Thursday, March 13, 2014

Movement...


Here is a new pair of earrings; I love movement and each arc of wire spins independently of one another. Sterling Silver and Swarovski crystal. 



I couldn't think of a name for them. What would you name these earrings?


Friday, March 7, 2014

Sneak Peak on new Jewelry Designs


I wanted to share a little sneak peak of the designs I've been working on. These are prototypes, still tweaking the design to make it better. Sterling silver and Swarovski crystal. 



Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Literature Lover’s Necklace


This necklace was designed for a woman who loves J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. I created a scroll out of sterling silver and engraved the quote ‘The stories we love best do live in us forever. – J.K. Rowling’.  




A few symbols from the series were included: a quill, the Horcrux and Harry’s scar. 


The chain is a handmade sterling silver twist chain.


This necklace was a surprise Valentine’s Day present from her husband. I loved this quote I engraved because it was from her favorite author but could also include all the other books and stories she loved!

Friday, January 17, 2014

A package in the mail...


Last week a Christmas present arrived from a good friend of mine in Maryland. She made these ornaments. The lace that surrounds the is all her work. They are just beautiful and I wanted to share them with you.



In the ornaments above and below you can see my reflection.


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!


Have a fantastic night and may your 2014 shine!

The words are made of sterling silver bracelets on my studio floor. 



Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Jewels by JAR at the Metropolitan Museum of Art


From November 20, 2013 until March 9, 2014, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will exhibit over four hundred pieces of jewelry by Joel A. Rosenthal.  It will be the first retrospective of the designer’s work in America and he will be the first contemporary “gem artist” exhibited at the Met. Above is a diamond bracelet he designed in 2010.

"He is known for his pavĂ© technique—the setting of small stones so close together that they appear as a continuous surface of jewels—and uses subtle gradations of color to create a painterly effect." - the Met

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holiday Shopping...


Last year around this time I ordered a present for myself, a pair of these sterling silver, 14k gold filled bead and fresh water pearl Fuchsia Earrings by Ai Jewelry. I really loved the look, the movement and the craftsmanship! These are earrings I will cherish and pass on to my kids. Hope you're Holiday Shopping is going well. See more of Ai Jewelry here

Monday, December 2, 2013

Thankful for family...


Over Thanksgiving I was happy to deliver this necklace I made to a dear friend. She wanted a necklace with all of her children on it. She provided me with some sentimental beads to add in. It was a great deal of fun to make this piece and I know she will treasure it forever. The necklace is made of sterling silver and I made every link and jump ring from wire and sheet metal. I loved the view above so you could see the children's names, and then behind the names are their birthdays. 


Which piece of jewelry do you treasure most?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Fun Finds at the Gemboree


A couple of Sundays ago I went to the Summit Lapidary Club Gemboree where they had all kinds of gemstones, beads, slabs, rocks, fossils, jewelry and fun demonstrations. Above I bought these beautiful blue goldstone beads. Goldstone is actually a type of glittering glass and these reminded me of the night sky full of shimmering stars. I bought those from ARA Imports.


The stone above was a fun cut of Quartz with tourmaline inside. The black lines are the tourmaline which really stood out against the shine of the quartz. I'm not sure who I bought this stone from. Unfortunately almost no one was giving out their business cards, and I had to ask for them even when I bought items. The business card didn't make it in this this stone.


I loved the shape of the black onyx above, it matches the shapes of some of the jewelry I've been designing. I got this from Joseph's Designs, he had beautiful cabochons and a real good eye for cutting the stones.


Last I bought this slice of Geode, the crystals sparkled beautifully.

It was a really fun day, my friend Katie and I spent 3 hours at the Gemboree and didn't realize we'd missed lunch by a couple of hours. It was a blast! I can't wait to turn these into jewelry pieces.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Going to the Azurite Mine


Joe and I went to an azurite mine while in Moab, Utah. We spent half a day hunting for these rich blue stones, they called the round ones blueberries. The picture below is what we found, still very dirty. The picture above is what they look like after I tumbled them.



