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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Custom Mother's Bracelet

I recently received an order for a Custom Mother's Bracelet that I have listed in my Etsy shop, Prized Possessions. The buyer wanted a bracelet with two names, Kasey and Mia. Kasey was born in October and Mia was born in April. After putting together some samples - a single strand bracelet containing both names and a double strand bracelet - taking some photos and sharing with the customer to see which she liked best, she decided on the double strand bracelet. Here is a picture of the finished bracelet that I put in the mail yesterday.

Kasey and Mia mother's bracelet

I had fun putting together some different designs. This customer was extremely easy to work with. She was very clear in requesting what she wanted in the bracelet and very prompt to reply back to me when I asked questions or sent her photos. And she sent me a nice surprise yesterday! She sent me an email sharing "the inspiration for the mother's bracelet" as she put it. She sent me this photo of her two adorable little girls, Kasey and Mia. After working with the names for a bit, it was so much fun to have faces to put with the names. And what a great photo. Any mom with such lovely kids should be very proud to wear their names on a bracelet! Thank you for sharing this photo!

Kasey and Mia

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Another Etsy Treasury

My Bracelet 4 to Honor Marilyn has once again been chosen to appear in an Etsy treasury! I am honored to be included in this pretty Treasury created by Done4YouPages. A portion of the sale price of these items will be donated to fight breast cancer. You can click this link to go to the Treasury...but hurry, it expires 5:17 PM on March 26.

Etsy Treasury...Click to enlarge

Sunday, March 22, 2009

My (Almost Finished) Class Pendant

Yesterday was my last jewelry class. Too bad I had to miss a week! The good news was that the class after ours did not meet so we were not chased out of the studio. The instructor stayed with three of us an extra 45 minutes to do more work on our pieces. She worked with me to do the things I had to get done in the studio so I could have a wearable pendant. Here's how it turned out.
Pendant - side view
Pendant - top view

The cabochon I used is denim lapis. I really like the color. The bezel got soldered down a tad crooked, but I'm hoping that won't be too noticeable. I did my filing on the piece and polished it before I put the stone in the bezel, but I had not filed it enough. The instructor suggested I could continue to sand, then use steel wool, on the piece, to clean up the sides and get the extra solder off at home. It would then have a matte finish rather than polished, but if I get the chance to take another class, I could polish it then. I have a piece of thicker sterling wire to make a necklace for the pendant that I did not begin to deal with in class, but she made some suggestions of how I could finish that at home and have that piece wearable, also.

This class was a lot of fun. I need to find a time to fit in another class because I really enjoyed it, but the one at the community college only meets on Saturday mornings. With my son's baseball season starting up (tomorrow!), I really don't want to sign up for any Saturday classes for a while. I did find out about one other metalworking class that meets during the week. I'll have to see if that one will work out or if I can find any additional classes to take. I definitely want to do another one!

Meanwhile, I'll need to finish up this pendant so I can start wearing it. That will inspire me to keep looking for a class that will fit better into my schedule!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Spring Giveaway Begins

Let the giveaway begin! We've had some pretty spring days already here in the midwest. The bulbs are blooming, the birds are singing, the grass is turning green. And my ski trip is over so I can get out of cold mode now. Tomorrow is my birthday so I decided to give away a gift. And my gift will be something spring-y. My favorite floral beads remind me of spring. The winner of this giveaway will get to choose either a pair of Pink Floral Bell Earrings or Blue Floral Bell Earrings. I love these flower beads. And the ear wires are sterling silver and handmade by me!

Pink Floral Bell Earrings
Blue Floral Bell Earrings

Here are the things you need to know about this giveaway.

1. Contest starts at the time of this post and ends at 6 PM central time on Wednesday April 1st, 2009. The winner will be notified on Wednesday evening. We need to have some fun on April Fool's Day!

2. I like spring and I'm interested in learning what you like about spring. All you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment at the end of this post which tells what you like about spring. What you like to do, where you like to go, what you like about the season...just something that makes you happy in the springtime.

3. Everyone submitting a comment will be entered in a random drawing to be held the evening of April 1, 2009.

4. PLEASE, please, please make sure when you leave your comment you include your email address, the URL of your blog that has your contact information or some way that you can be reached if you are the winner. In both of my previous giveaways, there were people who entered who left no contact information.

