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Lots Going On… Not Sure I Can Even Cover It All…

It’s been a very busy winter so far which is great and always unexpected after Christmas. I have a lot news to share and it’s all over the place on the spectrum of news…. First off my job as a nurse is ending. The doctor I have worked for years is retiring. I am sad to see it end. I will miss him and his other nurse that I job share with. It’s been a great time, a great education and great work. I cannot thank them both enough for their friendship. We have one week left. I could still work as a nurse in the future but for now I will not be taking another position where I currently work. It is a tough thing for me to think about but I can always go back to it if I miss too much. Wish I could keep doing what I am doing now but that is not going to happen.

Ok, lets talk jewelry because I’ve been busy. Below is a necklace I made today. This was a challenge from another friend and metalsmith… to make a piece of jewelry from something you love… something non-jewelry, and incorporate it into the piece. Well, what could I love more than my daughter? This necklace is settings of her teeth and hair… Yeah, a bit creepy but it works and I love it. Her name is stamped on the back of the pendant.

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Got one of my crosses featured on a blog from a 5th Avenue Jeweler! Wow! Thanks! Check out this link. I had no idea who they were until they sent me a quick email letting me know and it’s pretty cool. So, thanks!!!!! This is the link ~ just scroll down past Lennie Kravitz a couple images and you will see my cross: http://karuschains.com/blogs/news/18707751-from-gold-chains-for-men-to-rosary-necklaces-and-everything-in-between-karus-chains-2015-ultimate-guide-to-men-s-neck-jewelry#crosses

Another huge thank you to Halstead Beads. They ordered one of my Sapphire bracelets and are going to have a pic of it in one of their new catalogs and I will be a featured artist. Thanks Halstead!!!! When the catalog comes out I will post some pics.

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This skull I have been working on for about 10 months. It’s solid sterling silver. It’s new addition and I can’t wait to show it off at my next art show…. which is in a couple of weeks. I have always loved skulls and now I can use this one as my leisure as it’s mine and solid sterling silver. I have made a ring and a necklace. Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/222016369/sterling-silver-skull-ring-handmade-wild?ref=shop_home_active_1

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Replace white gold prong on a ring and never removed any of the stones… Go Puk welder Go! I have not had a day yet that I was working in my studio and did not use my welder. It’s been an amazing part of work and repair.

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Made this necklace this week. Gorgeous agate and citrine… completely hand made chain. The stone was so odd… I cannot believe what a pretty piece it made from being such an odd thing… It is really, really pretty and feminine. Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/222897255/sterling-agate-stone-citrine-necklace?ref=shop_home_active_6

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This is a crazy lace agate necklace I recently made as well. The chain style I have never made before. It fits perfectly around the neck. I was not sure it would and I love it. Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/222019043/sterling-silver-necklace-fairburn-hills?ref=shop_home_active_18

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More images… all from this month. Above Ocean Jasper Bracelet that is completely riveted together, no solder. The clasp is laying in the palm of my hand and simply hooks to the loop. Link:https://www.etsy.com/listing/222333313/ocean-jasper-sterling-silver-bracelet?ref=shop_home_active_14

Other pics are of ‘Purple Heart’necklace, a custom order… and a necklace I made that is booth pendant and brooch…

The bridge: I often take pics of that bridge as it is basically in my backyard. It’s a pretty spot during all times of the year. (Maybe not today because it’s 12 below zero.)

The people, well, that is myself and Joan North ~ Hi Joan!!!! We are discussing something in during class at Peninsula School of Art. The catalog is out so take a peek. For my metalsmithing classes it’s best if you can take them consecutively. They should have been listed consecutively and they were not. So if you are just coming on Friday it will be a little tougher to catch up to speed but we will manage. It’s a great place to learn so take any classes there you can.

Couple weeks to Artigras show in Green Bay… March 7 & 8th at Shopko Hall next to Lambeau Field. It will be nice to do a show. It’s a get out of hibernation show… and maybe I will get to see KT 🙂 Still miss ya Kate. I have even more to share but I don’t have confirmed news on it yet..so it has to wait. Roni I hope you have shoveled out your house… East coast is getting the winter we had last year. I feel for ya! It looks awful. I will keep posting new things being made for the show. Check out new pics daily on instagram. #wildprairiesilver

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One Week To Go….

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One week to go before it gets too late to be shipping anything for Christmas… (If I don’t make any sense, sorry. I am a little tired. I will rest in a week.) I have been shipping all over the world and it gets a little scary because someone’s gift usually arrives 8 weeks late…. really, that has happened (but only one time and it was far far away.) As soon as we decided to give up on it ~ it arrived. Christmas time is so busy my shop looks like a war zone. I have an extra table set up just for each project and it’s current stage… with lots and lots of notes. I usually make people write me some kinda note with all of their info on it and that somehow gives me a visual of them and what they want.

