Crystal Swarovski and Argentium Silver Earrings

Crystal Swarovski and Argentium Silver EarringsThese lovely handmade earrings feature faceted 15mm x 14mm pear-shaped crystal Swarovski briolettes, hand wrapped in luminous tarnish resistant Argentium sterling silver wire. These beautiful earrings are crystal in finish, but sparkle in a rainbow of colors depending on how the light hits them. Earrings dangle approximately 1.5 inches from the tops of the 92.5 sterling silver French hook earwires. http://www.etsy.com/listing/33715247/crystal-swarovski-and-argentium-silver

Rose Topaz Czech Glass Vintage Style Earrings

Rose Topaz Czech Glass Vintage Style EarringsThe main focus of these handmade vintage style earrings are large and lovely faceted firepolished Czech glass rounds in stunning rose with a topaz luster finish. The beads are topped with dual antiqued brass bead caps and smaller bead caps on the bottom to allow more of the beautiful color and sparkle of the beads to shine through. Earrings dangle just over 1.25 inches (31.75mm) from the tops of lead and nickel safe antiqued brass lever back ear wires.

Vintage Style Sapphire and Brass Locket Necklace

Vintage Style Sapphire and Brass Locket Necklace
This handmade antiqued brass vintage style pendant necklace features a 18mm x 24mm antiqued brass filigree heart locket over a beautiful filigree Vintaj brass crest. A sapphire blue Swarovski flat back crystal adorns the face of the locket. Faceted sapphire blue AB Czech Glass rounds, faceted Indian sapphire Swarovski crystal bicones, antiqued brass melon beads and daisy spacers decorate the chain. A lovely floral connector holds the antiqued brass Mother and son chain to the pendants and a delicate round link chain finishes the design. Necklace is 19.5 inches (495.3mm) long and closes in back with a lovely floral antiqued brass toggle clasp.

Aquamarine Czech Glass Vintage Style Earrings

Aquamarine Czech Glass Vintage Style EarringsPuffy gemstone cut firepolished Czech glass rondelles in gorgeous aquamarine are the center of attention of these lovely handmade vintage style earrings. I've used single swirled antiqued brass filigree bead caps on these stunning beads to let their beauty shine through. Earrings dangle approximately 1.25 inches (31.75mm) from lead and nickel safe antiqued brass lever back ear wires.

Metallic Violet Czech Glass Vintage Style Earrings

Metallic Violet Czech Glass Vintage Style EarringsPuffy Czech glass rondelles in gorgeous metallic violet ice are the main focus of these handmade vintage style earrings. The beads are nestled between gorgeous antiqued bronze bead caps. Sitting atop are antiqued brass flower bead caps, melon beads, daisy spacers and faceted amethyst Swarvoski crystal bicones. Earrings dangle slightly over 1.5 inches (38.1mm) from lead and nickel safe antiqued brass lever back ear wires.

Keep the Internet Free!!


March 14, 2011

The Huffington Post: 

by Patricia Martin



SXSW Update: Al Franken on the Future of Creative Work, Net Neutrality



It's 9:30AM on a Monday in a hotel ballroom that is filled to the brim with people eager to hear what Al Franken has to say. Last night, Austin was overflowing with parties, so I figure most people dragged themselves here with hangovers. Al Franken is sober. With appropriate gravitas, he warns people straight up that the indie party is over for the Internet. Corporate interests are moving in and bringing bags of cash and controlling mindsets, Franken says.
Franken wants big telecom to, "Leave the Internet alone!" And he cracks up the tweeting audience. He explains the coming pricing intentions of major telecoms who will create a paid class system. First class service gives people a fast lane. Coach class is a throttled, slow, low-res dirt road of service.
Other warnings from Franken:
Higher prices are coming. Comcast is looking to kill Netflix. Corporations want control over distribution to give the content they own the biggest audience. This will kill the Long Tail. (I'm wondering if Wired has a reporter here and what Chris Anderson would say to his producer.)
Indie creative content can be created, but will have trouble getting seen. This will choke American creativity. Corporately owned distribution systems serve up a certain kind of content. Predictable, mainstream, vanilla.
Franken says he wants two things:
1. For artists to get paid for their work
2. To have access to open and free distribution platforms to reach audiences.
Franken urges Internet "job creators", as he sees the audience gathered at SXSW, to call their Congressmen and speak up. "As tech entrepreneurs, you create jobs and in this economy legislators want to hear from you." And, yes, he says--"You will get your call returned." He mentions Bandcamp, a service beloved by the Culture Scout Blog from its inception. Bandcamp is a platform that helps indie bands promote themselves to audiences and manage their fan base. One band grew a 12 person staff as they grew an audience through Bandcamp.
"Let's not sell out. Let's keep the Internet weird, let's keep the Internet free."
Audience goes wild!

