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My One and Only


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My One and Only….

I really could not have enjoyed making a piece more. This necklace has everything I love ~ a huge crazy lace agate stone, a huge piece of sterling silver to capture the stone, and a handmade and hammered heavy link chain. The pictures are a joke. I can’t capture it’s weight in the pictures. I bet it weighs a pound… ha ha ha ha!!!!! Am I insane? It looks amazing worn short like a choker.

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My One and Only Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/184653993/crazy-lace-agate-stone-sterling-silver?

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These beautiful blue Caribbean Ocean colored Chrysocolla stones are to brighten your day! Simple and sweet colorful necklaces. Links: https://www.etsy.com/listing/184647262/chrysocolla-stone-sterling-silver?  and https://www.etsy.com/listing/184655109/chrysocolla-stone-sterling-silver?ref=listing-shop-header-4

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Blue Flame Azurite and Sapphire: https://www.etsy.com/listing/184656529/azurite-stone-sapphire-sterling-silver?ref=listing-shop-header-2

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Crazy Lace Agate Earrings.. Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/184657155/sterling-silver-agate-stone-earring?ref=listing-shop-header-1

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 This is a Roni sized necklace…. Hi Roni!!! It’s rough and rustic with little moving details and citrine gemstone accents. https://www.etsy.com/listing/184646280/stone-sterling-silver-necklace-one-of-a?

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Sara’s Ring: Made this ring as a custom order last week. It is a 8×6 oval diamond, white gold engagement ring with two other wedding bands. The thicker wedding band is cut out to fit the oval diamond locking it in place. The other white band is for Sara to go to work as she is a veterinarian. She wanted the engagement ring to be a brushed matte finish and look like she just dug it out of the ground. The other two rings are polished. It is hard to make a 1 carat diamond look rugged. She is wearing it now! Thanks Sara & Ben for such a great custom piece. Wedding is this summer ~ Best Wishes to them both!!!!

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Need a heavy headpin? I made three hundred of these this week, jeez… someone out there is busy wire wrapping something???? Thanks for the great order from my supply shop. These work great on focal pendant beads and large hole beads, like handmade glass beads of Tammy Raes: http://www.glassbytammyrae.etsy.com .  I have these available in any gauge you need but 20 and 18 gauge work the best.

Super Sized Sterling Headpins Handmade: https://www.etsy.com/listing/184652519/sterling-silver-large-headpin-20-gauge?

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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 ~


Class Wrap Up & New Things

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I am still amazed from class. The rings above are examples of what I did in class. You could say, ‘No big deal,’ pretty standard issue jewelry…but… The princess cut ~ hardest stone to set without breaking a corner off. I did it in less than a half an hour without sweating it and made perfect little places for the corners and the pavilion. The round setting… hmmm… never use a setting bur! What! Never use a setting bur, never. It’s a set up for failure and complications. I did not use one. It went perfectly in less than 15 minutes. The channel setting: less than 25 minutes: unreal for me and it’s solid as a rock, every stone. Thanks Gerry.

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This is practice I have left to do. The top ring I am holding is a ‘flush’ or ‘gypsy’ set ring. I did the first two stones with caution. I went and talked to my instructor, Gerry. Perfect. Not going anywhere. I could not believe it. I actually can’t wait to set the rest of them. It was such a pleasure. How can I tell you how to do it? I can’t. You have to see him. It’s a second by second decision of troubleshooting before you get into trouble and remove too much metal and make a mistake. Big thing is stop using your burs. They are deceiving you. I thought when I went into this class I would be taking exact measurements with a digital calipers. NEVER USED THEM ONE TIME! NEVER MEASURED ANYTHING NOT EVEN ONCE. Could not believe it. The settings left over are a cluster setting: bottom right… I have done those before and they are pretty easy. The other settings are heavy bezel settings and they are easier than the gypsy setting but pretty similar in technique. I just worked on what I knew was a challenge for me and these others I know I can do easily ~ Especially now.

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Very crude picture of Gerry’s Guiness Book of World Record Poker Chip. I got to hold it! It is a replica in plated sterling silver. He does not travel with the real thing. 17, one carat diamonds travel around the outside rim of the poker chip. The 8 is circled by pink diamonds. 22 K Pink Gold and valued at $450,000. It was fun to hold the replica. He is actually going to fill the space in by the #7 and #8 with pave set diamonds as well… must be nice to be a casino! Wow.

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Made this today. It was fun. Made another zillion things today. Freezing outside. What else is there to do? Necklace reminds me of Summer! Where did it go?

Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/169175178/turquoise-sterling-silver-stone-necklace?

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How come it took me so long to put this feather sideways! I like it even better this way.

Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/169189679/sterling-feather-necklace-handmade?

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This was fun as well and little crazier. The chain attachment that you can barely see in this picture is interesting. Never seen it before myself but I am sure it exists as there are no original ideas, especially in jewelry making. The chain is attached with double pieces of tubing on a sliding piece of silver.

Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/169175806/turquoise-sterling-silver-stone-necklace?

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This is my good friend Lissa from Silver Waves Jewelry. We are out at a local Mexican Restaurant called El Sarpe. She sang beautifully in Spanish with the waitress…. What a fun night after class – many of the class students came and Gerry our instructor as well. Some of my own family members showed up too, kids and all. We had a huge table. Great food as always.

I have 50 more pictures to show you including the making of a hollow cube. I will save it until next time. See you soon in Depere Nov. 30th at East Depere High School.


All New Angel Wings

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These are the new angels’ wings I have been working on since Christmas time. It’s been a labor of love and worth it. The post earrings are my own new favorite! Here is a link to them: https://www.etsy.com/listing/127645293/sterling-angel-wing-post-earrings  The largest wings are completely flat on the back. I left room so I could customize sayings to the back of this wing. The other wings have detail on both sides. So it does not matter which way they ‘face.’ Here are the wings ‘in use.’ I had fun today! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Hinged Bracelet Finished

DSC_0812This is a custom order I have been working on for a while. I really had fun making it and trouble shooting how I was going to make an easy, functioning clasp. It is also for a man which changes thing as well ~ you can’t make a girlie looking clasp. This clasp works great. It slides in effortlessly. The arched wrapped circle piece on the pin moves like a hinge and it snaps over the tiny little ball at the end of the pin…see it? It’s little…. The pin has a slight curve to it that is almost not noticeable. To get the pin out you flick that wrapped circle upwards off the tiny ball and it opens right up. I love the look of it especially for a guy.

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This is the bracelet with the clasp closed.

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This is the bracelet fully open. I hope he likes it.


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