This ring was one of the Christmas projects. It was a 5mm diamond ring that was a customers great grandmothers. I used the 18k gold from the ring and diamond to create this ring…. I did not have a single piece of scrap left from the original ring…it’s all in here. I melted the gold down, milled it out and cut out the sun shape. The rest of the gold is the stars… Ring band and moon are sterling silver. Sterling band is oxidized. This is probably the prettiest ring I have ever made and it went to a great lady.

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This is just beginning… no done yet and probably won’t get done in time for Christmas but maybe?

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This stone is a favorite of mine. It is Vista Jasper. It has really pretty light blue, green and burnt orange colors all watercolored together. Accent stones are trillion cut london blue topaz and tourmaline. 18K Gold and Sterling Silver. With the exception of wedding rings this will probably be most expensive piece in materials I have ever made.

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What the heck is this? A black tourmaline trapped in a crystal… It’s great. I have another similar stone shown in the next picture but it is just not as refined as this stone. You cannot go surfing in this necklace though…it’s a needs a careful owner. Maggie ~ I know you are out there  and No, You Cannot Go Surfing In Your Jewelry.. I will find you at the beach and repair your jewelry for you.

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Another captured crystal necklace. I put an amethyst setting on top of it with the PUK welder… all stones in place. It’s amazing to be doing that from my stand point.

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Kyanite Necklaces… Made for Stocking Stuffers….a great little gift… Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/214949951/kyanite-stone-necklace-sterling-silver?ref=shop_home_active_6

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Last but not least a Rhodocrosite Ring… I did not list this on Etsy yet but will in a bit. It has a hammered adjustable band able to fit size 7-10

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Thank you to everyone for your continued business. I really appreciate it and love it. I will post a Merry Christmas post, but for now, off to bed. Gotta rest up.

If you would like to visit my online shop please visit: https://www.etsy.com/shop/joykruse?ref=listing-shop-header-item-count


Labradorite…..

 

 

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Labradorite, Sterling Silver, & 18K Gold… Labradorite or Spectoralite…. color shifting stone…

Very pretty and timeless piece… Had a lot of peaceful time this week just to sit make things. You don’t always get that every week. Sometime busy work just interferes with being creative and being creative is what it’s all about…

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Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/185629512/labradorite-stone-sterling-silver-18k?

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This is a Garnet stone necklace that is huge that I have had for about a year. I have never gotten a good picture of it and when I sent it out to be photographed the pro’s pic wasn’t any better than mine….hmmm.. the pics I have now are the best I have ever had. It is one of my favorite pieces of jewelry I have ever made. Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/153032490/garnet-in-the-rough-stone-sterling?

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This is an Azurite… The necklace is huge…. It is also at The Flying Pig Gallery as of yesterday which opened for weekends until sometime in May when they will be open daily. I love the multi-leather cord I made for it. It really works with the piece. If you are interested in this piece just contact me or The Flying Pig we will get it to you. Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/185765257/azurite-specimen-stone-necklace-sterling?

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This Chyrsocolla is at The Flying Pig as well but it was fun design…

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Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/185754194/chrysocolla-stone-sterling-silver?

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Another Labradorite… The stone was so big I just could not get myself to add any details to distract from it. So, here it is on a thick hammered plate of sterling silver — simple but bold. I just finished this today so it’s here… link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/185993642/labradorite-stone-sterling-silver?ref=listing-shop-header-0

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Heidi! Are you out there???? These are my crazy lace agates. The top two crazy laces are gone already…. I used them in pendants…but you wanted to know what I had on hand and here it is…. take a look.

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I have been considering purchasing a TIG welder for jewelry purposes… Researched it to death over the last couple of days. Thank you to the other artists who have chimed in to help with my decision on what to purchase. I have not made up my mind yet. There are two brands: PUK and Orion. Right now they seem to be neck and neck in what they can do for a jeweler. Still don’t know yet. It’s a huge investment. I could have used it several times this week on delicate repairs. Much to think about. I might even look into some artist grants??? Not sure where that will go but it’s worth a try. I’m off to the movies to enjoy the rest of this rainy Saturday.


Great Stones! Great Fun!

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This is a repair job… The earring with the green stone and garnet (garnet is almost black in the picture) was purchased by a customer of mine in Poland by an artist. She lost the other earring. I told the customer I had a very similar sized Mexican Fire Opal and could possible make her an earring that would NOT match but be a great alternative to not wearing her sentimental earring. Here is the repair…. The earring with the yellow stone I made to ‘not match’ her other earring. I hope she loves them and how different they are. You would be surprised to know that people often never notice if you are wearing two different earrings. Your face is just enough space for their brain to not pick up the difference. This being said most customers are very picky about their earrings being perfect matches while they examine them before they purchase them. I always grin to myself because slight difference will never be noticed… you can get away with wearing an entirely different pair all together.

