspecting people.

It’s the very first beadwork bangle I’ve ever created. So, I decided to refer to several sources so I can size the bangle correctly. But, because I’m extremely small boned (not skinny, just small boned), the bangle kept on falling from my wrist.

It actually hit my friend’s head. Twice. In a public space.

But, I spent more than a 20 hours creating it. I don’t want to throw it away. I was going to give it to a one of my friends or family members; but, it’s too small for them.

So . . . I decided that the only way I can make the bracelet more wearable is by attaching a strap or wrist harness onto it.

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I started by making thin beadwork strap using the same beads I made the bangle with . . . but, to me, the smaller strap looked disproportionately small . . . So, I decided to replace the smaller strap and made a much larger one.

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This beadwork bracelet is basically a modified and enlarged version of the rings I created last week. I just give the beadwork some extra edges & make it more asymmetrical.

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Somehow, the piece makes me think of dinosaurs and old tree barks . . .

Anyway . . . I’ve been learning to create more and more shapes . . .

Love these dimensional triangles . . .

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One of them is actually flat. It was my first try. I did better the 2nd and 3rd time.

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Next week:

There is a possibility that I’m going to write two different blog posts next week.

One of them has something to do with this video about Etsy:

I’m going to think things through before I say anything further.

If you have any input, additional information, or comment about this topic, please feel free to let me know. You can do so by writing a comment on this post or message me via my company’s Facebook Page.

Till then (:

-joyce

Ceaseless Ardor … 1920s (and, The Great Gatsby) Inspired Beaded Bridal Hair Accessory

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Here is the second beaded piece I entered to Fire Mountain Gem‘s Seed Beads Contest.

Actually, I created the piece for an editorial photo shoot. [ You can read more about it here ]

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It is inspired by the glamorous accessories people wore in 1920s in general . . . and Daisy Buchanan (of the Great Gatsby) in particular.

I call this (stylized) leaf-shaped hair adornment Ceaseless Ardor . . .

It embodies Jay Gatsby’s eternally unrequited infatuation towards Daisy Buchanan . . . Many years has gone by, but his idolization remains strong and unchanging. Whenever I reflect upon that aspect of the tragic story, the word evergreen pops up in my mind.

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Original photo by Daniel Miłaczewski, annotation by MPF.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evergreen

Evergreen . . .
That’s how Jay Gatsby sees her
Eternally beautiful, graceful, and glamorous
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Evergreen . . .
That’s what she will always be remembered as
The object of Jay Gatsby’s eternal adoration.

And . . .
That’s the how Jay Gatsby’s feeling towards her will remain . . .
Everlasting . . . undying . . . amaranthine . . .

And, so . . . when I was asked to create a Great-Gatsby-inspired bridal accessory, I couldn’t find a better design to represent Daisy Buchanan than an evergreen-leaf.

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Plus, I believe that this is a headpiece Daisy herself would’ve wanted (or considered) to wear.

I also made the headpiece as sparkly and opulent as I possibly could. To do it, I used nothing but sterling silver beads, silver-lined bugle beads, gleaming Swarovski crystal pearls, extremely shiny fire polished beads, and 24k gold plated beads to embellish the piece.

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With that basic idea in mind, this is how I created the headpiece.

Step 1:
Pattern-making.

It’s important to make sure that the piece will look nice when someone’s wearing it . . . and that it’s neither too small or too large
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Step 2:
Using beads, I “drew” the outline of the design.
I call this step “drawing with beads” . . .
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Step 3:
Covering the beading foundation with beads . . . making sure that the beading foundation is completely covered, and that the yarn doesn’t show up at all.
I have a thing for dimensional and textured beadworks. So, I used different kinds of beads in several different sizes to create the effect.
I call this step “coloring and shading the design” . . .
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Step 4:
Blocking (or shaping) the headpiece usinga traditional millinery hatblock.
That way, it will perch beautifully on top of the wearer’s hair.
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See how it curves?
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Step 5:
Heat-treating the edges of the ultrasuede so none of its parts will unravel.
I basically melted the edges of the ultrasuede with candle flame.
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Step 6:
Beading the edges of the beadwork and the ultrasuede to connect those two parts into one seamless piece.angelica brigade handmade beaded bridal hair accessory angelicabrigade independent designer glamorous great gatsby 1920s inspired headpiece for bride design process

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Step 7:
Creating the straps/headbands
Yep . . . this part isn’t made using a pre-made chain . . . it’s constructed one link at a time . . .
I call this step "drawing with beads" . . .

