Saturday, February 8, 2014

Monday, November 19, 2012

Artisan Cyber Sale ~ The biggest EVER!


Get in on the holiday sales for Cyber week!

The largest Artisan Jewelry Sale ever!


This year offer handmade artisan jewelry 
for all the women on your shopping list!
(or discounts on handmade components if you are a beader)

I will be offering 
 ~ 15% off  ~ 
use coupon code: AWHOLIDAY
Melinda Orr Designs & Bandana Girl Jewelry
 component and jewelry lines on Etsy

I will also offer a giveaway of a 
bracelet kit or finished bracelet value $30 
Your choice of color and kit or finished design
"Leave a comment here to be entered"

All other participants will be offering a giveaway on their blogs and discounts in their online stores.
Sale and giveaways start on 
Thanksgiving Day & end on Friday, Nov 30th~
There will be 3 exciting "special giveaways" hidden throughout the participants blog posts...so be sure to visit them all and find them!
You can search Etsy with the code: AWHOLIDAY to see participating stores...


Here are the other participants ~ 
ARTISAN JEWElRY
If you would like to participate in the cyber sale as a vendor,
please click here for the details




Wednesday, September 5, 2012

What I've been working on ~

I've been so busy this summer...hardly had time to post!  
So just want to share what I've been working on..
If interested in any pieces, please leave me a message 
& I'll get back to you right away! 


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

BEAD FEST OR BUST SALE!!

Bead Fest is just 2 weeks away...
I'm offering 15% off all items in my Etsy Store...
If you haven't visited my site lately, 
I have tons of new items posted.  


This will be our third Bead Fest Sale...
a great opportunity for you to get some great deals & 
for us to raise extra $ to pick up new supplies 
 for creating wonderful new inspirational designs for Fall and Winter.   

I can't wait to meet up with all my online bead buddies &
 have some fun with the girls~
We had such a good time in April at the Spring Bead Fest....
A huge group of us met up at the Cafe and throughout the show.  
It was so fun to see what everyone was buying and to share my finds. 
 Staci & I could have shopped for days together...We like so many of the same things :-) 
  
Below are the participating designers and store information for the sale. 


 This is a great chance to save lots from your favorite designers! 
Think components for Fall/Holiday shows and gifts for the Holidays ~ 

Many of the participating stores will be offering giveaways on their blogs...please be sure to stop by each!! 
Enter to win!!! 
a Leather Bracelet Kit by leaving a comment below
3 winners will be chosen randomly!

Melinda Orr ~ Melinda Orr Designs ~ 15% off w/coupon code BEADYGIRL ~ Enter for the Leather Bracelet Kit Giveaway on the blog
Facebook: www.facebook.com/melindaorrdesigns 

Lorelei Eurto~ Lorelei Eurto Jewelry ~ 20% w/coupon code BEADYGIRL
store: www.LoreleiEurtoJewelry.etsy.com
blog: http://Lorelei1141.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LoreleiEurto

Karen Totten ~ Starry Road Studio ~ 20% off w/coupon code  BEADYGIRL
Blog: http://starryroadstudio.blogspot.com

Marsha Neal ~ Marsha Neal Studio10% off your entire purchase from my Etsy shop including the special SALE section that has items marked down 30% off. Coupon Code: BEADYGIRL
Every listing purchased during this date from Marsha's Etsy shop will get entered into an additional drawing for a $25 Marsha Neal Studio Etsy Shop Gift Certificate (see her blog for extra info).
Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/MarshaNealStudio
Blog: http://www.marshanealstudio.blogspot.com/
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/MarshaNealStudio

Staci Lousie ~ Staci Louise Originals ~ 20% off w/coupon code BEADYGIRL
Etsy Components: http://www.etsy.com/ SLArtisanAccents 

Sue Kennedy ~ Sue Beads ~ 20% off w/coupon code BEADYGIRL
/SueBeads/241806885873855

Lisa Peters ~ Lisa Peters Art ~ 20% off w/coupon code BEADYGIRL 
(sorry not applicable for RING KITS)
Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/LisaPetersArt
Blog: http://www.lisa-petersart.blogspot.com/

Jenny Davies Reazor~ 20% off w/coupon code BEADYGIRL
Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/jdaviesreazor

Mary Hubbard ~ White Clover Kilns ~ 20% off w/coupon code BEADYGIRL



Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Some Of My Favorite

Inspiring Metal Designs


Keirsten Giles ~ Lune Designs 

Staci Klinger Smith ~ Staci Louise Originals

Kristi Bowman ~ Kristi Bowman Designs

Eva Sherman ~ Eva Sherman Designs
Made to order - love garden
Cindy Hoo ~ Decorate Your Soul

Under a Copper Sky
Soul to Substance
SSD Jewelry
Be Inspired
Dream a Little
Hammer?
Why not try?
Copper Love
Need Shears...
Time to get your hammer out…
Cut and tap a little sheet metal….
You’ve been wanting to try..
Summers here! Head out to the picnic table & play!
I know you will fall in love
Just as I ~
All the tools you need to get started!!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Win my Turtle Crossing Earrings!

