Finished Charms

Here are some of my finished pendant charms. Some have already been sold, but you can find the others at my Etsy shop. They are a lot of fun to make, and take me about an hour to make each one, from start to finish.

A couple, like the Michigan state charm, were made-to-order. Contact me if you have one you’d like me to make for you!

 

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Last Jewelry Class 2/28

We had our last class on Sunday. I was really sad for it to end, but it’s a new beginning for me. I am really proud of the work I produced and it has rekindled a creative drive that I had lost recently.

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Yesterday, I received an invitation to attend a North Lands symposium/class with Jane Bruce this June. So, I will need to raise about $5,000 to pay for the tuition, flight, and lodgings. Please consider buying art or jewelry from me to help me go. I will have some new silver jewelry in my Etsy store this weekend (preview below)!

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Jewelry Class 2/21

Second to last class. I have nearly finished my box ring and working on bezel settings for a stone from Lybster, Scotland and a glass cabachon. I will work on finishing all three in Friday’s lab time.

Box ring made from 18g sterling silver
Box ring made from 18g sterling silver
Bezel settings
Bezel settings

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Jewelry Class 1/31 -2/14

Sorry for not posting! We moved apartments in the same building, so we’ve been busy!
Here are the shots from the last 3 weeks:

1/31 Made this ear cuff. Sold it!
1/31 Made this ear cuff. Sold it!
2/7 Started 4 ear cuffs.
2/7 Started 4 ear cuffs.
2/7 Box ring started
2/7 Box ring started
2/7 Finished my earrings.
2/7 Finished my earrings.
4 ear cuffs, completed in Friday’s lab, 2/12. Sold 1!
2/14 Half way on my box ring
2/14 Half way on my box ring

I also started on a bezel setting. Will show pictures of that when I am done.

Jewelry Class 1/24

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Sunday, we did some milling/rolling of metals. I used a fine tulle mess on the first pass, and then a corduroy fabric on the second pass on my silver. I also finished the soldering on my fish. It took 3 tries to get all the copper discs to solder on the fish, but I triumphed! We will probably copper plate the back to hide the silver solder. I will polish the front, and seal it with a lacquer to keep the wearer’s skin from turning colors.

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The curved silver pieces will be earrings next week. The strip of silver became of the 2 ear cuffs (below). I will take those back to Pratt to even out the curve so it’s a nice smooth circle.

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I am really loving this class. I worked on some paper maquettes today for some pendant ideas I have. I’ll be doing some more with the bones theme.

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Jewelry Class 1/17

I used some silver wire that my mom had back in college to make the ring. I have a fair amount of 18g silver sheet that I will be using to create new things as I progress in class (next week earrings!). It’s a simple ring, and it’s kind of cool I am wearing something she once worked with too.

I hadn’t used a jeweler’s saw in a long time and worried that I would be breaking blades right and left when cutting out the brass fish. But I am proud to say, I didn’t break any! I will be sweat soldering the fish to the copper circles next week, since I ran out of time this week. The copper circles were made using a punch and hammer.

I’m really, really looking forward to making more things.

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Excitement

I’m taking a beginning jewelry class at Pratt Fine Arts Center on Sunday nights. I’ve been super excited about this class since I signed up for it in November. I have a sketch book with ideas of my own creation, ideas about what I can do for Desert Bus and just this morning, was inspired by friends on Twitter to create some Steven Universe jewelry.

I’m not giving up glass by any means, but I think I will be focusing more on jewelry sized pieces for now. Several of my ideas could very well be made into larger scale sculptures, so there’s a definite crossover between the two.

Peggy Foy is the teacher and is really nice. She has beautiful work and is on Handmade at Amazon. Her personal site is: http://peggyfoy.com/ and she has an Etsy site at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ArcanaMetalwork.

Here’s my first go round with soldering copper rings:

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Soldering practice. It’s a bit blurry, but you can see the joins.