Here is the different in one picture.


I'm keeping them in a yellow bowl for great contrast.


You can see a few green pieces of malachite. This mine was privately owned so we paid a guide to take us and it was so much fun! This bright color is caused by the weathering of copper ore deposits. On the Mohs scale it is a 3.5 to 4 so it's very soft and fragile. And for centuries it has been used as a pigment.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Bismuth


While on our vacation we came across many rock and mineral shops (thought many many more bike shops)! It was so much fun to come through the different rock shops, it felt like a treasure hunt. I bought this piece of Bismuth, the geometry really spoke to me as well as the color.


Oxidation, in the air, can cause Bismuth to turn pink which is the color in the core of this piece of bismuth. Did you know that is what colors Pepto Bismol? It is also used in cosmetics and pigments.


The many colors are called iridescent oxide tarnish. I wish more metals tarnished so beautifully!


Bismuth is very brittle and this piece is going to sit on my bench as inspiration. I don't plan to use it in a piece of jewelry. In the Earth's crust bismuth is twice as abundant as gold.


Here is a close up, the growth of this metal is just fascinating. It crystallizes in a rhombohedral lattice. What stone or mineral fascinates you?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

And I'm back...


My husband and I went away for two weeks to enjoy the state and national parks of Colorado and Utah! Here you can see my hand next to a dinosaur foot print. We went to Dinosaur Ridge in Colorado.


This pic above is a baby dinosaur foot print.


On this section of rock they have over 300 dinosaur foot prints, they highlight them by painting charcoal water in some of the foot prints. So us regular people can see the foot prints better. It was fantastic to see these fossils. It made me think of the footprints we leave behind. We had a great trip but I'm glad to be home.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Thai Inspired Earrings


Some of my fondest memories are of Buddhist temples my husband and I visited in Thailand.  The temples feature beautiful, multi-tiered rooflines that are exquisitely designed. The roofs are filled with bells, whose soft, alluring jingle represents heaven and earth.  

Those traditional Thai temples inspired these earrings. I created a chandelier-like sterling silver earring, longer than any other earring I've made.  I then formed and forged the earring in a three-tiered design like the temple roofs.  Rather than bells, I hung strands of faceted seed beads from the rooflines.  

Materials: Sterling silver, seed beads, silver spacer beads, dyed silk cord, sterling silver ear wires


Earring Length:  4 ¾ inches

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Furniture Before and After


We've been needing a new dresser and I found this beauty at the Habitat for Humanity Restore. I went shopping with my mother-in-law and we always have a good time there! So yes it looks ugly but it's made of real solid wood, so I spent a couple weeks sanding, patching and painting. There are glass doors over the bookshelves and I decided to leave those off, since getting them back in the track might cost of part of the paint job.


Here I am working hard installing the cabinet handles. I was very proud, I didn't drill all the way through either door, so from the inside you can't see the drawer handle screws. And they were both stuck shut so I managed to do that just by feel. 


Here is the finished dresser and bookshelf top. I love it white. It looks so good. We shifted the bookshelf to the right just so our wedding quilt isn't blocked.


I even lined all the drawers and shelves with white contact paper. I love when I finish one of these projects because this piece of furniture can last forever. It never needs to be replaced and I can always give it another coat of paint.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Hammer Song Farms Sculpture is hung!


Back in April of this year Joe, his Mom and Dad and I took our annual welding workshop at Hammer Song Farms. To hang the sculpture on the wall I had to take a piece of hard wood and screw it into the studs since the studs didn't line up right for me to hang the sculpture. And I used a level! I am my Grandfather's Granddaughter. 




The sculpture is an eclipse of the moon covering the sun. I thought this was the perfect place to hang it! Next to my ukulele.



Here's a closeup, there are great patinas to make different areas of the sculpture pop. 

We always have so much fun at Hammer Song Farms in Mt. Vernon Ohio, you should check out their class schedule.