Friday, February 24, 2012

Reaching for Daffodils


I love the sculptural quality of this bracelet by Lonna Keller, found on Artful Home.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Atlantis Collection

Atlantis collection pendant in 18k gold and diamonds by Magerit. Found on CIJ International.
It took a moment for me to see the mermaid, so beautiful!



Zwetelina Alexieva

I love browsing the website Klimt02, that's where I found the work of Zwetelina Alexieva. This is a brooch of 18kt gold and pearls. The branching of the brooch makes me think of scientific models of molecules.

Emeralds...


Emeralds are actually more rare than diamonds. They are a variety of the mineral Beryl. Pure beryl has no color and it is due to traces of chromium and vanadium that the green effect so prized in emeralds comes about. Emeralds occur in ranging hues but the gems that are medium to dark in tone (green) are considered emerald.


They have a hardness of 7.5-8 out of 10 on the Moh’s scale. Emeralds are highly included, so their toughness (resistance to breakage) is classified as generally poor so you should not put them in an ultra sonic and drastic change in temperature can break them. Emeralds tend to have numerous inclusions and surface breaking fissures.

A loupe is not used to grade an emerald, it is graded by eye. If an emerald has no visible inclusions (to the eye) it is considered flawless. Most emeralds are oiled after they are cut, in order to improve their clarity. Cedar oil, having a similar refractive index, is often used in this generally accepted practice.

This article, written by Valerie Heck Esmont, was featured in the Ohio Jewelry and Metal Arts Guild Newsletter.

To BMAC and Back!


This year I flew out the Philadelphia PA for the Buyers Market of American Craft Show. While flying I took the time to practice some photography. This is my view outside the plane during daylight.


Another of the photos that I loved.


Then on the way home from Philly I wanted to get a good picture of the lights on the ground at night. Turned out that wasn't possible with my camera. So I kept the shutter open for 15 seconds and moved my camera around.


I felt like I was painting with the light.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Working on my photography some more...

I've been working on photographing my colors the way at want them. As in the background that is white, looking white. I'm so happy with this picture.
I have a Cannon PowerShot SX230 HS. I used the tungsten lighting setting, 1/100, F3.1, ISO400.
This piece of jewelry was made back in 2004 I believe, out of sterling silver. We had to form spiculum and anticlastic shapes out of one piece of metal. There are five pieces of metal, that look somewhat like a pitcher plant that I strung together with leather. This is one of my favorite pieces of jewelry, it always stops other jewelers in their tracks and I get wild comments about what they think it looks like. Some think it's a bow, others a throwing star. What do you think it looks like?

Rahaminov Diamonds


This pendant made by Rahaminov Diamonds is 18k rose gold with black diamonds (16.30 TCW), round diamond (.30 TCW) and melee (1.04 TCW). I'm loving the black diamonds and different sizes of the black diamonds.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

Can you see the Joy?




ELI the tender baby elephant, by Palmiero, runs happy towards a life full of fun and games, discovering the world and its many surprises. The joy of young animal bounding around!


Elyssa Bass Designs

Butterfly ring in 18-karat gold with chocolate diamonds by Elyssa Bass Designs





Sunday, February 12, 2012

Engraving a ring from sketch to finish...


I found this 'Circles Ring' engraving tutorial on YouTube.
I was intrigued by the image transfer onto the metal. He used an image that was printed on a laser printer, laid it on the metal and used acetone to made the ink transfer to the metal.
By Yoni Veizman, you can see more of his fine jewelry here.

Butterflies!


Yellow gold & Mother-of-Pearl Baile de Mariposa ring by Carrera y Carrera. The Mother of Pearl looked almost like sky, nice touch.



Beautiful Silence - Surprising my Sister!



I made a surprise visit down to Maryland last weekend for my Sister's show 'Beautiful Silence' at the Delaplaine Art Center in Frederick Maryland. Kelly (my sister) showed up at my parents house and was shocked to see me there. I'm terrible at keeping secrets so I did well this time!


Here is Kelly with one of her photographs. Beautiful scenes of snowy landscapes.


Many wonderful treats were made for the show. Though these lovely treats were made by our Great Aunt for us to enjoy at home. Since hostess is going out of business she made homemade orange hostess cupcakes. They were way better than the hostess version! Thanks Aunt Helen!


My Sister and Mom also baked this tasty lemon pie bites. Don't you want to reach out and eat one? So good. I had a great time visiting and just loved surprising Kelly!



Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Granulation


I found a cool Granulation video using Argentium silver over at the Rio Grande Blog. Scroll Down a little ways to see it.

Above is the work of Patricia Tschetter, love her and her jewelry!

Yuri Tozuka



I love the imaginative work of Yuri Tozuka.