Tuesday, April 29, 2008

new column organic vine earrings

I'm so excited I'm finally working on some new shapes and designs for my organic vine series!! the first ones i took to a shop so they weren't seen by the "online" world, so these are the first ones outside of my rounded/oval shaped pieces. I'm excited about them, so keep an eye out for other new fun shapes!! Check these out on Etsy!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

New Ring from Ashley Akers

Originally uploaded by bcyrjewelry
My sweet friend Ashley and fellow etsymetal-er made this special ring for me. It is one of her pebble rings with a cute little opal set on top. I love the natural look of the stone and the little jazz of the opal - and its just perfect on my finger. Check out more of her work on Etsy - AshleyJewelry.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

new file organizer!!!

new file organizer!!!
Originally uploaded by bcyrjewelry
I was really super excited to finally find a use for this old silverware box! I'd been wanting something for my files that would keep them separated and enclosed (away from rust causing southern humidity) - and then it hit me!! it is perfect - including the slots at the top for the smaller half round files! just like a knife!

and iI could be wrong, but i think the fabric that is in these boxes usually has a little anti tarnish something in them to keep silverware looking shiny.... not that files would tarnish... but hey, couldn't hurt right?!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

500th sale!!!!!

500th sale!!!!!
Originally uploaded by bcyrjewelry
I am so excited to hit the big 500! wooohooo!!!

Thanks to everyone how has contributed to that big goal - onwards to 1000 now! I'd love to get that by the end of the year, lofty goal, but I like to aim high!

I also particularly love that I made it today on the big tax day. Makes me feel excited and happy about something and ignore the big check I just sent to the IRS!

Friday, April 11, 2008

What's in a name?

help me name this ring
Originally uploaded by bcyrjewelry
This lovely ring is similar to one I made a few years ago. I've been planning on trying to remake one for awhile and finally got around to it - and I have to say it turned out even better than the first one! I'm planning on making a thicker male version and then offering them as custom wedding bands. So I've been thinking about different names and have gotten lots of great advice from friends. I'm leaning towards "A journey to love".

It is fused Argentium sterling silver and 14k gold. When the patina is added to the silver it makes the gold pop out even more -it is like a thin vein running around the entire ring, also like a road, path etc... hence the journey. Aren't we all on a journey anyway? And I think marriage is a lovely way to share it.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Mold Making - DIY by Chris Parry

Originally uploaded by Chris Parry
Though I'm not really big in to mold making - they definitely have their place in the jewelry making world. My idea of what the set up should be seemed unattainable and insanely expensive. And then Chris Parry, a fellow EtsyMetal-er came to the rescue!! He gives an excellent tutorial on an easy DIY mold making process. Fun and inexpensive tips like using a syringe as a wax injector! You have to check it out on his blog - and check out his work on Etsy!

Thanks Chris!!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Dandelion Wishes - wedding band set

My new wedding band design!

I really love the tree bark set, but I wanted to come up with a new design. Most of my wax work is nature themed so I knew that I wanted to come up with a design that was somehow inspired by my backyard! I wandered around for awhile and collected a few different things. I played around with some eucalyptus leaves - which smell so wonderful and some lavender, which I also love the smell of. I felt they were both a bit too "normal" and i really wanted something unique. I really liked the idea of the dandelion seeds, but wondered if it would be a little to cliche. The texture came out great without saying "hi I'm a dandelion" The subtle texture is nice and organic, but not overly obvious. Each ring is a little different as working with the delicate fluffs is a little unpredictable and surprisingly, they are all different lengths! Who knew?!

Enjoy and happy wedding!