The Round Ear Wires

December 21, 2014


What simplicity, nothing special to see here. Why would anybody use something this blah, this bland, this simple? Why even bother to make something this unimaginative? Allow me explain.

Ear wires like these allow the rest of the creation to really shine. If you need a visual example just go back one posting to the blog I published yesterday, “The Lumps Of Coal“. These are the same ear wires I used in making that creation. If you look back at some of my earlier postings you can find more extravagant ear wires, for example, “This Is How I Work“, which features my square ear wires. Sometimes I simply don’t want the ear wire stealing the show, and I want the dangle to be the entire focal point of the creation. At other times I like the ear wires to yell “look at me’.

Why not simply check out my shop, Gene’s Joint? You can find all kinds of off the wall ear wires, and the creations that they are attached to there.

And while you are checking out shops, here are two others I think you might enjoy, Miss Poppy’s Boutique, which is run by my wife, and partner in crime, Susan, and A to Z Shoppe, a whimsical shop where everything is custom made for their clientele.

The Lumps Of Coal

December 20, 2014


I thought for sure these tasty little numbers would end up in someone’s stocking this Christmas. It’s probably too late now.

Of course they aren’t really made of coal, that is just what I named this creation. In case you are not one of the growing number of insiders to my shop, let me bring you up to speed. Most of the creations in my shop have names. Like all artists, I have little pieces of my soul invested into all of my work, and each and every creation is personal, and one of a kind. I even send a certificate of authenticity to the new owners when someone purchases my work. The certificate includes a picture of the item, the name of the purchaser, the name of the creation, and a signed and dated statement from me that the piece is a one of a kind creation, handcrafted by me, Gene Molloy.

In case you were wondering what these fine earrings are really made of, let me run it down for you. The beads are Czech glass, 10 x 8mm cubes, and 6 x 7mm cathedral beads. The ear wire and the head pins are handcrafted from 20 gauge jewelry wire. This is a 99.9%  hand made item. Obviously an American guy would be hard pressed to be able to claim he makes his own Czech glass beads.

If you aren’t familiar with my online shop it’s Gene’s Joint, please give it a look. If you have been there before, please check it out again. I’m adding new creations almost daily, unless I am waiting on a shipment of materials or such. If you don’t fall in love with any of the creations in my shop, perhaps my wife’s shop, Miss Poppy’s Boutique, has something for you. Either way you’ll be treated to the plethora of visual delights that we have in store for you.

The Spade, These Aren’t For You Creampuff

December 19, 2014


There they sit in my Etsy shop, Gene’s Joint, when I go to the item statistics I notice that no one is even looking at them. Even the insomniacs who look at any, and everything, in the middle of their miserable sleepless nights must be passing them up.


I have racked my brain trying to figure why these are the only items in my shop that don’t get looked at. Is the thumbnail shot that bad? Are they so abhorrent that even the sleepless hate them? Or could it be that the adventuresome, free-spirited, boho that I had in mind when I created them just hasn’t found me yet?


If anyone were to take the time to click on the thumbnail to get to the item description they would see that these were created intentionally crude and shabby. Not all of my creations are geared toward the general public at large. Some of them are made for the kindred spirits out there, whom I know are able to relate to the crudeness, the shabbiness, and the discordant notes that swirl around the symphony of life. I just didn’t realize that it would take forever for them to discover me.


There are plenty of creations in Gene’s Joint, and most of them are not so crude. Do yourself a favor and take a look. If you have been there before, revisit, there are new creations going into the shop almost daily. If you don’t like what I’m selling, visit Miss Poppy’s Boutique, my wife’s shop. Her creations are usually very different from mine.

Artist Progression

December 10, 2014

Gene Molloy:

Look at this will you, Miss Poppy’s Boutique gave me a mention.

Originally posted on Miss Poppy's Boutique:

il_570xN_662642626_i1orIt’s been awhile since I last published an article on this blog. Business is going very well, and with the Christmas and Hannukah nearing, I am filling numerous custom orders in addition to selling what I already have on the market. Sales are keeping me in the black and very busy, and somewhat to the detriment of my other passion – writing poetry and short stories. Nevertheless, just as water seeks its own level, I will return to writing when it should be so.

I attended a bead show last weekend, and quite by accident. My husband and I were taking a break and walking around the downtown area in our town. We happened upon a sign advertisin a bead show, so we followed the arrows and found ourselves among fellow artists displaying and selling their creations – from seed beadwork, to handcrafted glass beads, to metal work, et cetera.

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The Handcrafted Finding

December 10, 2014

IMG_2265What in the name of Nebechenezer are those things? They look like little space ships, or phallic symbols maybe. Whatever they are they look pretty odd, don’t they?

That’s because they are only a part of what will eventually become a complete, and recognizable piece of jewelry. They are what jewelry artists know as findings.

I make most of the findings that go into my jewelry creations. They give my pieces a rather unique look that differentiates them from the pieces that are assembled from the mass-produced findings that are available in the arts and crafts outlets, and the online bead shops.

Sure, I occasionally use commercially available findings in my work. There are just some things a wire twister like myself couldn’t come close to creating. Take filigree items like clasps, and earring drops for instance. At this point in time I haven’t a clue as to how I would be able to handcraft such items. Perhaps I will stumble upon a technique that accomplishes this some day. That’s one of my goals to be sure.

