Mad Lemon Jewelry

Jewelry blog, where you can see MLJewelry, beading and hammering; DIY projects, useful tips about everything about jewelry and making it.


In Estonia there is also a TV show X-factor in UK and American Idol in US, It's called "Eesti otsib superstaari"(translation may be like Estonia is looking for a Superstar). Last night the winner was anounced, It was Ott Lepland Yeei. :D, It was the third season, but the first time a man won.

An example of his singing (my favourite performance) Ott lepland - One Vision
and on more Ott Lepland - Kohtumistund

Also my favourite was Marten Kuningas he was original and different but people liked Ott better. Marten's singing here Marten Kuningas - Starman

I wish everybody happy holidays!! Merry Christmas to y'all ;)

Exchange students!

Lately the exchange students topic has been very actual. I've been thinking about it and it seems really interesting to live one year abroad and experience other countries culture. in some ways it seems a little bit scary to be away from your family and friends for a year and go to a new place where you don't know anybody, but maybe I'm a bit young right now, but the other way it seems so-so exciting and nice and... I wouldn't want to go to places where the most want to go I'm different in that way, like Germany (I can't speak German too cause my optional subject is Russian) lots of students from Estonia have gone to Germany for their exchange year. I would like to go Italy or somewhere where people speak Italian, because that way I would learn that language, which is really beautiful and I can speak a little but not much.
Viimasel ajal on vahetusõpilase teema väga aktuaalne olnud, igasuguseid asju on sellega seotud olnud, ammu olen mõelnud, et võiks ju minna, aga varem ei olnud ma sellele väga mõelnud. Tegelikult on ysna palju asju, mida tuleb läbi teha ennem kui sind valitakse vahetusõpilaseks, nt Valimispäev, kus varasemad vahetusõpilased ytlevad, kas sa oled valmis või mitte. Nende sihtkohtade peale mõeldes ei tahaks ma minna kuskile, kuhu paljud minna tahavad, nt Saksamaa, tahaks kuskile kus räägitakse itaalia keelt, kuid see vist pole praegu võimalik, sest YFU-l puudub koostöö selliste maadega. Ah jaa vahetusõpilaste värk siin.

Moon and stars

Swarovski crystals are still my favourite but I'm open to everything and would always like to try new stuff. I've got so many new ideas what to try on the holidays. But Christmas is a busy time, to buy gifts and all the other things you'll have to do. Time flies

But still here they are, I've shown the starfish before but now it's with a moon.

"Summer night's sky"
Swarovski Light Amethyst moon and a golden shadow starfish.

Swarovski hearts

These are my newest Swarovski heart earrings, really gorgeous and shiny.
The days I wear them get better and brighter, like sunshine in the night

"Sunshine in the night"
Clear AB hearts, Swarovski
Sterling silver findings,

These earrings look blue-ish, when you have lighter hair, when wearing
and if you have black hair or just dark, they'll look a little gold-ish, pink-ish. Nice huh?

"Bloody red, love"
Siam AB heart crystals
sterling silver findings

Swarovski bicone earrings

Haven't posted for a loong-long time, no picture's no posts, that's it!
But now you'll see what I've been up to

"Green power"
Swarovski crystal earrings with Crystallized Swarovski Elements
4mm bicone
Sterling silver ear hooks

"Color of the sea"
Swarovski crystal earrings with Crystallized Swarovski Elements
4mm bicone

Sterling silver ear hooks

"Gentle as a wind"
Swarovski crystal earrings with Crystallized Swarovski Elements
4mm bicone

Sterling silver ear hooks

"Mystery man"
Swarovski crystal earrings with Crystallized Swarovski Elements
4mm bicone

Sterling silver ear hooks
Actually I haven't really made up my mind what colour they really are, atm they look brown, but today I arranged my jewelry and these earrings seemed a little purple, so light affects all the colours 

Different necklaces, which is which?

Do you jewelry artisans sometimes wonder, how is the gold or silver necklace called. Well I did until now, I found the names of the chains and now I know. To help you out too I'll post them here.

