Saturday, August 25, 2012

NEW Pre-drilled .22 Casings

Today is an exciting day for us! We just finished listing a batch of hand-drilled .22 in the shop. They're made of 100% recycled brass and have a dark patina you can only get from leaving them in the sand. Usually, .22 shells are hard to work with because unlike other calibers of bullets, .22 shells are rimfired and have no primer hole that makes stringing them easy. We've solved that problem for you by drilling a 1mm hole in the top of each one, so stringing them with other beads is a breeze!


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Atomic Amelia on Polyvore: Casual in the City by Liveup

Polyvore is a fashion, art, and design website that accesses thousands of products from across the web, allowing you to create "sets" of items like outfits, favorites, fantasy artwork, and interior designs.
Today's set comes from Polyvore fashionista Liveup and features our Cthulhu Hunter bullet necklace!

Casual in the city

Monday, June 25, 2012

Summer Vacation

It's vacation time! I took a much-needed break from routine and visited the Windmill Museum in Lubbock, Texas. Boy was it hot! It was worth it though. The outside part of the museum is free and is made up a couple of acres filled with all sorts of awe-inspiring windmills, including a spinning mill, like the ones from Don Quixote...
...and even a giant modern wind turbine that has a base as big around as my first college dorm room! The best part of the museum? A 1889 steam-powered tractor! I must have spent an hour investing all the wheels, gears, and mechanisms. Old things are always so much more beautiful and detailed than modern things. As a bonus, this particular tractor had a lovely pin-up girl holding a kitten painted on it-- especially cute because the tractor was a Kitten brand

Sooooo sunburned!
I felt inspired by the pretty country gal and couldn't resist posing like a pin-up myself! :) 

In addition to touring the museum, we went to the bead store and found some fun new baubles for my latest design: bullet bracelets! I'm super excited to get all the stuff we've been working on listed in the shop. I promise, promise, promise I'll get it all up by this Friday! 

- Liz

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Gems, Minerals, and Shop Updates

Today, Amelia and I went to the annual Carlsbad Gem and Mineral Show at the Living Desert Museum and State Park. There were so many amazing specimens! I always get small things like fluorite, agates, cabochons, and rough garnets while Amelia likes to pick up exotic specimens, especially pink ones! Of course they aren't just "pink" to her since she is studying to become a geologist. Here are some of my picks from last year, including two picturesque cabochons and plenty of diamond-like fluorite crystals. The two small baggies are gifts from my sister. One bag is polished river stones, mostly agates, and the other is filled with rough, iron-rich quartz crystals.

I didn't buy too much this year because I am trying to save up for my wedding. However, I did find plenty of time this weekend to make some fantastic, new jewelry designs, including a few more complex necklaces! I am most excited about this design, which I am fondly calling "Cthulhu Hunter" because the beads look like they washed up from the depths of the ocean.

The beads are handcrafted ceramic with a stunning sea-blue glaze mottled with sienna spots. Be on the lookout for it in the shop along with the new Clear Aurora Crystal Bullet Necklace and Ready-Aim-Fire Earrings!

I've got plenty more bullet casing jewelry finished, just waiting to be listed. We haven't forgotten about you vintage lovers, either! In addition to jewelry, we have some wonderful mid-century Peas and Carrots wallpaper listed and some new goodies on the way:

I hope everybody had as wonderful a weekend as we did!


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Crystal Bullet Points

Crystal Bullet Points are now up in the  shop! While most 9mm bullets are rounded like our original Crystal Bullet necklaces, many bullets have a classy pointed tip for that extra touch of dangerous elegance.

Right now, we have a full set up for your purchasing pleasure. The crystal tips of the set are a beautiful shade of golden champagne with an enchanting Aurora Borealis (AB) finish, but other available colors are: AB Black, AB Topaz, and AB Crystal Clear. Be on the lookout for these and more bullet jewelry creations in the Atomic Amelia Etsy shop!

Have a great week!


Monday, April 30, 2012

New Bullet Jewelry: Crystal Bullets

Hello atomic adventurers!

I've got exciting news: Crystal Bullet necklaces! I've got a black crystal pendant up right now with some aurora borealis ones on the way.

I handmade the chains myself from a beautiful black-coated chain that has been carved to show the bright, brassy gold beneath, the perfect compliment, don't you think? My standard length is 16 inches, but if you want something longer or shorter, just ask. Since I'm making the chains myself, they can be any length you want! :)

Coming soon to the shop:
More vintage name pins!
New Twister Bullet pendants!
A fresh Bullet Earring Kit!

Love and grins
 - Liz

Thursday, April 26, 2012

We're open for Business!

Woot! A fresh blog for our new shop, Atomic Amelia on Etsy!
I'm combining my art and collecting expertise with my sister's, Amelia, fashion sense to create a funky little place full of retro vintage and cowgirl bullet jewelry-- quite an eccentric combo, but somehow perfect for the two of us. I hope you are as happy with it as we are.
Right now, I've gotten a few items up including some sassy (and really easy to make) bullet jewelry kits for sale as well as the first few pieces of our vintage collection:

I got the shop up and running just in time to make my first sale before Amelia's birthday! She's currently preparing for her geology finals at school, so that leaves me plenty of free time to fill the shop with some of my new bullet jewelry creations:

 Want your own pair? They're available here!

This is my first pair of earrings using a new bead-threading technique. I also decided to dig into my precious stash of drilled .22 shells for this design. The weathered bronze patina on some of them is just gorgeous and I selected a pair of magnum casings for this pair of  Little Miss Longshots. I'm going to be offering other colors soon, so check back!

<3 Liz