Anyway, being able to make what you need as you go is golden. Imagine if you will, coming down to the end of a project and discovering that you are a few jump rings short of completion. If you can’t make your own jump rings you have to drop what you are doing and either run out to the craft store for instant gratification, or make an online purchase and put your entire project on the shelf until your shipment arrives.

Having the ability to handcraft my findings opens up some really swell avenues to me, too. I can use a heavier gauge wire for added strength if I wish. I can use any color jewelry wire that’s available to either  color coordinate the findings to whatever beads or focal pieces I wish to use, or add a different color to the piece.

It also saves me ton of money. I can make probably twice as many pieces for the same cost as buying a package of something.

While my main focus is jewelry creation, I do sell handcrafted findings in my shop, Gene’s Joint . Why not stop by and take a look around? You might just find that unique, handcrafted piece that you fall in love with. While you’re at it, check out my wife’s shop, Miss Poppy’s Boutique. She has a sale going on.

Huge Sale!

November 28, 2014

Gene Molloy:

Wow, here’s a great sale.

Originally posted on Miss Poppy's Boutique:


HUGE SALE — 25% OFF on all my items in my Etsy shop using POPPY25 when you check out.  That means you can get something for as little as $3.75!  Sale runs until December 31, 2014.

Click on this photo to link to my site, or visit my shop at

You can also follow me on Facebook at http://www.facebook/misspoppysboutique

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November 16, 2014

Gene Molloy:

I can’t enter this contest, but you can. Do it now.

Originally posted on Miss Poppy's Boutique:

ContestPhotoChristmasNecklace.jpgGIVEAWAY PROMOTION!

By Susan Marie Molloy at Miss Poppy’s Boutique

I’m hosting a giveaway promotion, and everyone is invited to enter!

I’m giving away a crystal, glass, and metal necklace I designed and created in my studio specifically for this occasion. It’s made with red, green, clear, and silver beads — Swarovski crystal, Czech glass, cracked glass, a deep red vintage focal bead, and silver plated accents, all held together with a snappy spring clasp. It’s strung on very flexible jewelry wire, 18 inches long, and will fit about collarbone length on an adult. This necklace is striking with the rich colors and brilliant sparkles!


  1. Timeframe: Sunday, November 16, 2014 until 9:00 a.m. Thanksgiving Day (November 27). My studio’s Facebook page is:
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The Coal Shovels

October 30, 2014


There is a first time for everything, and “The Coal Shovel” earrings are the first pair of earrings that I offered in my shop that did not use any commercial elements. Except for the beads that is.

I used a smaller diamond-shaped ear wire on this piece. I  originally made these ear wire in two sizes because I wanted to be able to create sets for people with multiple piercings. It helps in following the ear line without each earring getting tangled into the other.

The commercial chain that I had used in the past to connect the ear wire to the yoke has been replaced with a handcrafted “shovel handle” connector.  If you follow this blog, you have seen the yoke before. It was written about in the post “Loopy”.

Using my handcrafted knotted head pins to wrap the beads to the yoke means that each and every wire element in this piece was made by hand.

The beauty of handcrafting the wire elements in my pieces is that I can make them in different kinds of wire if I choose, or if I get a custom order for something. Not only are there the precious metals like gold and silver, but there exists a rainbow of colored wire. Since I am committed to black beads, and black beads only, changing up the wire elements is about the only way I’m going to get some color into my work.

I realize that my monochrome work is not for everybody, and so I encourage those who need more color in their lives to visit Susan’s shop, Miss Poppy’s Boutique. I swear she has some vivid colors that I could never imagine even exist. Seeing was believing.

The Long-Tailed Sherperds Hooks, A Classic

October 27, 2014

LongTailShepherdHook2.jpgThe Picasso

There they are, the long-tailed shepherd’s hooks, a true classic when it comes to ear wires. As simple as they are, they always seem to make a statement, especially in this long-tailed version.

I am originally from Chicago, and I’m amused by the  way this photograph of them resembles the Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza.

It’s all just twisted metal I suppose, and there is plenty of that available in Gene’s Joint, so why not click on over and take a look.

On the off-chance my lovely black and silver art doesn’t get you twisted, check out Miss Poppy’s Boutique, she’s colorful.

About Chiclets Nightmare

October 23, 2014


Here’s a shot of my creation “Chiclets Nightmare”. Why in the world would I put such a name on these beautiful earrings? Well, it just fits my theme, that’s why.

I only use black beads in my work. That’s something I decided right from the start. Everybody else is trying to razzle dazzle  their customers, fans, followers, whatever they call them, with a wide array of colorful splash. That’s a legitimate endeavor to be sure, but I am not everybody else, and I wanted to give my people a little something different. I use rather dark names for my creations in accordance with my monochrome creations.

I had these square beads that reminded me of Chiclets, you know, the little square gum that comes in a box. I decided to use them in the creation of a nice, classy, chandelier style pair of earrings. Sometimes I create “classy” looking things with a rather crude looking twist, and that’s what I decided to do here.

When you are handcrafting the majority of the elements that go into a piece of work, no two pieces come out with the precision of machine-made, mass-produced, elements. This is what I feel make them unique. When the mood strikes me, I take it step further by crudely playing with the imperfections. At first blush, these look relatively good, but upon closer inspection you can notice that the wire wrapping isn’t “perfect”.  That’s by design.

It’s not that I can’t do better. I certainly can. Just look at some of my other work in my Gene’s Joint Etsy Shop. Crude just works for me when I’m in that mood.


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