5. Once the giveaway is over and a winner has been selected, I want to get the earrings sent off soon. When I contact the winner, I will ask for your mailing address. If I have not received a response from the winner by 6 PM central time Saturday April 4, I will hold another random drawing for a different winner.

Good luck to all who enter! I'm looking forward to hearing all your comments about spring...that will put me in an even springier mood!

Friday, March 20, 2009

New Spring Giveaway Coming Soon

Hello, everyone! It's been a while since my last post. We took a few days to go to Keystone, Colorado, skiing over spring break. It was fun and we went at a good time. The temperature was in the high 30's the first couple days there, then was in the lower 40's. After we left, it was supposed to be in the 50's. It was very sunny and very nice when skiing higher up the mountains, but it got a little on the slushy side later in the afternoons down low.

Breckenridge as seen from the top of the mountain at Keystone

This is a picture of the slopes at Breckenridge taken from the top of the mountain at Keystone.

Well, it's spring, so it's time for a new spring giveaway. Check back over the weekend for details of how to win a pair of earrings. Sunday is my birthday, so I'll be holding my giveaway so that one of my blog readers will get a gift!

I missed my jewelry class last week when we were out of town and tomorrow is my last class. I sure hope I can finish my pendant tomorrow! I'll post an update of my (hopefully) finished product this weekend, also.

Happy spring to all!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Saturday's Jewelry Class

I haven't been too good at new posts lately, but it's time to catch up and report on my Saturday jewelry class. Boy, do I have a great respect for all the jewelry artists who make metal jewelry! It doesn't look like I accomplished much in my 3 hour class. But we do have to share one instructor among all in the class, so we end up spending some time waiting for her time.

Soldered bezelThis is a photo of my soldered bezel. (Click here for earlier post to see what it looked like when I went to class.) I filed it down more in class so it was just the right size and so that the edges came together very straight. We watched the instructor solder another student's bezel. Then when I was ready to have mine soldered, I wanted to try doing it myself. It went better than I expected. It's amazing what a couple very tiny pieces of solder can do! The instructor thought my seam turned out very well. So well that she called everyone else in class over to look at it! It's shown here after I filed the seam and the edges and got it so that the instructor thought I was done with the filing and sanding.

Bezel around cabochonHere's the bezel with my denim lapis cabochon sitting inside it. After the bezel gets soldered to the backing, the bezel will be bent over the stone.

Pattern on bezelThe colors didn't turn out too well in this photo, but here is the pattern for the back of my pendant glued to my silver. The shape outlined in the black marker is what I had done for last week's homework. The instructor had told me to make sure the top of the pendant is plenty long, but I didn't make it long enough. Saturday she pointed out that the silver will not bend as easily as the paper pattern that I had made, so I needed to allow extra length to bend the silver. I had never thought of that. That's why she's the instructor! So I extended my pattern to make it a little longer. I'm going to try to get this cut out, with my new saw that I got Saturday after class, here at home. I'm going to have to miss the next class, so I'll only have one class left. I need to get to class ready to try to finish the whole thing in 3 hours! I sure hope I can get it done!

Pendant drawingsHere is what my pendant is supposed to look like (hopefully!) when it's complete. The top of the silver will bend over and form an opening where it can be put on a chain. I'm very anxious to see how it turns out...and now I will have to wait an extra week to find out! Stay tuned...

Sunday, March 1, 2009

St. Patrick's Day Wreath

It's March, so I decided I could officially hang a St. Patrick's Day wreath. I'm kind of getting into the marabou thing. I had started a wreath a couple weeks ago, but didn't get enough marabou at the time and couldn't finish it.

Today I was at JoAnn's and bought another length of green marabou. I was able to finish my wreath. This wreath is made using an 8-inch styrofoam form. My round Valentine's wreath used a 12-inch form. This wreath took just under 1.5 6-foot lengths of marabou. I found this shiny shamrock, which came on a wire, already on sale a couple weeks ago. So now my wreath is all finished and hanging on my craft room wall.

Here's the finished product.

Green marabou St. Patrick's Day wreath