Tuesday, December 27, 2011



During this Christmas break I've been doing a little organizing.
I moved things around a bit in my studio so hopefully I'll be a little more efficient. We shall see!
 While organizing I've been picking and choosing and putting together earrings mostly and one bracelet.

Above are some beautiful lime green glass tubes and micro faceted agate in shades of green and purple.
This has always been a favorite color combination so I pulled the purple out by creating violet enamel headpins and used some really pretty matte Czech Glass beads at the top.


These Ryolite ovals have always been a favorite and when I recently received these lovely brown faceted Chalcedony briolettes I knew they were a great match to pull the little bit of rust color out of the Ryolite.


Paisley Copper Rings and Puple Crazy Lace Agate.
Every once in awhile the copper goes purple which is one of my favorite colors.
Perfect for Purple Crazy Lace Agate.

Above are my Ammonite Rectangles with gorgeous blue green Opal briolettes.


How about the earrings above with incredible Lampwork Beads by Outwest paired with some Chrysoprase I have that are virtually all brown. I love this combination.

The Purple beauties above sold when I shared them on Facebook.
Sparkly Glass beads with more beautiful Lampwork from Outwest,
topped with Copper beadcaps.

I'm fairly sure I'll be keeping these Lampwork and Turquoise beauties for myself.
I rarely keep anything I make but I love these and may make an exception.
You may recognize more Lampwork by Outwest, this time with Sleeping Beauty Turquoise in Marquise shape and Acorn bead caps by Vintaj.

And last but not least this lovely bracelet.
 I've seen this style numerous times by other artists and I always loved it.
I put my own twist in by roughly wrapping the copper around the heavy copper base inside,
 rather than making smooth lovely wraps.
 I liked it very much and it was bought once again when I posted it on Facebook.
Large Lampwork beads by TwoSisters, smaller purple spacers by Radiant Mind.


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Copper, Lampwork and Leather Earrings

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These were my Earrings Everyday earrings for tomorrow but
 since that blog is taking a break I thought I'd share them here.

Some of my Copper Components, with strips of leather threaded through some awesome big hole Lampwork beads by Ferrari Originals
who it just so happens is having a 50% off sale at the moment.


Artists Helping Artists

I am not participating with an Auction this time around but I am bidding and I want to be sure and share those who have Auction items available for this Artist in need.

Have fun and bid often!!


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sparrow Salvage Raffle

Sparrow Salvage had suffered a terrible car accident in which she last her mother. She herself is in the hospital recovering. Needless to say, there is no income coming in.  The link below will go to her blog with a link to enter a raffle with proceeds going to help Sparrow:

Please help in any way you can and have the chance to win this amazing necklace.

Thank you!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

I Heart Macro - Cacoon?

I found this...thing today, looks like some sort of cacoon don't you think?
It's cold and rainy here so those are droplets of rain that will probably freeze over night.
I wonder if it's still alive not that it's not sandwiched between the door and the wall,
 not so protected any more.

I recently closed the door of my greenhouse, which is where I often take jewelry photograghs and I noticed this on the outside of the door which for most of the year is propped open.

I'm very curious what it is, anybody know?
It's about the size of a quarter and as you can see it sticks out a fair amount.

for more Macro Madness
Where last week I apparently got the most clicks,
thanks to all you clickers out there!

studio waterstone


Silicone Texture Carving

I've been exploring the idea of making my own textures for some time now,
there are numerous ways to do it and I finally tried carving on to silicone.

I bought some nice silicone sheets (above) recently from CoolTools but before trying those....

 I decided to use some silicone erasers I bought some time ago,
 to get the hang of it before I start using the good ones.
Here's my first attempt (above) then I tried carving on the side (below).

I find it a little difficult to tell if they are any good until I put some clay on it.

Here are a couple of green unfired copper pieces,
I think this pattern I'm going to call Bamboo looks super cool on these feather shapes.

It looks really good on the shield shapes too.

Here are all the pieces I made after they've been fired!


Oh ya, I love the feather with the Bamboo texture!!!!

These long lean ones came from the side of the eraser,
I used the texture to create the shape of them.

