Thursday, December 11, 2008

2-Day Sale!!!

I decided to have one more little sale before the holidays!

Buy any single ready to ship item AND a polishing square and receive a FREE single organic stacking ring. When placing your order, please let me know what size you would like!

**custom orders are excluded - it must be a ready to ship item to count for a free ring!**

Happy Holidays to everyone! Hope you are having a lovely and festive season!

*orders placed on 12/12 will be shipped on 12/15

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

constellation pendants

constellation pendants
Originally uploaded by bcyrjewelry
i am now offering these as a custom order! Why did it take me so long? Maybe b/c it doesn't really involve a torch much. and i really like my torch. And it doesn't involve a hammer either... sigh. no torch? no hammer? what is this world coming too? I do really like them though. Its one of those things that I'm not in love with making them - but I love the end product - so its worth it!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Tomorrow I will be at the 283 Holiday Artist Market! Come and see me if you are in the Athens Area!

The address is 283 E. Broad St. Very easy to find - right in between Harry Bissetts and ERC!

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, December 4, 2008


Originally uploaded by bcyrjewelry
I'm super excited and just wanted to share! I hit 800 Sales!!!! yippeee!!!! Not really much else to say, I'm just excited that I hit such a nice round lovely number. I would love to hit 1000 by the end of December.... I'm not holding my breathe, but hoping for a miracle maybe??

Monday, December 1, 2008

An Extra Addition for Cyber Monday

Just wanted to add a little extra addition to my buy one get one free sales - my organic stacking rings! A simple and sweet little ring that is just great stacking with others!

check it out here.

Friday, November 28, 2008

4 Day BOGO Sale!!!

Starting today, Black Friday through "Cyber" Monday I am running a very special sale - Buy any pair of earrings and receive a free pair. You get to choose your free pair - either my xsmall organic vine earrings, or my large hammered circles!

Buy a pair for a gift and keep one for yourself!!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Sale coming up tomorrow!!!!

It'll be a suprise, but one worth waiting for!!! come and check it out tomorrow!!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Nora's engagement and wedding band

I added a patina and finished the wedding band that would go with her ring - and also included is her hubby-to-be's ring. I am super pleased with how they turned out. Nora was wonderful to work with, which makes creating new things even more fun!!

Friday, November 21, 2008

organic vine and moonstone

organic vine and moonstone
Originally uploaded by bcyrjewelry
This was a custom order piece, but I just wanted to share, i thought it turned out so lovely!!!

it is a moonstone set in one of my organic vine pieces. it was both harder and easier than I thought it would be. Not really sure how that works, but some parts were more difficult - like getting a spot for the bezel to sit down IN, , but once I did, soldering the bezel in and setting the stone were much easier! So there, thats how it was both harder and easier!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Bringing back an old favorite

night and day earrings
Originally uploaded by bcyrjewelry
For some reason I was never happy with the photos I took of these earrings. So I quite having them for sale. How silly is that?!? They are one of my favorites and one of my customer favorites. I sell sooo many of them. I think b/c they are really versatile - they go with any silver jewelry that has a patina or is shiny! You can also unloop either the oval or the circle and have a longer dangle pair of earrings. Super fun!!

Check them out here.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

New Rings cont'd

Here are the three rings all finished and they've been listed on Etsy now.
This one is sodalite and is listed here.

This one is aventurine and is here.

and this one is blue chalcedony and is here.

I was inspired to do these rings for several reasons. I'd been feeling kind of claustrophobic (for lack of a better word). I've been going through lots of things in my life and clearing out. There are several pieces I've had listed for sale and they haven't sold. I was tired of looking at them. Some pieces are going to be melted down in to something new, others will be turned in to something else! Like these rings! Some of the organic vine rings just didn't have the pizazz on their own that they needed, but as a band accompaniment to a lovely stone - they are perfect!! I feel like they are starting to give me the depth to my work I've been looking for.
I have so many stones that I really love and they just sit there. I'm hoping that habit is going to stop now and that I continue pairing up the stones to make some fabulous pieces.

