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This is the grand list of everything available.



Welcome! I'm Elise, also called Lioness, and making these one-of-a-kind shinies is what I do. It's also what got me a rather unusual World Fantasy Award nomination in 2009, which surprised and delighted me. I love making art that inspires other people to make art, especially word-art. (That way there's more for me to read. Win!)

Here are all the shinies currently available, with instructions at the end on how to claim them if you see something you must carry off to your nest and coo over.

(Also, if you'd like to get a Beads of the Month gift package for someone -- and hey, it's OK to get one for yourself, because you're someone, right? -- you'll want the Beads of the Month themes and ordering information. It's fine to buy a single month's package or multiples, whichever you like. This year packages start at ten dollars plus shipping for a one-star magpie package. They can get as big as you want. I'm currently working on a fifteen-star magpie package for a very lucky person.)





Goodies for Winterfair, as approved by Lois McMaster Bujold:

... "Complicated World" pendant: stone, sterling silver. $10 given to someone who needed it

"Intricate World" pendant: leopardskin jasper, sterling silver. $10

... "Purple World" pendant: charoite, sterling silver. $15 SOLD

"Slightly Dented World" pendant: leopardskin jasper, sterling silver. $9

"Vivid World" pendant: charoite, sterling silver. $15




Named earrings:

"The Adventurer's Tale" earrings: dendritic agate, glass, sterling silver. $38

"All on a Seaside Morning" earrings: glass, miracle beads, sterling silver. $36

"And In Conclusion..." earrings: Botswana agate, miracle beads, sterling silver. $36

"And the Sacred Places Where We Do Not Go" earrings: plastic, glass, sterling silver. $28

"And the Stones Shall Dance" earrings: agate (sardonyx, actually), opalite glass and other glass, sterling silver. $36

"The Answer Is More Than the Question Will Hold" earrings: glass and sterling silver. $34

"As Loud As She Needs To Be" earrings: plastic (a.k.a. "resin," fancy-schmancy terminology), sterling silver. They look like beach glass, but they're plastic, and very light compared to their appearance. Plus the light coming through them is awesome. $19

"Asking the Old Ones" earrings: glass, sterling silver. $26

"At the Tip of the World" earrings: glass, Swarovski crystal, sterling silver. One bead slightly distressed, as shown in last photo. $25

"Audience with the Queen" earrings: dinosaur bone, poppy jasper, gold filled wire. $85

"Boardwalk Afternoons" earrings: glass, sterling silver. These are really hard to photograph, color-wise; in person, they are transparent except when they're translucent in some lights, and green except when they're blue in some lights. Um, yeah. $25

"Bringing October In" earrings: ocean jasper, Swarovski crystal, sterling silver. $28

"Butterfly Surprise Party" earrings: glass and sterling silver. $23

"carry me back" earrings: plastic (a.k.a. "resin," fancy-schmancy terminology), sterling silver. $16

"Cat Dialectic" earrings: leopardskin jasper, Swarovski crystal, sterling silver. $27

"Cloud Magic" earrings: fancy jasper, resin, miracle beads, sterling silver. $26

"Come Out Even" earrings: Botswana agate, Swarovski crystal, sterling silver. $25

"Coming Home" earrings: glass, Swarovski crystal, sterling silver. $35

"Communications Array" earrings: lampwork and other glass, agate, sterling silver. $36

"Considering the Source" earrings: glass, labradorite, sterling silver. $40

"The Cosmologist's Birthday Gift" earrings: various jasper, sterling silver. $35

"A Different Kind of Wild" earrings: lampwork glass, Swarovski crystal, dyed impression stone, sterling silver. $60

"Dragonfly Instructions" earrings: glass, that stone called rainbow picasso jasper, sterling silver. $38

"The Dryad's Challenge" earrings: ocean jasper, some rather odd Botswana agate, sterling silver. $30

"The Elegant Ghosts of Art Deco" earrings: old glass and sterling silver. $45

"Elf Truth" earrings: glass, Swarovski crystal, sterling silver. $26

"extra life" earrings: plastic (a.k.a. "resin," fancy-schmancy terminology), sterling silver. These are super-light compared to how they look, and they do look like beach glass. $19

"Festival of Wishes and Gratitude" earring trio: glass and sterling silver. $21

"Festival Time" earrings: lampwork glass, Swarovski crystal, other crystal, sterling silver. $50

"Found in a Pocket of a Vintage Dress, Addressed to You" earrings: lampwork and other glass, sterling silver. $43

