Monday, 7 December 2015

Multi-strands With Style

I apologize for the long absence again. This is not intentional as alot of things went down these past months! I must however say, I did squeeze out sometime to bead and get challenged and inspired when time permits.

This is my latest design and its made up of 15-layers in front and 8 on both sides at the back. The 2 plates on both sides took almost a day  to fill up with the beads. That was the most challenging aspect of the design.

The design came in monochrome and multi colour too. The multi colour  was difficult to balance out because of the various colours used. This took me such a LONG time to sort out! At a point, I almost wanted to give up and do a simpler version. But I told myself, if I don't do it now, I won't learn from my mistakes and get better. Hence, I did challenge myself and got the work done!

More colours came in as well, the black and white versions! What's your favourite and why?

Drop your thoughts....... Thank you!

Linda Aliogo

Monday, 25 May 2015

Adorned and Featured: The Winning Piece ROYALTY

I bet you all know now that our piece ROYALTY won the BeadStyle Magazine competition. We came out tops amongst over 370 other contestants from around the world! GLORY TO GOD!

In this post, I decided to showcase the beauty and simplicity of this set. I'm happy and honoured to present ROYALTY to you!

By the way, this is adorned by me, I guess you already know that, Hahaha..

Linda Aliogo

Sunday, 26 April 2015

The BeadStyle Magazine Competition 2015: ROYALTY Won!

If you still recall, my piece was put up for a in BeadStyle Magazine late last year. The competition involved voting daily for two good weeks! What a time! Being our very first competition, the feeling was intense and real!

I bet you said you never heard from me again about it right? Like what happened to ROYALTY (the piece for the competition).?  Who won the competition? Blah, blah, blah...

Well, we won! Our piece ROYALTY won out of over 370 competitors from all over the world! It was an amazing feeling when I got the email form them! I mean I was ecstatic! Who wouldn't anyway. I had to be silent about it when I got the email last year because that was one of the rules.

So, we won, and it feels good! Our ROYALTY piece is now featured in the May Edition of BeadStyle Magazine! So grateful!

Why and how did I pick this piece for the competition?
This set was picked amongst others for the competition by my baby (though she's seven years old) and I. We just felt its the right one and went ahead to get a name for it. It's wearable! It's a simple, classy, timeless and beautiful jewelry that would appeal to any woman from any work of life! It's a set that exudes richness and spectacle as the name implies!However, this doesn't mean you have to break the bank but rather, you would actually have a feel of royalty when it's adorned. So I suggested Royalty and she said "Yes mummy, that sounds and feels right for it" Just like that, the name was adopted.  ROYALTY is a set that every woman would love to have in her collection.....that's wearable!

We want to use this medium to thank ALL those who supported and voted for us. THANK YOU very much and may God richly celebrate you at HIS time!

I present to you the winning piece of 2015 BeadStyle Magazine Visit Your Local Bead ShopContest!

Thanks again to all who supported us! CHEERS to more fulfilling opportunities!

Linda Aliogo

Golden Waves

So, I learnt this design recently and I must say, it was fun! I randomly picked the colours, not really sure they blend. However, I still went ahead with it because, something inside made me do so.

Have you ever seen/done something for the first time, not sure of it but you do have that hunch to continue? If you did, then that's exactly how I felt!

The beads used are 8mm crystal rondelles with size 8/0 seed beads. I loved the way it came out and just kept going. The necklace was completed with a matching beacelet and earrings.

Finishing up, I decided a name would be just right for it. Usually, I don't name my jewelries but this was different. I thought for a while and came up with this....GOLDEN WAVES.

The name popped up because of the way the seed beads outlined the edges of the waves in the sea. The two colours blended perfectly giving out this goldish rush! (crystal rondelles  and seedbeads). Do I need to say more... it sounded just right and I stuck to it hence Golden Waves was born.

Linda Aliogo

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Seedbeads In Multi-strand Style

Seedbeads have always been around just like the other beads. There are different types out there and vary from sizes to quality. These beads have always fascinated me because of the finishing and beauty they exude when used alone or combine with other bigger beads.

Just to chip in, they come in sizes 6/0- 15/0. The higher the number on it, the smaller the size. For instance, the size 6/0 is bigger than size 8/0 and that is also bigger than size11/0. This goes on if you  understand what I mean. They come from different manufacturers, hence this shows in the quality, colour and uniformity of the seed beads. The cheap ones are not uniform in their cut,some of them fade fast, while others  tend to loose their lustre and shine as time progresses.

The expensive ones are uniform in size and cut. They retain their shine and look more polished. Either way, seedbeads are lovely when you work with them.

Here, a potpouri of two colours are used to create this multi-strand set. They are 31 strands interwined in this necklace while a matching earring is picked to go with the brooch. By the way, the brooch is optional as you can equally rock the necklace without one.

Also, a multi-strand drop earrings and bracelet can be made to go with the necklace. There are variations to this design. Meanwhile, here is what I did..

Linda Aliogo

Friday, 27 March 2015

Red Alert: Single vs Double

You  may have noticed in my blog that I work with a lot of red... Deliberate or coincidence?! I can only tell you that the occasion and the customer actually determine the colour of choice.

Another reason, I believe is the versatility of the colour, you can combine red with some many other colours and it would just pop! Bringing out the beauty of the jewelry itself and the outfit.

The design here is basically tubular net and they are all in red, yes red, combined with gorgeous brooches according to the style, taste and occasion of the customer. I must tell you each of these was fulfilling and exciting to make.

There are two styles to this design, the single and the double layer, each standing out and unique. The brooches actually added more glamour to the entire sets and I must say, its definitely a good thing to stand out with your jewelry!

Here are the single styles with different brooches.

And the  double styles with brooches.                                                                                   


And all three together....                                                                                                                            

    Your thoughts...please drop them in the comment box below. Thanks.

 Linda Aliogo                                             

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Knot Your Colour and Style

I decided to be a bit experimental and carefree with this design as it was ordered by a new customer who wanted something that is effortlessly stylish!

Something she can change just like her outfit to reflect her style at that point in time. A set she can knot that has colours and simplicity blended to reflect her taste.

Honestly, I was a bit reluctant because I thought it would be monotonous and boring, but she insisted and I obliged. Here, a  lot of 4mm crystal rondelles were used. A few 6mm crystal rondelles were equally usedat the tail ends. Also used  were some cone shaped beads. In between each bead was Preciosia czech seed beads.

Total length is about 64inches  per strand and they were 8 of them. When completed, the 8 strands where knotted and here is the result!

Do I love it? Well, let me hear from you first! How would you knot your?!

Linda Aliogo

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

3 Varieties of Gold and Freshwater Pearls

I think its not very late to say Happy New Year! I  hope things are going well with you! For me, a lot has really happened and I will just get right at it!

I  worked with some freshwater pearls and G.L. gold balls to create a 5-layer necklace set. I wanted to play with the combination to see how it turned out and I did love it!

The necklace was finished with a matching brooch and earring. Here, 3 varieties/designs were created by changing the brooches! Every set has its own beauty and uniqueness that its really hard to pick a favourite.

All in all, I just loved every piece as each of them has finally found a home. And I guess both the jewelry and the buyer are equally as happy and fulfilled as I am.

Enough of the talk, here they are! Please share with me your favourite and why? I would love to hear from you!    Enjoy!

Linda Aliogo

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