I was also inspired by my friend Christine - who does amazing work, but like a lot of artists, is pushing herself forward and coming up with new designs to keep her creativity and passion in full swing. She created three rings that were just super lovely and inspired me to get out of my own run. Check out her shop - keep an eye on her - she is always adding new and amazing items.

Monday, November 17, 2008

new rings!

new rings!
Originally uploaded by bcyrjewelry
I'm so excited about these new rings!!! I'll get better pictures tomorrow, but couldn't wait to share!!!!!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Last Chance SALE - this weekend!

I am having a special sale this weekend - a very spur of the moment sale. A great chance to stock up on some cute christmas gifts!!

After this weekend though, many of these items will no longer be in my shop - so get them now while you can!!

I will be adding many new items this coming week and am making room for new exciting pieces!!

Check out the sale section in my shop!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

great minds think alike?

anniversary flowers
Originally uploaded by bcyrjewelry
just had to do a quick post.

my friend etsymetal friend ashley (ashleyjewelry) posted a picture of flowers her sweetie got her for her birthday. It was too similar to the flowers my sweetie got me for our anniversary!

check them out on her blog!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Design Challenge: 30 Minute Earrings - from Lark Books

Lark Books is having a design challenge - several of us at EtsyMetal are jumping on board to participate!! It sounds like loads of fun and a great way to get inspired and to inspire others! I've been thinking a lot about what I want to use for mine. Its harder than I thought it would be!!

Check out more info here on the Lark site.

Entry Deadline is January 26th!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Gold and Champagne Diamond Leaf Ring

diamond and leaf ring
Originally uploaded by bcyrjewelry
This sweet little thing is one of my new favorites. I had gotten some little marquise champagne diamonds a few weeks ago with the intention of making these! And surprisingly, they diamonds didn't sit around for months like they usually do before I get around to working with them. Course it did take me a week to actually photograph it though!

And this one is mine to keep!

Monday, November 10, 2008

New Cuff.... why won't you go to etsy already?

new cuff new photos
Originally uploaded by bcyrjewelry
Sometimes I make something I like so much I have a hard time actually listing it. And this cuff doesn't even fit me! I just haven't put it up yet. Maybe for fear that no one will love it as much as me and it will just sit there? Or maybe that it will be gone so soon?

Either way - today is the day and I am listing it! no more letting i just sit there.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Extra long organic vine ring

xtra long organic vine ring
Originally uploaded by bcyrjewelry
This lovely ring was a custom order. and I love it! It makes me super happy when a customer says, I love this piece, can you do it a little more special for me. Its so elegant. These rings looks so great the more and more detail that gets added.

Just one more thing on my list that I want to do more of!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Jewelry Tennis #5

Jewelry Tennis #5
Originally uploaded by bcyrjewelry
This is my next tennis volley for Sophie!! I've been having fun making bangles and thought this would be perfect. I actually made a cuff bracelet too, though I haven't photographed it yet. This piece seemed the best 'hit'.
Check out more of the tennis details here!
Its on Etsy too!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Nya says "Vote!"

Seriously, you see that look? The subtext was "and if you don't, I'll bite your face" you don't want to mess w/ her. So go out and vote if you haven't already!!

Its an extremely important day, election, and a time in our history. I know I want to be a part of it, as should every American. Wouldn't it be nice if the president was elected by the majority of Americans, not just who happened to actually vote that day? Yes. Yes it would.

Monday, November 3, 2008


Originally uploaded by bcyrjewelry
This weekend I was reordering my business cards, gearing up for all the holiday packages I'll be sending out (wink, wink) and there was a free shipping offer if I spent just a little bit more money. I have a hard time passing those up and thought it would be a great chance to get a little something as an extra for my packages - so I designed these bookmarks! I wanted to do something that wouldn't be quite like a business card, but that someone might actually use a bookmark. I'd been thinking of something like this, design wise, for awhile, and I finally got a chance to implement it. They will be glossy and have rounded corners, just like my business cards! I'm very excited to get them and see them in real life.
You can get your own bookmarks here.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Vote and Read