Violet Lavender Vintage Style Lucite Flower Earrings

Violet Lavender Vintage Style Lucite Flower EarringsDual Lucite ruffle flowers in beautiful two-toned Lavender Minx and blue are the main focus of these handmade vintage style earrings. Faceted violet Swarovski crystal bicones and iridescent lilac blue glass rounds form the flower stamens. Dual antiqued brass bead caps, daisy spacers and violet Swarovski cyrstals finish the floral design. Earrings dangle approximately 1.75 inches (44.45mm) from the tops of lead and nickel safe antiqued brass lever back ear wires.

Olivine Burgundy Czech Glass Vintage Style Earrings

Olivine Burgundy Czech Glass Vintage Style EarringsThese lovely handmade vintage style earrings feature olivine Czech glass rondelles with a rich swirl of burgundy brown creating a fabulous color combination. Antiqued brass filigree bead caps and faceted olivine Swarovski crystal bicones sit atop. Earrings dangle approximately 1.75 inches (44.45mm) from the tops of uniquely handcrafted non-tarnish lead and nickel safe vintage bronze ear wires. My ear wires are specifically designed to stay put on the ear better than standard commercial French hook ear wires.

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Violet Swarovski Vintage Style Lucite Flower Earrings

Violet Swarovski Vintage Style Lucite Flower EarringsThese lovely and feminine handmade vintage style earrings feature lavender frosted Lucite bell flowers, violet Lucite daisy flowers and 4mm violet Swarovski crystal bicones. The flowers are wrapped in antiqued brass swirl bead caps and sitting atop are flower bead caps and 6mm faceted violet Swarovski crystal bicones. Earrings dangle approximately 1.75 inches (44.45mm) from the tops of lead and nickel safe antiqued brass lever back ear wires.

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Swarovski and English Blueberry Lucite Flower Earrings

Swarovski and English Blueberry Lucite Flower EarringsThese lovely and feminine handmade vintage style earrings feature two-tone English blueberry Lucite trumpet flowers, yellow Lucite iris flowers and faceted 6mm jonquil Swarovski crystal bicones. The flowers are wrapped in antiqued brass leaf bead caps and sitting atop are spiked bead caps and 4mm faceted jonquil Swarovski crystal bicones. Earrings dangle slightly over 1.5 inches (38.1mm) from the tops of lead and nickel safe antiqued brass lever back ear wires.

Cotton Candy Pink Swarovski Vintage Style Earrings

Cotton Candy Pink Swarovski Vintage Style EarringsThese lovely and feminine handmade vintage style earrings feature cotton candy pink frosted Lucite bell flowers, pink Lucite daisy flowers and 4mm light rose Swarovski crystal bicones. The flowers are wrapped in antiqued brass swirl bead caps and sitting atop are flower bead caps and 6mm faceted light rose Swarovski crystal bicones. Earrings dangle approximately 1.75 inches (44.45mm) from the tops of lead and nickel safe antiqued brass lever back ear wires.

Cafe au Lait Swarovski Vintage Style Flower Earrings

Cafe au Lait Swarovski Vintage Style Flower EarringsThese lovely and feminine handmade vintage style earrings feature cafe au lait frosted Lucite bell flowers, clear butterscotch flowers and faceted 4mm crystal copper Swarovski crystal bicones. The flowers are wrapped in gorgeous antiqued brass leaf bead caps and sitting atop are daisy flower bead caps and 6mm faceted crystal copper Swarovski bicones. Earrings dangle approximately 1.75 inches (44.45mm) from the tops of lead and nickel safe antiqued brass lever back ear wires.

Jonquil Swarovski Vintage Style Flower Earrings

Jonquil Swarovski Vintage Style Flower EarringsThese lovely and feminine handmade vintage style earrings feature light spring green frosted Lucite bell flowers, dual pale yellow Lucite daisy flowers and faceted 4mm jonquil Swarovski crystal bicones. The flowers are wrapped in gorgeous antiqued brass swirl bead caps and sitting atop are spiked bead caps and 4mm faceted jonquil Swarovski crystal bicones. Earrings dangle approximately 1.75 inches (44.45mm) from the tops of lead and nickel safe antiqued brass lever back ear wires.