Archive for the ‘Jewelry’ Category

My Piece of the Day, 2/19/14

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014


Here is my piece of the day, Cinnamon Spice earrings.


My Piece of the Day, 2/18/14

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014


Here is my piece of the day, Signs of Spring.


I’m Grounded, Hurumph!

Sunday, February 9th, 2014


The ankle is still swollen and a bit painful when I make certain moves. I was supposed to go to the Tucson Gem and Mineral show with the hubby and a friend today, but because it swelled up like a puff pastry last night after walking a little bit on it, I decided the better part of valor was to stay home. I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow for it. Hubby has been texting me and checking in, and seeing if I want any of the things he’s finding. It sounds like fabulous finds are one after the other. I’m so lucky he’s my eyes on this trip, and is allowing me to stay home and be gimpy. I have such a good hubby!

Pics to come of the loot he brings home.


My Piece of the Day, 1/27/14

Monday, January 27th, 2014


My piece of the day. Valentine’s Diamond.


Three New Commission Pieces

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Hi there,

These are two commission pieces I wrapped this week that will not be going on Etsy.

The first is a blue Nigerian gemstone for a friend’s grandmother.


The second is a purple and copper stone I wrapped for a friend who helped my hubby.


Here’s another commission I wrapped a couple months back. It’s a piece of amber my friend, Jana polished for her mother.




Pocket Watch Chains

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Hi there,

Well, I’ve been at it again, making “Man Bling” (as my hubby calls it) pocket watch chains. Some I’ve made for sale, and some for my very lucky hubby to wear. The chains I have seen are just plain Jane chain, and you know how I feel about “plain”, especially when it’s one of the only pieces of “bling” a gentleman can show off with and still be considered manly.

I have made these with SteamPunk in mind, but I’m sure they could be used for gentlemen who go to Jane Austen Balls (fancy dances), straight up Victorian garb accents, or even just to wear around the house (hey, it could happen).

The first three chains are for my hubby to wear. The first is a half length chain, and it’s the silver chain I made for him that I had in an earlier post, except now I have added a fob made out of a hand made glass bead by a friend of mine. She does beautiful work! (She is listed on Etsy as: DesertDreamer)

Hubby's Half Silver Chain with Fob

The second chain for him is a double length chain, and goes into both pockets. I added a fob to one end, the pocket watch goes onto the other. It is that brassy double chain (what a pain to work with!) to which I added sections of strung glass and gold colored beads.

Hubby's Double Brassy Chain with Beads

The third chain for him is a double length chain, and goes into both pockets. I added a fob to one end, the pocket watch goes onto the other. It is the silver chain, to which I added sections of strung charcoal pearls, cut gray cat’s eye stone, garnet, and silver colored findings. I think this one is just stunning!

Hubby's Long Silver Chain

The next chains are ones I made for sale, and can be found on my Etsy shop, unless they have been sold. They are all the half chains and go into one pocket only. The chains are bronze or brassy colored, the findings are brassy colored, and the beads are glass, pearls, and metal.

PWC Blue and Bronze

PWC Amber and Green

PWC Bkacl and White

PWC Black and Red

PWC Artist's Favorite

The chain directly above is my favorite. There’s just something about it that makes me happy I made it. Not that the others don’t, but this one I think is special. I really like the look of it, and how the colors play off each other. Let’s fact it… I think it’s cool.

PWC in Silver and Bleu

PWC Silver with Black and Teal Beads

PWC Blue and Purple

I certainly hope you enjoy them as much as I do.


New Beaded Creations

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Hi there,

Back on January 10th, I made some beaded jewelry items. Some are for family, and I couldn’t post them until they had received them and were happy with them.

My cousin Pam, had ordered a chatelaine so she could hang her sewing scissors (the little brass/silver ones) around her neck so they would be handy when she needed them. I made it out of green, aqua, midnight blue glass beads, white pearls, and silver findings. The large silver clasp is for the scissors, so they can be easily removed for some hard to reach thread removal. The necklace part is about 22 inches long, and the drop beaded clasp section is about 4 inches long, including the clasp.

Pam's Chatelaine

My Mom wears her eye glasses on chains around her neck. Not like the ghost of Marlowe in a Christmas Carrol, but like a little old lady, which she freely admits she is. I made her two eye glasses chains. One is a bit fancy with dark blue and dark yellow ocher pearls, light blue glass beads, and silver findings. it is approximately 22 inches long including the tabs that slip over the ends of the glasses.

Mom's Fancy Glasses Chain

The other is a plain Jane silver chain with alphabet beads that spell out her name in the center. I figure if she goes to enough quilting shin-digs, and they all have glasses with chains, she’ll definitely know which one is hers. This one is a little longer than the first.

