Thursday, January 18, 2018

Let's Fly Away - The Juliana Figural Bird Brooches

Open Winged Swan Brooch
Swimming Swan Brooch
Running Duck Brooch
Swimming Duck Brooch
Today Let's Fly Away with the figural bird brooches that Juliana (D and E) made.  I will start of with my favorite of the bird brooches, the open winged swan.  The look is much more understated than many of the others but it is just so elegant. 
Crowned Bird Brooch

Bird on a Branch Brooch
Since I have started on swans I will now show the other swan design.  The swimming swan design.  It was done in different colors.   It is not as large as the open winged swan.
Bird on a Branch Brooch

Bird on a Branch Brooch
How about now some ducks.  We have the swimming duck and the running duck.  They are also found in other colors.

Let's now do the birds on a branch.  Some are sitting on rhinestone branches, some are on cast branches. Some are on branches made of wire,  both smooth and twisted.  They are found in different colors.

Flying Bird Brooch
Road Runner Brooch
Notice two of the birds on a branch have rhinestones on their heads that are like the whiskers on the cats.  There are more birds with these rhinestones on their heads including the peacock and the road runner.  Most of the birds shown are found in many different colors.

Chick Brooch
Notice both the road runner and the chick have the same feet as some of the turtles.  Another that has this same foot design is the peacock brooch.
Peacock Brooch
Our next group will be the flying birds.  There are several in this group including several slight variations that are all called the flying birds.  They are found in many colors with slight wing variations.
Peace Dove
Flying Bird Brooch

There are also two designs that are similar to the open winged swan.  They are the peace dove and the spread wing bird.

Spread Wing Bird
Fighting Rooster Brooch
How about the biggest bird that Juliana (D and E) made.  The fighting Rooster brooch.  This one is not often seen.

Next will be the owl.  The owl has moroccan matrix cabochons with ball chain.  It is found in several colors.
Moroccan Matrix Owl

NOT an owl brooch
So now many of you are saying hey wait a minute there are all the rhinestone designs called the owls.  Well they are not owls they just sort of look like them and the name has stuck, but I will not call them owls as Mr DeLizza's says they were not designed to be figural owls.

Next week we will continue on with the bird pendants.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Juliana (D and E) - Reptile and Snail Figural Brooches

Blue Snail
Today we will talk about the Juliana (D and E) figural reptiles and snail brooches. The first one is the snail brooch.  Notice is also has the curled up antennae the same as most of the bugs.  The snail was done in many colors and many can be see in my book Juliana Jewelry - The Last Generation on page 96.

Green Lizard
The next is the lizard.  It of course does not have antennae but notice the feet with toes and the wired over eyes.  It is found in many colors.  Many can be seen in my database of confirmed Juliana. under Reptiles.

Pink Frog
#1 Topaz Toed Turtle
Continuing on with the frog.  The frogs are very rare.  Here is the pink frog.  Notice again of course no antennae, but again the feet with toes and the wired over eyes.  It is found in several colors.
#3 Peridot Double Row Turtle
#2 Topaz no Toed Turtle

Now we will move onto the turtles.  There were a number of different turtle designs.  Some are much more common than others.  The most common of the turtle designs was this first one shown here in topaz (turtle #1).  It has feet with toes and the wired over eyes.  The next turtle looks very similar to the first one but it does not have toes on it's feet.  It is shown here also in topaz (turtle #2).  The third variation of this turtle has three toes and a double row of small chatons around the the center stone.  It is shown here in peridot (turtle #3). The final one of these designs has no toes and has navettes around the center stone.  I don't currently have a photo of this turtle (turtle #4).
#5 Topaz 3 Toed Turtle

#6 Ribbon Turtle
Next is the three toed turtle.  It's toes are made of the same materials as the whiskers on the cats.  It is very rare and found in several colors.  Shown here in topaz. (turtle #5)
#7 Ball Chain and Rhinestone Turtle

Then follows the ribbon turtle.  It  has velvet ribbon around the edge of his shell.  It is found in several colors.  It is a cast design instead of being made out of all rhinestones so it has totally different feet. Shown here in black and white. (Turtle #6) 

We then have the ball chain turtle.   It is done of alternating rows of ball chain and rhinestones.  It does not have toes on its feet.  It is shown in turquoise. (turtle #7)
#8 Cast Turtle

The final turtle is another cast design.  This one has only a center cabochon and the rest is a cast design.  It is found with different center stones.  Shown here in the most common the millefiori center stone. (turtle #8)

This finishes off the Reptiles and snails.  Next week we will move on to the birds with Let's Fly Away.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Let's Get Buggy - Juliana Bug Figurals - The Finale

Today we will finish up our bug tutorial.  We will start on the bugs with rhinestones on their antennae.  Rhinestones on the antennae of bugs is much more rare than the curved "up" antennae without rhinestones that we studied in the last two trainings.  These rhinestone antennae are much more often found on butterflies.  I have shown the only two bugs known to have these style of antennae.
Eight Legged Bug

The two are the eight legged bug. It is that is found in many different color combinations besides the one shown here.  The second is the caterpillar brooch shown here in jade glass rhinestones.  It is also found in many other colors.  Some of the other colors of the caterpillar can be seen in my book: Juliana Jewelry - The Last Generation.

