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Solo Exhibit & Giveaway: Loralyn Designs

by Violet on October 22, 2012

Update: Just in time for Halloween, #13 turns out to be a lucky number. Congrats to Jingle and thank you to Laura!

Industrial jewelry can walk a tricky line. If it’s not done correctly, it loses all sense of softness and diminishes its connection with the wearer. At Loralyn Designs, it’s done just right. I love the use of the silver plated filigree petals with the stainless steel center for an unexpectedly feminine look.

The pop of color in Laura’s pieces comes from an ecologically responsible modeling product called Friendly Plastic. With it, she can create her own colors, often with the luxurious marbling effect seen in this ring. This means she can also custom make her designs in any color you’d like.

Her heart necklace shows the color to even better effect: pink, magenta, and lavender all swirl together inside the sleek silver pendant. Choose a single, solid color or up to three blended together.

Looking for a perfect hostess gift this holiday season? I’m loving her selection of wine charms, particularly these made in stainless steel gears. They hang from memory wire, so no need to fuss with closures.

Her round earrings come in a variety of colors and are double sided for extra shine. They’re small and subtle but with just enough detail and interest to make them your go-to earrings. They’d add that delicious bit of edge to your jeans and tee.

Curator V: You credit your mother with encouraging your creative side. Can you tell us a little bit about that?

I have so many great memories with my mom. Topping the list are learning how to knit, draw, bake and sew. We would spend so much time together just having fun, creating whatever we could with what we had. It didn’t have to be fancy, just some scraps of fabric, a needle and thread made the most beautiful doll clothes. Straight pins, beads, a Styrofoam ball and some glitter made a beautiful Christmas ornament. Pipe cleaners and paper made a floral centerpiece. Whatever we made was great because it came from our heart.

Curator V: You were doing woodworking and home improvement projects before you moved into metal work. What spurred that transition?

Earlier this year, I was out of work due to a back strain and frankly, I had a lot of time on my hands. I used the time to read, to research, and to reflect. It turned out to be both physically and mentally therapeutic. During this time, Loralyn Designs was born.

My Goal: Design unique jewelry and gifts incorporating metal and color
The Challenge: How to put my personal mark on items

I was down at my workbench one day and it hit me; Washers, nuts, stainless steel, oh that makes sense! The next challenge was the color. After a lot of research I discovered a modeling material called friendly plastic. It is easy to use, non-toxic and enabled me make my own colors.

Curator V: Where do you find your inspiration?

A lot of my inspiration comes from inside. Sitting down and playing with components I have on hand, arranging them in different ways. Looking back, I guess my inspiration is similar to the way my mom and I used to brainstorm and craft.

Curator V: What can we look forward to from Loralyn Designs in the future?

Loralyn Designs is a new company, founded in February 2012, and is off to a great start. My highest compliment to date is being accepted to The Artisan Group (TAG), an exclusive collection of artists that are provided opportunities to design gifts for celebrities. Through this group I have been fortunate to be able to design pieces for Tyra Banks and for the Wardrobe Stylist of the Vampire Diaries. As far as the future goes, I have high ambitions and look forward to seeing where they lead.

Giveaway Time! Laura is giving away any item of the winner’s choice, up to $25! To enter, visit Loralyn Designs, then come back here and leave a comment with your favorite item. One winner to be chosen at random next Sunday, October 29th.

{ 85 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Birgit October 22, 2012 at 10:01 am

I like the Filigree Pink Flower Necklace!

2 Nancy October 22, 2012 at 10:40 am

I love the teal & green silver necklace, shaped like a donut! The colors of the ocean are really beautiful!!!

3 Veronika October 22, 2012 at 10:48 am

I love Copper Snowflake Ornament!

4 DESPINA October 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I love the Heart Necklace, Love necklace, Pink Heart Necklace!!

5 Joanna October 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Silver and Yellow Bracelet is my favorite!!

6 Rachel ketterman October 22, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Silver and yellow bracelet!! I love it!!

7 Jessica @ The Paper Plume October 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Love the silver and black oval earrings!

8 Julie B. October 22, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Purple and Silver Flower necklace is my favorite.

9 K Anne October 22, 2012 at 6:18 pm
10 jc October 22, 2012 at 10:08 pm

The Handyman Wine Charms is perfect for an upcoming birthday.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/108897628/handyman-wine-charms-mechanic-gift-tools

11 jennifer October 23, 2012 at 5:52 am
12 gail October 23, 2012 at 6:20 am

the celtic cross necklace

13 Jingle October 23, 2012 at 6:36 am

I really like the blue pendant necklace shown here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/103868074/stainless-steel-pendant-necklace-powder

jinglesells at gmail dot com

14 Shani October 23, 2012 at 6:41 am
15 Kristen October 23, 2012 at 6:55 am

Love the gear wine charms! These would be perfect for a party!