"From the Department of Cryptic Messages" earrings: glass and sterling silver, and no matter what your screen tells you, these are really cobalt blue. $32

"A Grand Wickedness" earrings: lampwork and other glass, Swarovski crystal, sterling silver. $36

"Grandmother's Arts" earrings: lampwork and other glass, sterling silver. $39

"In Praise of Monsters" earrings: fossil coral, agate, sterling silver. $45

"Interstellar Forestry Studies" earrings: lampwork glass, Swarovski crystal, sterling silver. $68

"Just Before" earrings: glass and sterling silver. $26

"little wicked one" earrings: plastic (a.k.a. "resin," fancy-schmancy terminology), sterling silver. $16

"The Lotus Fountain" earrings: glass and sterling silver. $18

"The Magic Before" earrings: birdseye rhyolite, Swarovski crystal, sterling silver. $36

"Memory Beach" earrings: glass, stone, sterling silver. $31

"The Mermaid's Mirror" earrings: glass, labradorite, sterling silver. $45

"Message from the Strand" earrings: lampwork glass, Swarovski crystal, sterling silver. $46

"A Mezuzah for my Spaceship, Please" earrings: prehnite? or other green stone with inclusions, glass, sterling silver. $30

"Morning Calibrations" earrings: lampwork and other glass, including glass coffee bean beads, and sterling silver. (And yes, one lampwork bead is darker than the other. Yep. For reference.) $28

"Offworld Fashions" earrings: Swarovski and other crystal, sterling silver. $30

"Old-Fashioned Treasure Map" earrings: jasper, glass, sterling silver. $29

"On the Dignity of Rock Sprites" earrings: boulder opal matrix (I don't think there's flash, but there might be some hiding), Swarovski crystal, sterling silver. $37

"One Revolution, with Sprinkles, Please" earrings: lampwork and other glass, sterling silver. $48

"The Oracle's Garden" earrings: green astrophyllite, Swarovski crystal, sterling silver. $68

"Paleofantasy" earrings: Swarovski crystal, glass, sterling silver. $25

"Pavanne for an Undead Princess" earrings: Swarovski crystal, glass, sterling silver. $36

"The Pixie Boys in the 1950s" earrings: glass and sterling silver. $26

"The Planet Promise" earrings: kambaba jasper, glass, sterling silver. $16

"Postcard from Another Planet" earrings: lampwork glass, miracle beads, sterling silver. Bloop bloop. $47

"Put On Your Party Hat" earrings: Swarovski crystal, glass, sterling silver. $24

"The Sailor's Companion" earrings: interestingly imperfect glass, stone, sterling silver. $21

"She Came from Under the Hills" earrings: glass and sterling silver. $29

"The Sheriff of Feytown" earrings: thunderegg, coated glass, sterling silver. $40

"Slow Dance with Time" earrings: lampwork glass, Swarovski crystal, fossil dinosaur bone, sterling silver. $80

"The Soft Lessons of Patience" earrings: ocean jasper, sterling silver. $18

"The Technology of Yes" earrings: plastic, miracle beads, sterling silver. $25

"Test Pattern" earrings: glass, rock crystal, sterling silver. $29

"There Are Two Large Fish In This Picture. Can You Find Them?" earrings: glass, Swarovski crystal, sterling silver. $28

"Twice-Distilled Summer" earrings: lampwork glass, Swarovski crystal, sterling silver. $60

"Two Stories About the Same Forest" earrings: glass, pietersite, sterling silver, stories. $28

"Two Ways to Travel Space" earrings: Laguna lace agate, fossilized dinosaur bone, sterling silver. $50

"Untranslateably Good" earrings: lampwork and other glass, Swarovski crystal, sterling silver. $50

"Waltz for Communications Satellites" earrings: lampwork and other glass, sterling silver. $32

"Watching It For You" earrings: glass and sterling silver. (Those central beads are actually a deep rich purple, whatever your screen may tell you. Also, hey, glass cat beads!) $27

"The Way It Started" earrings: plume agate, glass, sterling silver. $35

"The Way the Dragons Tell It" earrings: snakeskin jasper, glass, sterling silver. $42

"What We Know About Spacefaring Cultures" earrings: astonishing lampwork glass, Swarovski crystal, green astrophyllite, sterling silver. $82

"The Witch Disappears" earrings: glass and sterling silver. $29

... "The Wood-Nymph's Explanation" earrings: Botswana agate, fancy jasper, sterling silver. $38 SOLD

