Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Egyptian Ring

This is my first attempted to make the fancy wire wrapped ring. I do not know the name of the technique ,so I thought I might call it the Egyptian Ring because it reminds me of the beatle bug in a way. I used 21 gauge half round half hard Copper wire and a handcrafted Faux Jade cabochon. this ring is a size 7 1/2
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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Army Strong Heart Brooch

Like the army heart pendant. This brooch can make a statement to our soldiers by letting them know that we carry their hearts in support of what they do for our country.  You can find these in my store on 12/10/10  Totally Fab Handmade Jewelry 
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Winter Breeze Brooch

Just in time for Christmas. This beautiful hand crafted copper leaf is embelished with faux white & grey pearls, and red & clear glass sead beads. It measures 3'Lx1 1/2'W This brooch would look terrific with that perfect scarf. I will soon have this Item in my shop Totally Fab Jewelry . I am having a 15% off sale until Christmas.
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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Faux Jade Tribal Brooch

I love the color of Green Jade. After making this little faux jade bead I knew exactly what I was going to make with him" A Brooch'
This piece is a little over 2's in length x 1' wide I love how it turned out.

Jade is the stone of "Wisdom and Prosperity" There are many colors of Jade, but green and white is by far the most popular color. It is thought to be calming of the nervous system. Green jade is thought to bring life and growth, and to assist in one infinding their hearts one true desire. I am sure that it has a lot of mean to a lot of people, but I won't go into all of them.
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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Tribal Leather Cuff


I raided my husband closet, and took his old leather belts. As you can see above the outcome turned out fantastic! When I told him that I cut his belts up, He totally freaked *LOL*. After he seen his present, he wasn't so mad anymore. He said that it was *Way Cool* He named this his lucky fishing cuff. The beads are made out of PC Faux Bone and they are hand carved with Tribal markings. The one that looks like a wagon wheel means "permanant Home" and the one that has the medican mans eye means "Wise and Watchful". I have more of these coming up soon. This is the second one that I made.
I have been brushing up on some old School leather classes from when I was a child. It is funny how things come back to you like that.
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Inlay Tribal Necklace

I love how this one turned out. Faux Bone with Tribal markings. I've added a touch of color as well. I used wooden beads which are connected by hand crafted copper eyelet findings. Again I used the Faux Bone Tutorial From Cindy Lietz to make this piece.
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Faux Bone Tribal Necklace

Finished Faux Bone Tribal Necklace.
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Faux Bone

This is a photo of my Faux Bone. They are clearly not finished yet. I still have some more sanding to do. I am not sure that I pressed the clay enough to make the lines fine enough. When held to the light you can see transparent grains. I showed a couple of people, they said they kind of look like pieces of wood.
But the tubes look like bone. What do you think? If you would like to learn this technique visit Faux Bone Tutorial by Cindy Lietz.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Gods Jeweler's at Work

When I look out into the world I see all Gods artistic creations. I think about how wonderful of an artist he is. Every tree, flower, blade of grass, rocks, and even snow and rain have some form of pattern in them. Everything was made perfect in his eyes. As a child, I would lay in the field behind my house, between the pine trees looking up into the clouds trying to figure out what I could make of them. I would also walk the fields pulling one of those blades of hay and stare at the formation of seeds between each little fuzzy thing. All I can say is beautiful. I thank him for my gift.

I have really learned to respect other jewelry artistans work. When making things myself, I often stop and think "wow" this is alot of work. In the end after that piece is finished, I won't think about what it took for me to make it. I will admire that piece of art, because my hands touched every wire, link, clay, bead, claps, bail, brush and tools to make this beauty. So the next time you admire a piece of jewelry remember some artist out there put that together by hand.
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Friday, October 22, 2010

Autumn Life Necklace

This is my newest piece that I have been working on. As you can tell, I have used the same clay design in the cobachon that I used in my last piece. I made a lot of that pattern. This beautiful piece was made using 20 gauge half round copper wire for the chain links, and 20 bright round copper for  the wire wrapping. I used Faux Glass Pearls: brown and white. I also added some glass beads. The chain is 24in's in length and the pendant hangs 2 1/2 in's.

I am never sure as to how to measure the length of the chain. So I measure from one end of the chain to the other.   Here is a picture to give an idea of how far it hangs down.
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I won an Artisan Challenge with this necklace.  On Artisans/Designers Jewelry website.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Oakleaf Town Center Fall Festival

I have to say for my first showing that it turned out very nice. I want to thank my Mother & Father Inlaw for the tremendous amount of help. I would also thank my Darling husband "Don" that is a big support of my work. With the four of us we had everything thing up in a jiffy, and down in a jiffy. This photo was taken before everything started. The maniger of the town center was super nice. She has already envited me back for other events. I guess I better get busy with all the upcoming holiday,s.