The Shield shape is also a really good one of this rustic texture!

I'm looking forward to playing some more with making my own textures.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

New Favorites

These beautiful Feathers are my most recent creations,
 they sold within minutes of listing them so I'm making more,
 I have a number of pair available for
 so you can reserve yours today and they'll be finished and on their way to you next week.

Now some of my favorites you might like too!

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Gorgeous Lentils from MayaHoney

Lampwork Lava Rock Beads from SueBeads

Day of the Comet Ceramic Set by Karen Totten


Monday, December 12, 2011

Winner Virtual Craft Show Earrings

Since I goofed up on the Virtual Craft Show a couple of weeks ago
I thought it was only fair to create another pair of earrings to giveaway to those who commented on my blog to enter as I instructed them to do.

I finally got them made today and picked a winner out of the 68 comments left on my blog
and the winner is.....

Judy Whitfield
I've emailed Judy and her new earrings will be on the way to their new home soon!

Thanks to all who entered!


PS, I'm in the process of shop update with lots of new components
so come take a look in my

Artists Helping Artists Silent Auction Winner

The winner of this little Copper Bowl and an assortment of Copper components is
Jean A Wells
 please take a look at her Etsy Shop
and she's also got a lovely Blog

I'm really looking forward to seeing what she creates with the components and
thanks to Jean and everybody who supported us in helping our friend.


Sunday, December 11, 2011

New Copper tomorrow

I'm really excited to see how these turn out when they are fired.
 Feather shapes with leaf, paisley and urchin textures!

Rounds and Ovals with Embossed Leaf Shapes and several textures including Paisley.

Triangle Flower, so pretty!

Another shot that includes some Peace Signs.
Somebody requested Peac Signs not long ago, I unfortunately can't find the convo.

Another shot of Feathers!

Rounds with 2 new textures, both very pretty and intricate!

Ah, more feathers!!!

A little more clean up and hopefully in the kiln tonight.
Excited to have some new pieces for you!


Saturday, December 10, 2011

I Heart Macro - Inside the Lampwork Bead

Lampwork beads are so fascinating, I recently used these beads in the earrings you see below and there is so much going on throughout the laters I thought they'd be an interesting Macro subject.

Stunning Lampwork beads by Na0s Glass
Finished Earrings availabe HERE

One more day to bid on my 2 Silent Auction Items
Copper Bowl and Components HERE
Beautiful Earrings by Janet of PinkPoppyStudio HERE
Auction Ends tomorrow (12/11/11)

Now on with the Macro, join Lori at Studio Waterstone

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Artists Helping Artists Silent Auction PART 2

This Auction is CLOSED
Thank you!

A wonderful friend of mine, and fellow Pacific Northwesterner
 Janet of Pink Poppy Studio
has graciously given these beautiful earrings to me for Auction.

Let's start the bidding at $20
Leave a comment with the amount you would like to bid.
Click HERE to see my original Auction post for detailed instructions.

These earrings are made with Turquoise Magnesite and some of my Bronze Compnents.

Thank you Janet for generously donating another item to our auction.
and thank you all who bid to make our auctions a success.

You can also find Janet on FaceBook

And please visit all the other participants to this Auction and show them some love!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Artists Helping Artists Silent Auction

This Auction is CLOSED
Thank you!

Several artists in the blog community have decided to band together to help a fellow artist in need.
All participating artists have agreed to keep the identity of the artist-in-need completely confidential and private.

Here is what you'll be bidding on:

I made this little Ammonite Bowl some time ago and I thought this is the perfect time to find a new home for it.

I'll also include a large variety of 10 Copper Components,
including several choices in everybody's favorite
 Ammonite Texture.
I will include 2 pendants and 8 earring pair.

I will start the bidding at $30
International bidders welcome,
 shipping included in winning bid.

Copper Ammonite Bowl
Would you like to be the winning bidder?

Please leave a comment along with your bid.
 If you are the winning bidder, you will receive an invoice after the close of the auction.
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Many people are auctioning items to help out!
 Please visit these the other artists below and place your bid!

Bidding begins December 8th ends December 11th.

Happy bidding!

Check out the other artists participating in this Silent Auction: