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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

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Abundance….

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This past weekend I did an art show and there was not very many visitors in attendance…. I was pretty bummed on my way home to have been gone from 5am to 9pm, work hard with little to no reward. I could have been hiking a trail with my kids in the same location instead of manning my art show booth. Well, and then I got to thinking, ‘What a brat!’ I have had a lot of amazingly, surprisingly, unbelievable, successful shows. So, what is this one! that is not!???? They cannot all be stellar. And it was a beautiful day, in a beautiful place… I was with my children and several other really great artists that I actually got to get to know because we all had time on our hands and were free to chat. I got to eat at one of my son and I’s favorite restaurants on the way home, ‘Hot Tamales.’ When I got home I had a stack of orders waiting for me from good customers… So, I put away the loser attitude and chalked up show attendance to a festival in the neighboring town and called it a day. I don’t take a negative attitude too often and I’m not about to start. Then I got to thinking about how blessed I really am ~ great family, lots of great family that would come and get you out of jail no questions asked, great kids, healthy, great hubby, healthy, myself: healthy… I live in a cute, safe, sleepy town and out of my windows and driveway are picture perfect paintings of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. How much more could have have? (Yet, I was whinning.) I have an abundance of love, joy, work, family, friends, dreams and goals. I am so very fortunate….

Here are some people’s emails that made my week to add to my feelings of abundance and that I am truly blessed to work with amazing people and make their vision become something precious that they hold ~ wear ~ and give as a loving gift.

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Tsunami Love Pendant ~Just opened it and I welled up with emotion and almost cried.
It is stunning and beautiful beyond what I can express at the moment!!!
I can not thank you enough for your talent and patience, Joy.
I will forever…Choose Joy!!
Much Love and peace,
Thom

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Custom matching wedding band ~Thank you for creating my perfect (to match my husband’s) engagement ring!  Not sure he shared the story about not having asked me to marry him.  He just, in a matter of fact sort of way in December ’74 said, “I suppose we should get married.”  We got married April 5, 1975 and exchanged simple gold rings.  A couple of years later he gave me a ruby ring (my birthstone) to go with the wedding ring.  Eventually we swapped out the wedding band for a ruby/diamond studded band and finally added a diamond wrap that goes around the ruby.
But, on 9/8/14 he took me for a walk on our favorite country path at dusk, got down on one knee, presented a cute little white box with a black bow and asked me, “If you had it to do all over again, would you marry me?  I’m asking you to marry me.”  I opened the box to find a smaller version of the fantastic ring we bought him this summer.  With tears in my eyes I said, “yes, yes I would.” I’ve been wearing my “engagement” ring ever since.  And it fits perfect!
Thank you.  I love the ring and I love my husband and all he has been for the last 42 years.  Sue~
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Thank you customers. I could not do what I do without you.
Ring shown at the top of the page is another fantastic customer named Jess from Canada. This will be her husbands wedding ring. I have made a custom spinner ring almost weekly for about two years. (Funny because when I made the first one I said, ‘Boy, I am never making one of those again… What a pain.’) I have made them several different ways: probably 8 different ways and I am sure there are more. This is just one way. I am going to try paste solder next time as I have never used that before and I think this might be a good application to try it on. It is an 18K gold spinner with the rest being sterling silver.

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Here’s the materials I used. Everything is 1mm thick/18G. Curved piece is the gold (also 1mm thick) and it’s stamped with a custom saying on it of customers choice. Do any hammering first. You can’t hammer a spinner later. The hammer blows will distort everything. Large wide strip will be the base band- wider the better. You trim the extra off later. Notice that one skinny strip is much longer and one skinny strip is the same as the wide one.

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Measure the band to the appropriate length for the size you prefer. Make one of the skinny bands the same length and solder the skinny band to the wider band (make sure it’s straight and it doesn’t have to be right on the edge) while they are both flat. Use hard solder for every possible step except the very last solder join.

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Make the band that spins (in this case the gold band) 2.75 sizes larger than what the actual ring size is suppose to be. Make the longer skinny band 2 sizes larger than what the actual ring size is suppose to be. Solder all rings together with hard solder.

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Clean all the rings up. File and grind off one end of the ring where the band is soldered on. Check that you don’t have any excess solder anywhere. That is very important so you don’t get the spinner soldered down to the base band of the main ring on accident.

Make sure spinning ring spins freely, for this the bands need to be perfectly round or they will get hung up somewhere. Check the thinner band for a tight, perfect fit. You are just checking things at this point so don’t force it on. You want to be able to remove the gold band.

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Paint any spinning rings with whiteout (sometimes you have multiple spinners). Cover every surface. This will act as a barrier just in case the spinning band wants to solder itself to the main band (like at solder seems).