Just got back from voting! It took me a little over two hours. Of which I got some good reading in from this book Your Marketing Sucks. Which obviously is about marketing, what is bad about most marketing and what is good. It is encouraging and inspiring. A good read for standing in line!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

EtsyMetal CharmSwap #2

EtsyMetal CharmSwap #2
Originally uploaded by bcyrjewelry
EtsyMetal is at it again! We are having a second charm swap and these are my charms all finished up before they got in the mail! I love them and can't wait to get mine back! Its such a lovely idea to all swap little charms. The idea was first conceived by Victoria of Experimetal. There were 19 participants this time around - so I'll be receiving back 18 other charms! I'm so excited, they are really looking fantastic. Its also a good practice for me in making many of one thing. It is not my favorite, to feel like a production line. I much prefer, max, 3 or 4 if I have to. That makes me feel like a human, many more than that, I just feel like a little robot on a factory. BUT, it is well worth it for this charm swap!

I had though about making a couple molds of 2 or 3 different dandelion charms, but in the end, decided to just make them all individually, so all 19 are different dandelion patterns. I don't know that I would have truly saved any time in making a mold of them!

I do love how they turned out - Victoria called them little candies. And they are so sweet! I'd like to make them a staple in my shop, just a sweet little pendant, when I get around to it that is....

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Newest Custom wedding bands

custom leaf and alexandrite
Originally uploaded by bcyrjewelry
I love the little dash of color of the alexandrite. I got some new synthetic stones that can be cast in place for the look I want in these tree bark rings. I'd always felt a bit odd about synthetic or simulated stones, as I do like a 'real' and natural stones. But in an environmentally friendly aspect, I do like the idea of synthetic stones. These sweet beauties are made to be cast in place and take the high (over 1000 degree) temperatures the kiln gets up to. I am very pleased with the result and am excited about doing more! I got some sapphires and rubies and yellow topaz as well so look for some little dashes of color coming soon!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Tennis #4 Sophie's brass monkeys

brass monkeys
Originally uploaded by duckduckgoosestuff
So I think my counting is a little off - the last one I posted said #2, but I think was indeed #3, sooo... this will be #4!

This is Sophie's volley from this piece. I'm very excited that she used some gold and I think I know what my next piece will be! Hopefully it won't take me a month like it did last time! Here is Sophie's blog about it.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Asheville Gem Show/ EtsyMetal meet up

beads asheville show
Originally uploaded by bcyrjewelry
I went to a fabulous gem show yesterday in Asheville and got to meet up with some fellow etsymetal members (Sara, Maggie and Danielle) for the first time!! We had a great time and it was just fabulous to meet them!

These are some of the beads I got and I am super excited about them. I have projects/ideas for all of them already. I also got some great cabs - you can see some on flickr - and of course, my main objective for going - Diamonds! I'm going to be expanding my natural and organic rings with more diamonds.

Not that I didn't have enough stones already, but I'm really excited about the things I got and hopefully will be using them ALL very soon!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

New Workbench - coming soon!!

I am so excited - for my birthday my sweetheart is going to help me build a proper workbench. I had planned on buying one - but there are some strange, uh... floor requirements that have to be worked around - and buying one would require altering - so building one from scrap with a lot of material we already have seemed to make much more sense. Today we've been working on some drawings, doing some measurements and figuring out the structural components. I'm VERY excited and can't wait til it is all done!

Several months ago I got a GRS Benchmate - but haven't been able to set it up b/c of the table I work at now... I guess I should have done the workbench first and THEN got the benchmate! ah, well, this is just making me get the workbench done.

Thank you to everyone for the birthday well wishes and the support of my birthday sale!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Birthday Sale!!

Today is the day!!!

All ready to ship items have free shipping - custom orders are excluded.

I got my sale all finished up - loads over items are on sale - some up to $40 off the original price! The sale runs today only and tomorrow, everything will be back to normal again.

Check out my shop here and sale section here.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Special Sale Tomorrow

What is it? Whats the sale? Why is it special?

Stay tuned for tomorrow and you will find out!