Heads up ~Turtles crossing! 

Head over to Love My Art Jewelry Blog 
to be entered to win these beauties!! 
Click below to get there!  

Thanks to everyone at LMAJ ~  
Good luck! 

Monday, May 7, 2012

A Visual Journey in Fold Forming Bronze Cuffs

Thought you would all like to see my recent fold forming ideas...
this is all pretty new to me ~ 
have only attempted it a handful of times.  
All in all I'm very pleased with the outcome!  
Starting with 22g Bronze sheet metal

Cut, anneal and fold
Unfold and texture
Pickle and form on bracelet mandrel
Oxidize
Brush with steel wool and buff 
Patina can be added for even more visual effects
Hope you had fun! I'll be adding Bronze bracelet blanks to my store soon! 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Wire Wrapped Beaded Earring Video Tutorial

Sorry for the delay here ~ but I think I've worked out all the bugs from earlier this week ~ 


Here's a thorough walk through of my wire wrapped drop earrings ~ 
I totally love this style and have had a ton of requests for the steps .
You can purchase most of the unique tools for this metal work at my store~
Melinda Orr Designs on Etsy

I hope you'll consider my store for your copper wire,
blanks, components and tools:
Have fun designing!
Any questions? Please leave me a message ~
Melinda
Below are some of the tools used in this video 
with direct links to my Etsy Site
3 step ring pliers
Chasing Hammer
Copper 3 Ball Ear wires
Patina Gel
20G CopperWire
12g Copper Wire
1.5mm Hole Punch
Flush Cutter Pliers
Copper Bright Pads 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I'm excited to share a new group blog that I'll be contributing to with
Jennifer Cameron, Karen Totten, Kristi Bowman, Linda Larson and Barbara Lewis ~
Art Jewelry Elements 
Hope you'll stop by and check it out!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Stop by my post at Earrings Everyday and check out my "Groovy Tree Surfers"!  
A funny story to go along with them ~

Here are some things I've been working on recently ~ 
New Leather designs...look for the supplies in my store soon!  Will be posting more  soon~ 

New Rustic Pink Patina....soon to be added to my Etsy

Sweet Bird Earrings

Vintaj Patinas on fired Bisque from Bisque Bead Supply

Wire wrapped Dragonflies! 

Fresh picked Rose Hips...(beads really)

Beaded Rings with copper findings...

Stop by my Etsy 
And follow my daily designs on Facebook


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

SpringFest or Bust Sale ~ 1st of the year!


So excited to be heading to Bead Fest Spring in April ~ 
The highlight is that I'll be meeting with everyone below for a some
girl time ~ to talk beads!
What could be better??
I'm looking forward to meeting Jan & Karen 
&  to see Diana, Mary and Staci again! 

We've decided to have a sale to create some spending $ to take along...

THIS IS A 2-DAY SALE
This weekend only
Sat, March 31 & Sun, April 1st

I'm offering a 15% off discount on my jewelry, tools and components~
Everyone else is offering a nice discount and have blogged about their deals! 
Take a minute to visit everyone ~  
Use discount code :
  BEADSNOBSPRING 
for everyone's site discount
Melinda Orr - Melinda Orr Designs (you are here) 

Diana Ptaszynski  -Suburban Girl Studios

Mary Hubbard - White Clover Kiln

Jan Onipenco - Molten Mayhem

Karen Totten - Starry Road Studio


Staci Klinger Smith - Staci Louise Artisan Accents

A GIVEAWAY! 
I'm giving away a grabbag of my latest finds 
from the Bead Show ~  
for details to enter~ 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

An invitation to the Creative Bead Chat Group and Huge Giveaway ~

Winners of the 1st CBC Giveaway!
Winners please email me your mailing addresses!
orrtec@gmail.com
Congratulations!