16 rayna miller October 23, 2012 at 7:14 am
17 Sherry White October 23, 2012 at 7:15 am

I like the Teal Necklace Flower

18 Alda Moreira October 23, 2012 at 8:44 am
19 chris z October 23, 2012 at 9:38 am

i like Purple Butterfly Necklace, Pink Butterfly Pendant, Silver Jewelry, Silver Butterfly Pendant Necklace, Butterfly Jewelry, Butterflies

20 Amanda Chase October 23, 2012 at 10:07 am

Wow, how to pick only one favorite here? I probably could spend a paycheck. I’m a necklace and cuff junkie, so I think I’d have to pick this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/101323857/unisex-cuff-bracelet-industrial-bracelet

21 Claire October 23, 2012 at 11:06 am

I like the Industrial Boroque Necklace

22 Elle October 23, 2012 at 11:59 am

Love the Teal and Green Silver Necklace, Silver Donut Pendant, Blue Green Pendant, Silver and Teal Jewelry, Colors of the Ocean, Teal Necklace- the colors are amazing!

23 Jessica Eaton Ledford October 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I’m lovin’ the Silver Flower Necklace, Green Flower Pendant

24 beyond October 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm
25 Diana October 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I love the blue butterfly pendant!

26 Ellen C. October 23, 2012 at 4:41 pm

I like the purple butterfly necklace. Thanks for the chance.

27 kellyy October 23, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Silver and Yellow Bracelet is my favorite, thank you for the chance to win!!

28 Jennifer October 23, 2012 at 7:42 pm

I like the green gear women’s adjustable ring. She has amazing jewelry!

29 Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard October 23, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I like the Mixed Metal, Silver Copper Earrings, Silver Dangle Earrings, Silver Jewelry, Everyday Earrings, Silver Oval Earrings

30 Marlene V. October 23, 2012 at 9:04 pm

I really love the Lime Green Earrings, Small Oval Earrings, Citrus Green Jewelry, Green Dangle Earrings, Silver Dangle Earrings

31 MelodyJ October 23, 2012 at 9:36 pm

I love the Heart Necklace and Snowflake Keychain.

32 Carla G October 23, 2012 at 9:44 pm

I like the Yellow Filigree Flower Necklace, Silver Flower Necklace, Yellow Necklace, Silver Flower Jewelry, Silver Necklace, Metal Flower! Very cool jewelry! :)

33 Lina October 24, 2012 at 12:15 am
34 B October 24, 2012 at 12:17 am

The Heart Necklace is beautiful!

35 Jesselyn A/Jesstinger October 24, 2012 at 1:21 am

I have quite a few favorites (see items Etsy “hearted” by me, Jesselyn) among those favorites are ALL of the Flower (and other) Key Chains and all of the Cute Magnets Silver Metal Flowers (in different colors – among them the http://www.etsy.com/listing/97145318/turquoise-flower-magnet-metal-magnet – though the ones with the “tails” are my favorites.

And finally I really like the Butterfly Necklaces!

36 Anna Moses October 24, 2012 at 3:26 am

I like green and silver flower brooch most of all:)

37 Emilia Lopes October 24, 2012 at 4:50 am

I like the Wine Charms, Heart Wine Charms.Thank You

38 Lyudmila October 24, 2012 at 5:33 am

I would love the Purple and Silver Brooch, Silver Flower Pin, metal flower pin, hot pink pin, purple pin, metal flower brooch for purple color!
http://www.etsy.com/listing/104963250/purple-and-silver-brooch-silver-flower

39 Kat October 24, 2012 at 8:12 am

My favorite is the Purple and Silver Necklace.

40 clenna October 24, 2012 at 9:29 am

I love the Filigree Bracelet, Orange Cuff Bracelet, Silver Cuff Bracelet, Mens Bracelet, Unisex Bracelet, Orange Jewelry

But there are about a dozen other things I love too!!

clenna at aol dot com

41 Chona Gomba October 24, 2012 at 12:44 pm

I love the Celtic Cross Necklace (http://www.etsy.com/listing/112719701/celtic-cross-necklace-designed-for-the)! Such lovely creations! I would be my happiest if I receive a single piece of your creations, whatever it is.