Me :)
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Friday, October 1, 2010

Handcrafted Tuscany Themed Set

A bit of Tuscany added to my collection of fun Jewelry. I would love to go to Italy one day. I was told today that this set remind them of the walls in Olive Gardens Restaunt. I took that as a complament because that is what these pieces are suppost to look like. Below you can see a closer look of the necklace.
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Zebra Pattern Cuffs

I have been practicing making Cuff Bracelets using hammered bezels.  Boy am I feeling it in my hands. All that hammering to get the right shap need for my cuffs.  The cuff to the top was wrapped , and the bottom one was wrapped then made to look like hair of a zebra.   So what do you think?
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Zebra's Gone Wild!

This Necklace is 42 inch's in length. All the beads are handcrafted including the pendant. I used aluminum sheet metal to cut out this fantastic heart out then hammered to my liking. I used polymer clay zebra pattern clay to frame it with. In the center I added a bit of flair with the tiny faux diamonds & glitter, topped with epoxy resin. I used silver plated wire to make the bail. If you look closely, you will see that the ring that the bail is on is has been soldered. Which I am proud of because it was my first time doing so :) I am so happy how this turned out.
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Handcrafted by me Zebra Cuff

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Florida Sea Shell Pendants

My Husband said these are weird and ugly.. Nice support huh.. What do men know? What do you think? keep them? or ditch them? I say Keep them and sell them! Look to the right and vote on my pole.
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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Jaguar Team Spirit Hearts

My two favorite sports are Nascar (#18 Go Kyle Bush) and Football. I live in a Football City ( Jacksonville Jaguars) Even though I wasn't born and raised here in Fl, I do live here, and plan on staying for awhile. So, The right thing to do is show some love for our Cities team. I thought I might try making a few of my Team Spirit Hearts for those Jag Fans out there. I will have some of my Dangle Bracelets made this weekend. Alot of hammering to do with those. :)
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Faux Dichroic Glass Pendants

Here are a few new designs that I am doing. I am very please with my molds that I purchased. This Technique is called : Faux Dichroic Glass

Here is the finished product. I really love how the Bails complement the pendants. At first I was going to just run a leather cord through them, but after seeing what they looked like, I wasn't pleased at all. It made them look cheap. After adding my own touch with my own bails I thing they turned out beautiful.  Posted by Picasa

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Mothers Yellow Roses

My Mother always loved yellow roses, God rest her soul. She has been gone since June,6th,1996. Her Birthday just past, so.... I thought I might do something special. I remember on Mothers Day one year purchasing a yellow rose tree for her so that she would always have them. I thought that I might name this set of flower pendants for her.

 Each petal is hand molded and carefuly put together to resemble a yellow rose. The backing is also handcrafted using a Hammered Bezel, which I added a brown lace cord too.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Glow in the Dark Sea Turtle

My very first Polymer Clay Sea Turtle Pendant. The shell is done using the Glow in the Dark Jellyroll Cane. And the Eyes are Done with Sculpy Glow in the Dark clay. I also used some mica powders to give it some shimmer. I am very please with the way this has turned out.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Handmade Faux Pearl Copper Ring

Here is another ring I made using Faux Pearls, handmade copper head pins and ring. This is a size 8.

Handmade Glass Floral Ring

Not too long ago I learned how to make my own copper wire head pins. After purchasing the tools to melt the wire, I struggled with getting it to melt. Dummy me was not doing it right. After many tries here are the end results Each bead has one of my very own copper head pins.

Friday, September 10, 2010

How to make a Pumpkin

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I wanted to share how to make a pumpkin. I am making these into charms for my Dangle Bangles and smaller ones for Earrings.

Supplies needed:

*You will need three colors of clay I used Premo Brown, Orange, and Green.

* Pasta machine or jar

* Two circle cutters, that way your balls will be the same size.

* An exacto knife.

* A pearcing tool

*  Studio By Sculpy  Antiquing medium ( optional)

* Glaze

Just follow the steps in the pictures above to make your Pumpkin.   Below you will see the earrings that I made.

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Everything is handcrafted even the jumprings.

These are my Dangle Pumpkin Bracelets.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Changing Seasons Pendant

 Up above is a pendant that is incomplete.When designing this pendant I was thinking about all the fall leaves falling off the tree's, now that it is September. My favorite time of the year is the spring and fall. When God desides to put his artist abilities to work.

Finished Piece, added Bail.