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General Discussion / Attention chainmaillers: image theft alert.
« on: March 17, 2012, 09:05:42 AM »
I just received a notice from Maillers WorldWide about some Facebook page that appears to be using other peoples chainmaille images. I recognize one of the images shown under "Customizing Options" as one of Andrews.

Here's the link to the page:

Jewelry / Fun with Chainmaille & Beads
« on: March 10, 2012, 02:03:01 PM »
I've been having a lot of fun lately adding beads into my chainmaille and just wanted to post what I've been up to :)

WARNING: the following portion of this post is very image heavy! Muahahahaha!

Copper and Green Aventurine Anastasia design bracelet.

Copper, Garnet, and Black Onyx Romanov Square (a design based off of Inverted Romanov) bracelet.

Copper and Unakite Romanov bracelet.

Copper and enameled copper Not Tao 3 earrings with freshwater pearls.

Copper and enameled copper Not Tao 4 chainmaille earrings with freshwater pearls.

Copper and enameled copper Not Tao 4 chainmaille bracelet with freshwater pearls.

Copper and enameled copper Not Tao 4 and Not Tao 4 Chain Art Nouveau inspired set with freshwater pearls.

Jewelry / More Chainmaille :)
« on: February 16, 2012, 02:44:15 PM »
Made some new pieces :).

Copper and Rose Quartz Alternating Half-Romanov bracelet.

Copper, red Jasper, and Brecciated Jasper, Byzantine earrings.

Copper and Agate (I think; bead store thought Jade, but they don't look like Jade) Nasicornis earrings. Nasicornis is one of my own weaves.

Copper, enameled copper, and freshwater pearl Inverted Romanov earrings.

Copper, enameled copper, and freshwater pearl Byzantine Ladder earrings.

Copper and Rose Quartz Alternating Half-Romanov earrings.

Copper Nasicornis bracelet.

Enameled copper Macedonian weave chainmaille bracelet. Macedonian is one of my own weaves.

Jewelry / Wire-wrapped Seaglass
« on: January 26, 2012, 02:12:42 PM »
I hadn't made anything with my seaglass for a while so I decided to play around with it again.

Sterling silver wire-wrapped green and brown Lake Michigan seaglass/lakeglass pendant.

Jewelry / New wire-wrapped pendant
« on: January 16, 2012, 01:45:03 PM »

Sterling silver wire-wrapped Bismuth crystal pendant.  I think I'm going to keep this one :).

Jewelry / Steampunk and Wire-work
« on: January 14, 2012, 03:16:31 PM »
More new stuff!  ;D

Steampunk brooch made from clock parts and upcycled chains/rhinestones. This was my first time trying to make a brooch.

Steampunk necklace made from clock parts, upcycled chains and vintage beads, copper wire, and rhinestones.

Sterling silver and copper wire-wrapped horn coral pendant. This was made as a custom order.

Jewelry / New Steampunk necklace
« on: December 31, 2011, 03:44:46 PM »
Still having fun with clock parts.........

Steampunk necklace made from clock springs, re-claimed copper wire, and upcycled jewelry parts.

Lol, if I get many more clock springs I'll have to say I'm releasing my "Spring collection." (Yes, I know, dreadful pun.)

General Discussion / I love rocks :) (Warning very pic heavy!)
« on: December 29, 2011, 10:49:50 AM »

When I was down in Georgia for my workshop this last October, one of the things my family decided to do was to try out some of the gem mines in Franklin, North Carolina.  The first one we tried was the Rose Creek mine.  It was a lot of fun, but the stones you get there are much smaller and there are fewer varieties that they get.  The next mine my family tried was the Mason Mountain Mine.  I was in class, so I didn't get to go to that one, but my sister and I split the cost of a bucket and went though it later when we got home.  The Mason mine was definitely a lot better than Rose Creek.   You got bigger stones, more of them, and while the dirt was native dirt (dirt right out of the mine) they had also added a few stones that were interesting yet not native to that area so you'd get both the native rocks and some interesting extras.

So here's what I ended up getting. :)

Agate & Jasper:  437.5 carats of Agate; 13.5 carats of Jasper.

Aquamarine: 12.5 carats

Flourite: 367 carats

Obsidian:  181.5 carats

Pyrite: 519.5 carats

Coloured Quartz (Amethyst, Rose.....etc).: 739.5 carats

Regular Quartz: 519 carats.

Kyanite: 783.5 carats.

Corundum (Ruby, Sapphire, and star-ed corundum): 568.5 carats.

Garnet: 771.5 carats.

Emerald: 450 carats

Topaz Points (a.k.a. Poor Man's diamond): 86 carats.

Topaz (clear, golden, and some blue): 391 carats.

Calcite:  204 carats.

Black Tourmaline (a.k.a. Schorl): 7 carats.

Moonstone:  166.5 carats.

Labradorite: 58 carats.

Amazonite: 74 carats.

It was loads of fun getting extremely muddy while sluicing for these!  Now I just need to learn how to cut them and turn them into cabochons and faceted stones! Our dog (a 6-month-old Chinook puppy) enjoyed sluicing as well, as he at the first mine he kept jumping into the running sluice so he has officially been labeled a pebble-pup. :)

Jewelry / Some Steampunk, some chainmaille
« on: December 20, 2011, 05:36:02 PM »
Just wanted to show what I've been up to :).  Between making Christmas gifts for some of my cousins and playing with some clock parts my dad gave me I have, just a few new pieces.