"Your Spring" earrings: plastic, opalite glass, sterling silver. $22



Named pendants:

"Always There" pendant: labradorite, zinc alloy key, sterling silver. $48

"And the Woman in the Moon" pendant: druzy, Swarovski crystal, sterling silver. $75

"Brewer's Arts" pendant: boulder opal, pendant bead from Green Girl Studios, sterling silver. This opal has no flash, but is a stone of great presence nevertheless. $80

"Dinosaur Magic" pendant: dinosaur bone, agate, sterling silver. $30

"Doing Science In Dreams" pendant: included quartz, labradorite, zinc alloy charms, sterling silver. $110

"Emergent Properties" pendant: stone and sterling silver. $55

"Galaxies Inside Me" pendant: bloodstone, sterling silver. $29

"Not That Kind Of War" pendant: petrified wood, opal, sterling silver. $50

"The Post-Colonial Literature of Elves: Relearning the Reasons for Wings" pendant: dyed agate, sterling silver. $37

"The Post-Colonial Literature of Elves: Seeing Through Stones" pendant: dyed agate, sterling silver. $30

"The Real Mountain" pendant: boulder opal, sterling silver. $80

"She Bids You Remember the Turkish Lady Who Freed You from Your Close Confine" pendant: stone, glass, gold-filled chain, sterling silver, old ballad. $60

... "Spilling Moon" pendant: lampwork glass, boulder opal, sterling silver. $50 SOLD

"Still There" pendant: glass leaf, color-treated cultured pearls (including one faceted resin-encased one), jasper, moss agate, sterling silver. $100

... "Tea in the Midst of the Whirlwind" pendant: apatite, sterling silver, and considerable decorum. $50 SOLD

"That's What Fairy Tales Are For" pendant: a very large piece of blue astrophyllite, zinc alloy key, sterling silver. (And much as I would like that blue flare in the last photo to be the astrophyllite, that one is a lens flare. The other blue flashes in the other pictures are the astrophyllite doing its thing, though.) $48

"The Three Monarchs of Glam" pendant: druzy, Swarovski crystal, sterling silver. $50

"True for You" pendant: boulder opal, Swarovski crystal, sterling silver. Whatever your monitor might tell you, this is the most astonishing electric purple I have ever seen. I cannot manage to photograph it, but the color is in the swirl on the left side and also as a sheet across the top facet of the stone. $75

"Watching Over the Lines" pendant: rhyolite, sterling silver. $36

... "When History Found Us" pendant: labeled "jasper/agate," which is true, but really it's bloodstone. Rocks are complicated. Sterling silver in here, too. This stone bead does the most amazing things with light if you hold it up and look through it, but mostly looks dark green from afar. (The close-up photography in bright sunlight that I used will highlight colors on this particular kind of stone, so please do not expect it to be that vivid around your neck. Unless you're also wearing a bright light, or standing in full sun, in which case, hey.) $50 SOLD

(There are also some cross pendants available by request. Email me and I can send you a link to current photos.)



Named hair ornaments:

"The Keepsake" clip-comb: fossil dinosaur bone, glass, sterling silver. clip-comb. $50

"Seascape with Mermaid" clip-comb: fossil coral, Soochow jade*, sterling silver, clip-comb. $42

"Tiktaalik Roseae Descending a Staircase" hairstick: wood, sterling, fossil coral. $70



Named necklaces:

"After the Days of Swords" necklace: glass, sagenitic agate, moss agate, fancy jasper, lepidolite, other stone, miracle beads, plastic, fiber optic glass, sterling silver. About 95 inches long. $395

... "Meiosis" necklace: opal and sterling silver. FRAGILE. About nineteen inches long. $100 SOLD

"Mysterious Lizard Rituals" necklace: stone and glass and sterling silver. About fifty-seven inches long. A bit of an experiment, which is why it's discounted. $150 $120

"The Other Season" necklace: glass and distressed glass, opal matrix, a very pale aquamarine, metal, miracle beads, opalite glass, fancy jasper, fake pearls, real pearls, blue goldstone glass, Ethiopian opal, coated quartz crystal, stone, sterling silver. About fifty-eight inches long. $205

"Remembering How To Grow" necklace: boulder opal and matrix, labradorite, moss agate, Swarovski crystal, glass, sterling silver. About 98 inches long. $395

"Somewhere Along the Road" necklace: Swarovski crystal, other crystal, glass, millefiori glass, lampwork glass, metal, old vaseline glass trade bead, distressed glass, fiberoptic glass, furnace glass, blue goldstone glass, fake blueberry quartz (glass), sterling silver. About thirty-six inches long. $98