HANNA FROM HANNA'S GEMS 
Mary Anne Klinglesmith Flesch: Beautiful Freeform Copper Pendant

DONNA LUEHRS
Judi Markert: Herringbone Rope Bracelet

JUDI MARKERT

ROXANNE HAZEL WARD 
Marti Conrad: Ceramic Artisan Horse Charm
Marti's Buttons & Beads
nationalbuttonsociety.org
www.etsy.com/shop/MartiC51


LORELEI EURTO 
Sally Russick: Copper Bezel Pendant
The Studio Sublime

SHIRLEY JONES MOORE 
Marie-Noel Voyer Cramp: Assorted Charms
SKYE Jewels


LISA STUKELS 
Lisa Lodge:  $20 Gift Certificate
Pine Ridge Treasures

SUSAN TURTLE
Pam Ferrari: Glass beads 
Ferrari Original Beads


MELISSA ELGIN
Marla James: Ceramic Artisan Pendant
Marla's Mud 
SONYA INGERSOL STILLE 
Jennifer Justman: Beaded Artisan Bracelet
Soul's Fire Designs


LATASHA HENSON
Karen Totten: $25 Gift Certificate
Starry Road Designs


MARYANNE KLINGLESMITH FLESCH 
Janice Everett: $20 Gift Certificate
J-Lynn Jewels


MOLLY BABCOCK YOUNG

LINDA LANDIG
Beads of Clay Group:$50 Gift Certificate
Marla James / Marsha Neal/Yolanda Miramontes

KRISTY BRIGGS HARRISON
Melinda Orr: $25 Gift Certificate

Melinda Orr Designs






I would like to invite you to a fun and informative group on Facebook 
It's an open group & a home
 for creative component and jewelry designers to share new creations, tool tips 
& help build our creativity and sales ! 
A home for new designers, as well experienced 
to share your experiences and ask questions. 
Ultimately, we are a team and work together 
towards the goal of being proud of our accomplishments and accomplishing our dreams...
Only rule...
Treat others as you would like to be treated :-)  

We welcome you to join Creative Bead Chat! 

We've organized a fun bunch of events....
Today we'll be offering a huge giveaway from a few of our generous members 
willing to share with the members of our online group.  
 15 lucky people will win! 
 ~valued over $400~ 
of amazing handcrafted jewelry, components and gift certificates
Names will be chosen next Tuesday, March 27th ~ 
This event will be for members only ~ 

We've got a designer challenge coming up and an Easter Palette Challenge ..
 I will be moderating the group with 
Marla James from Marla's Mud &
 Karen Totten from Starry Road Designs 

Stop by ~ you'll be glad you did! 
and see all the details of the giveaway! 






Thursday, March 8, 2012

Join me in THREE GIVEAWAYS This week!

Just hop on over to my Facebook Page....I'm having 3 different giveaways!
The first one I mentioned earlier this week....
Leave me a funny note or joke..
(who doesn't need a laugh)
Click here to enter~ 

The second one is 
to celebrate hitting 600 friends on my Melinda Orr Designs Facebook Page 
Woo hoo! 
Click here to enter

The third one is just for fun...
in just 24 hours yesterday, 
50 new friends joined my Facebook page.  
Welcome to all of my new friends! 
So I'm thinking what are the chances I can build my group to 700 by Sunday...
hmmmm...
I think it's possible! 
to enter to win a supply & tool grab bag from my newest findings, patina pieces, etc.
 or earrings your choice!

All winners will be chosen Sunday ~ 
I'll hope you enter to win!
Good luck!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A GIVEAWAY...Turtle Earrings or Tube RIveted Glass Ring


I'm having a giveaway for 
my new Dazzle Patina TURTLE Earrings 
or 
a New Glass Bead Tube Riveted Copper Ring....
You must visit my Facebook page &  "LIKE" it if not already and leave me a funny comment or joke ~
to go to my page
 I'm a bit behind and a bit stressed out....
just needed to laugh! 
I just posted the inspiration behind the turtle earrings on 
I hope you'll check it out and leave a comment!
BTW, you can purchase the turtle earrings in a variety of shapes and sizes
 on my Etsy Site
Thanks for visiting! 
Winner will be chosen Sunday! 
Mel

Saturday, March 3, 2012


Welcome to the March 2012 Bead Soup Blog Party!


It's a Bead Soup Blog Party?

 Each is paired up with another jewelry designer and tasked with sending a focal and clasp.
Using the focal and the clasp was mandatory, but we could use anything from our own stash to round out the rest, and choose to use the coordinating beads or not.

