Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I made some of these rings a few years ago and I've been wearing the last one almost daily for about three years until someone bought it off my finger in Brighton. I missed it and had to make myself a replacement as well as some to sell. The basis of this ring is a tutorial from Kingfisher Designs. I used three 18 gauge round wires instead of the two 20 gauge square wires in the tutorial, as well as using a bigger stone. I also changed the weaving to the pattern used in Iza Malczyk's cross tutorial. I love these rings because they're big and bold but also comfortable to wear. But now I can't decide whether to oxidize them all or not. Opinions?
Sunday, August 22, 2010
At the age of 10 1/2 my little Wizard has decided he likes tomatoes. Every time I go out to water the patio garden, he has to pick himself a tomato. I can't just give him one. He checks out the plants, decides which one he wants, and picks it of the vine. It has to be ripe and it has to be bigger than he can eat.
This blingy titanium druzy is from Magpie Gemstones. The first loopy row and base of this setting is a cool technique I picked up from www.riqzmiecreation.com. She does offer a free tutorial for it if you email her for a password but I was able to create a version of it by looking at the pictures.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I found a source for some really nice labradorite-my favorite stone-at the G&LW Show last month. I set this one in a Viking knit bezel accented with some coils of tiny wire. I had it for two days. I made it on Thursday and it sold on Saturday. :D
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
I bought this bouquet plume agate cabochon from Stones That Rock at www.cabochon.ws along with several others equally as gorgeous. I didn't want to use the traditional cab wrap or anything that would detract from the stone so I tried my hand at a woven bezel. When I started I had no real plan as to how I was going to secure the stone in the bezel from the back. I though about netting it in but I was able to figure out a way to use the two back bail wires that looks good and seems to be secure.
I had some requests to see the back of this so here it is. As you can see I ran a little short of wire or I would have made larger spirals on the back. But that's what happens when you don't have a plan. :D
Sunday, August 1, 2010
This is another flower motif necklace. I don't use crystals much but I thought this needed a shot of color and sparkle. It's a fairly large pendant-1 1/2" wide and over 4" long-so I put it on a 30" chain.