Mom's Plain Jane Glasses Chain

I also made a pocket watch chain out of a short piece of the brassy chain I had bought for my hubby’s pocket watch chains. I cut it in three places and inserted lengthen-ers, blue glass and brassy beads, with a brassy I-bar at one end to go through the button hole, and a silver (I didn’t have any brassy ones) clasp at the other end to hold the pocket watch. It’s about 15 inches long. This picture has a white background because I couldn’t see the blue beads on the black background.

Pocket Watch Chain Blue and Brass

I also made four little pendants out of some leftover beads.





After I had made these, scanned, and posted them, it was about time to go make dinner. So that’s it for today’s post.


Wire Wrapping Post-Op

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Hi there,

As most of you know, I had tendinitis surgery late last year, and have been wire wrapping one or two pieces per day since I felt up to it. (Note: If you get tendinitis, LET IT HEAL! You do not want to have the surgery unless it’s already too late. Then, after it heals, it’s wonderful.) Anyhow, I have a fair amount of porcelain pendants I made that looked a little plain, so I set out to wire wrap them. Most are SCA related, and a few are stuff I can wear or sell for everyday. (The available items are on my Etsy shop. The link to it is just to the right of this text. –>) You’ve already seen my trilobite pendant from last week. Well, this is going to be a short post today with a lot of pictures.

Here they are.

Available Santa Monica Beach Rock 1

Fall Leaves

Small Rose

Sydney's Pendant

My Pendant

Available Pendant

Available Round Pendant

Available Swirl Pendant

Available Spiral Pendant

Available Pelican Laurel

Available Pelican Chivalry

Available Laurel 1

Available Laurel 2

Available Small Pelican

Available Tiny Laurel 1

Available Tiny Pelican 1


Wire Wrapped Trilobite, Yep, You Heard It!

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Hi there,

Yep, you heard it correctly, I wire wrapped a trilobite! For those who are not fossil junkies, Wikipedia lists a trilobite as: (ˈtraɪləbaɪt/, /ˈtrɪləbaɪt/; meaning “three lobes”) are a well-known fossil group of extinct marine arthropods that form the class Trilobita. The first appearance of trilobites in the fossil record defines the base of the Atdabanian stage of the Early Cambrian period (526 million years ago), and they flourished throughout the lower Paleozoic era before beginning a drawn-out decline to extinction when, during the Devonian, almost all trilobite orders, with the sole exception of Proetida, died out. Trilobites finally disappeared in the mass extinction at the end of the Permian about 250 million years ago. The trilobites were among the most successful of all early animals, roaming the oceans for over 270 million years.


I happen to really like these little things. I think they are totally cool! I even made up a little song for them, sung to “Catch a Shooting Star”. It goes: Catch a trilobite and put it in your pocket, never, never let it go. (Ya, it’s cheesy.)

A couple years ago, my hubby and I stopped in Quartzite, AZ on the way out to CA to visit friends, and he bought me a nice little one still in it’s rocky tomb. I asked a friend’s 7 year old son what we should name it, and he replied, “Fernando.” So, Fernando is not small or flat enough to wire wrap, he sits in my curio cabinet next to an antique vase from my mother-in-law… but I digress.

Last weekend, my hubby took me to a local little gem and mineral show at one of the local community colleges. It was perfect! One of the first pieces I picked up was a flat little trilobite. I must say, I was really excited about wire wrapping it, and it was the first of my little treasures from the show that I had to wrap. I actually wrapped it when we got home.

This is a wonderful little piece because it not only shows the top of the trilobite, but also the bottom. The trilobite itself is about 1 1/4 inches long by just under an inch wide. With the wire wrapping (in sterling silver), it’s just shy of 2 inches long by 1 inch wide. I chose to make the ends of the wire wrapping flat above the trilobite’s head so they resemble little antenna or feelers.

Here are the scans of the top and bottom of the piece.

Trilobite Top

Trilobite Bottom

I am really going to enjoy wearing this way cool fossil. My hubby already has plans for me to get a couple more so I can wrap them and put them up on my Etsy shop. I want to see how popular they are, take it for a test drive, before I put them out there.

At the gem & mineral show, I also go ammonites (fossilized spiral shells), another kind of little sea bug fossil that I don’t remember the name of, a fossilized sand dollar, a little fossilized fish, and some really lovely stone cabochons to wire wrap. Look for those coming up in future posts.


Pocket Watch Chain in Black and Red

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

This is a handcrafted, hand beaded pocket watch chain, designed by artist Susan Holt. It features cut black glass beads with smooth red iridescent colored glass accent beads, bronze colored chain, with brass colored findings. All links are double jump ringed for strength. The total length of this chain is approximately 14 inches. It goes from the button hole to one pocket only. My husband calls pocket watch chains "Man Bling", when he got a pocket watch for a gift, I immediately set out to make the chains as fabulous as I possibly could.

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