Announcement Beautiful, affordable, handmade jewelry by Alina Carmela Padilla
Beautiful, affordable, handmade jewelry by Alina Carmela Padilla
Anonymous on Jul 14, 2013
GREAT TRANSACTION!! THANKS FOR THE AWESOME RING!!
Anonymous on May 25, 2013
This bracelet was so gorgeous and thought my good friend Sue would love them as a going away gift. Thank You
Anonymous on May 25, 2013
These are so beautiful so I am giving them as a gift to a young lady!
Anonymous on May 25, 2013
I really love these earings and had difficulty deciding whether to give them to someone as a gift or keep for myself, therefore I kept them for myself.
Why I do what I do.
After losing a loved one in 2008, I sought creativity for solace. A few months before, I had decided to stow away my dancing shoes and everything about dance due to mounting disappointments. I loved drawing; I’d been drawing since I was a little girl, but lacked the space to grow as a sketch/pastel artist.
A year later, I remembered all the beads I had and a jewelry magazine my mother had given me and decided to try some beading projects. I had done some beadwork in the past, but it wasn’t even a hobby or craft in my mind. My work was shoddy and I didn’t know how to finish off pieces. So, I began to learn the methods and techniques of bead weaving.
The early pieces I completed during this period still needed some work, but I was hooked on the learning and creative process. I liked that I was wondering again, like a child, how can I do this better, or, there has to be a better way to do this. I liked that I was making mistakes and learning on my own, reading and learning about other’s processes, and being inspired to create my own methods of creativity.
Soon, bead weaving spawned new curiosities in new jewelry making techniques such as wire wrapping, chain maille, stringing, knot tying, and micro torching. Still today, I feed my curiosities by continuing to hone my craft and by learning new techniques and new jewelry design methods.
I feel blessed that I have the ability to share my creativity in a positive way with strangers and those that I love. I have also witnessed growth, not just in my craft, but within myself. I have gained invaluable spiritual growth after my loss, and working in this craft has allowed me to be mindful of this in a quiet and reflective way.
I dream of having my own studio space one day so I can continue to grow in this craft even more. But even in my current circumstances, I love what I do and I hope that this is reflected in my work.
I strive to make every piece as original as possible. I love making my own findings to finish off my pieces. My earrings and bracelets are one-of-a-kind pieces that reflect how I interpret beauty.
Right now I am exploring with paper beads and finding ways to incorporate them into my jewelry. Endless colors and endless possibilities are the simplest ways I can describe what I offer. Slowly, I am creating a distinctive style that I hope will someday be recognizable as my own. Only time will tell. Meanwhile, welcome to my shop and I hope you enjoy browsing through my earrings, bracelets, and necklaces!
Alina Carmela Padilla
You can learn more about me at WhisperingIris.wordpress.com or follow me on facebook (www.facebook.com/whispering.iris.1).
I typically do not duplicate designs, however, some items for sale can be made custom order. Custom order insturctions are listed in the descriptions of these items, or convo (e-mail, WhisperingIris [!at] htomail.com) me if your interested in a custom order. If you would like an item that is not listed as custom please convo or e-mail me!
If you would like to know more about your purchase or more about Whispering Iris, please e-mail me. You can also visit my blog, WhisperingIris.wordpress.com to learn more about my creative process and the materials I use, and to stay updated about new treasures.
* * Unfortunately, I've had the suspicion that someone's been purchasing items on Etsy to resell for their own profit, my stuff included. So I have to protect myself and post this disclosure: I HAVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE TO SELL TO ANYONE.
Anyone who wishes to buy my items at wholesale prices to resell may contact me at WhisperingIris [!at] hotmail.com.
I deeply appreciate all of my customers who have purchased my items because they really wanted them. This is why I stay motivated to sell on Etsy. So please, to those of you with good intentions, this disclosure is not directed towards you. Thank you for understanding!
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Please ship returns to:
PO Box 5938
Santa Fe, NM 87502
Additional policies and FAQs
Bead woven, or bead stitched pieces should not be over exposed to sun or water, as this may weaken the threads. Some pieces may be washed in cool water with gentle soap and dried indoors, out of the sun. Please view detail instructions for all jewelry care on my blog at this link, http://whisperingiris.wordpress.com/about/jewelry-care-instructions/ (copy and paste link into your browser).