"That Powerful Rainbow" necklace: weathered and chipped vintage black glass beads, plastic, sterling silver. About 43 inches long. $98

... "Translated from the Original" necklace: green astrophyllite, glass, sterling silver. About twenty-four inches long. $170 because I have been saving these beads for a very long time for something special, and this is it. SOLD

"The Waters of Twilight Are Endless" necklace-by-the-inch: Just what it says. I have an endlessly renewing long string of links (which endlessly renew because I add links scattered all the way through it, any time it gets short), and will sell you a random gorgeous piece of it for $4 an inch plus $5 for the clasp. It looked like this as of January 2013. And this is what it looked like in June 2012. Its current incarnation is something like this. It's always in that color range, though: blues and purples on sterling silver.



Named necklace-crowns:

"The Ice Queen Considers the Question of Her Heart" necklace-crown: glass leaves, button, Swarovski and other crystal, sterling silver. $300



Gift certificates can be purchased in any amount, in case you'd like to give someone else the fun of picking out their own shinies.




As usual, the only way to get something is to send email to me at lionesselise@gmail.com. Feel free to comment here without worrying that you'll accidentally put dibs on something, because emailing is the only way to do that. Thanks!

Shipping is currently $6.75 domestic priority mail, $20 Canadian priority mail, $25 rest of the world priority mail. Other arrangements by arrangement, which means that if you're an established international customer and want to experiment with first class mail, we can try that. If you've got a Beads of the Month package coming, I can put it in there for no additional shipping charge, which is ever so handy.

Thank you for looking at the shinies!


P.S. Since things listed here eventually get removed after being sold, you may see comments about pieces that are no longer on this list. I hope it's not too bewildering. Sold pieces may be viewed at ArtLog: Things I Have Made.

P.P.S. If you want an extra testimonial, I asked Neil Gaiman for one once, and he said, "Elise Matthesen is my favourite jewellery maker." So there ya go. (Thanks, Neil!)


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Oh, fantastic! I'd been hoping for ages that you would at some point have the energy and a short enough to-do list otherwise that a mega round-up post might seem like the thing to do. This is most excellent. :D

(PS: While you're at it, could you see about moving Minnesota closer to Ontario? It's very hard to volunteer to catalogue shines and manage lists from over here. Not cool, geography. Not cool.)

Edited at 2014-04-08 09:31 am (UTC)

Oh, it's fun to see these all together! I have a bit of a mental list running of pieces that I'd go for if my budget either magically expanded or there was a massive sale — "Audience with the Queen", for example, has so much dragon bone I'd like to curl possessively over how the poppy jasper activates the rest; "The Dragon Who Wanted To Be A Boy Scout" & "'Recapitulate this,' said the dragon" have that glorious snakeskin jasper (and I love love love how the secondary stones chosen there bring out the scaled wonder of them — 'snakeskin' indeed!), which likely explains a lot about why "Strolling In Faeryland" hits a similar purple glorious button for me. I know someone who would look magnificent with "Keep Me In Mind" on her ears, which makes the title make me laugh every time I see it. And oh, "Ladybug Theology" and "It Was Simpler!" — I don't usually like explicit callbacks to non-abstracted stuff in jewelery, but you nail how to have those as enhancement and commentary on the main stones instead of trying to overdo it going the other way around, and just — *flails* ladybug theology is a magnificent title, and your whole honeybadger series makes the second one exquisitely funny to me (you might want to consider linking to that project post in the summaries for the pieces from it included here — that extra context really does take it up to the next level).

Anyway, thanks for sharing; I find these inspiring despite the mismatch between my dragon appetites and my wallet sense!

Excellent point. Have added Honey Badger links. (That was SUCH a fun day!)

o my goodness. O.O

A couple of these I've never seen. Thank you so much.

Hadn't seen "Scratch & Dent Princess" before, I like it!

(Still making my way through earrings etc. as I seem to always look at the long necklaces first.)

Oh, how I lust after "The Owl Who Saw Yesterday"! Reminds me so much of Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar books (that I am currently rereading for comfort, given how much stress the last few months have been and the next few will be). Kuari is the owl (in my head, at least). I wish I could get it, but haven't the money to do so. *sigh* Oh, well.

And that was me; LJ keeps logging me out and not letting me log back in!

I am in love with several pendants! Oh, to have a winning lottery ticket!