Phew . . . what a long post!

I guess I better show you the third piece I entered into the contest – and its design process – another time :O

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Next Saturday: The third design I entered into Fire Mountain Gem’s Seed Beads contest

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Want to see what I’m making right now? Find me on Instagram. My user name is AngelicaBrigade.

You can also see my current work in progress and other behind-the-scenes activities here.

Have a wonderful weekend, you guys!!!

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-joyce of Angelica Brigade

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Update (1/13/2014): You can find the list of all of the materials I used to create the headpiece here

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The Serenity Prayer of the Ephemeral and Imperfect Beauty (or . . . Sephie Beau)

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That’s the title of my newest piece. What a mouthful, right?!

It’s one of the pieces I entered to Fire Mountain Gem‘s Seed Bead Contest (you can read more about the contest here).

To be honest, I don’t think I’m going to win. The design isn’t very mainstream and the concept behind it is a bit bleak. But, I ended up owning something I’d want to wear very often, so it’s all good.

I enter contests – even the ones I don’t think I’ll ever win – to challenge myself. And usually, I gain new skills and come up with some things I consider groundbreaking. In this case, they are:

  • The eyelashes
  • The seemingly-floating star, and
  • The details on the butterfly

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This piece is inspired by many women’s and girl’s hopes and dreams, and their efforts to reach them and the beauty of imperfection

Many women want to be slim and beautiful.

We fix our teeth, wear make-up, accessorize ourselves, and some of us even go through numerous procedures (ranging from getting eyelashes extension, botox injections, to cosmetic surgeries). Some of us even develop eating disorder(s) and exercise addiction.

Some women have more resources and determination than the others. But, many of us do try. This can lead to never-ending strives. People cannot stay young and beautiful forever.

In the end, we need to accept that there are some things we can’t change and do our best with what we have.

So morose?  LOL!!!

Well, just so you know, the other two designs I entered into the contest are on the frivolous side. I will write more about them next week.

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I feature and use all of the characteristics of each material I incorporate (even the ones other people might consider as negative attributes) to advantage.

In this instance, for example: Galvanized beads.
Some people dislike the fact that the plating of galvanized beads cannot last forever. I, on the other hand, rubbed the plating of some of the beads off before I sprayed them with clear acrylic spray. It gives the piece more texture and makes it look more dimensional. Also, the slightly distressed look of the beads amplify the mood of the piece . . . the beauty of imperfection and the ephemerality of all things.

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I also challenge myself by not relying on cabochon(s) to anchor my design. I could’ve used Swarovski rivolis for the eyes . . . and if I did it, I could’ve finished creating the piece a few hours faster. Instead, I choose to “draw, color, and shade” my designs using nothing but beads.

Actually, I planned to put some chainmaille links onto this design. That way, this piece will contain every single thing I specialize on. That’s the very reason I put a silk flower on it. But, I was running out of time & none of the combinations I tried look nice on it. So, I decided to nix the idea.

By the way, I love the butterfly wing the skull is wearing as a headpiece. I’m thinking about creating similar hair accessory (minus the skull) sometime this month.

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To me, the most important step in designing a headpiece is making sure that it will look nice on someone’s hair. I had to change the proportion and the silhouette of the piece a few times before it looks just right.

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Then, the beading process begins.

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One bead at a time . . .

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As always, I prefer to “draw” the outline of the piece by back-stitching each bead to create the shape.

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I tried a more conventional beading technique before (gluing cabochons —> beading around the cabochons —> cutting the beading foundation —> beading the edges) . . . but, that technique doesn’t work so well for me. May be it’s because I don’t really use cabochons. But not just that, I want to go beyond beading things in radial pattern.

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After I was done beading the piece, I bonded it – using hot-melt adhesive – onto high quality ultrasuede … and beaded the part where the beadwork meets with ultrasuede to make the piece more seamless :)

Because the silk rose covers the pretty butterfly the skull is wearing as a headpiece, I decided to make the flower a bit smaller.

And, the number of hours I spent to create this headpiece is . . . 60 hours. The first attempt in bringing an imaginary accessory into reality takes time because I still need to figure out how I can create certain shapes or effects using the materials that are available to me. It involves a few trials and errors. I can reproduce this piece in less time. Say . . . 45 or 50 hours :D

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Next Saturday: The other designs I entered into Fire Mountain Gem’s Seedbead contest

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That’s it for now, guys!!!

