Thursday, September 29, 2005

A piece for living large


Autumn Garden

I'm going to be absent for a few more days. My son is coming home for a brief visit from Guatemala! He'll be bringing two empty suitcases, an appetite, and I'm betting on some new facial hair :-) Isn't that what young men do when they go off on their own for the first time?

Our time while he's home will be filled with shopping for everything that everyone needs at the orphanage (hence the *empty* suitcases!), taking care of his banking, seeing as many people as possible, and relaxing...he hopes. He won't be able to come home for Christmas this year, so this visit is going to have to last us for awhile.



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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

And now, a name!

Over at the Jewelry Making forum on About.com, my online jewelry buddy Lolly came up with the name that I'm going to use for the piece I just finished: Nomadic Treasure.

I like it!



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Monday, September 26, 2005

Finally!



I finally figured out what I wanted to do in order to turn my completed pendant into a necklace. The strands criss-cross and look much more substantial than a single strap would look. In fact, when it's worn, they nest more closely together and look wonderful! The ultra-suede backing on the pendant helps to distribute the weight of the central fossil.

Ingredient list: orthoceras fossil, turquoise, onyx, sugilite, and vermeil.

Now I just need a name for it!



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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Friday, September 23, 2005

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Remembrance necklaces

Recently I've had a number of inquiries about my one-of-a-kind Remembrance necklaces. Is that because the kids have gone back to school and moms can think a bit more freely?



More examples

Each is made individually out of unique charms and pictures that are meaningful to you. It's a treasure necklace with the appeal of a scrapbook...and no photos need to be harmed in making it for you.



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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Amazing polymer work

I'm back from vacation but not back in the saddle yet, so I thought I'd share some amazing work that my friend Jai does.



Aren't they cool? Jai has an e-booklet that you can download from her website that explains her techniques in making these beauties.




Thursday, September 15, 2005

A short break

With all the activity surrounding our two kids this summer, Mike and I never took a vacation. We've decided to take a short hack-around-the-house break, in which I've promised (maybe) to try to stay away from the computer. Hopefully when we finish, I'll have something decent to show for my time :-)

See you in a few!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Need some inspiration?


Maharajas' Jewels

Katherine Prior's book brings us a look at eye-poppingly beautiful jewelry. It can be ordered from Amazon.


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Sunday, September 11, 2005

A bit of fringe



I don't like really long fringe ~ especially when the cab is as big as this one ~ but I felt it definitely needed something to bring more black and gold into the design.



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Saturday, September 10, 2005

What next?

This thing has turned out to be HUGE!!!


I'm thinking that the next thing is to add onyx fringe to the bottom part, but it's already so big that I'm uncertain. Oh what to do, what to do?



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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

My color obsession


Sea Breeze

I can't seem to tear myself away from using these wonderful sea-greens, blues, and turquoises lately! Maybe it's because summer is fast coming to an end here in New England, and I'm just trying to hold on to that summertime feeling. My non-wearable art has been infused with these very same colors too!



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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

First step


Fossil, sugilite, and turquoise



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Monday, September 05, 2005

Orthoceras Silurian fossil



In the online bead art group that I'm in, this month's challenge is to pick a color scheme that we don't normally work with. Not just colors that are different, but a different way of combining them. I normally work with analogous schemes and am very comfortable with those and with monochrmomatic schemes. To try something different, I've picked a triad this time. Using red-violet sugalite, greenish blue turquoise, and gold, I'm going to build an embroidered necklace around this black (neutral) fossil. The Orthoceras Silurian is a cephalopod fossil. This one is small, and comes from Morocco. I'm glad I waited for just this project to use this piece!



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Friday, September 02, 2005

Back to school

Here are some really cute little necklaces that use African trade beads:







Info on these and other trade bead jewelry can be found here.




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Thursday, September 01, 2005

I never find anything this good when I go digging!

Kids find 1000 year old jewelry

TROMSO, Norway (UPI) -- A simple family garden in Norway will undergo a major excavation after two kids found ancient Viking artifacts while just playing around a tree.

Aftenposten reports two 5-year-olds from Tromso were digging around the tree`s root when they found a large circular pendant and a silver bead.

Since then, archeologists have discovered more artifacts from what they suspect are Viking graves from around the year 900.

Associate Professor Inger Storli of the Tromso Museum said he had never seen anything like it before.

The garden will now be turned into a major archeologist site to search for more artifacts.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International






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