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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

color clash: orange and wine

I wanted to make myself a nice little flat crossbody bag. I love colors, and since inspiration is everywhere, I took a look in my piles of remnants and scraps first. 

Like I mentioned above, I love color, especially vibrant color combos such as this one. I decided on a deep wine shade of very soft lambskin and an orange coral leather. The soft cotton lining has both these colors plus a few more so it really brought the two together nicely for a great spring look. 

Here is the final look.

I do like how easy it came together, and I'll try to create a tutorial as I create the next one because of how I added the lining and fixed it to the seam of the actual bag.

It need a little tweaking, but practice makes perfect, right? I want to work on the edge contrast because top-stitching leather on a curve is really tricky. The zipper could be better in that its not completely centered, so some of the zipper tape is still showing.

The things I love about it though are plenty! I love the color combo, mixing an orange-y coral with a wine shade is very pretty, and screams Spring to me.
I love the fixed lining. its stitched securely to the shell of the bag so it wont budge, or shift when you're putting things in or pulling them out.
I like the little tabs on the ends, but will widen them next time. I planned on making a crossbody strap, but I think I'll just make a wristlet strap, and then also a strap that connects the tabs and anchors the foldover portion of the bag (if you can picture that :-)
And, finally, I like the size. It's a nice and large size when opened and can easily fit magazines and other books, but when folded over, it could still fit an ipad mini if you needed it to.

Overall, i can't wait to make more!


Monday, March 3, 2014

Chunky Clay Cuffs (in the raw)!!

Every time I sit down to make a braided cuff or bracelet from polymer clay I end up with something unexpected. This is my latest.

Notice the wide and spaced out positioning of the strands. I'd wanted a tighter more braided look, but it didn't turn out that way, and I'm perfectly okay with that.

That's one of the beauties of working with clay, you may have an idea in mind, but it's best not to become too attached to that idea, because the clay may do something completely different. And then you end up with a piece you love even more.

Happy creating!

Friday, February 28, 2014

March Madness!!! Free Gift w/ Purchase (gwp)

Celebrate March Madness with a free phone wallet from bylillianvernell on etsy! 

Starting today Feb 28 thru March 14, receive a phone wallet free with any handbag purchase.

Purchases are made to order, so please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery. All orders are taken through my etsy store, are first come, first serve, final sale, & while supplies last. Please message me through etsy if you have any questions.

Thank you and happy shopping!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

More Cloisonne!

 I've been creating more cloisonne pieces, and this is what is coming together in my studio! 
(I've written about cloisonne before, and you can find that post here.)
Top: Petals in 3d, earring and pendants; Bottom Left: Circle Pendant without color; Bottom Right: Circle Pendant with color

I really enjoyed creating these pieces, and continually draw inspiration from Frey Wille Jewelry. I could sit and stare at their jewelry for hours, it's absolutely gorgeous and always a conversation piece. 

The pieces pictured are uncured (still soft) polymer clay. The clay has been shaped and sliced to the desired look, and then decorated with forged wire and then hand painted.

The Petals in 3d pieces shown will be a set that includes: drop earrings, and a solitary pendant as a necklace. 

The Circle Pendant will be added to a chain and sold individually. 

All pieces will be cured until hard and then preserved in several layers of clear resin.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Marbled in Pink

I added a few drops of color to liquid resin, once it cured, I added a marbled effect. I'll add a coat for shine, and add wire hardware to create a necklace.
I learned something new and decided to experiment. What do you think?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Embossed Leather & Fall Colors

I've been making clutch pouches for awhile now, and wanted to shift gears, and add a strap to make a cute everyday shoulder bag. Take a look at what I came up with.
soft goatskin leather with an elephant skin embossed pattern

the leather has been antiqued with ivory, and adds a nice rustic look to the bag
I love finding unique leathers. It adds a little more character to the finished product. This bag will retail for $125, and I'll be making one more to add to my store on Etsy. Be sure to follow m on Instagram for updates on products and a peek into what I do behind the scenes.


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Handbags byLillianVernell

Here are a few pieces I've made and sold

And here is what I'm currently working on and will be adding to the shop this week! 

Red ostrich embossed leather
Black ostrich embossed leather

Green-brown ostrich embossed leather

Check out www.etsy.com/shop/bylillianvernell for details. Find and follow me on Instagram @bylillianvernell to stay updated on new products as they come out!