Have a terrific weekend.

-joyce

Moving towards a different direction: Creating simpler & more wearble pieces

Hey guys,

I listed two new bracelets on my Etsy shop today.

As you’ll see (below), these pieces are a lot simpler than my usual designs (such as this one).

They are also much more wearable in the sense that we can wear it pretty much anytime we want (even on a daily basis) with pretty much anything we want.

 Bold & Chunky Antiqued Brass Chain Maille Bracelet / Cuff by AngelicaBrigade Angelica Brigade Vertebrae Weave Chainmaille jewelry Chainmail Jewellery

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Timeless, aren’t they? They’ll never look dated, even a few years from now. And yes, they are lovingly-constructed to last for years.

Update (March 12, 2013): These bracelets are no longer available for sale)

Angelica Brigade’s New Studio

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It’s tiny: Only 130 square feet (12 square meter) in size & located a few footsteps away from my living room.

To make the most of it, I asked a local carpenter to create ceiling-high cabinets (in glossy white) so I can make this home office to look clean & organized.

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I keep the decor to a minimum:

  • Two of Jasmine Becket-Griffith‘s limited edition canvas prints
  • A vintage canvas hat with one of my handmade lurex flower headband on top of it
  • One of my handmade gigantic silk flower propped on top of an art-deco inspired vase
  • One of my handmade alternative bouquet (it can stand upright on its own – without any support whatsoever)
  • A floral & metal centerpiece I made for my wedding’s cocktail party, and . . .
  • A framed chalkboard

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At the end of each day, I put everything inside of the cabinets to keep them clean & dust-free.

Everything has its own space. It makes it easier for me to find things.

According to the American Demographics Society, Americans waste 9 million hours a day looking for misplaced items.

To me, time is a luxury. And once we waste it, we can never recover it.

I also like to start each of my workday afresh. Plus, it’s easier for me to clean the table when there’s absolutely nothing on top of it.

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This is how I make sure that each of my in-stock items are completely dust-free & stay pristine.

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I always keep Fire Mountain Gem‘s catalog nearby. It’s an amazing & comprehensive resource I need whenever I am designing a new piece of jewelry.

So, this concludes today’s short tour of Angelica Brigade’s Studio. Thanks for stopping by~

Friday Finds: Tonya Hawkes Clutch

This must be the most original design I’ve seen in a long time

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How do you like it?

More pictures & description is available in >>> http://shop.harpersbazaar.com/designers/tonya-hawkes/graphic-clutch

Have a great weekend!!!

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One of a Kind Beaded Jewelry / Accessory

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It’s gonna be the first among many~

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Using Jewelry Making Kits to Learn New Techniques & Escape a Creative Rut

Update (04/17/2916): Blue Buddha Boutique is closing its door permanently. The link to their website (below) is no longer active.

Once in a while,  I make  several pieces of jewelry that look nothing like the things I usually make (my original designs)

Today, I made this dainty necklace using one of the jewelry-making kits I purchased in Japan a few months ago.

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The kit is designed & produced by BeadsFactory, a division of the company that creates Miyuki Beads

I purchased it from ABC Craft – one of my favorite shops in Osaka :D

Anyway~~~

This piece isn’t exactly a chainmaille jewelry, but its focal points are created by interlinking numerous jump rings

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Due to possible copyright issue, I can’t scan the whole instruction for you. But, I can share some of the new things I learned by making this piece with you [in a few weeks] by writing a tutorial on my re-interpretation or a variation of this piece.

My Japanese isn’t very good but the instruction is easy to follow.

The only thing I’m not happy about is that they don’t label the items they include in the kit.

This kit happens to contain no more than 9 different components; so it wasn’t bad. But, there are a few kits that contain more than 25 different unlabelled components. They drive me a little nuts because it usually takes me a while to figure out which piece is which, for example: which beads are antique black, matte navy blue, very dark gray, and so on . . . Especially because it turned out that the color they call Antique Black is actually very shinny [LOL!!!] Oh, gosh~ I had to ask 3 different people to help me to figure out which color was which :D

(We figured out which color is called Antique Black by elimination method)

But … in the end, they usually worth the effort.

Making things that are radically different from my own designs gets me out of my comfort zone.