42 Mirjana October 24, 2012 at 1:48 pm
43 Tina October 24, 2012 at 1:51 pm
44 joka October 24, 2012 at 2:41 pm

heart is the cutest <3

45 Alice Beerland October 24, 2012 at 5:40 pm

I loved the Cute Magnet, Silver Metal Flower, Silver Flower Magnet, Blue Flower Magnet, Metal Magnet, Handcrafted Magnet!!!
So cute!

46 Michelle Frame October 24, 2012 at 5:45 pm
47 Mandee October 24, 2012 at 6:22 pm

I love the handman wine charms

48 Chelsea W October 24, 2012 at 10:08 pm

I like the teal hinged bracelet

49 MirjanaIv October 25, 2012 at 3:32 am
50 Hanane H October 25, 2012 at 6:29 am
51 Selmica Kiki October 25, 2012 at 11:53 am
52 Roni October 25, 2012 at 12:14 pm
53 Kim @justByou October 25, 2012 at 1:06 pm

These earrings have been in my favorites list for some time now:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/107796462/silver-and-black-earrings-modern

~Kim

54 liz lew October 25, 2012 at 5:51 pm
55 Liz P. October 25, 2012 at 6:07 pm
56 Hana Clay October 25, 2012 at 8:35 pm
57 Christina October 25, 2012 at 9:28 pm

I love the Celtic Cross Necklace!

58 carole October 25, 2012 at 10:37 pm

like this one
Butterfly Necklace, Blue Butterfly, Silver Butterfly Pendant, Silver Necklace, Butterfly Jewelry, Statement Piece

59 Lubaska October 25, 2012 at 11:46 pm

I love Heart Necklace, Love necklace, Pink Heart Necklace. Thanks

60 gillian October 26, 2012 at 12:59 am

I love the filigree pink flower necklace!

61 Brenda Penton October 26, 2012 at 2:50 am
62 mary fanara coleman October 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm

I like the Industrial Boroque, Personalized Necklace, Rocker Necklace, Gear Necklace, Silver Round Pendant Necklace, Womens Necklace, Silver Pendant

63 Paige October 26, 2012 at 12:57 pm
64 kitblu October 26, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I like the Mens Ring Stainless, Mans Gear Ring, Orange Ring, Mechanics Ring, Washer jewelry, Unisex Ring, Gift for Man – but it is for me!

65 Melody Sage October 26, 2012 at 9:19 pm

I like the teal earrings.

66 GloriaTea October 27, 2012 at 12:55 pm

I like these earrings: http://www.etsy.com/listing/107796462/silver-and-black-earrings-modern

gloriatea at hotmail dot com
ty!?

67 Natashakat October 27, 2012 at 1:58 pm

I love the teal earrings!

68 Kim Pollock October 27, 2012 at 7:23 pm

I love the hammered silver earrings and the filigree yellow flower necklace

69 Hofken October 27, 2012 at 8:09 pm

My favorite is the Unisex Cuff Bracelet

Cynthia.Richardson@azbar.org

70 Linda Meyers-Gabbard October 27, 2012 at 10:06 pm
71 Linda Meyers-Gabbard October 27, 2012 at 10:06 pm
72 Felicia C. October 27, 2012 at 10:24 pm

The Industrial Boroque Necklace is my favorite! :) It’s gorgeous!

73 Remedios Ventura October 27, 2012 at 10:30 pm

I love the Purple Butterfly Necklace!

74 Michelle Pickett October 28, 2012 at 12:06 am

I love all the filigree flower necklaces!

75 sarah October 28, 2012 at 1:24 am

love the Teal and Green Necklace, Silver Donut Pendant, Blue Green Pendant, Silver and Teal Jewelry, Colors of the Ocean, Teal Necklace

76 Isabel Almeida October 28, 2012 at 3:44 am
77 Laura C. October 28, 2012 at 8:25 am
78 cassidy October 28, 2012 at 10:18 am

This is a gorgeous shop! I especially love the heart necklace!!! Thanks!

79 Rachel October 28, 2012 at 3:44 pm
80 Eugenie October 28, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I love the Purple and Silver Flower Necklace.

81 Iliana R October 28, 2012 at 6:22 pm

I love the Silver Snowflake Ornament!

82 Heather October 28, 2012 at 9:16 pm

I love the orange flower necklace.

83 susan king October 28, 2012 at 10:54 pm

I love the silver and black earrings. Very nice !!

84 jeanne conner October 29, 2012 at 5:51 am

I like the Flower Key Chain, Emerald Green Key Ring

85 Sarah October 29, 2012 at 10:49 am

I like the Cute Magnet, Silver Metal Flower, Silver Flower Magnet, Blue Flower Magnet, Metal Magnet, Handcrafted Magnet.

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