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Put the last band on the ring and make sure it’s a tight fit. This is where the extra width comes in…Leave a lip of silver hanging out from the wide band. This way you are not trying to get it perfect on a band that is cut to perfect size. You have some space to fit the last band on to the ring and space for solder to flow.

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Soldering this last step is messy because the whiteout is burning off the spinner. Focus your flame on the extra lip of the ring that is hanging over so your solder flows outward not in towards the spinner band. Use a hot flame: get in and get out.

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Make sure the spinner spins…. yippee!!!!!! Spinning freely!!! Saw off the extra lip/edge.

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Saw, Grind, File & Polish

And sent to customer in Canada today 🙂 Happy Wedding Jess….     Link to ring: https://www.etsy.com/listing/205657496/18k-gold-sterling-silver-spinning-band?ref=shop_home_active_1

Moving on…

I have be ramping up for a show in Door Co. Oct 11 &12th. It is the Townline Fine Art Show at the Fineline Gallery in Ephraim WI. It’s busy. I can’t wait! I get to see Lissa Flemming from Silverwaves Jewelry in Bayfield Wisconsin and Tammy Rae, Tammy Rae Glass ~ we are all staying together so I am sure it will be all laughs all the time!!!!!!!! Again hope for good weather. We could freeze in Wisconsin in mid-October.

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Labradorite, sterling and 18K gold necklace

Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/205487582/labradorite-stone-sterling-silver-18k?ref=shop_home_active_10

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Barite and Pearl…

https://www.etsy.com/listing/205488630/barite-pearl-sterling-silver-one-of-a?ref=shop_home_active_9

I hope you enjoyed the making of a spinner, and see you in Door County October 11 &12… It’s the busiest weekend of the year up there so if you are driving just for the day, leave early, start at the top of the peninsula and then make your way back. If you start at the bottom of the peninsula with your tourist travels you never get to the top… too much to see, too many festivals, too much traffic. No one is headed the opposite way… clear sailing… Go to the end and then turn around and enjoy meandering your way home.


Keith and Corrine’s Wedding

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 Had the pleasure of attending a beautiful rustic wedding this weekend. I have known Corrine about 10 years… She had a wedding that was all Wild Prairie Silver style… What a great day! I made her jewelry for her, her husband Keith and her bridesmaids. She has a beautiful diamond engagement ring and I made a white gold comfort fit band to match it. Also Corrine and Keith had sterling bands made with sayings on them. His stating ‘Better Everyday’ on the outside on the inside: ‘Breathe Relax Love.’ Her ring stating Breathe Relax Love on the outside of the band with three little turquoise finishing the wording… Bridesmaids had turquoise earrings and red dresses.

While meeting with Corinne to drop off her jewelry she said that on the morning of her wedding she was going to go and help ‘set up’ at their house. I said, ‘Are you crazy? I’m not doing anything I’ll go and help. You get pretty and worry about your hair and don’t worry about setting up. Well, there was plenty of help, fantastic family and friends of both Keith and Corinne~ and it was a perfect day.

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These are pics of the setting up when we first got there. I had KT come since she is a marketing graduate and now getting her Events Coordinator certificate as well. I thought she might like to see the set up and help with flowers. Corrine grew her own flower supply… It was great to have fresh cut flowers right at your beck and call….

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Getting there… almost ready…. Corrine has a wonderful circle of family and friends all pitching in to get it done.

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It’s hard to see in this photo but the arbor has a ‘Z’ on the top for their new last name. The couple said their vows here in front of these doors.

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What the heck???? These are friends of the groom… They are just practicing with a branding iron that has the couples’ name and wedding date on it. When the couple was done saying their vows they branded a piece of finished wood to hang in their home. This board was just one practice run….

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I thought this was super cute because the cows came to the wedding too. They were curious ~ What’s all the fuss about?’

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Congrats to you both. A perfect day and met several wonderful people. A day to remember for many for years to come.


Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!

Below are pics of custom orders I made though out this season…. Above is a blue spinel, diamond, ruby 18K Gold Ring/Sterling Custom Order

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Roman Glass Ring 14K Gold from clients own melted down jewelry…..

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This piece is Roman Glass as well… 15 diamonds, opal, and garnet from clients own jewelry… I could not have made this piece without my diamond setting class. I would never have tackled it. Set all the stones with out any problems or headaches… thanks again Gerry Lewy.

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Sentimental Choker (necklace top) sent to me via a CustomMade website customer. CustomMade.com is a really neat arts website for custom orders on almost anything. Check it out if you have never heard of it. This customer wanted this necklace re-created in sterling silver. It meant a lot to her and she became allergic to it. The clasp was her own… which I did not have from her.

