Tuesday, September 30, 2008
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
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
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
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!
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
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
Cynthia Del Giudice
Friday, September 19, 2008
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
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I've done a few sets of rings that match - the same three colors and three hammer marks. I particularly loved this photograph too!!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
When working on settings and you want to check to make sure the fit is just right - use some dental floss under the stone. That way if the stone gets a little stuck - very easy to pull it right out. Otherwise, you risk tearing the whole setting apart just to get the stone out. And THAT is no good. I usually keep a random piece floating around on my work bench just to keep it handy. Floss works great because it can flatten out to almost nothing, but is plenty strong enough that if the stone is quite tight, you don't risk having it break when pulling the stone out.
Monday, September 15, 2008
I specifically thought of my dear friend Sophie who lives across the big pond in the UK. Her style is similar to mine in a way that I love everything she makes, but different from mine in that everything she does is something I wouldn't think of! Sometimes I feel like we share a creative brain. So basically the idea is that one of us will make something and the other will hit back with something inspired by, but different than, that particular piece. I think we've been playing for a long time now already, but for real, its started! And this is her first piece! There is no time frame - so It might be a week or two before I come up with mine - but I'm excited for a new fun challenge!
So I made some new rings in wax - added the diamond to hers and put them in the kiln! After waiting a several anxious hours, they were ready to cast - I melted down her rings and cast them. Then I had to wait another hour to let them cool - quenching too soon can shock a diamond and cause it to crack. Everything came out perfect!! I added a patina which gives gold such a lovely earthy tone. Who knew I'd be a gold and diamonds type of gal?!
I had actually done an experimental one with a smaller diamond a week ago, but when i tried photographing it... the lighting was all off. I'll have to rephotograph it and do a post on it too. A much smaller diamond, but super cute. I really like the contrast of using gold, giving it a rough and organic texture and pairing it with something sparkley, like a diamond.
I also got a couple of sapphires I am wanting to try - I think they will look gorgeous in silver or gold. So many things I want to try and so little time! I am off to get to work!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
This spider had a eucalyptus leaf fall in its web. I was wondering what it was doing with the leaf as it almost looked like it was trying to eat it - then a min or so later I looked back and the leaf was gone! Not eating, just removing it from its web. I find spiders to be extremely interesting. If you do too, you can see more on my flickr.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
I made a set a while back - but then I kept them and have been wearing them! So I finally go around to making some more to actually sell. I love them. They are so simple and much nicer than using an old pencil. I'm hoping to make it a regular item in my shop as I think every gal with longer hair needs a set!
I had a bit of difficulty trying to get a photograph of them in my hair - its not every day you try to get a picture of the back of your head, in focus and in the sun. This one didn't turn out too bad though!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
These lovelies are gone for now, but will hopefully be making some more similar ones soon - once my silver gets here! I've used the last of my 16 wire....
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Congrats to Sara, Gaby, Clare and Norsola!! What a gorgeous collection!