Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Beautiful Blue Treasury!

An Alberta Street Teammate of mine let me know last night that I'm in her new Treasury! :D

Thanks, Cindy!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Rings with Bling.

As soon as I was comfortable hammering pure sterling rings, I wanted to add more to some of my designs. I have SO many beads that I'm in love with, and I know that they'll make fabulous rings, but I needed to work out a few techniques for how exactly to attach them to a sterling base.

I'm really pleased with what I've come up with so far, and glancing around Etsy, I haven't seen any others like them. :)

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Amethyst and Peridot.

Tiger's Eye.

Faceted Amethyst.


I have ordered MANY more fabulous stones which I hope will arrive soon so that I can make more of these rings. I'm really excited about the ideas that I have bubbling around in my head. :D

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Branching out! Ring making- here I come. :)

I can't remember what made me think of it, but it recently occurred to me that if I got myself a steel ring mandrel, I could make hammered sterling rings. I already had on hand a few feet of 16 gauge sterling wire that I had purchased before I understood that 20 gauge was what I needed to make earrings like these Musical Notes. So I went online and found a good deal on a steel ring mandrel that came with a small nylon hammer. I was so happy when it arrived. :D

I started by making myself a ring. I needed to practice and learn anyway, and it's nice to have the very first of something when you're branching out into a new technique. :)

I made a second ring in the same style, which turned out really well, and I have that one listed in my shop now.

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Perfect for everyday wear- I have mine on right now. :)

This little beauty has gotten a lot of attention.

And I love the sparkle in this one from the dimples of the hammer in the sterling.

This one was a challenge, but I'm very pleased with how it turned out. :)

I'm having a lot of fun making rings, and am very happy to see that they're getting a good amount of views and even some hearts. :)

I have two more in the works, and hope to list them soon!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Etsy Finds - cindylouwho2

Cindy from cindylouwho2 is a member of my Alberta Street Team, and has been really helpful lately with a project that I've needed a bit of assistance on. :) So I thought I'd take a moment to share her beautiful jewelry creations with a wider audience!

We share a love of abalone, so this is one of my favourite pieces of hers.

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These earrings are Cindy's bestseller. :)

And this bracelet is just plain gorgeous!

If you enjoyed this post, check out my other Etsy Finds by clicking the "etsy finds" tag just below this text. :)