Showing posts with label saint. Show all posts
Showing posts with label saint. Show all posts

Friday, September 5, 2014

New Jewelry Items for San Gennaro Festival

It seems like time has flown since I was accepted as a sponsor/vendor for next week's San Gennaro Festival in New York.  I have been working from sun up until the wee hours of the night making jewelry for this event.  It has been a lot of work but I'm not complaining.  Thankfully, I love to make jewelry!

Being the creature of habit that I am, even though I am making tons of jewelry for the festival, I don't have it in me to make several hundred pieces of the exact same item.  So - while I am making several hundred pieces of things like domino pendants featuring San Gennaro, for the most part, the necklaces, charm bracelets, etc. that I am making are all one-of-a-kind in design.  Along that note, I want to show you some variations of necklaces I have made for the festival.  The basic design element is the same between this particular style of necklace, however, I utilized different images, beads and chain to complete the finished product.  So, without further ado - here are some of the bronze cameo necklaces I will be selling at the Festival:

Virgin Mary - made with new and vintage moonstone-style beads.

St. Mary Magdalen - made with Czech glass crystals.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha - Made with Swarovksi crystals.

St. Therese of Lisieux - made with hand-colored metal rose beads and crystals.

Virgin Mary - made with green jadeite milk-glass style crystals.

Virgin Mary - made with bronze metallic and champagne colored crystals.

These are just a few of the necklace variations made for the event.  All have adjustable necklace chains.

If time permits before I leave for NYC in a few days, I will post a tutorial or two on coloring and enameling metal jewelry pieces.

Stay tuned!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Catholic Saints "Bling" Rings

I have been a real collector of rhinestone chain these days.  I absolutely love the stuff.  I've seen the chain used in bracelets and necklaces, but I've never seen anyone use it in rings.  Until now.  I made some Catholic saint portrait rings with glass domes and some beautiful bronze bezels I'd found.  The rings were nice, but they appeared to be missing something.  So - I framed the images with rhinestone chain - and they really seem to pop.  Here's some of the rings I created:

Saint "bling" rings made with rhinestone chain.

Saint "bling" rings made with rhinestone chain.

Saint "bling" rings made with rhinestone chain.

St. Dymphna ring - side view.

St. Dymphna ring - front view.

St. Edith Stein ring.

St. Edith Stein ring - side view.
I really love how the rhinestone chain makes the rings sparkle.  Perfect for the holidays!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Catholic Steampunk Necklaces - Romanticism with a Twist

I have been working on some new Catholic resin jewelry creations and wanted to make them truly unique from the normal genre of what I create.  I wanted something that displayed romanticism with a touch of steampunk.  In order to do this,  I incorporated elements as gears, heavy chain links, crystals and rhinestones to my latest creations.  Here they are:

Virgin Mary necklace - features bronze, antiqued silver and a touch of copper (detail view.)

Virgin Mary necklace - features bronze, antiqued silver and a touch of copper.

Virgin Mary necklace - features bronze, antiqued silver and a touch of copper  (detail view.)
St. Therese of Lisieux necklace with matching earrings.  (The roses are red velvet and perfectly complement the colors in the image.)

St. Therese of Lisieux - pendant close-up

St. Therese of Lisieux - necklace detail.
St. Therese of Lisieux filigree and rhinestone necklace.  I used gilding paste to add interest to the filigree and cross pieces.

Detail of necklace.

St. Therese necklace - pendant detail.

Virgin Mary steampunk necklace.

Virgin Mary steampunk necklace - detail.

Virgin Mary steampunk necklace - pendant detail.
All of these necklaces have been posted to Etsy and EBay.  Once the item sells on one site, it is removed from the other.  I do this for my customers who don't have access to both sites.

I originally intended to complete my Italy series here in blogland, but opted to go forward and share my latest designs, instead.  I have lots of craft-related items and projects I want to share, and now that I am a full-time college student, my time to blog is quite limited.  :(  Until next time - happy crafting!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

St. Rita, Cascia and a Craft Store in Spoleto!

St. Rita of Cascia - incorrupt body

One of the things I absolutely was compelled to do when we visited Italy was to visit the shrine of one of my favorite saints, St. Rita of Cascia.  We departed from Rome early in the morning in order to catch the only train to Spoleto.  From there, we'd hop on a bus to Cascia.

While on the train, we befriended a really nice Italian girl named Eleonora.  Eleonora had a great sense of humor and really helped the travel time to pass quickly.  In fact, we had such a great experience with her, that we are all friends on Facebook now. :)

Brianna and Anthony with our new Italian friend, Eleonora.

Once we arrived in Spoleto, we had a two hour wait for our bus ride.  We took advantage of the opportunity and strolled around this adorable, sleepy little town.  And, lo and behold - what do you think I found there, down the street from the bus/train station?  A little sewing/embroidery store!!!  This little store carried tons of buttons, and a small selection of lace, trims, embroidery floss and the like.  I couldn't resist purchasing some of the unusual buttons and some lace from this sweet little shop.

Buttons galore!

Lace and trims!

Once we got on the bus, we enjoyed the beautiful scenery of the Umbrian country side as we trekked our way to St. Rita's shrine.

Umbria - view from the bus

Finally - we had arrived.  The shrine sits on top of a mountain-top, and in order to get to the top, you can either walk up the winding road or take a shuttle.  We opted for the shuttle because it was raining quite heavily that day.

St. Rita's Shrine - Cascia, Italy

St. Rita's Shrine - Cascia, Italy

A view of Cascia from the shrine (please excuse the foggy picture - it was raining!)

The shrine was breathtaking in every sense of the word.  St. Rita's incorrupt body is encased in a glass tomb in front of the church.  I can't express the joy I felt at finally being able to visit this saint that I have loved since I was a little girl.  All I can say is - it was amazing.

Where St. Rita's body is displayed.

St. Rita's incorrupt body.

St. Rita's incorrupt body.

Inside the shrine.

Look at the beautiful artwork on the ceiling.

The altar.

After we exited the church, we stopped by the gift shop where we purchased several souvenirs.  I purchased several mini pocket statues of St. Rita (among other things) and will be using them in future jewelry creations.
The shrine gift shop contains hundreds of souvenirs of St. Rita.

Because we were short on time, we only visited the shrine for a couple of hours, so unfortunately for us, we didn't get to see everything that we wanted to.  However, the next time I visit Italy, I will definitely plan to visit Cascia for at least a couple of days in order to be able to experience all that this little town has to offer.

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