lilicharms

handmade lampwork glass, crystal and gemstone jewelry

Louisville, Kentucky · 2904 Sales

lilicharms

handmade lampwork glass, crystal and gemstone jewelry

Louisville, Kentucky 2904 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Lili

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Announcement   Happy New Year from Lilicharms! Almost everything is ready to ship next day, including Saturdays, via USPS First Class or Priority Mail. Looking for gift ideas? Search "birthstone jewelry" to see wonderful gemstones, including garnet for January and amethyst for February. You'll also find fun hoop earrings, delicate rose gold jewelry, long necklaces, unique bangles, memory wire bracelets, stud earrings, and colorful lampwork glass earrings at Lilicharms.

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Last updated on Jan 2, 2017

Happy New Year from Lilicharms! Almost everything is ready to ship next day, including Saturdays, via USPS First Class or Priority Mail. Looking for gift ideas? Search "birthstone jewelry" to see wonderful gemstones, including garnet for January and amethyst for February. You'll also find fun hoop earrings, delicate rose gold jewelry, long necklaces, unique bangles, memory wire bracelets, stud earrings, and colorful lampwork glass earrings at Lilicharms.

Thank you for stopping by.

Lili

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Lili

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Lili, Lilicharms and the Search for Harmony

After being away for a very long time, I returned last year to Louisville, Kentucky, my hometown and all-around fine city. I live there with my husband, who doubles as my photography department, and two adorable cats. Just so you don't get confused, you will occasionally see me referred to as "Fran," which is the name I go by off of Etsy, but I adopted "Lili" for this shop. My full name is Lillian Frances, which is quite a mouthful. These are the names of my two grandmothers, but it was Lillian who was the creative one.

I dabbled in assorted arts and crafts throughout my life until a few years ago when I discovered jewelry-making. The variety of colors and shapes in the beads and the need to continually master new tools and techniques were utterly absorbing. My first love was glass, especially artisan lampwork glass. In these days of mass production, it was inspiring to learn that these beads are each produced one at a time by artists who devote years to perfecting their craft. It took me longer to grow comfortable with gemstones. They are just so complex! There are not only color, pattern, shape, and size to consider, but hardness measures, quality scales, treatments, and prices that range from cheap to outrageous depending on the commonness of the stone more than its quality. Sometimes I like to use only a single variety of gemstone, and sometimes I like to mix them, seeking harmony in the diversity. Although rhythm and balance are also important to me, the search for harmony best describes my artistic vision, a search that is not a bad metaphor for our times. Harmony often takes a surprising amount of time and careful planning to achieve in jewelry, as well as in life.

I’ve noticed that many jewelry artists on Etsy emphasize the “one of a kind” (OOAK) nature of their work. I admire this immensely but adopted a somewhat different strategy. Before I opened my shop, I spent several months perfecting particular designs that were comfortable, beautiful but subtle, and that had a distinctive, recognizable look that could be replicated with different beads using the same basic design. That is, I focused on creating (hopefully) lasting designs and collections rather than OOAK, never to be repeated, works. It is so fascinating to read different accounts of artisans' creative styles. Some sound fun but chaotic! I'll never be one who can sit down with a random pile of beads and create a masterpiece. I am, by nature, a planful person, and my jewelry reflects this, for better or worse.

The collections themselves have evolved over time but my process has remained pretty much the same. For example, you would laugh to hear how long I spent on my first "floating pearl" memory wire bracelet, as I experimented with a variety of patterns, lengths of curved tube beads, and the size and even the brand of seed beads I used before declaring, "This is it!" Since then, I've made and sold hundreds of these bracelets in a wide array of color combinations all essentially following this particular design. Similarly, my "layered gemstone" memory wire bracelet looks deceptively simple, but it actually resulted from a lot of planning to find harmonious natural gemstones and just the right accent beads. Most recently, I've become enamored with wire, as my collections of wire-wrapped handmade bangles attest. I probably made two dozen hook-and-eye style bangles before deciding that the measurements were perfect to assure both security and ease of use. I love that jewelry demands attention to both beauty and infrastructure -- yet another facet of this craft that has its counterparts in the wider world.

I'm updating my profile tonight, almost four years into the life of my shop. I have well over 2,000 sales now and a good mix of new and repeat customers, for whom I am very grateful. I am so happy to be part of the Etsy community. Regardless of whether you shop here or elsewhere in Etsy, I thank you for supporting handmade. For me, buying handmade has become a cause – a way of preserving a way of life that was almost lost in the latter part of the 20th century but remarkably has been reinvigorated by technologies like the internet and Etsy.

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Last updated on Apr 13, 2016
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Sizing details

Many items in my shop can be made shorter or longer, bigger or smaller. Please feel free to convo me.

Custom and personalized orders

"Only one available" means that one is made and ready to ship, but I usually have additional supplies on hand for multiple item orders. Please contact me.

Since almost every item in my shop is made in advance of listing (ready to ship next day), I usually can make personalized or custom-fit jewelry within one additional day. Wedding orders may take a few days if I need to order additional supplies. Please contact me and I can let you know approximately how long processing time would be.

Gift wrapping and packaging

All jewelry items will arrive in a nice box, tied with an organza bow. If you need something other than this, please let me know.