Friday, July 22, 2011

100 Sales Milestone Giveaway Contest

My Etsy shop reached 100 sales during the second week of July and to celebrate I have been brainstorming a fun (and simple) giveaway contest.  I have finally finished scheming and here are the details!

100 Sales Milestone Giveaway Contest by Pretty Sensitive Ears

NOTE: If you do not have a google / blogger account and do not want to set one up, please email your guess to me at  Thank you!!  (edit on August 1st)

The winner of this contest will receive one free pair of earrings for sensitive ears (either Surgical Steel or 100% hypoallergenic Niobium) from my Etsy shop found at  Shipping will be free.  The winner gets to choose any one pair listed for sale in my Etsy shop!

To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog posting with your numerical guess of how many seed beads are in the tube of beads pictured below.  Please be sure your email address is included in your comment (unless you have a blogger account with your email address included).  If you are the winner, but I don't have an email address to contact you at, I will have to choose the next closest guesser!

I have included a US dime (10 cent coin) for size reference in the photo.

The closest guess without going over the number of beads actually in the tube will be the winner!  You can only guess once to be eligible.  Repeat numbers will not be eligible; so, guess early so that your number won't be taken by someone else!

The winner will be announced on August 5th, 2011.  I will have my husband count the beads in the tube twice through (lucky guy!  hehehe) and give me the official count.  Then I will announce the number of seed beads here on my blog along with the lucky winner, and contact them via email!  The winner will then be able to send me the name of their favorite pair of earrings along with their mailing address.

This fun contest is a way to celebrate the 100 Sales Milestone in my Etsy shop.  Thank you for the support and best of luck to everyone!  A fun, simple way to win a free pair of handmade earrings for sensitive ears (either for yourself or as a gift) - pretty wonderful, huh?

While you're waiting to hear if you've guessed the correct number (or come the closest!), please stop by and take a look at the wide variety of earring styles for sensitive ears I offer in my shop.  Take a peak at the surgical steel hooks, posts, and posts with dangles, AND the niobium hooks, posts, and hoops, to get a feel for your favorite silhouette and material!  Also, remember that I can work with customers to create customized jewelry - never hesitate to contact me!

More information on materials can be found at my website at

I can be contacted through my website, my Etsy shop, or email via

You can also join me on my facebook page, twitter, or tumblr!

Thanks very much for your visit!

~ Amanda J

Monday, July 18, 2011


Featured right now on the Heart Handmade Blog, is an interview that I completed that explores my inspirations, motivations, etc.  To learn more about me and my handmade jewelry for sensitive skin, please visit the following link:

You can share the interview on facebook quite easily from the top of the page too, if interested! 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Online Ganoksin Exhibition Feature - "Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder"

 My wire wrapped ring called "The Black Flower," made using 100% hypoallergenic Niobium wire, a mother of pearl button, and vintage black flower button, is featured in this online exhibition of jewelry items all made without using precious materials.  Here are a few photos of my featured ring: 

There are some amazingly beautiful items featured - and all are made without using gold, silver, or platinum.   Here is the press release regarding the online exhibition.  I hope that you will check it out and share with others!   ~ Amanda Jensen

 Online Exhibition: "Beauty Is In the Eye of the Beholder"

   "Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder" showcases 247 images chosen
   from entries from over 55 artists representing North America, South
   America, Europe, Australia, Central America, Africa and Eurasia.

   The drive to adorn the human body is surely as old as human kind.
   From pre-historic times this drive has led humans to use the
   materials at hand, combined with the technologies and tools
   available, to create objects to adorn the human body. The oldest
   jewelry found to date goes back to at least 75,000 years ago in

   Early jewelry was made of bones, shells, sticks, and whatever other
   materials the people could find and shape. Over time the ability to
   mine and shape metal developed, and jewelry was made from bronze,
   silver, gold, platinum and other metals. Gold has long been thought
   of as a "precious" metal, and today it is joined by silver and
   platinum as the three main materials modern jewelry is made from.

   While much jewelry today is made from these three main metals, a
   large body of jewelry world-wide is still made from a much wider
   range of materials. This exhibition, "Beauty is in the Eye of the
   Beholder", focuses on jewelry made primarily of materials other than
   gold, platinum and silver.

   Jewelers today are still using found objects such as shell and bone;
   they are using "green" materials - upcycled and recycled objects and
   materials; they are using cutting edge plastics and newly developed
   technology; and they are using older metals such as copper, brass
   and bronze.

   Some of the more unusual materials include vinyl LP's, velvet, VCR
   components, rattlesnake vertebrae, corian, canvas, paper, crab
  claws, magnets, synthetic rubber electrical insulation tubing, and
   aluminum grounding wire.

   More traditional materials used include copper, bronze, brass,
   glass, various types of wood, gemstones, pearls and seeds.

   Techniques range from traditional metalsmithing, through a range of
   beading techniques, textile techniques, photography techniques and
   cutting edge industrial fabrication.

   Participants range from professional jewelers with international
   reputations to students just learning their craft.

   Hosted on the Ganoksin website, the world's largest internet site
   devoted to jewelry- related topics, the exhibition is a snapshot of
   what jewelers around the world are exploring, and an inspiration to
   all. The exhibition was conceived Beth Wicker, an artist from South
   Carolina, in the USA, and curated by Beth and Hanuman Aspler, founder
   of the Ganoksin Project.

   Beauty Is In the Eye of the Beholder

   For more information about the Exhibition please contact: Beth Wicker or Dr. E. Aspler (Hanuman)