Wednesday, January 30, 2013


In the spirit of attempting to take better pictures, I bought a light box.  Unfortunately, one of the lamps that came with it met an untimely death before I could use it.  That's alright.  Even with just one light, my pictures came out better if I do say so myself.

Today I sat down with the intention of attempting something new.  I didn't do as well as I wanted, but I don't think it turned out too badly.  It's at the very least - interesting.  Unfortunately, I can't have a redo on this one because I cracked the glass when I set it.  I do, however, have another slightly larger one that I can use now that I've learned from the original. 

Wine bottle glass set in hand forged copper with hand rivets and corkscrew bail.  You can't tell in this picture very well, but that bottle is actually dark brown glass.  I loved it and completely meant the rustic kind of a look.  I'm going to try something different with the green version I have.  I love the heat patina I put on this to make it look a bit older.  I had a lot more fun than I should have with the torch.

White Drusy wire wrapped in sterling silver.  I love the sparkle that the camera picked up. 
Glass wire wrapped in sterling. 

This was fun to make as I so rarely just string something.  These beads were deceptively expensive, but I love how it manages to be neutral with a ton of color.

I love this flower.  It was one of my first metalworking experiments.  I've become a much better sawer as a result of this project.  It only gets better with age as the copper naturally patinas.
More wireworking.  I <3 wire.


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Everything Needs a Beginning

I've never started a blog before because I didn't feel like I had the time to submit timely and witty content which took me to dear old Polonious.

My liege, and madam, to expostulate
What majesty should be, what duty is,
What day is day, night night, and time is time,
Were nothing but to waste night, day, and time;
Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit,
And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,
I will be brief.

I'm not the best photographer which is on my list of things to improve this year.  However, I LOVE making jewelry.  I enjoy experimenting and wire work with shiny and not so shiny components.  I'll start posting pictures of my work to track my progress.

To be brief... here are some pictures from my first attempts at wire work.  More to come!

I don't quite remember what kind of stone I've used as the focal, but AAA hand faceted tree agate for the necklace.  This is one of my first wrapped pendant.  I love the flames on the primary stone.
I love this piece.  I love cold connections and the generally more industrial look.  Hand riveted sterling silver and copper using a Turkish Lyra as a focal picture. 

Hand wrapped parrot wing with copper.  This was one of the first completely wrapped cabochon.  I love the stone with the mix of copper and green.
Cobalto Calcite drusy with matching Swarovski earrings.  Gorgeous.

 Handmade copper tube beads with high quality moss agate. 

Hand made and wrapped copper findings with Swarovski. 

First wire work project - sterling silver S spiral.  Fun, easy and cute.