Copper Celtic Star and shell pendant. This is a Christmas gift for one of my cousins.

Copper Celtic Spike Star and shell pendant.  Also a Christmas gift for one of my cousins.

Enameled copper Alternating half-Romanov earrings made as a Christmas gift for one of my cousins.

Copper Japanese 12-2 and freshwater pearl earrings.  These were also made as a Christmas gift for one of my cousins.

Steampunk and chainmaille cuff bracelet. Bracelet is made from clock parts, guinea hen feathers, a glass river rock, and copper. The weave is Stepping Stones and is made using round, square, and half-round wire.

Steampunk pendant made from clock parts and a frosted glass cabochon I scavenged from an old piece of jewelry.  I scraped off some of the foil backing from the cabochon and painted the back so as to give it some colour and pattern.

Steampunk pendant made from clock parts and old rhinestones.

Steampunk earrings made from clock springs.  The brass "beads" are also clock parts.

General Discussion / Does Twitter actually help your business?
« on: December 17, 2011, 01:08:14 PM »
Well, I finally broke down and joined Twitter this week.  I've read a lot of books about starting/promoting your business that recommended having an account on twitter for your business and you constantly hear about how many people are using Twitter that I finally decided to try it.  I'm terrible at promoting my work and have a really hard time doing so (no one likes a pushy salesperson and I'm always afraid it's going to come across that way). 

I know I need to find more ways to actually promote my work so that I'm giving it the best chance I can of being seen (and, hopefully, bought), but I don't want to get sucked into something that's not really going to help, but simply eat of time doing it without any results.

I know a lot of people here have Twitter accounts for promoting their work and so was just wondering.  Has it actually helped you?

Jewelry / New Steampunk necklace
« on: November 09, 2011, 01:42:21 PM »
Steampunk is so much fun :)

Necklace is made from old jewelry and watch parts.

Jewelry / Silver I Workshop projects
« on: October 31, 2011, 02:06:15 PM »
Well, I'm back from the Silver I workshop I took last week at William Holland School of Lapidary Arts and thought I'd post what I made. 

Project #1: Sterling silver with a scarab carved jade cabochon

Project #2: Pierced sterling silver roll-mill textured pendant backed with copper.

Project #3: Sterling silver domed bracelet with copper backing and textured links.

Project #4: Domed sterling silver earrings to match the bracelet we made.

Project #5: Sterling silver roll-mill textured and carnelian pendant.

General Discussion / Taking My First Workshop :)
« on: October 18, 2011, 04:28:05 PM »
Right now I'm a mix of excited and nervous.  Next week I'm going to a silver-smithing workshop waaay out of state (I'm in Michigan and the school is in northern Georgia).  I've been trying to learn soldering, but it's giving me some grief and with metal prices as high as they are I don't want to mess up what little silver I'm able to afford.

I'm excited to finally be getting further training (I've been having issues deciding between BFA vs. jewelry trade schools vs. workshops vs. keep teaching myself), but nervous as I've never taken a workshop before and I'm really hoping it goes well (particularly since my parents are helping me with the cost). 

Also planning on doing some rock-hounding while my family and I are there :D.

Jewelry / Newest piece
« on: October 10, 2011, 02:11:59 PM »

My newest chainmaille piece :).  I'm very, very happy with how this one turned out.  The entire necklace was design around the central stone (a Holly Blue Agate) (I've been trying to find a way to use this stone for a while).  The stone was a gift from a friend from a number of chainmaille forums.  The weaves are Sagittarian +1 and Elfsheet.  Materials used were copper, lavender and peacock freshwater pearls, and Holly Blue Agate. Ring stats: 18ga 5mm ID rings, 18ga 4mm ID rings, 18ga 3.25mm ID rings, 22ga 2.35 (ish) mm ID rings. 26ga copper was also used.

General Discussion / Back From Weekend Art Show and Really Excited!
« on: August 10, 2011, 12:37:06 PM »
Over the weekend I had a two day Fine Art Show in Tawas, MI and am so excited about how it went! Praise the Lord for answered prayers!! It was by far the best show I've ever done.

The Lord answered our prayers about keeping everything safe, as nothing was stolen (although unfortunately two other vendors did have this problem), the EZ-up stayed up despite some strong wind gusts the second day, and we had safe driving to-and-from the show.

There were strong storms predicted for Sunday, but the Lord answered prayers about having great weather for the show as the storms didn't come until after we had packed everything up and had all gotten into the truck. Then, it just let loose with what can only be described as monsoon-like rains. This made getting back home the second day quite interesting as the the police had closed the road we needed to be on and were turning everyone away due to a a power line that had come down in the middle of the road.  And as it turns out, the storms we had while packing up weren't the straight-line winds they were previously thought to be but was actually an EF 0 tornado (the weakest category of tornado; max wind speeds of 70mph) which explains why there were so many tree branches and small tress down.

And what made things even more exciting is that I took 1st Honorable Mention in the jewelry category at my first ever Fine Art juried show!

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