Victoria and Janos in the Corno Project

and Janos are two of my best EtsyMetal friends and a few flickr buddies were inspired by a piece Victoria made and had posted on flickr (how can you not be inspired by her??) This led to the Corno Project which was just featured in the Storque on Etsy! Congrats!!!! All the pieces are truly amazing - but I would expect nothing less.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Pile of bangles

pile of bangles
Originally uploaded by bcyrjewelry
I love making bangles, b/c they are my favorite kind of 'wrist decoration' to wear! I used to not like bangles b/c they were always too big for me. Once I started making my own and learned how to make them just the right size - I love wearing them! I like to know for sure that it won't fall off or get pulled off or anything. I've been meaning to make some sets of bangles that were readily available to buy, not just the custom sets - and these are one of the sets I finished yesterday. There are 7 of the skinny bangles, w/ 2 different types of hammer marks. They are great to wear all together or just a couple. I like wearing even just a single one. A nice little touch if you're not feeling too jingley, or adding all of them for a bigger impact.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Wendy is a genius... and I can say she is my friend!

from wendy...
Originally uploaded by bcyrjewelry
So yes, my friend Wendy is a genius. You can see a better shot of the pendant I got here. I love wearing it, not only because it is super cute, but because it makes me think of my dear friend allll the way across the big Atlantic. I've been so thankful to have 'met' and made such wonderful connections with metalsmith's around the world. I never used to wear anyone else's jewelry, but now I love buying and trading and wearing great fabulous pieces that I'd never think to make or couldn't make! And I love saying "A good friend of mine made this fabulous piece."

And this is her newest piece.

I am just in love w/ it. Our EtsyMetal challenge of the month is "moving parts" and/or "steel"

I am quite in love and it really doesn't need more than a photo for you to see why...

check out more lovely items in her shop and her blog.

Monday, October 13, 2008

tennis volley #2

tennis volley #2
Originally uploaded by bcyrjewelry
Finally! I've finished my volley back to Sophie in our jewelry (or jewellery) tennis match we have going. It only took me something like a month!

It was in a way harder than I thought it would be - I wanted to do something that was inspired by - but still deviated enough that I felt like it was coming from my head, not hers! I have a feeling its only going to get harder!

here's the post from her last one

and the original.

Check out Sophie's shop for more amazing pieces and her blog too!

Friday, October 10, 2008

14k gold vine and leaf ring

14k gold vine and leaf ring
Originally uploaded by bcyrjewelry
I love these sweet rings and they are just delicious in gold!!

This was a custom order, but I'm thinking of creating a listing and offering it as a custom item. In the sterling listing, it says that gold is available, but maybe I could more people to buy one if I had the listing in gold already... I want a whole bunch of these on all my fingers. they are so sweet and delicate...

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Diamond and Leaves

Diamond and Leaves
Originally uploaded by bcyrjewelry
Here it is!!! I am so excited about this piece. Its two of my vine and leaf rings, put together with a sweet champagne diamond. I love love love how it turned out. There is something about it that just makes my heart happy.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Tumbler Surpise

I've been really productive this week. Got waxes done Monday morning, invested and in the kiln, while working on more waxes, cast that night. Then invested Tues. morning, more in the kiln, more cast Tues. night - I've been working all day to finish up everything I cast and I am super super excited with what will be coming out of the tumbler this afternoon!! Most of them are custom pieces... well, actually, they are all custom pieces, one is a new design. Something similar to pieces I've done before, but am expanding on a little bit with some help from my lovely customer, Linnea. I think she is going to be super excited to see it all finished, as am I!

No photos yet, so I will just create some suspense!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Leaf and Diamond ring

This was another custom order - one of a pair I am working on for a sweet sweet couple. I love the simple elegance of the single tiny leaf imprint and slightly offset diamond. It was made in wax and the diamond was cast in place. I had initially finished it shinier and with the patina only in the leaf, but it was a little too 'blingy' (my word, not his!) for the groom, so I added some overall patina and kept a matte finish. Its simple, elegant and organic.

Check out flickr for more photos and the shiny previous version.

Monday, October 6, 2008

palladium white gold dandelion wishes

I recently finished these up for a couple in the Netherlands! I love working with white gold. I recently got an account with a new company and tried out their palladium white gold and like their variation of the alloy even better!