I wish for you many nice leaves on your money tree! :-)

I note that "The Waters of Twilight are Endless" does not appear, although of course I don't know what its current status is.

It wants a new photograph, really.

"The Sybil's Best Friend"

...oh my word.

I have sent an email, and I even think I did so correctly. Please let me know if you haven't seen it, or if you need other information from me.

There it is! I see it! I go answer. Yay!

I know better than to look at your work when I have absolutely no money, but oh, "Gods Under the Grass" is murmuring words and words to me.

Has Pink Ladies of the Singularity been sold?

It has, yes, at WisCon.

Morning on the River of Dreams grows on me each time I see it. The colors speak each to the other in ways calm and vibrant.

OK, this is really frustrating (no thanks to LJ). Do you know of a way to view all of your shinies other than from LiveJournal? Because from LJ what I have to do is:

* Click on next item
* Hit back button
* Get put somewhere in midstream, scroll up to top post
* Click on the "All Shinies are on sale!" link to open up the post
* Click on next item

If there's a way just to see all the items in thumbnail and click on the coolest ones, or scroll through them, that would be a LOT easier!

Apparently I wasn't logged in. When I did, the 'back' button took me back to where I actually was. So that's a workaround; still, not everyone has an LJ account.

Thinking hard about The Oath-Bound Engineer!

I do not need a third necklace crown. I am not going to buy a third necklace crown. But if I were (which I'm not), the Woodwitch is amazing.

"Every Story is Complicated" hits me right in the gut.

I think the duck needs to go to RA, to wear the next time rmjwell takes the Ducky Kilt out for a spin...if I had the money to spare I'd gift it to her.

Still like "Scratch and Dent Princess" and am intrigued by "Chalice of Sorrow, Chalice of Stars" because of its lovely use of color.

Glad to see "Ladybug Theology" and "The Secret Life of an Ordinary Flower" founds homes because they are lovely and were tempting me.

Also tempted by "The Clear Song of the Heart" and "The Elegant Ghosts of Art Deco" and "Hibernation" all of which prove I'm fairly predictable in colors I like. Assuming "Deco" is more coral than pink.

My Mom may need "Sing Spring" as those would perfectly match some boots I gave her once. Plus they're her colors, more or less.

You may yet be getting an email from me regarding this sale . . .

What is the inner circumference for the necklace-crowns?

Currently I have a sixteen inch neck, and I use myself as a form for building, so most of them have an inner circumference of eighteen or nineteen inches. However, almost all of them can be smallened with a few deft strokes of the pliers and some well-placed bends, so I've had thirteen-inch-neck people get them and have it work just fine, and even smaller sometimes. (The trick is knowing what a central neck measurement means about where the necklace should sit on the curve where the neck meets shoulders.)

tl;dr They're sized for large to XL but most can be made M or S. Please feel free to email me and ask!

Are any of the earrings with the snakey charms still available? I don't see any in this roundup, but I figure it can't hurt to ask. *makes hopeful face*

There are no current snakey charm earrings, but there may be some in future. Keep watching? I'll try to remember to say something, too, before I put them up, but it gets a little hectic sometimes and I slide into the glittering whirl of ADD OOH SHINY. (Good thing I've got the hyperfocus component as well, or I'd not be half as productive, I guess.)

tl;dr: not right now, but there probably will, and I'll try to remember to say something when there are.

bird with a word in her head is lovely, light, floaty

am full of teh covet

Because I don't think I've said it already, Just Before is like spring and like snowdrops and like returning light, and if I earrings'd I'd be all over them in a heartbeat. As it is I am just delighted, as I face down winter, that I can drink in the promise of sunlight by staring at the photos.

As we discussed, there is something about the boulder opals that moves me deeply, and it's too blastedly hard to choose which one I'd want.

And The Road is elegant in its simplicity.

Could Rodeo Monster have a different name? Because I love the way it looks, but I can't connect to the name at all. But I might still want it...though it's still almost six months before I'm allowed to wear wires.

I have holes in my head that are entirely your fault!

People have renamed things, sure. Or if you want me to find a different name for it, I can probably do that.

Glad you like it! (And may the holes in your head heal well and bring you great joy.)

Oh hey! I know that old ballad! I have it from Custer LaRue under the title "Lord Bateman;" where do you know it from?

*wanders off humming*

Probably I first heard it from some coworker at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, forever ago.

(edited to add) Sticks in a person's head, that song, doesn't it?

Edited at 2014-12-03 01:59 pm (UTC)

"Her Kind of Country" - those are my kind of earrings :)

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