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Jewelry / First finished pieces in 4 years
« on: June 05, 2019, 05:30:51 PM »
Hi!! I've finally revived my love of jewellery making! After years of stressful situations and health issues making me exhausted and robbing me of my enjoyment and ability to focus on making anything (other than the odd piece here or there for family), I've finally made some new pieces :D.

Sterling silver Victorian inspired triple chain bracelet with Half Persian 3in1 and patterned wire book chain.

Sterling silver and Dragondust sterling micromaille Half Persian 3in1 bracelet with Cherry Quartz and featuring a Victorian brass enameled button from about the 1880s/1890s.

Sterling silver Sindarin weave chainmaille bracelet. Sindarin is one of my own weaves.

Sterling silver Romanov and book chain bracelet with Freshwater Pearls and Black Lava Rock.

Jewelry / Trying something new
« on: February 26, 2016, 01:46:40 PM »
Decided to branch out into something new, and try my hand at some hair jewellery.

Sterling silver, Dragondust sterling, and Freshwater Pearl hair fork.  Can also be used as a shawl/scarf pin.

What do you think?

General Discussion / Back to school for me :)
« on: February 02, 2016, 05:26:16 PM »
Well, I finally did it.  I've been eyeing the Gemological Institute of America's Graduate Gemologist program for years now (nigh unto 8ish years), and finally decided it was time to stop looking at it and start doing it.  It's likely gong to take me a few years as I'm taking it via distance learning and can only afford so many classes per year, but little-by-little I'll get it finished.  Right now I'm taking the 'Diamond Essentials' class, which won't take long to complete (already about half-way finished and I just started it last Monday), but the next one has me a bit nervous.  It's the 'Diamonds and Diamond Grading' course where they will actually be sending me stones in the mail to work with and then send back.  I have a total of 5 e-learning classes and 3 lab classes that I'll have to go to either their Carlsbad, CA or New York City campus to take.  Looking forward to seeing how this certification will help me with getting my own jewelry business off the ground!

General Discussion / Tumblr anyone?
« on: January 23, 2016, 05:14:42 PM »
So is anyone here on Tumblr at all?  I just started a couple blogs there this week, and curious who else might be there.

Mine are:

For jewelry, gems, and all things artsy:
For book/word nerdness:

Just Life / Beware strange furnace smells
« on: January 09, 2016, 02:10:19 PM »
Well, my family learned something disturbing this week.  For a little while now, my mom, sister, and I were wondering what this rather awful smell was that was coming from the furnace.  As this year has been so bad for pesky little vermin, we thought maybe a mouse/rat had crawled up into the furnace ducts and died.  We called out someone to take a look at it and found that the reason for the smell was much worse than dead rodents.  The furnace is completely shot and apparently has been leaking carbon monoxide (no idea for how long either, as we try not to use it that much).  It seems that carbon monoxide is not so odorless after all, but only some people are sensitive enough to smell it (which explains why my dad couldn't).  The repairman said that at 900 parts-per-million, a person will only last for about 6 hours.  Our furnace was putting out between 500-600 ppms.  If those levels continued, he said we'd have gone to sleep one night and not woken up. 

Thanking/praising God for His protection and for giving us noses that could smell something was off!!

Technical Help in Creating / Any one here do enameling?
« on: July 13, 2015, 12:29:38 PM »
Ok, so I'm once again finding myself expanding into new techniques to incorporate into my work, and the latest is enameling (specifically, I want to learn plique-a-jour), and I have a question for anyone/everyone here that may do enameling. 

I was reading about how to prepare the powdered enamel for use and I'm finding not all of my books agree on how to do it.  Some books say to sift the enamel to separate the different size particles and choose which size is best for the type of enameling your doing. However, another book I have has you regrinding the powder in a mortar and pestle and not sifting at all before you wash the enamel. So now I'm a bit confused as to which way I should prepare the powder or whether both work just as well. 

Any advice?

Jewelry / Of Anklets and Upcycled
« on: July 11, 2015, 01:47:29 PM »
I've been tinkering with jewelry salvage again, and just thought I'd share!  :D

Upcycled necklace with vintage photo-pendants.

Upcycled necklace made from parts of various vintage pieces.  The centerpiece was actually an old clip-on earring, and the crystal strands on either side of it were from an antique/vintage leaded glass bracelet that belonged to my great-grandmother.

Brooch made from a pair of vintage clip-on earrings.

Faux coral upcycled necklace.

Upcycled necklace out of parts of vintage brooch and other jewelry salvage.

Vintage faux pearl and rhinestone upcycled asymmetrical necklace.  The rhinestone floral detail on the side of the necklace was once an antique/vintage brooch (probably from about the 1930s or so) that my grandma from with her metal detector and dug up.

I've also been working on adding anklets to my inventory as I've been asked several times now at shows if I have any.  So here are a few of the anklets I've made so far.

Sterling silver, Pink Topaz, and freshwater pearl Barrelweave anklet.

Sterling silver and Smokey Quartz Barrelweave anklet.

Sterling silver, Dragondust sterling, Pink Topaz, and Olive Chalcedony Mobius flower and silversmithed anklet. (I really, really love how this one turned out!!)

Jewelry / Just a few highlights from 2014
« on: February 23, 2015, 06:00:00 PM »
Hi all! Been a long time since I've posted here, but just wanted to share a few of the pieces I was really excited about from last year.

This was a custom order I made just a few months ago for a lady I met at one of my shows.  She ordered it to go with a bracelet that she purchased from me that same day.  It's made from sterling silver, Dragondust (a faceted wire) sterling silver, and freshwater pearl 4 Winds chainmaille and woven-wire necklace.