I also did some dandelion key chains for them as well! That was super fun as I haven't made key chains in a long time. I used to make great 'scrap' key chains that were super fun and always different, but that was about 5 or 6 years ago and I haven't made any since!! You can check out more photos of these rings and the key chains on flickr.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Animation-happy - Making an easy animated gif in Photoshop/ImageReady

my own animated ad
So I finally have the 'animation' process down. It is quite easy and loads of fun! I am by no means an expert, but its pretty simple. I should mention I am on a mac, so things might be different on a pc. Here's how I made mine:

1. Open up photoshop

2. Open images you want to use.

3. Crop all images the same size - add text if desired, then either flatten the image or 'merge visible' I like 'command E' (shortcuts are my friend)

4. I like to open a new blank canvas to paste them all in to, that way I can save it separate from all of the other images.

5. Copy and Paste each image to that one new canvas - You are creating a layer for each image, but since they are all the same size and opaque, you only see one image, basically just like stacking up pieces of paper, they're all there, but you can only see the top one. (Command A - select all, Command C - copy, click on new canvas, Command V - paste)

6. There is a nice little button in my version of photoshop that is at the bottom of the 'tools' bar "Edit in ImageReady" - it is also under 'File'

7. Image Ready opens up.

8. Make sure the animation window and layers window are both open. If not, go to 'window' and click to select them

9. This is where it started to get a little confusing for me, but once I did it a couple times, its really a cinch. One image, the top image, will appear in the animation window. Depending on how you layered the images and what image you want to have first will depend on the next step. It all has to do with the visibility (that little eye in the layers window). I usually layer mine so the first image ends up being #1 and at the bottom. So I deselect all of the visibility of the layers above it. Now I have the first image in the animation window.

10. To ad the second frame click the 'duplicate' icon in the animation window (should be right next to the trash can)

11. In the Layers window, click to make the second window visible. Now you should have two frames in your animation window with two different images. Continue to duplicate and adjust visibility based on what you want.

12. Once you have finished adding each frame, you need to adjust the time each frame will be visible. You will see a 0 sec under each frame, click the down arrow and change the time. For this animation I did 2 sec - you can experiment to what works best for you and by pressing the 'play' button can have a preview.

13. When you get the timing down, you're ready to save! Go to 'File' and 'Save Optimized As' and you are done!

There is obviously a lot more that you can do and honestly I don't know most of it! But that is the basic on how to make an animated ad! You can upload it to flickr or email simply as you would any other photo. When I first uploaded it to flickr, I thought it hadn't worked, but to view the animation you go to 'all sizes' and then the animation will work.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

fern love

fern love
Originally uploaded by bcyrjewelry
I finally have gotten around to experimenting with ferns for my next wedding band set. They are a little tricky to work with, so we'll have to see if it is something I can duplicate when needed. I had initially planned on having the fern going all the way around the ring. But I was quite inspired by the amazing tiny spores on the backs for the leaves (which made them difficult to work with) that the bottom part of the ring has a dotted texture like the back of the leaf! I think the textures work nicely together and gives the fern even more attention.

I'll keep experimenting with them to see if I can get it down to a science. And I'll have to see if I can press some to store for winter! Not too long and my ferns won't be around again until spring! Maybe they will just have to be seasonal!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Love Rocks w/ patina

Love Rocks w/ patina
Originally uploaded by bcyrjewelry
These rings were inspired by a series I started a few months ago. I've been calling them my 'reclaimed' texture as they all started out a different piece and after some work, had a new face lift with a lovely new texture. The texture is created with three different hammers and gives a really unique hammered look. I think it rather looks like granite!

