Fashion Trends and Colors 2017

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2017 trends color of the year greenery green pantone

Fashion Trends and Colors 2017

Greenery - color of the year 2017 greenIt seems that this year is all about green, because it is the selected Pantone color of the year, and also blues in various tones, and, continuing presence of pink (oh I love that!). Artistic patterns are in, as well as geometric, so anything using lots of color variation and random pattern, go for it! I have recently made enameled copper earrings that are “painterly” meaning mixing colors while the enamel is still hot. Wonderful effects can be achieved this way! Also, the trend is towards handmade, instead of diy – interior designers are choosing artisan created items that take skill to make. That’s awesome news for us artisan jewelry makers, too! Anyway, here are some commentary from the fashion gurus.

Pink - another color for the year 2017

IN: “There was an artistically inspired theme across the runways,” says Kate Foley, contributing fashion director of Vestiaire Collective. “From Roksanda and Céline to J.W.Anderson, Proenza Schouler, Marni, Valentino, and many other brands, whether directly inspired by a particular artist’s work, painterly prints, or patterns, strong art references will be here to stay in 2017.”

Trends for 2017 - geometric prints colorful

Designer and stylist Josiah Chua, 28, says the high-end Italian label has been leading the way with the vintage look for the past few seasons and the sentimental style does not appear to be fading.

“Even accessories such as huge rings and necklaces will be on trend too. It is about 1990s fashion as well – cartoon motifs and pop and retro prints.”

Vibrant, geometric prints. Pink, pink pink!

80S BABIES

From metallics to mini lengths, sequins and strong shoulders—houses from Saint Laurent to Vuitton are taking time machines back to the Reagan era.
80's fashions are back

BRIGHT GREEN

Elle says about home decor:

For years, the world has been obsessed with DIYs pulled from Pinterest, Instagram and, of course, Etsy, but designers are now looking toward items that are more “artisan” than “quick and easy”. You’ll see craftsmanship and materials that require you to have a high level of skill to work with them emerge,”. “You’ll see the return of glass blowing, porcelain and even amazing woodworking — not just raw big chunks of recycled wood.

Green Painterly Multi Color Enameled Earrings

Painterly artisan earrings, mixed color patterns by Basketofblue!

Green Painterly Enamel EarringsBlue Green Enamel Heart Necklace

Ankle Bling is a trend for year 2017 - anklets are in fashion

Anklets are back! A big trend in fashion this year. Give your ankles some love this summer.

Flower print dress

Fabulous flower prints for 2017

Erdem 2017 dress

My favorite designer Erdem is not disappointing. Love the dresses!

Vacation print dress

Prints, more flower prints and keep the pink!


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etching copper

Etching Experiments

Etching copper

Etching pan and the etched copper piece with the electrical wire and foamies attached

There are so many techniques to try when it comes to making copper jewelry. I just had to try etching. It requires the use of some chemicals, although I am learning there might be ways to etch using some more natural ingredients. (Hopefully, more on that later.)

You can buy these etching kits which makes trying it very easy. You get a pan to put your etching liquid (ferric chloride is the chemical), foam thingies to float your copper and the required electrical current gadget. All you need is a piece of copper and rubber gloves. You are supposed to use distilled water, I used Brita water and was just fine (tap water that has been put through a filter that removes impurities).

There are many ways to produce the picture you want to etch on copper. I used an oil based marker and just drew the picture. Some other etching hobbyists use things like ink transfers (from laser printer), Staz-on ink, lettering systems, even UV film.

Copper etching kit

The etching kit – pan, ferric chloride, foamies, wire and the gadget you plug in.

So, I had my picture drawn on a very well cleaned piece of copper. I mixed my etching granules with the water and let it dissolve. You then have to cover the back side of your copper with tape so it doesn’t etch, attach the etching gadget wire on the back of your copper piece under the tape, and insert these foam pads on the sides so it can float and doesn’t fall on the bottom of your pan. Submerge the item in the etching liquid, turn the power on and wait.

I let mine etch for a couple of hours, I realize it was way too long! The time depends on the size of the piece, or the depth of etching you want. Many patterns you don’t need to etch very deep. A good thing also is that you can reuse the solution. Eventually it will lose its power, but it should last for many etchings. Just please remember to take your used etching liquid to a hazardous waste facility when you’re done, no hurting of fishes allowed! Now I just want to figure out a way to do this with some natural non-toxic materials!

Etching copper

My puffin happily etched. You can clean the marker lines with nail polish remover.

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