I found myself having to make a new uber-expensive statement necklace last year after one of my other ones (shockingly) sold!  This is a sterling silver 4 Winds, modified Not Tao Cynosure and Not Tao Maelstrom Twisted knots, and micromaille Half Persian 3in1 necklace with a Citrine geode slice, Orange Chalcedony drops, and Hessonite garnets. It was inspired by the Victorian/Edwardian festoon style necklaces.

So I decided to have some more fun with my torch last year and got the courage up to try another setting for a faceted stone.  This is only my second time making a setting for a faceted stone, so I'm really happy about how it turned out. Victorian inspiration again, the necklace is made from sterling silver, Rose Quartz, and Cherry Quartz.  The setting is entirely hand-fabricated as is the chain.  The chain uses beaded links, Barrelweave segments, and smithed rings.  The long links were made by hammering the wire before coiling, cutting, soldering, and shaping the rings.  The pear-cut Rose Quartz is nearly 1 inch and is hand-set in a 6-prong basket setting.  Some granulation was used to make the rosette.

I couldn't remember if I posted this before or not, but I don't think I did. I made this bracelet and gifted it via The Artisan Group to the wardrobe stylist for the TV show Cedar Cove for them to consider using on the show.  And well,.............. they did!! It was worn by Barbara Niven on season 2 episode 7 (you can see it being worn here).

General Discussion / Starting a New Blog
« on: January 20, 2014, 09:33:07 AM »
Hi, all! For the last month or so, I've been working on starting a new blog and I think it's just about all finished being setup. However, before I start making a lot of posts in it I have a quick question. The blog I've started is an arts/crafts/handmade blog and I just wanted to ask:  is everyone alright if I post pics of their work on my blog? I just don't want to post anyone's pics without making sure I have their permission first. (All such posts will, of course, include your shop link, name, etc.) If anyone's interested, the blog I'm working on is called Think Art Loud.

Handmade Highlights / A Harvest Huzzah
« on: September 17, 2013, 05:17:22 PM »
With fall rapidly approaching, I thought I'd do an autumn/harvest themed highlight.

Hope you like it!

Jewelry / Sterling silver, Jade, and Mother-of-Pearl earrings
« on: September 14, 2013, 05:56:18 PM »
I was having fun with my torch again!  ;D

Sterling silver, Jade, and Mother-of-Pearl earrings. Handmade, open-backed cabochon prong settings. Measure at just over 1.5 inches long.

Jewelry / New upcycled jewelry (many pics)
« on: September 03, 2013, 02:12:00 PM »
Been doing some more upcycling recently and just thought I'd share!

Faux pearl and goldtone necklace made entirely of upcycled vintage jewelry. 19 3/4 inches long.

Steampunk/upcycled pocket-watch necklace made entirely of vintage parts. 22inches long.

Pink and faux pearl vintage style asymmetrical necklace made entirely of upcycled vintage jewelry pieces.

Pink retro-style earrings made from upcycled vintage bracelet links and old screw-back earrings. Just short of 2 inches long.

Black and silvertone bracelet made from upcycled vintage jewelry. Just over 7 inches long.

Clear rhinestone and faux-pearl earrings made from parts upcycled from a vintage necklace.

Yellow-green retro-style earrings made from upcycled parts from vintage earrings.

Goldtone and faux-pearl earrings made from reclaimed, upcycled vintage jewelry parts. Measure at 2 inches long.

Steampunk necklace made from upcycled vintage necklace parts and featuring a working compass. 23.75 inches long.

Goldtone and faux-pearl leaf earrings made from upcycled parts of vintage necklaces. Just over 2 inches long.

Silvertone and rhinestone earrings made from upcycled vintage jewelry parts. Measure at just over 2.75 inches long.

Neutral tone earrings made from upcycled vintage jewelry parts. Nearly 2.5 inches long.

Hi, all! I recently got confirmation (after being on the waiting list since March) that my application to the Petoskey Art in the Park fine art show in Petoskey, Michigan has been accepted!

It's a one day show held in the city park in downtown Petoskey, and has an annual attendance of 10,000-15,000.

Show info:

Location: Pennsylvania Park, downtown Petoskey, Michigan.
Date:  Saturday, July 20th
Hours: 10:00AM - 6:00PM

I don't know if anyone here lives anywhere near the area, but if so I'd love it if you dropped by and said hi!

General Discussion / My jewelry's been accepted into a gallery!
« on: June 17, 2013, 03:43:21 PM »
I had some excitement today and just had to share!  I met with the manager of an art gallery in Bay City, Michigan ( the Do-Art Studio and Gallery) today to show them my jewelry and they took fourteen pieces on consignment! I can't wait to see how things go (this is my first time placing work on consignment anywhere) and am extremely thankful to the Lord for unexpected encounters!  The lead for this gallery came from talking to a lady at an antiques festival and she introduced me to her friend that just happened to work at the gallery.  And today not only did the gallery manager take my jewelry on consignment, but she gave me a recommendation for another art gallery that she thinks would be interested in my work so I plan to phone them later on this week. The Lord has been opening up some great opportunities lately and I am just so thankful and excited to see where they lead! 

Jewelry / Lanyard Necklace - custom order
« on: March 29, 2013, 12:10:03 PM »
I had some excitement on my website this week!  A customer from two years ago (who also happens to be a vendor at one of my summer shows) contacted me out of the blue to ask if I'd make her a 40in lanyard.  (What's particularly neat is the business card of mine that she has was before I got my website so the link isn't on the card so she had to have Googled my business name and found my website via that or through my blog.)  She liked the look of the chain on one of my steampunk necklaces and asked me about making a similar chain, without the pendant, and make it 40 inches.  She wants it to wear her work ID on which means that everyone at her work will get to see it (which will be great word-of-mouth advertizing for me!).

The lanyard is out of copper, blue Apatite, and Black Onyx.

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