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White Topaz Engagement Ring: https://www.etsy.com/listing/180070791/engagement-ring-sterling-silver-white?

This I have listed as an alternative engagement ring. It can be any kind of ring however and I will probably make it with some other stones including a diamond. I love the ring. It’s comfortable, durable and looks like a classic on the hand.

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This is an usual setting. It’s a rose cut white topaz and is set in a domed setting. I would really like to thank Gerry Lewy for coming to Green Bay for his diamond setting class. I have grown leaps and bounds in my ability to set stones because of him. Thank you Gerry!

Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/180276002/engagement-ring-sterling-silver-white?ref=listing-shop-header-0

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Lake Michigan ‘In All Of Her Glory” inspired necklace… Crazy Lace Agate and Iolite Rosecut Gemstones. Lake Michigan looks like a dangerous, icy ocean right now. We are experiencing the coldest winter here in 35 years and some of the Great Lakes you can walk out on to for miles. This does not happen very often so take advantage of the ice caves they won’t be back maybe in my lifetime. Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/180275264/sterling-silver-crazy-lace-agate?ref=listing-shop-header-1

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This is a bubble chalcedony stone. It’s a very feminine coral pink which is a favorite color of mine. It’s small enough for Roni…. but probably not her style. (Love ya Roni!!!! Small enough for Roni is going to be my new baseline for stones of this size.) I could not resist the interesting texture of this stone. Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/180164000/chalcedony-specimen-stone-sterling?ref=listing-shop-header-3

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Last but not least is this Landscape Jasper…. doesn’t it look like the desert… It is so perfect. I was going to mess with it in an elaborate setting and I just could not do it. The stone is really all there is. I couldn’t make it any better than it is by itself. Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/180274620/sterling-silver-landscape-jasper?ref=listing-shop-header-2

I had two friends that went to Tucson and purchased stones for me. Thank you. What a Godsend. You have no idea how badly I would like to go there and I will get there someday. Thank you though to my friends that shopped for me! Awesome stuff that I will post next time.

I have a show in about two weeks. I am looking forward to it. Green Bay’s Artigras at Shopko Hall, March 8, 9th. It’s a nice break in the winter to get out and see friendly faces. Stop in if you can and say hi.


Upcoming Diamond Setting Class Info

FinalGemstone Flyer     Please open this PDF to view Diamond Setting Class to be offered by Gerry Lewy Master Diamond Setter. It will be held in Green Bay WI at NWTC (Northeast Wisconsin Technical College) on Nov 8, 9, 10th. The class is half full right now. So, please sign up soon if you are planning on attending. There is a home Packer game that weekend so hotel rooms will be a challenge. I cannot wait to take this class. I am sure I won’t get the opportunity ever again to learn such specifically detailed skills so if you are considering it….do it.

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Coral Fossil Stone Necklace

I just made this for tomorrows show. It’s a really interesting, organic piece. I did not have a vision for this coral fossil but it just came together as my hands worked. I had no plan.

Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/165511480/coral-fossil-specimen-stone-sterling

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“Heart On My Sleeve”

Amazing Crazy Lace Agate and Carnelian Stone…

Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/165509632/heart-crazy-lace-agate-sterling-silver?ref=listing-shop-header-1

See you in Door County Tomorrow just North of Ephraim! Fine Line Gallery.


On Fire Necklace

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Made this today…nice to get back to work after eating everything in site for a week. Back to the norm and it is good. It is 2013 and I have a pile of receipts/tax papers here for anyone who wants to enter them into the computer, eeekkkkkk!!!!!!!!! The paper stack is only about 6 inches tall.

I have lots to share though and will be doing so in the upcoming month. It’s time to make make make jewelry – get pics done and enter into shows – and get new marketing products made and make make make jewelry, I said that already.

I am going to go exercise off my Christmas cookies now. Looking forward to some awesome tools I just bought but they did not come to the door today. I will share them with you when they come!

New Durston Dapping Set

New Forming Block with the grooves and matching pieces to each groove

New Fretz Stake Set – big score!!! can’t wait to use that! With my Fretz hammers

New Chasing Set – the pitch, bowl, and Complete set of Chasing tools…. been wanting to do that forever and started doing it with a screwdriver and a sandbag: but that is pretty limited Chasing.

Have a great night! Happy New Year!!!! Saying Hello to 2013!!!


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