Thursday, April 30, 2009

Finally some Beadies!!!

I have been racking my brain trying to get these painted roses figured out. I think I did pretty good on this set, but then I switched gears, as I usually do, and tried some different florals. I am happy with this set other then a few black blobs, but all-in-all happy. Once I finished them, I started another set and everything went south, but I ended up with the

Friday, April 24, 2009

On the hunt.....

I found some glorious floral beadies while I was searching on etsy tonight!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day goodies.....

I went searching for some all natural, eco-friendly items on etsy tonight and this is what I came up with.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Hot off the work bench......

"House of the Rising Sun"

There is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God I know I'm one
My mother was a tailor
She sewed my new bluejeans
My father was a gamblin' man
Down in New Orleans
Now the only thing a gambler needs
Is a suitcase and trunk
And the only time he's satisfied
Is when he's on a drunk

------ organ solo ------
Oh mother tell your children
Not to do what I have done
Spend your lives in sin and misery
In the House of the Rising Sun
Well, I got one foot on the platform
The other foot on the train
I'm goin' back to New Orleans
To wear that ball and chain
Well, there is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God I know I'm one

For this piece I used a combination of copper and sterling silver wire. I named it for the above mentioned song title, which is one of my personal favorites. The Carnelian chips that encircle the piece are ment to represent the outer edges of the sun. The faceted lemon quartz focal in the center, surrounded by faceted crystal quartz rondells, offer a balance to the color combination. The dangles feature crystal quartz as well as a solitary lemon quartz briolette added to the base. The frame of the pendant is wrapped in sterling silver wire. For the attachment bail on the top of the pendant I flattened a piece of 16 gauge copper wire and finished it with a ripple effect. Which was highly polished to a lighter luster giving a strong offset to the piece. I then decided to add a coil the center for more balance. For the chain, I did a figure 8 wrap linking them togather with jump rings. They are doubled near the base and singled up around to the ends. Where we come to the toggle, in which I made 2 swirls, one is larger then the other and they hook together nicely.

I feel overall the balance of the piece is right on,

It is very comfortable to wear.

With just the right amount of "POP"

This is definately a statement piece.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Blue on Black.......

Recently I won the 3 month Era challenge in the Bead Hive group. I was first astounded by the announcement, and second very humbled to be chosen by the BHV members as the winner, as there was several outstanding entries! This challenge was started on January 1, 2009, each month we were asked to make a piece of jewelry inspired by a time period within an era.

The piece I entered as the first section I designed to reflect the Egyptian period.
This bright shiny copper bangle features a stunning lapis focal. The wire form was hand woven down both sides of the focal. To finish the “look” I then added lapis rounds in a wave pattern.

My second entry was designed to reflect the Renaissance Period. Where I made a copper wire form hair Don't you just love my technical terms. Anyway the piece was adorned in garnet faceted rondells, emerald swarvoski crystals, with cubic zirconia teardrops in crystal clear and amethyst freefalling from the center swirls.

The third entry was designed for the Art Nouveau Period. In this piece I went all out, necklaces are something I rarely endulge in, each copper component was hand formed, every dangle wire wrapped, and assembled. Then came the fun part, adding the pizzazz. Swarovski crystals in blue and black adorn this piece. To finish the piece it was "aged" with liver-of-sulfur.

You might recognize that blue and black part as that is the title of my blog and the new name for this necklace. I will be creating a line of copper and sterling silver wire creations that will reflect the name of a song that the inspiration for the piece stemmed from. Some of them (like the one I am currently working on) might be a bit eccentric or eclectic so be

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Busy, busy, busy.....

Over the past week I have been updating photo's of all my jewelry creations, opened new stores on Artfire and 1000Markets. I am very excited to be a part of these wonderfull selling venues. Mostly I am excited to be a part of the 1000Markets community, they have worked very hard and are dedicated to the talented handmade artisans I have seen there. You can read all about it here.

Along with opening the new shops I have completed a custom bracelet for an absolutely delightful client from Etsy. She contacted me for an anniversary present for herself, with this type of piece in mind.

Here is an excerpt from her request, "I was married on the beach in Hawaii at sunset and spent some of my time swimming with the turtles, hence my love of them........When I think of turtles, I think of the ocean which to me looks mostly blue, ........lots of those sterling turtles and sterling shell charms and the other smaller sea shells currently on the bracelet as in the picture."

After going thru different types of materials, and comparing notes with ideas, we came up with the perfect combination for her anniversary bracelet. I started with the base design of Abalone rectangle beads, jet swarvoski crystals, and sterling silver findings. To that I added 10 different dangle clusters in just the right spaces to still show all of the base elements. The clusters include large and small potato pearls in three different shades of blue, cream freshwater cultured pearls, sparkling abalone, teal, and green shell coins. Then of course there are tons of sterling silver sea turtles, sanddollars, shells, and sea horses all in various sizes. We do not want to forget the starfish, whale, fish, and dolphin charms that are in the mix as well. This piece closes with a heart lobster clasp. So without further adieu........

"Treasures of the Sea"

I am happy to report that she loves it!!