I hadn't decided on keep the "reclaimed" name or changing it up for the wedding band set, as these rings were never anything else, they will be custom made just for the customer to look like this. So, I wasn't sure I should keep the reclaimed name.. I'm still pondering it. I like the little play on words in 'love rocks' they are like rocks, and also kind of like a teenage saying "that Rocks!" I can decide, but for right now, this is what they are going to be called. They are available with or without the patina.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions
Originally uploaded by bcyrjewelry
Now that it is getting colder, not only am I drinking about 6 cups of tea a day, but I like all my food to be warm too. So it means lots of oatmeal in the morning. I like to spruce it up a bit. my recent favorite is this:
sunflower seeds
pumpkin seeds
and some soy yogurt
yummo! as rachael ray would say!!

oatmeal is fun b/c you can spruce it up in so many ways. I like apricots and almonds too, apples are always good - or banana nut mmmm...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Walking stick... and friend

Yesterday on my way in to my studio, I saw this lovely walking stick on the door. Walking sticks are one of the most fascinating insects to me as they hardly look like an insect at all! Even upclose and personal there isn't much to make out as far as a 'face'.

I'm sure this grandaddy long legs thought differently though, as they seemed to be having a staring contest - the entire day! They both just hung out, staring at each other, hardly moving for over 12 hours. I have no idea what they were doing, but they must have finished by this morning b/c neither was there. It was such a treat to get to see the walking stick though - and the day after the praying mantis! Late summer/early fall definitely brings in some lovely critters.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Box full o stuller catalogs

So I finally got my account set up and ordered the findings I needed that NO ONE else had - and was expecting them at any moment, when this box arrived. I picked it up and though 'hmphft, these are some heavy findings!" then thinking, 'oh they must have sent me a catalog.' A catalog does not describe what they sent.
I had no idea they had a whole massive collection of catalogs. They are incredibly exciting and I haven't even had the chance to start going through them yet. You can be I'll be ordering from them a lot!

box full o stuller catalogs
Originally uploaded by bcyrjewelry

So far I have been incredibly pleased at their selection - and quality! The findings arrived later that afternoon separate from the catalogs. They are much better than the ones I had gotten from a different company - who no longer carries palladium white gold settings anyway. Their selection of findings of all kinds is far beyond anything I've seen and I'm please I finally set up the account. Even though it took me a week to quit panicking about all the paperwork I had to fax in! I put in another larger order yesterday and will be excited to see my new goodies in a few days!

Monday, September 22, 2008

etsymetal ad...

etsymetal ad...
This is a test... only a test....

I'm trying to learn how to make animated gifs... this is my first try and I'm wondering if it will show up animated on the blog! I hope so.

Its not the final 'draft' but hopefully will include some words and I'll slow down the pace. but I was just glad I finally got it to work! Course if it doesn't work here, you can check it out on flickr by looking at 'all sizes'

The artists are:

Kathy of studiometalsmith
Elizabeth of erosasjewelry
Catherine Chandler
Sara Westermark
Cynthia Del Giudice

Friday, September 19, 2008

Ring from Kerin!!

Ring from Kerin!!
Originally uploaded by bcyrjewelry
I love it. It is a West African Adinkra symbol of "initiative, dynamism and versatility".... I figured it was the perfect ring for fall. It is a time when everything seems to be shifting one way or another. Lots of things are happening in nature and this seems to translate in to everyone's lives as well! The ring is super comfy and I haven't taken it off since I got it this morning!

Kerin has gorgeous jewelry and is just a lovely person and I was super happy to trade with her for my ring!! I love it and hope she loves her dandelion ring as much as I love mine. You can browse Kerin's wonderful pieces in her etsy shop and even this particular ring customized to your size!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Ring all finished

ring all finished
Originally uploaded by bcyrjewelry
This ring had to be remade. The first stone that was in it must have had some weak matrices (obviously) as a piece fell right out of the middle of the stone. It was the weirdest thing I had ever seen. You can see the original here. I didn't have any others really close to that size or shape, but went to the Franklin gem show a couple weeks after I got the ring back. So I was on a mission to find something kind of similar. I brought back about 10 stones for my customer to choose from, and I really think she got one of the best. It is so unique and reminded me of a Japanese landscape painting - an wirey looking tree growing up and off the size of a cliff. I was both sad and happy that she picked this stone. Sad to see it go, but then again, I liked it so much I probably would have left it in a drawer for a few years before ever using it! It is safely on her finger now.