Plus, through the process, I usually learn something new either by using some materials I never used before, using color combinations I never imagined before, or constructing things using the techniques I haven’t mastered just yet.

I prefer to buy jewelry-making kits than jewelry-making books. One of the reasons is: There are times when I cannot find some of the materials I’ll need to create some of the projects shown/written in the books, or … when I can find them, I have to buy them in the amounts that are waaayyyyy beyond what I need (i.e. one box per color instead of 20 pcs of each). In the end, I might end up with numerous boxes of beads I will never use. They will just clutter my work space & gather dust. What a waste~

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P.S. Want to learn to create chainmaille jewelry? You might want to start by using Blue Buddha Boutique’s kits. Get a chance to win a Shaggy Loops Bracelet kit [please read my giveaway blog post for more details. The contest is open to everyone, no matter where you currently live. But, hurry~ The contest ends tonight (November 23,2012).

Also, get a chance to win an All-in-One, Easy Start to Chainmaille Pack via this link >>> http://www.bluebuddhaboutique.com/blog/2012/11/chainmaille-starter-packs-blog-hop-giveaway The deadline to enter is November 28, 2012.

My Handmade ChainMaille Jewelry & Hair Accessories: As Seen on a Major Daytime TV Show & La Carmina Blog

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The episode is called “Health Dilemmas Caught on Tape”

It was aired Wednesday, October 24 in the daytime. Check your local listings for repeats. Or, you can watch the segment on La Carmina‘s Youtube Channel:

More pictures & more information about the show are available in http://www.lacarmina.com/blog/2012/10/the-doctors-tv-show-guest-japanese-bagel-head-body-modification-la-carmina-on-cbs-medical-daytime-tv-show/

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If you can’t conceal it, and can’t find a better substitution …

If you can’t conceal it and can’t find a better substitution either …

Then, it’s best to incorporate it into the design.

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For months, I’ve been looking for high quality undrilled freshwater pearls & undrilled crystal beads I can use to replace the Swarovski crystal pearls create this chain maille necklace.

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The Gwynn Handmade Chain Maille & Swarovski Crystal Pearls Necklace by Angelica Brigade

I love how the Swarovski crystal beads look with the chain. The thing is . . . each of these beautiful, gleaming crystal pearl is created with 2 pin-sized drill holes on it. People who see me wearing a similar piece never notice the holes, but . . . I know they’re there . . . and if I have a choice, I’d rather use beads and crystals that have no holes (no mater how tiny) on them.

Why?

  • The drill holes serve no aesthetic nor practical purpose
  • To some people, the holes might look like product defects
  • Plus, it makes the necklace looks too home-made & less professionally-done

Some people don’t mind the drill holes a bit … but, if it is possible for me to create a drill-hole-free version of the necklace, by any means, I should. right?! (I think so . . . )

Well, unfortunately, currently, my company isn’t big enough to place custom drill-free Swarovski crystal beads & crystal pearls

So, I have to find other ways to create the Gwynn necklace without unnecessary drill holes on the beads. So …

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I decided to use hand-painted & enameled (cloissone) beads, which motif highlights the drill holes by making them to look like black dots that serve as the the focal parts of the design.

( I will make this style in several different colors )

I love how the beads make the Gywnn looks art deco

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I’ll still make the crystal beads & crystal pearls version of Gwynn …

The cloissone-beads-Gwynn will merely be a (more refined) variation /option to the “style family”

Angelica Brigade’s Handmade Hair Flower, seen on La Carmina in DNR’s Official MUSIC VIDEO

You can see my handmade hair accessories @ 3:20 – 4:13

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DNR is a Euro-Visual Band from Italy

The music video was filmed in Rome by Solobuio Visual Factory

For behind the scenes pictures, please visit La Carmina‘s blog: www.lacarmina.com/blog/2012/09/dnr-rock-princess-music-video-dreams-not-reality-new-pv-la-carmina-rome-italy-jrock-music/

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DNR’s official website: http://www.dnrofficial.com

Solobuio’s official website: http://www.solobuio.com

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<3 their music.

