Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Monday, November 5, 2012
This set has the perfect Fall colors! Sierra Agate, Brown Snowflake Jasper, Picture Jasper, Copper colored Freshwater Pearls and Red Agate add to this Tree embossed Copper disk bracelet. Lots of copper on this set. Earrings have the same copper embossed tree with Snowflake Jasper, Red Agate and Picture Jasper. Bracelet measures 7-3/4" long and earrings are 2" long.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
This is a new product line for me - Metal Embossing. I start with a sheet of brass and punch out a disk with my Swanstrom Disk Cutter (which I absolutely love!) Then I emboss the disk with my Vintaj BigKick and for this pattern I used the Vintaj DecoEmboss Wildflower Vines folder. I run the disk in the tumbler to remove any rough edges. After the embossed disk is smooth and clean, I then patina it. For this bracelet and earrings set, I added Snowflake Jasper, Czech glass, Cultured Freshwater Pearls in Sage, Swarovski Pearls in Antique Brass, Picture Jasper and Sierra Agate.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Well, I thought that I would never get into metalsmithing, however this weekend I tried my hand at it. And as it turns out, it wasn't to bad. I started with 19 gauge round Argentium Sterling Silver wire cut into 2 inch lengths. I formed the wire into a circle and flush cut the ends. Using solder paste and my micro torch, I soldered the ends together and this closed the circle.
I used my cushion square mandrel to shape the closed circles into a square. I then hammered the squares flat to get the look you see here.
These are the finished earrings. I hung the Argentium Sterling Silver squares on Sterling Silver earwires using another piece of Argentium Sterling Silver as the link. I wrapped the link with 12kt Gold-Filled 24 gauge wire. The earrings measure 1-1/2 inches long.
I guess I should never say "never" to a jewelry making technique.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Monday, July 16, 2012
The links on this bracelet were created with 18 gauge round copper wire cut into 1-1/2 inch pieces. I bent the wire in half and created a loop on each side. I then hammered the center of the large bottom loop to give it a flatten look. The links were aged (patina) using liver of sulfur. The beads are Magnesite with a blueish green color. They are a great compliment to the copper wire.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Created this ladder bracelet using my Knotty Do It All board. Love this tool! I used tan leather 2.0mm cord for the sides and brown S-lon for the stringer. The beads are an orange/peach color barrel shaped glass. I thought the wooden button made a great clasp. The bracelet measures 24" in length so you can wrap it around your wrist 3 times.
Monday, June 11, 2012
My latest craze is Art Clay Copper. I have been working with the Art Clay Silver for about 2 years and just ventured in to the copper. There are quite a few more steps to the copper clay process than the silver, however I do like the finished product. For this pendant, I rolled out the clay, stamped it with a ginkgo leaf pattern and cut it out using a rounded square template. I thought the pendant should be a pretty big size so you could see alot of the ginkgo leaves. It measures 31mm square. After the copper clay dried, I sanded, fired, patina and polished the pendant. There are a few more steps with an acid solution to remove the fire scale in that process. I strung it on black suede cord and added copper and silver-plated accents. It measures 19 inches long.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
The focal bead on this necklace is Moonlight Jasper. It is a nice size measuring 40x25mm. It is a grayish tan color with veins of gold. It is strung on four different components. It is hard to tell from the picture, but there is brown and gold organza ribbon, antique gold chain and brown leather. Dangling from the chain are brass discs, that I have punched and stamped with a cross hatch pattern. The necklace measures 22 inches long.
Sunday, June 3, 2012
This is a beautiful piece of Fire Agate set in Sterling Silver. The pendant measures 30mm long x 15mm wide and with the bail it is 45mm long. It is strung on 2 piece of satin cord To accent the color in the gemstone, I have also added a strand of seed beads in the color of amethyst. The necklace is 21 inches long and is $29. What a great soft color for the summer!
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Cultured freshwater pearls add such a feminine touch to any piece of jewelry. I created these earrings initially with a Cerise colored cultured freshwater pearl, however my sister-in-law requested a pair with a white pearl instead. I think they look so pretty with a white pearl. I am sure she will get lots of wear out of these earrings! Thanks Donna for the suggestion.
These earrings are a great look for summer. I think Turquoise is always a nice color that goes with so many other colors in the summer. The earrings are created with Art Clay Fine Silver and have been tumble polished and have a patina finish. The Fine Silver triangle is 5/8 inch in height and width. Turquoise beads and Swarovski Crystals have been added with Sterling Silver components. They are 1 3/4 inches long including the Sterling Silver earwire and are very light weight. Cost is $30.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
I love this pendant! It was created Fine Silver Art Clay and a mold from Cool Tools called Beaded Sunflower. Before the clay was fired, I added a white Cubic Zirconia to the center. It adds a great look to the pendant. The pendant is 7/8" in diameter and is hung on a black suede 18" cord. It is finished with Sterling Silver cones and a Sterling Silver clasp.