Snake Chain

Box Chain

Ball chain

Rolo Link chain

Diamond-Cut Curb or just Curb chain

Diamond-Cut Figaro

Rope chain

Sageli on nii,et ehete tegemisel on vaja materjale, näiteks siis need ketid või siis eelmises postituses olnud bails (nagu paar rida yleval pool sinise kristallkivi kyljes lehekujuline ). Kui midagi sellist on vaja ja sa ei tea isegi, kuidas see asi su emakeeles on kuidas sa siis neid otsid, ma isegi ei mäleta, kus kohast ma selle bails nimetuse leidsin. Alguses tuli üsna palju ette, et ma ei teadnud materjalide nimetusi

Im back, like thaaat!

haven't been home for two weeks, so coulndn't blog.
I was far-far away, in Italy , yeah.

I did some jewelry shopping there, have a lot more Swarovski crystal and beads and pearls now.

Swarovski bicones 4mm, they're small but I have lots of 'em.

I can get SOME photos right can't I. It's good right, shows the details, Too bad no siam or jonquil(red and yellow) crystals aren't on the picture, would've looked great.

Perfect bails, only from corso Vittorio Emmanuelle II, Rome, Italy. They make every crystal look perfect.

Some more Swarovski pendants and some intresting beads or smth like that and of course murano glass beads.

Tunnen, et tahan ka eesti keeles kirjutada, pole aimugi millest see, lihtsalt tunnen vajadust ;). Pole siis ammu kirjutada saanud, Itaaliast tulen. Moe kaupade suureksportija, midaiganes see ka ei tähendaks. Aga kristalle sain küll, igasuguseid, Swarovski kristalle, Murano klaaspärleid, mageveepärleid on ka mingid vääriskivist pärlid.
Kui aga külastasin päris Swarovski poodi, kus juba valmisehted, kukkus lõug kolinal keldrisse, hindadest muidugi, silm jõi Swarovski kristallist lillele, 150 euro, seal polnud vist midagi alla 100 euro.

Real Swarovski Crystals or fake glass ?

Do you know how to tell a difference between real Swarovski Crystals and fake glass beads. Some sellers sell fake glass beads as Swarovski. Have to know how to tell a difference so you can't be fooled with cheap glass as quality Swarovski crystals. There is a complete different branch in jewelry making for glass beads, but they are still not Swarovski. Here's some tips to notice the difference:

  • Swarovski® crystals are generally not strung when offered for sale.
  • Original Swarovski® packaging   - dependant on size, the bulk packages will range from 10 gross to 1/2 gross, in well-branded, sealed envelopes. The newest Swarovski® bulk packaging is sealed with an authenticated silver toned hologram saying "CRYSTALLIZED."

  • Swarovski uses technology and machines that give just that right cut to each and every crystal.       Swarovski® crystals are perfectly uniform. Since they are machine cut, each crystal is the same. This means that the height, width and slope are consistent. A hand polished imitator bead will not have as uniform a cut. You may also notice different dimensions from bead to bead.
  • In addition the facets on a genuine crystal will line up. Imitations will not meet at the points. A Swarovski will have all the points meeting. Examine the crystal. You will see a perfect meeting of the points. 

  •  If you look at the surface of a genuine Swarovski®, you probably won't see any scratches. The "imitations" often have scratches, swirl marks ("oily" looking surface).
  • When you look inside the crystal, you will see no bubbles. If you see any bubbles, you know immediately that it is a fake.
  • One of the best ways to find a fake, is to put it next to the real thing. A Swarovski will outshine a crystal that is not a genuine Swarovski. The other crystal might be pretty, but there is something that just doesn't look the same.

                  • Color Names - This might be a strange one to some, but the color names are specifically chosen by Swarovski and something we always look at is, what color name is the company using.  
                  • When searching for colors you might find some generic names like yellow or red or blue but these are not colors that Swarovski has produced.  Swarovski names their colors Citrine, or Red Topaz, or Montana Sapphire instead of more generic use names.

                  Introducing Swarovski crystals

                  Swarovski crystals are the most sparkly crystals, they are machine cut and shiny-shiny-shiny.
                  They consist minimum of 31% of lead making the crystal so pure.
                  Swarovski crystals are from Austria.

                  Here are my first jewelry made of Swarovski crystals. It's hard to get Swarovski crystals in Estonia, but I made it and I have quite a plenty of them atm.

                  It's a Swarovski 14mm heart, rose AB.
                  Sterling silver bail
                  on a 16" silver chain

                  Swarovski 20mm star, crystal AB
                  Just look how gorgeous it is. It sparkles as a crazy-crystal. The photo doesen't show how shiny it actually is.

                  Swarovski 16mm starfish. Needs a moon :'(.

                  Some pieces together to show how pretty they are together.

                  "Love is a star"
                  These two belong together.