I was partnered with Molly Alexander ~ So funny that right after I received my pieces from here, I opened my BEAD TRENDS and saw she was the featured Artist last summer ~ It was nice to get to know her work a bit better. I hope you'll hop over to see what she created wit h my pieces ~ So excited I'm sure it will be truly amazing. Here's her post and blog ~ Click here
I received wonderful a hand beaded soul pendant and clasp which I totally love~ 



As well as Artisan glass beads and pretty little pink flower beads ~
I used a bit of everything in this design ~ 

I wanted to design around the Pendant..."soul" The first thing I thought of is "Hey Soul Sister by Train really liked the idea.  

I created the "Hey" bail in copper as well as the the sister link ~ 

The clasp is so beautiful...I almost hated to use it in the back 

I created wire wrapped florettes to add some interesting shapes  ~ I'm excited to create more of these! 

I dangled 3 little pink flower beads for each of my kids and one on top for my sister ~ 

This was a first.....tube riveting ~ Got it right on the first try....I love this and will wear it all the time ~ 
A GIVEAWAY!
I hope you comment to be entered to win this beautiful necklace ~ 
Share on your blog, facebook or tweet for extra entries 
Winner will be chosen next weekend ~


Thanks Molly and Lori ~ Had fun creating! 

Please take some time to check out Lori's blog, Pretty Things, as well as the other participants in this blog hop:

Hostess, Lori Anderson Special Book Sneak Peeks, Cindy Wimmer 

1.  Adlinah Kamsir (Singapore) and Hajer Waheed(Kingdom of Bahrain)
2. Adrienn Lukacs (Hungary) and Agata Grygiel(Poland)
3.  Agi Kiss (Hungary) and Carolien Muller-Genger(the Netherlands)
4.  Agnes Asztalos (Hungary) and B.R. Kuhlman
7.  Alicia Marinache (Canada) and Dita Basu
15.  Bonnie Coursolle (Canada) and Fay Wolfenden(Canada)
16.  Carmel McGinley (Australia) and Tracy Stillman(Australia)
21.  Cheryl Brown (Canada) and Diana Ptaszynski
22.  Christina Stofmeel (the Netherlands) and Eva Kovacs (Hungary)
24.  Cilla Watkins (Canada) and Elaine Robitaille(Canada)
25.  Sabrina Straub (Switzerland) and Kathy Combs
32.  Dee Elgie (UK) and Joanne Lockwood (UK)
33.  Dian Hierschel (Germany) and Eniko Fabian(Austria)
34.  Diane Cook and Lyn Foley
35.  Donna Bohler and Lisa Lodge
37.  Doris Stumpf (Germany) and Eszter Czibulyas(Hungary)
39.  Elke Leonhardt-Rath (Germany) and Marjolein Trewavas (UK)
41.  Erika Nooteboom (the Netherlands) and Giorgia Rossini (Italy)
42.  Erin Grant and Jean Wells
43.  Evelyn Duberry (Canada) and Gaea Cannaday
45.  Ginger Bishop (military, Okinawa) and Martina Nagele (Germany)
48.  Helene Goldberg (Australia) and Karen Vincent
54.  Joanna Matuszczyk (Poland) and Julianna Kis(Hungary)
55.  Joanne Tinley (UK) and Michaela Pabeschitz(Austria)
57.  Karen Hess and Linda Landig
65.  Kristina Johansson (Sweden) and Penny Neville(Canada)
66.  Krisztina Erlaki-Toth (Hungary) and Nicole Keller (Germany)
67.  Lara Lutrick and Lisa Suver
68.  Laura DeMoya and Lisa Hanna
 72.  Lisa Liddy and Marion Simmons
76.  Lori Finney (Canada) and Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp (Canada)
78.  Marta Kaczerowska (Poland) and Milla Starchik(Canada)
81.  Melinda Orr and Molly Alexander (you are here!)
83.  Michelle Jensen and Sandra Young (Canada)
84.  Nan Emmett and Nicole Valentine-Rimmer(Canada)
87.  Pam Hurst and Rebekah Payne
89.  Rebecca Anderson (UK) and Lori Anderson
92.  Rosa Maria Cuevas (Mexico) and Tejae Floyde
93.  Sabine Dittrich (Germany) and Sally Russick
95.  Shanti Johnson and Tracy Mok (Canada)
97.  Sonya Stille and Traci Zeller (Canada)
98.  Stefanie Teufel (Germany) and Tania Hagen(New Zealand)
100.  Terri Wlaschin and Wendy Blum

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