My Stardust Collection fused glass pendants were chosen as a winner in Facet Jewelry's October 2016 Challenge: Echo.
My description of how the collection fit the theme of the challenge... "Barks and meows of furry friends past echo in the minds of animal lovers. This collection incorporates the ashes of precious pets into the grout between the colored tiles in these fused glass memorial pendants so we can wear them close to our hearts forever."
Thank you, Facet Jewelry!
One of my necklace and earring sets was recently used in an advertisement on Facebook by one of my favorite businesses, Urban Maille, a wonderful online company that makes the very best precious metal rings for making chain maille jewelry. They also offer excellent tutorials and kits. If you want to try your hand at weaving chain, Urban Maille is the place to start!
The pendant and earrings in the photo are currently for sale. Please visit the item listing for more photos and information about this elegant set.
Thanks, friends at Urban Maille!
My new line of findings (clasps, ear wires and other little treasures) was featured in the July 2010 issue of BeadStyle Magazine! Here's what they wrote:
"We love the variety of handmade findings on Etsy.com; here are a few of our favorites...
"Ellen Chappelle crafts Argentium and copper wire into woven pendants for charms ($10-17, dangles not included). We also like the silver flower links ($4-6.50). Visit inthelimelight.etsy.com."
"I have one of the pendants for [my heart dog] and then I have one of the stars for each of the three. Love them all. And Ellen made the process so easy. She made me feel as though she treated this process with such love and care, not only for me, but for each of my dogs. Truly can't say enough good about Ellen. She and her wonderful talent really helped me during a difficult time....and each day as I look at my wonderful pendant [and] stars."
"Just want you to know that the lovely memorial ornament arrived safely. It came on my birthday, so that made it even more special. I will cherish it as I did my precious [boy]."
"I received the ... memorial ornaments in the mail and just wanted to tell you how beautiful they are!! I couldn't be more pleased with them, and also wanted to thank you for your patience and kindness throughout the process. I will definitely recommend your business to my friends and family. Thank you for bringing some sunshine to an otherwise painful milestone of a pet's passing."
"I love my Stardust sun catchers. Every morning they are part of my morning ritual, welcoming the day and bringing peace."
"I am very fortunate to have a piece of this truly wonderful jewelry. It is with me at all times....so cherished. Thanks so much Ellen.”
"Hello Ellen ... They are perfect. Ironically they arrived the same day as ... grief therapy on Saturday. Good timing. I needed it. Thanks again."
"I received your beautiful star today. I cannot thank you enough for your kind words. The box made me smile when I saw it as I had forgotten it was on its way. The star currently hangs with [her] collar and reminds me of her. So thank you again so much."
"[My pendant] arrived safely. "Thank you" doesn't seem like enough for doing this. I absolutely love it and the colors are perfect. Thank you again. (Happy tears today)"
"A special thank you to my wonderful cousin Ellen Chappelle for creating this beautiful pet memorial pendant. What an amazing way to keep her close to my heart. I will cherish this forever."
“My necklace is beautiful! It made me cry but that went with the territory.. Several of my friends plan to order from you after seeing mine. Thanks so much.”
"Just wanted to let you know [my girl] made it home safely on Saturday. It was a tearful day for sure. But I truly can’t thank you enough. You are so talented…..thank you for using your talent in this way. The piece is even more beautiful than the picture. [My husband] said to tell you he thinks it is beautiful. He is very impressed. I will wear this always and will certainly share your website with others. Thank you again for your kindness and generosity.”
“Ellen - I received the pendants today. You are so sweet to have made the other picture into a pendant :) The pendant with the glass is absolutely beautiful - everything I had hoped it would be. I will be wearing it all the time. It feels good to have a part of her with me. I appreciate your kind words too...they mean a lot. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Best of luck to you and your future pups!”
“Hi Ellen, I LOVE it!! Thank you so much! I feel better just wearing it! And thank you for returning the ashes you didn't use. That was very thoughtful of you. I have to tell you that I also used the quote by Helen Keller on the memorial cards I had made. It's a great quote isn't it? Thank you again, you are so kind!!”
“Thank you so much for the lovely package I received yesterday. My goodness – such attention to detail. You are the best! I loved the card you enclosed with the two beautiful quotations. I am going to have it framed and put next to [her] picture. I love the pendant you made of her and that snake chain is exquisite. I will wear it tomorrow to meet my best friend for lunch. She dearly loved our [dog] and took care of her when we were away. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I know it was divine intervention that I met you ... that day. I hope we stay in touch.”
“She loves it! Sorry for not replying in regards to her response. My daughter saw it at school too and said it is 'awesome.' :)”
“Hey! This is BEAUTIFUL! No wonder she loves it so much! You did a really good job on it! Very special, too, for her to have [her boy] so close to her heart in a tangible way.”
I even had a customer blog about us once...
"A talented local artist, Limelight Designs, creates these beautiful pieces using the ashes from your cremated pet. I ... finally ordered the pendants last week. She sent me a packet with a small vial (in my case, two vials) to collect a tiny amount of the cremated ashes. There’s a short questionnaire – colors preferred, mounting orientation, etc. – and you return the sample in prepaid padded mailer she sends. In about a week I these two gorgeous pieces back in the mail and couldn’t be happier. [My boy] is the green and gold diamond mount, [my girl] is the pink and orange square mount. I knew I’d love them, and am especially enamored of [my girl's] – the color is so pleasing, and so her. [My boy's] is gorgeous too, and I can’t wait to wear each of them. Actually, I am wearing [the green and gold] right now. Warm fuzzies. I heart my Butterball."
"I LOVE THEM!!!! They look GREAT!!! PERFECT!!"
"The birthday gift went over wonderfully!!!!"
"Your jewelry is fantastic!"
"Just had to drop you a line and tell you how much I love looking at all your lovely pieces."
"Love your website and even more, your jeweled creations."
"You’ve added some gorgeous pieces to your website!"
"It is one of the loveliest pendants I have ever seen."
"It's exactly what I wanted!"
"Hi Ellen, I just checked out your new site, it's beautiful."
"...my oh my do you have some lovely pieces of art there."
"The website looks fabulous, the jewelry bedazzles and the commentary is both entertaining and educational."
You can be next... :-)
"The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels." — Hazrat Inayat Khan