Monday, January 31, 2011

Kyanite Flowers

  Last week I got a big surprise when one of my trinket box necklaces was selected as a 'daily deviation' over at  It's sort of like an Etsy front page, only your work stays up all day, and there are no sales involved.
  My necklace received over 5000 views in 24 hours! It was very very exciting. I also picked up some unexpected work because of all the traffic.
  I sold my kyanite armband to a soon to be bride. Than she requested a custom necklace to go with it and I said yes. I have never made any wedding jewelry before, and I discovered that it truly is an honor to make jewelry for such a special day in a woman's life. This bride was a very amiable person and easy to work with though:)
  I like the style of the pendant quite a lot. I think I may do more in the future.


Monday, January 24, 2011

Snakes and Bangles

 Working on variations on the bangle design and working out the details of a tutorial for it.

Snake rings were for Year of Jewelry week 4 theme "Wild and Wicked". I experimented with ways to manipulate metal with the shaping of the head and filing the tail end down to a snakey point.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Coiled Bakelite Bangle

It has been a frustrating week in wire with many projects and ideas hitting frustrating road blocks due to my inability to problem solve my design ideas. When this bangle was finally completed I laughed and dance around the living room for a good 3 minutes. The design was actually a compromise with the wire from my original idea but I love it, and the foundation of the design is an excellent jumping off point for more development.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Eclipse Earrings

  This is the first time I ever used gold filled wire. It's kind of pricey, but it is nice to have another color option. There are a number of things I would do differently if I were to make them again, but I didn't want to drive myself crazy seeking perfection and components that I didn't have on hand.

  Tim Gunn was in my head saying 'make it work'  - so I did:)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Copper Key Pendant

  My passion for wire is very low right now and I feel uninspired at the moment.

Despite that, I signed up for Year of Jewelry 2011 project. This is a forum where participants commit to make one piece of jewelry every week for a year. It's not too late to join if your interested, they are still accepting sign ups. You can find the link to the forum on my link list at the right side of the blog.

  This copper key looks pretty effortless, but actually a lot of agonizing and fussing went into making it look that way.

I'm just glad I got something done.