Caterpillar Bug

There is only one other style of antennae found in bugs. It is found only in one large bug, called the two winged bug.  It has curved sideways antennae that are also often found in butterflies.  The antennae are also not smooth wire like the normal curved "up" antennae.  It is also found in other colors.
Large Double Winged Bug

Cast Bug
The only other bug left is the cast one.  It is found in different colors.  The design is totally different from the other bugs.  The frame is totally cast metal with glued in accents.

So now we have finished off the bugs.  To finalize the bug training I would like to give you some simple rules to remember when looking at bug designs you think might be Juliana (D and E).  Next week we will look at the reptiles and snails.

-All D and E Rhinestone Bugs have Antenna. (Butterflies have their own rules)
-All D and E Rhinestone Bugs have wire antenna that are curled UPWARDS
with the exception of the Caterpillar, the Large Two Winged Bug, and the 8 legged Bug.
-All D and E Rhinestone Bugs with legs also have wire curled UPWARDS antennae with the exception of the Large Two Winged Bug shown here in orange.
-No D and E Rhinestone Bugs have trembler wings (springs that allow wings to flutter)
-No D and E Rhinestone Bugs have rhinestone chain antenna. (Remember - Butterflies have their own rules)
-D and E Cast Metal Bugs are different and shown here

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Let's Get Buggy - Juliana Bug Figurals - Part II

Lady Bug Brooch
This week I will continue on with our Juliana (D and E) bugs.  I will first finish with all the curled metal antennae bugs and then move on to the ones with rhinestone antennae. 
Filigree Wing Plastic Cabochon Bug

This first bug has been called a lady bug.  So far it has been found in this all clear and AB design It is also found in a clear, red and green design that is pictured in my book Juliana Jewelry - The Last Generation on page 99.

This next bug is also found in other colors and has fancy filigree wings and a cabochon body.

Amethyst  Bumble Bee Bug
Next is the large bumblebee bug.  He is also found in different colors.  Notice he has different legs than the other two bugs.  His legs are made the same as the whiskers on the kitty cats.
Topaz Wasp Bug

Next is the bug often called a wasp.  He has no legs unlike the bugs shown so far today.

Green and Topaz Glitter Bug
Now how about the family of bugs often called the glitter bugs.  I have shown several of the variations in design and color.

Pastel Glitter Bug
The next of these curled metal antennae bugs are the large dragonfly brooches done in two different designs and in many many colors.

Pastel round body Glitter Bug
The first is a cast design with with metal cone shaped wings.  The second is a large all rhinestone dragonfly.  Notice he does not have metal sticking off the back of his tail.  You find many dragonflies with this metal on the tail called Juliana (D and E), but they are NOT!
Pastel round body Glitter Bug

Blue Dragonfly
This next bug is very unusual.  It has double wings one of which is metal with a wired over loop of rhinestones for the second layer.

White Metal Winged Bug
Purple Cone Wing Dragonfly

Next week I will do part III of Let's Get Buggy and talk about the bugs with rhinestones on their antennae and also with S scroll antennae.

More Juliana Bugs

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Let's Get Buggy - The Juliana Bug Figurals - Part I

Wood Bead Body Bug
Today I will start with my favorite of the Juliana (D and E) bugs.  The wood body bugs.  These bugs are so cool done with painted wood beads as the body of the bug.  This bug was done in many colors.  Those who know me know that pink is my favorite color so of course this is my favorite of the colors these wood bugs came in.
Plastic Cabochon Body Bug

Rhinestone Body Bug
Juliana (D and E) also made this same bug with other body types.  These include rhinestone bodies and plastic cabochon bodies.

Plastic Cabochon Body Bug
There are a number of other variations you will find in these bugs. You will find slight variations in the number and shapes of the navettes on the sides of the bodies like shown in the patriotic bug.  This bug has three navettes on each side of the body not one as the others show.  You will also notice the florette is a slightly different construction.  The white bug also shows another navette variation.

Open Winged Bug

There are also variations in the metal wing construction with some having a more cut out open look.  You will notice these also have variations in their navettes at the sides of their bodies.  There are more slight variations but I can't spend the whole blog on one bug.
Open Winged Bug

Now we will move on to a different type of bug.  These are the bugs with variations in the shapes of their rhinestone bodies.  There are oval bodies, pear shaped bodies, and emerald cut bodies.  They also vary in the types of navettes on the sides of the bodies. There are even variations in the number of rhinestones on what I would call the tail part of the bug (not that bugs really have a tail).  There are some that have three rhinestones instead of the one.  These also came in many colors.  I have showed the black, the fall colored and the pastel.
Fall Colored Oval Body Bug

Black Emerald Cut Body Bug
Wow as I work on this blog I see that talking about all the bugs will be a multi-part blog.  I will not be able to even scratch the surface if I try to do it on one blog.  So I will continue this "Bug Blog" next week.

Pastel Pear Shaped Body Bug
Fall Colored Pearl Shape Bug
With three chaton tail
One thing to think about this week as you think about bugs is to notice what the antennae look like on all these bugs?  Do you notice anything?  You should.  All have metal antennae with loops at the end.  None have S scroll antennae and none have rhinestones at the end of the antennae.