                  All three with a gift bag. No they are not for sale at the moment. Haven't even thought about selling. But may do it. I really want everyone else to experience the joy when you hold or wear a crystal like this.

                  Silver rocks!

                  I know I haven't made new jewelry lately. But now I have.

                  "Plain hoops ;)"
                  I made plain hoop earrings, silver. They are really simple and elegant, but have to admit hard to put on. But when they are on they wont come off.

                  DIY earring holder

                  I decided to share my do-it-yourself projects with the readers.
                  I have a lot, like I mean LOT of earrings and if they're in bags or boxes, how can I choose which to wear, so I made an earring holder to hang on the wall and to save some space.

                  You'll need:
                  • An empty frame
                  • scrap window screen (the one you need to have on the windows for an insect-free home in the summer)
                  • scissors 
                  • Staple gun

                  1. Find an empty frame. 
                  2. Put the frame on the screen and cut the scree around the frame.
                  3. Staple the screen to the frame, hold it tight and staple the corners. 
                  4. Cut the unnecessary screen
                  5. Attach a ribbon or some other string with which you can hang it on the wall.
                  6. Hang it on the wall hang your earrings and you're done.
                  7. That's it! easy and useful!

                    DIY projektid siis ka eesti keeles. Mõned inimesed on minu käest siiski kysinud, et miks ma inglise keeles kirjutan ja eesti keeles mitte - põhjus väga lihtne, ma ei näe selleks nii suurt vajadust, eestlased ju mõistavad ka inglise keelt, kui mitte andke aga teada ;).

                    Selle lihtsa kõrvarõngaste hoidja saab teha kiiresti ning see on ka ruumi kokku hoidev ja ülevaatlik.

                    Vaja läheb:
                    • Tühja raami
                    • Klammerduspüstolit
                    • Akna võrku (seda mis suvel akende ette pannakse, et sääsed sisse ei tuleks)
                    • Käärid

                    1. Pane raam võrgu peale ja lõika raami jaoks vajaliku suurusega tükk võrku.
                    2. Klammerda võrk tühja raami külge, esmalt nurgad, tõmba võrk koguaeg pingule.
                    3. Klammerda ka ääred, et võrk korralikult püsiks.
                    4. Lõika üleliigne võrk ära-
                    5. Kinnita pael või mõni muu nöör, et saaksid raami seinale riputada
                    6. Riputa raam seinale ja raamile riputa kõrvarõngad
                    7. Valmis ta ongi!

                    Mine turned out like this / minu oma siis selline

                    Guitar lessons - yes please!


                    I've been very busy practising guitar playing.
                    Practising the chords by yourself and playing them over and over again gets boring when you often do it.
                    But when you're a beginner like me you can't play normal songs cuz the fingers don't move as fast as you would want them to (or are my fingers just slow, but they won't go where I want them to be).

                    The other day I was just practising with my guitar and found some very helpful videos from youtube to make this learning fun. They are easy and very playable for beginners, super beginners too :). There are some finger exercises too. Hope they are as useful to you as they were to me.

                    Easy acoustic beginner guitar songs, how to.
                    Sublime "What I Got" 
                    Green Day "Good Riddance Time of Your Life"
                    Green Day "Wake Me Up when September Ends"

                    Finger dexterity exercise here
                    Chords (if somebody doesn't know yet) here

                    What's that? a photograph

                    Hey ya!
                    Pictures of my new jewelry and some of my old jewelry. I thought more quality pictures were better, because you need quality camera and a little more experienced photograph than me. So I asked my dad to do them, he knows what's light and the pictures did come a little better than mine. (Still some photos here are taken by me :))

                    "A spring's spring"

                    A Ring, my first one. At the moment a lot of things are my first so my first wire wrapped ring, used a random big bead, as you can see, the bead is rather large and silver wire.

                    As you see I got addicted and made two other bead rings. On with a pink butterfly and the other with a blue one

                    "Tutti Frutti candy"

                    I don't know if the wire I used to make this ring is gold filled or gold plated, but it's definetely gold something.

                    "Butterfly fly away"

                    "Elegant braids"

                    Necklace which is made of wire and seed beads and spring clasp, it's braided.

                    Similar necklace as the one above, but used random beads this time. And silver wire

                    "Twisted mess"

                    Bracelets, made of somekinda' knots.

                    One of my favourites, sooooo Irish, Can't resist

                    Most 3D earrings ever. Strawberry power