Here’s a screenshot that shows one of the scenes where you can see La Carmina wearing my handmade hair flowers:

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http://www.angelica-brigade.com

What’s New in AngelicaBrigade’s Etsy Shop This Week

Update (04/17/2916): Blue Buddha Boutique is closing its door permanently. The link to their website (below) is no longer active.
Update 04/17/2016: I no longer sell my pieces via Etsy
AngelicaBrigade Angelica Brigade Handmade Jewellery Handmade Chainmail Jewelry ChainMaille Bracelet Chain Maille in Gold Blue Buddha Boutique Anodized Aluminum Jump Rings Jet AB Swarovski crystal bead hammered pewter toggle clasp handmade by joyz*k a.k.a. Miu Vermillion or k_joyz indie designer independent designer chainmailler ChainMaille &amp; Swarovski Bracelet. Bold, Unusual, Lightweight. Great for all occassions. Available in http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/5961327<br />http://www.angelica-brigade.com

ChainMaille & Swarovski Bracelet. Bold, Unusual, Lightweight. Great for all occassions. More pictures & information are available in http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/5961327

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ChainMaille and Swarovski Statement Necklace in Gold & Jet Aurore Boreale. Bold, Timeless, Elegant, Unusual, Lightweight. Great for all occassions. Available www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/angelicabrigade/5961353/

All of them are made using Blue Buddha Boutique‘s premium anodized aluminum jump rings.

To read more details & see more pictures of the bracelet, please visit this link: http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/5961327

To read more details & see more pictures of the necklace, please visit this link: www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/angelicabrigade/5961353/

Handmade by joyz*k of Angelica Brigade (http://www.angelica-brigade.com)

Silk Headpiece With A Hand Beaded Polymer Sculpture Center Piece – Wearable Art – Gothic / Lolita Headdress, Photo Shoot Prop

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Style name: Jeanne (d’Arc) v.03
Original design by joyz*k of Angelica Brigade

The sculpture is 100% handmade, hand-painted, and lacquered by me.

The diameter of the headpiece: Approx. 6 1/2” (16.5 cm)
The diameter of the beaded center piece: Approx. 2 1/2” (6.35 cm)
Weight: 64 grams / 2.25 oz. / 0.14 lb.

Materials: Italian silk organza, silver-lined Delica seed beads, silver-plated beads, simulated pearls, polymer clay, silver pigment, high gloss acrylic lacquer, die-cut high quality felt, alligator clip.

Made to order.

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My favorite pics in pinterest this week

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Gold and Silver Captive Inverted Round Chain Maille Necklace with Black Grossgrain Ribbon

Update (04/17/2916): Blue Buddha Boutique is closing its door permanently. The link to their website (below) is no longer active.

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Angelica Brigade AngelicaBrigade Contemporary ChainMaille jewelry Chain Maille necklace chainmail jewellery gold silver anodized aluminum lightweight timeless classic elegant low maintenance black grossgrain ribbon http://www.angelica-brigade.com

Angelica Brigade AngelicaBrigade Contemporary ChainMaille jewelry Chain Maille necklace chainmail jewellery gold silver anodized aluminum lightweight timeless classic elegant low maintenance black grossgrain ribbon http://www.angelica-brigade.com

A unusual, dramatic, and timeless statement necklace with a self-tie grossgrain ribbon closure.

Low maintenance and will never tarnish.

The ends of the ribbons are heat-treated to prevent fraying.

Made with meticulous attention to detail, one jump ring at a time.

Extremely lightweight (22 grams / 0.77 oz / 0.04 lb).

It comes with a spare / replacement grossgrain ribbon.

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Dimensions:
– The length of the chainmaille: Approx. 7″ (18 cm)
– The diameter of the chainmaille: Approx. 3/4″ (2 cm)
– The length of the black grossgrain ribbon: Approx. 47″ (120 cm)
– The with of the ribbon: Approx. 3/8″ or (1 cm)

The color of the chain: Yellow gold (similar to 22 karat gold) and bright silver.

Please remember that monitors with different calibrations might depict colors somewhat differently.

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Materials: Blue Buddha Boutique premium bright aluminum and anodized aluminum jump rings and cotton/polyester blend grossgrain ribbon.

The composition of the bright aluminum jump rings:
Aluminum: 92.9 – 95.3%; Magnesium 0.8 – 1.2%; trace amounts possible of Chromium, Copper, Iron, Silicon, Zinc Manganese, Titanium.

The composition of the anodized aluminum jump rings:
Aluminum: 96.6 – 98.5%; Magnesium 1.5 – 2.1%; trace amounts of Chromium, Copper, iron, Manganese, Silicon, Titanium, Zinc

Hypoallergenic?:
Not necessarily hypoallergenic however, it is widely accepted that aluminum is very poorly absorbed through the skin, so you do not need to worry about metal toxicity.

