Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Taking a break -- Giving you one too!

There's lots going on. I can hardly decide where to begin!

#1:  Break & Sale!

First, I'll let you know that I'll be taking a bit of a break from the Etsy store soon. In anticipation of that, and because I have quite a few items expiring April 1st and shortly afterward, I'm having a SPECIAL SALE with one of the biggest discounts I've ever offered! 

X-Large Round Embossed Copper Jewelry Connectors or Earring Dangles    HM15-011E  Genuine Copper Embossed Round Earring Dangles in Olive Green and Gold   HM15-014E Extra Long and Lovely  Purplish-pink Polymer Clay Heart Pendant    PC15-013E
Free-cut egg-shaped embossed copper earring dangles in magenta and orange,   HM15-037 Cream, carnation, and black speckled drop earrings   MJ15-013EHandmade Oxidated Sterling Silver Earring Dangles Embossed with Lines   HM15-009E
A  few of the items about to expire:
  • metal components oxidated & patinated
  • copper, 
  • brass, 
  • and sterling silver; 
  • polymer clay; 
  • jewelry!
Coupon code is:   

I have a lot of NEW items to load when I return and I'd rather not relist all of these you've already seen.  

So please help yourself to  30% off all items while helping me clean out the current inventory!

#2: Graphics Updates:

Etsy will be reformatting our stores effective 4/5.  As part of that redo, I've created a new banner...

...and icon for my Metapolies™ store on Etsy! 

I'll begin using these graphics for branding else where too, so I hope you like them and continue to associate those colorful dots with my store! (While I've not figured out how to make all the graphic changes I'd like on blogger, I have changed the header font to match at least!)

And soon, I'll update the header on my website too! (If you want to see the previous banner, it's still there for a little bit longer.)

(Please note:  While I'm happy with my new graphics, the Etsy store layout plans have been controversial to say the least.  If you have comments you would like shared, I hope you will offer them to Etsy or share in a note with me.) 

As always, I thank you for your support of all types!   Best wishes to you all!   ~Sharyl

Graphics Credits:
  • "30% off" and butterfly clip art by
  • All other graphics and photos by Sharyl    

Monday, March 28, 2016

SPRING20 Sale!

Reminder! Last day! 
Get 20% off all items now through Monday! 
Use code: SPRING20 

Friday, March 18, 2016

We're All Ears :: March Inspiration

I haven't been involved in a challenge in a really long time,...

 but the "We're All Ears :: March Inspiration" challenge on the "Earrings Everyday" blog caught my eye and I couldn't stop daydreaming about it!   Here are just a few of the inspirational photographs included by Erin!


The  magnificent colors and designs inspired 4 pairs of earrings, and I'll probably keep going!

I can't say I used just one of the photos, but if I did use one more than the others, it was probably this last one.

I'll show the first pair I designed today and add the others soon. 

I hand cut the pieces from 
genuine copper sheet metal, 
then embossed them with a design folder 
that seemed
just made for this purpose!

You can tell that in addition to the patterns,
I was really drawn to the 
bright orange, copper, yellow, 
dark blue, and turquoise colors.

I started with this look,
then started applying more and more 
layers of patina,
as I often do with my components....
until they looked like the ones 
in the other two photos.

I've added sterling silver earwires and jumprings,
accent beads in sterling silver, copper,
and dark blue encased glass.

Just for fun, 
I left one side as in photo 2 and the other side with more color layers.  
The hooks can be switched in a second,
if anyone prefers one look to the other!

To see more entries, please visit 
on March 18th!  

My thanks to Erin and friends 
for the inspiration!

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Handcut Trapezoid Copper Embossed Metapolies™ handmade components in turquoise  HM16-009EP.S.  I can't resist giving a special "shout-out" to Alice, from "Alice Dreaming" blog, who used a pair of my Metapolies™ components in her design too!  Visit her blog to see what she created!   (And thank you, Alice!)

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Signs of the Times: Woolen Mills, Blarney Castle, and Metapolies!

I took this photo in Ireland, 

and wish I could add one more sign pointing to MY store!  

Metapolies™ SALE!  
Come celebrate!
 Get 17% OFF  
with code:  IRISH.   
Good on all items through 3/17/17.

 Come celebrate a bit of Ireland with us!

(From garden at Blarney Castle)


All photos by Sharyl McMillian-Nelson


Saturday, March 5, 2016

The Colors of "Almost Spring"

1) Nature's Spring Colors:

It's getting to that "almost Spring" time of year!   I have tulips and day lilies pushing up through the ground and the trees in the back yard are beginning to bud!

It's not bright, but still a pretty color combination--
inspiration for jewelry of some type!
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2) The Green Days of March!

And now that it's March, I feel that annual urge to celebrate all things Celtic and green!

You'll find these these new components and more 
in my Metapolies  store on Etsy!

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3) The new shades of Spring:

And I've just made a new batch of components in lovely new Spring patina colors from Ranger/Vintaj!  Loving the colors!   I'm also testing this new matte finish sealant to see how it measures up to what I currently use.  

(Has anyone else tried it?)   
I'll keep you posted on my findings!   

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What are YOU up to this Spring?!   Please share your news!  


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