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This is the necklace completed… handmade chain. Center piece was 10G sterling if you can imagine that! Very heavy.

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Birthstone necklace pretty simple…The A and E charms though were the customers own white gold engagement ring… the first one he bought his wife. It was sitting in her jewelry box as he upgraded her setting 7 years ago. Well I cut it in half, melted it down and made these two white gold charms from his wifes original engagement ring setting: initials of their children’s names. Hope she loves it. The birthstone pendant is husbands own design. What a thoughtful guy!

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‘Get Sagged Trying,’ Surgical Hardware Necklace… this is not done yet… I have to get it to it’s owner for a race on Jan 4th… She obviously had troubles in her last race but is ready to run again wearing this as a reminder. Surgical hardware is fun to work with as it is ‘unwreckable’ I swear! It doesn’t do anything in a torch flame at all. Nothing hurts it. I am assuming it is titanium but I am not sure.

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Well, here’s to next year! Have a wonderful Christmas everyone.


Thanks To You

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Amazing Labradorite Stone…. Sticks and Stones Necklace with hand made ‘sticks’ for a chain.

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Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/171013635/labradorite-sticks-and-stone-sterling?

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Heavy Thick Rings…. Hammered, Carved and Chiseled…

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Saturday Depere Holly Craft Faire at the Depere East High School from 9-3. See you there.

Happy Thanksgiving. Off to walk the Turkey Trot for charity and get a pie at the end!

I hope we are all thankful for all we have. I sure am. The list is endless.

~ Eat lots ~


Trout, Bugs. Aaron Rodgers

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How often do you get to see one of these? He hitched a ride on my daughter’s leg while bike riding. A Praying Mantis…cool eyes, weird.

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This is a commissioned piece for Trout Unlimited. Every year I make a piece of jewelry for their fundraiser. This year is a special year for them. The National Convention and Fundraiser is being held here (Green Bay) and it never has been here before. The local chapter is very excited to host the National Meeting and that is how this dog tag has come to be made.

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It’s a very heavy, manly piece of jewelry. I hope it is well received at the Convention.

On a side note: Thank you Aaron Rodgers and Mason Crosby. I will never really get to thank you in a way you actually know about it but thank you. My son’s 7th grade football team had a game in Green Bay this week. These are 12 year old kids, not high school kids and Aaron Rogers as well as Mason Crosby were in the stands watching their game. That really got the kids fired up. They probably will be talking about that until they are 80 years old, whittling in rocking chairs on their front porches. No one approached them which was nice but it sure did not go unnoticed and those kids will never forget it.


Coming To A Close….

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Summer is coming to a close. I just hate to say that but it is. We are heading to school orientation this week and school sports start next week. My largest art show of the year is Aug 23, 24, 25th will be here in just over a week. That also is a last days of summer event. In my shop I have had a zillion things going on. I cleaned my shop which is a miracle in itself. I purchased some great new tools from a jewelry store that is closing. One of the things being  a professional jewelers bench. It is great and it is pretty. Can’t beat that! I will take some pics of my studio make over.

The stone above is the largest stone I have ever set. It’s amazing. I’m speechless holding it. I handmade the chain as well. This was very time consuming. I rolled out wire in a half round form and then made each oval link and soldering them one at a time. The chain is beautiful. It is 24 inches long which makes the pendant hang centered on your torso. It feels centering when you have it on. Gives me goosebumps. Here is the link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/159514815/chrysocolla-specimen-stone-sterling

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The next pictures are of Sarah’s wedding. She is a beautiful young woman I met at Harley Davidson in Green Bay. She is getting married this friday in a barn of all places! It is a ‘wedding’ barn and very picturesque. She wanted some rustic looking hearts for her bridesmaids. These hearts have the bridesmaids parents ring fingerprints on them. All of the bridesmaids parents are still married and I had them get impressions of each of their ring fingers in a putty mold. It is a surprise which is the best part! The stone hanging from the heart is a white topaz. I decided to add that after seeing the earrings which were already purchased. The stone just added a little sparkle to match.

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Amazing Mold Putty: available at craft stores and very easy to use.

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These are rustic wedding bands made for another couple. They are stamped with their favorite saying to one another.

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I have a pile of more to do so I will get to work and I will post a few more times before ArtStreet: Friday Aug 23 5-8 pm, Sat 10-6, Sun 10-5. I am spot #162 right on a corner by the food and music. I am a little scared of that spot. I’m going to be swamped. Here is the info for Artstreet: http://www.mosaicartsinc.org/artstreet/about.php

Here is the map of the grounds… not sure it will work on this blog as it is a pdf. We will give it a try: Artstreet Ma 162

 


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