Maintenance:
The color of the chain can be scratched by harder metals,. Oils from your skin may change the colors. Some of the color can be restored by washing the piece in soap and water.

http://www.angelica-brigade.com

My Favorite Outfits on Pinterest This Week

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http://pinterest.com/pin/206813807859015917/

Rebecca Minkoff Becky Jacket via Shopbop Black and White Outfit Black Leather Pants Eye Catching Blazer Shawl Collar

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http://pinterest.com/pin/206813807859015884/

The Dress: Alice + Olivia Chiffon One Shoulder Dress  Bold & Dramatic Bride: Diane Von Furstenberg Lytton Clutch Dara Ettingner Lillian Earrings Charles Albert Quartz Cuff Jacquie Aiche Hand Chain Boutique 9 Justine Pumps  Elegant & Sweet Bride: Whiting & Davis Crystal Clutch Shashi Pave Earrings Maison Martin Margiela Ring Jennifer Zeuner Love Bracelet Alejandro Ingelmo Grace Pumps he summer months seem to entail attending at least one engagement party, bridal shower, or wedding, and I've got all you brides covered with what to wear. Are you a bold and dramatic or an elegant and sweet bride? I'll show you how to work both looks with a simple swap of accessories. Better yet, get more mileage out of the dress, and rock both looks to different events! If you're not a bride this look would still work for a special occasion like a birthday or cocktail party. Just make sure you don't wear it to someone else's wedding event. White is a big fashion don't for a wedding guest!

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http://pinterest.com/pin/206813807859037345/

All the images seen in this blog post are not mine. I’m not using them for any commercial purpose. But, ff you are the own the rights to those images and do not want to see them in this blog, please let me know and I will remove them immediately.

Captive Swarovski Crystal Pearls Chain Maille Statement Necklace in Gold and Light Grey

Update (04/17/2916): Blue Buddha Boutique is closing its door permanently. The link to their website (below) is no longer active.

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Angelica Brigade angelicabrigade handmade jewelry jewellery necklace new weave swarovski crystal pearl pearls gold silver unusual elegant glamorous captive variant weave joyz*k of http://www.angelica-brigade.com

Angelica Brigade angelicabrigade handmade jewelry jewellery necklace new weave swarovski crystal pearl pearls gold silver unusual elegant glamorous captive variant weave joyz*k

>>> contemporary chainmaille jewelry by joyz*k of Angelica Brigade <<<

A unusual, dramatic, timeless, and elegant statement necklace.

Looks great with almost everything: tank top or t-shirt and jeans, business suit, cocktail dress, evening dress, you name it.

Made with meticulous attention to detail, one jump ring at a time.

Lightweight for its size (62 grams / 2.1 oz. /  0.13 lb. )

Adorned with Swarovski Crystal Pearls which are “perfect replica(s) of genuine pearls. They are similar in weight and behaviour, adjust to the temperature of the skin and are resistant to rubbing, scratching, perfume, perspiration and UV light. Above all, they are the first pearls in the world with a crystal core and an innovative, silky smooth pearl coating.” ( Source: http://www.create-your-style.com/Content.Node/swarovski-elements/Crystal-Pearls.en.php )

An original design by joyz*k from Angelica Brigade.

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IMPORTANT:
Each Swarovski Crystal Pearl has two (2) tiny (pin-sized) DRILL HOLES on them.

> > > Please look at pictures closely and see whether the drill holes makes you like the necklace less < < <

{ For example, on pic #1, the visible drill holes are on the 4th pearl from the left and the 2nd pearl from the right }

But . . . I love how the gleaming crystal pearls look with the chain. Plus, the people who saw me wearing this necklace do not notice the drill holes because they are hidden from view by the handmade chain. So, I decided to go ahead and create this necklace.

Currently, I’m in the process of researching and sourcing some materials (gemstones, crystals, handmade polymer clay beads) that can be good substitutes to the Swarovski crystal pearls.

Please see picture #1 closely and you can see those drill holes: one on the 4th pearl from the left & one on the 2nd pearl from the right.

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Style name: Gwynn

Length: Approx. 22″ (56 cm)

This necklace is finished with a gold-plated pewter (tin-based alloy) toggle clasp.

The color of the chain: Yellow gold, similar to 22 karat gold.
The color of the Swarovski crystal pearls: Gleaming Light Grey

Please remember that monitors with different calibrations might depict colors somewhat differently.

