Thursday, June 29, 2006
A goregous bracelet! Fancy jasper, labadorite, crazy lace agate and botswana agate go together with this beautiful fine silver clasp.
A fun amazonite, labradorite and sterling silver watch. The watch face isn't sterling, it's "silver tone" with a stainless steel back.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Here is a beautiful necklace. I can picture a beautiful bride wearing this on her special day. Although getting married definitely is not the only occasion to wear this lovely piece, I think going to the grocery store would qualify too! lol
Each little pearl is separated with a sterling silver bead, the clasp is sterling silver tube beads going to a sterling reducer finished with a lobster clasp, I am thinking changing it to a toggle clasp though, but I haven't decided yet! What would you prefer? :)I should have taken a picture of the closure, I'll put it on my list of things to do.
**I took a couple more pictures, they were taken indoors on the windowsill so the lighting is different then the first picture. :)
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Thursday, June 15, 2006
For the first time in many months I sat down with the intention of making something just for me! I really liked the shades of the pink and green tourmaline, so I used some 4mm rondells to make these pretty earrings. They are about 2 1/2" long.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Natural turquoise - turquoise that is so hard and beautiful that it is simply mined, cut, polished and set into a piece of jewelry or carved into a fetish or sculpture. Less than 3% of all the turquoise on the market worldwide is natural.
Stabilized turquoise - soft or "chalk" turquoise has been infused with a clear epoxy resin. The resin, under pressure, absorbs into the rock, which permanently hardens the rock and deepens the color. Unlike the collectible natural turquoise which deepens in color over time by gradually absorbing oils from the skin as it is worn, the colors in stabilized turquoise are permanent. Most of the turquoise on the market is stabilized and should not cost as much as natural. Stabilized turquoise can be very beautiful, and is a good buy.
Treated turquoise - soft or "chalk" turquoise that is stabilized as described above, except that the epoxy resin is also dyed. Colors in treated turquoise have a tendency to look artificial. Prices should be much less than natural or stabilized.
Reconstituted turquoise - turquoise "chalk" that is very low grade and has been ground into powder, saturated with epoxy resin, dyed, and compressed into blocks or cakes to be cut into shapes for jewelry making. Prices should be most inexpensive.
Imitation turquoise - there is no turquoise in this category. Either there are stones like howlite (white stone, very porous) dyed to look like turquoise or there is pure plastic (epoxy resin) that has been dyed to look like turquoise. It is a shame that these materials are set in silver and priced as if they had intrinsic value.
Information from - http://www.collectorsguide.com/fa/fa098.shtml
Monday, June 12, 2006
Saturday, June 10, 2006
1 1/2c Salt
6 tsp cream of tartar
5 TBS Oil
3c Cold water
A few drops of food coloring for color
Cook over medium heat for 5-10 minutes, stirring constantly. Once it’s play dough constancy, kneed while it cools to make sure it’s well mixed. It will last for months if kept in an airtight container or bag.
Saturday, June 03, 2006
I just made this necklace tonight. It was a bit of an experiment, I did the wire wrap dangles, but then I added tiny 2mm fluorite beads along the edge of the chain by sewing/weaving it in with 30 gauge sterling wire. I think it turned out pretty neat! I'll wear it for a while to see how well it holds up. :)
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Looking for something extra special? This bracelet is loaded with beautiful freshwater pearls! There is almost one hundred pearls on this bracelet, each one individually wire wrapped onto the sterling silver chain. This is an heirloom piece.
The earrings are done in the same style.