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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!


Saturday, November 9, 2013

New listings on byLillianVernell!

Check out what's new in the shop

Mustard yellow with centered stripe detail in chocolate brown; all genuine lambskin leathers

Mustard yellow with off-centered stripe detail in chocolate brown; all genuine lambskin leathers

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

On the table: Pattern Drafting

Right now I'm drafting a pattern for a new product. Wallet anyone? My pattern technique is simple and not technical at all: sketch, transfer exact dimensions to Kraft paper, cut out and then cut out from my chosen textiles.

Drafting a pattern for a new product.

 I'm anxious to try out a new technique that I've been playing out in my head. If it works, it'll make marrying the exterior and interior of my bags and wallets sooooooo easy! I'll keep you posted once I finalize the details. I may even pull it together into a tutorial for you all. What projects are you working on?

As always, happy crafting, and take a look at the at the store for new product, and subscribe to the blog using the link above. Or follow my on Instagram: @byLillianVernell.


Sunday, October 20, 2013

More Ostrich!

Recently, I added a black leather pouch with embossed ostrich design which i wrote about here, well, here is some new additions. These are also a soft lambskin leather with the same beautiful embossed ostrich design. These two lovelies are a red, and a greenish-brown color.

Just finished this green-brown leather pouch.
Also, in a rich red color.

 These both will have a removable wristlet and interior pockets. Look for them in the shop soon. You can also find me on Instagram: @bylillianvernell


Thursday, October 17, 2013

What's coming up byLillianVernell

I've been prepping some new leathers. These will be made into more pouches and will be added to the shop hopefully by the weekend.
Prepped 3 new leathers for five new pouches. Stay tuned!

Two tan goatskin with an elephant embossed design and an ivory wash look will have silver lining. The lining will feature zipper and slider pockets.

Two orange-spice colored lambskins have a nice smooth finish. These will have a contrasting chocolate brown leather edging design element and will have brown lining. The lining will feature zipper and slider pockets.

And lastly, there will be one, yes just one, pouch made from an antiqued aqua green lambskin patent leather and will have silver lining. The lining will feature zipper and slider pockets.

All designs will feature a removable wrist chain, so the bag can be used as a clutch or a wristlet.

Take a look, and don't forget to follow the blog and @byLillianVernell on Instagram!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

New Listing on Etsy!

Check out what is being added to byLillianVernell on Etsy this week!

Front view features a silver square ring, and a removable leather and chain wristlet

The bag interior boasts a zippered pocket on one side, and a slide pocket on the opposite side

The bag has a removable leather and silver chain wristlet that fits comfortably around most wrists; (it can be lengthened if needed).

This black wristlet clutch is sure to be a beautiful addition to any Fall wardrobe. It's made by me, and features soft black genuine goatskin leather. The leather boasts a beautiful embossed Ostrich design. So you get the look of genuine Ostrich leather, without the added expense. Other colors to be added will be red and a green-brown.

For more details, visit byLillianVernell on Etsy today! 
You can also find me on Instagram: byLillianVernell

Monday, September 23, 2013

Handbags byLillianVernell

Here are a few pieces I've made and sold

And here is what I'm currently working on: more Clutches! and these will be added 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!


Monday, July 8, 2013

Turquoise!! & a new way to make an adjustable ring!

I saw this pic floating around the web, and loves the color so much I decided to incorporate it into my resin pieces. This is what I came up with.
A small grouping of "testers". I love the color, and some of the pieces will be turned into pendants, earrings, and charms.
I love how imperfectly perfect this piece turned out. Normally you try to remove all air bubbles from the resin before it cures (hardens). But I like how they make this piece shimmer against the rich background.
Here's another view. I achieved this look by pouring clear resin first, and without removing any bubbles, I let it cure for about 2 hours, then I added the colored resin.

I wanted to create a ring that was "adjustable", without having a separate base that you squeezed together or pulled apart to make it fit. I designed this ring in a ribbon pattern so it is very comfortable and adjusts up or down to be worn comfortably on any finger.
I added prongs at the top and these prongs are inserted into the resin during the last part of the curing stage. This piece is very imperfect because I underestimated how stiff my resin actually wasn't, so it sank too deeply for my taste. But I love the concept, so I'll definitely do it again!

Hope you enjoyed, leave questions and comments below!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Frey Wille Inspired charms!

I don't know when my love for all things Frey Wille started, but I am in LOVE with everything they have! They offer very high-end enamel pieces; from jewelry to accessories like handbags, and scarves, to men items such as tie clips, cuff links and even fountain pens. All incorporate this very beautiful and elaborate enameling process. And everything is always vibrant and colorful. These are some items I made because I am always so inspired by FW vibrant color palette and art. Enjoy!

A small lily. The turquoise setting can be any color. For this one, I used silver jewelry wire, and hand-painted it using different purples.

This piece was truly inspired by Frey-Wille. I love the colors, but also note the abstract loops and swirls. A nice conversation piece.
Also inspired by Frey-Wille, this abstract butterfly boasts gold wire, multi-colors, and a turquoise base. Other colors can be used.

A sampling of some of my latest work. All pieces are incomplete in that they will be cast into several layers of resin. o if you see something you like, be sure to subscribe to my blog, and also visit my etsy store and ign up for notifications. Thanks for stopping by!


Interested in learning more about Frey-Wille? find them at Frey-Wille, noting that you can only purchase their items in store or by phone, you cannot (CANNOT) order pieces online, so be warned, and don't get ripped off.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Haiku of the Day

This is so me right now...lots of thoughts and ideas tumbling around my head, but my hands can't work as quickly. Then I get overwhelmed, and I remember to breathe, and just relax...it's not a race.

New cloisonné piece

I've been working on a few new pieces, and this lily is becoming my fave. The pic shows it just before curing, so i have a few things to do to it before its finished, but what do you think?
A tiny lily, using silver wire and iridescent colors.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Introducing "byLillianVernell" on Etsy!

I decided to open a new shop on Etsy. It's called "byLillianVernell" and will carry items from HaikuMornings, and a kids line called GQkids.

HaikuMornings will carry items that feature an inspirational haiku. The items are all customizable unless otherwise indicates in each listing.

GQkids is, as the name states, a line just for kids. I have two little boys, so be aware you'll see mostly things for boys, but I do plan on adding a few girly items too.

Here are a few things that have been added to the shop recently!
A resin pendant that has an "amber" look and features a haiku.
A faux cloisonné pendant made of polymer clay, resin, and wire. It is also hand painted with metallic colors.
This resin pendant is like the first, but also has the added feature of a cloisonné heart.