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Materials: Blue Buddha Boutique premium anodized aluminum jump rings, Swarovski Crystal Pearls, hammered pewter (tin-based) toggle clasp.

The composition of the jump rings:
Aluminum: 96.6 – 98.5%; Magnesium 1.5 – 2.1%; trace amounts of Chromium, Copper, iron, Manganese, Silicon, Titanium, Zinc

Maintenance:
The color of the chain can be scratched by harder metals,. Oils from your skin may change the colors. Some of the color can be restored by washing the piece in soap and water.

http://www.angelica-brigade.com

.:: talent is overrated ::. my design process .:: a day in life ::.

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Thousands of jump rings in various sizes strewn all over the table

Along with ribbons, Swarovski crystal pearls, strips of fabrics, metal findings

I know I’d been sitting here for hours

Using 3 different sets of pliers, I’ve been weaving the jump rings, taking them apart, changing the sizes of the jump rings I used, re-arranging the placements and the length of the chain, crystal pearls, and the ribbons . . . and I’m not even half done.

Out of sudden I felt lightheaded. My hands started to shake . . .

It was then when I realized that it was 7 pm, that I had been working for 10 hours, and that I had not eaten anything all day . . .

Quickly, I decided to whip something up really quick before things get even worse

And when I was waiting for the water to boil . . . I couldn’t stop myself from thinking out ways to improve the necklaces I’m creating today.

It’s not uncommon for me to keep on working till very early in the morning . . .

And the moment I wake up, after I have my morning coffee (with lots of rice milk & cocoa powder), I usually go right back to work

Yes, I know that it’s not a very healthy lifestyle. It’s not a lifestyle I’d recommend to anyone else. I also know that it’s in my best interest to live a more balanced life . . . But, at this moment, there is nothing I can do about it.

There are a few plans in the works and I’m on deadline . . . But it’s another story for another day :)

Many people told me how lucky I am that I find something I’m passionate about and how fun it must be creating all these jewelry and headpieces. If they actually see the kind of life I lead, will they still think so?

All these fumes I inhale and all these ash that I need to clean up whenever I create silk floral headpieces / hair fascinator

Once in a while I accidentally stab my fingers with a needle and burn my fingers

And then, there are these natural byproducts of one’s decision to stay seated on the same spot while doing the things that require one’s close attention to detail: back pain, neck pain, dry eyes

There are times when I get stuck and no matter how much I try the pieces either don’t fit together and do not look the way I envision them to be. It can be very frustrating.

Yet, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I am driven by this impulse to create. Plus, the satisfaction that comes with the completion of each project is incomparable.

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It’s uncommon for me to work longer than 14 hours per day

And … because of that, there are moments when I feel that talent is overrated. It’s the hours I spend doing, re-doing, fixing, and improving my works are the reasons I acquire these skills

Have you read or read about Geoffrey Colvin’s book Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else ?

How about Malcolm Gladwells’ “Outliers” ?

Here are some good summaries of the books’ arguments:

– Why talent is overrated http://money.cnn.com/2008/10/21/magazines/fortune/talent_colvin.fortune/index.htm

– Malcolm Gladwell – Outliers: http://wiki.dandascalescu.com/summaries/Malcolm_Gladwell_-_Outliers

It takes about 10,000 hours for people to start to be really good ad something

True, I one of the reasons I like to create chainmaille jewelry is because it comes very naturally to me. If I happen not to be not good at it or if I happen to dislike doing it, I would never spend so many hours practicing, learning new weaves, and designing my own chainmaille jewelry. So, perhaps, passion and natural aptitude are parts of the mix … but if I never spend those hours making numerous pieces of chainmaille jewelry and fabric accessories,  experimenting with new materials and techniques, and trying to figure out how I can make a better piece next time … I would not be able to make the things I am able to make today.

If I don’t spend enough time re-working this piece, this headpiece will still look the way the 1st version looks like …

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And, here is how the latest version looks like:

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There are still a lot of rooms for me to improve. There are a lot of techniques I want to learn and incorporate.

Alas …  I’m not a super human and I do need to have some rest from time to time … How I wish there are more hours in a day

Anyway, look at the time!

I need to go back to work. I’m trying to finish creating these 2 new necklaces today. I will upload their pictures in a few days.

-joyz*k of AngelicaBrigade

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