Saturday, December 13, 2014

Copper Bangles - Winner of the Giveaway

So, I went to Random.Org this morning, and the winner of the set of  these 3 copper bangles...


I am particularly happy that her number was chosen as Lori is the Queen of the Bead Soup Blog Party Hop, and one of the most talented jewelry designers!  She is one of - if not the first - blogs that I stumbled upon and started following "way back when".  She is a kind and generous soul, and I am so pleased to gift these to her!

Lori, these bracelets are wrapped up and in today's postal run!

Thank you to everyone for the wonderful comments -  I truly appreciate each and every one!  Thanks for stopping by today!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Giveaway Time!

I have much to be grateful for this health, my mother's health, my family's health, roof over my head, new babies in the family, etc.  I am very grateful that I am able to create jewelry, sell it, and donate the proceeds to Miracle Horse Rescue.  

I have stated in the past that I am technologically challenged...product of my age, I suppose (that is my excuse and I am holding to it!).  I post LOTS of links to my jewelry on Facebook.  Well, come January, Facebook will be policing postings from non-business pages and will "disallow" this type of "free advertising".  Not that I blame them...they are a business...but, I am starting over again with social media. So, I finally jumped on the bandwagon and started a Business Page.  I would love it if you "liked" that page ( link here) so you can continue follow my journey!

I had a hard time figuring out what to make for this giveaway, but I finally decided upon my favorite metal-related accessory - the bangle (spinner ring's are right up, there, too, but they require more sizing).  

So - here is a set of 3 solid copper bangles.

One bangle is made from 14 gauge solid copper, to which I added a solid sterling silver nugget bead.  The other two bangles are a hefty 10 gauge:  one has two twists, and the other has been heavily faceted with my hammer.  After soldering and forging, the bangles were given a bath in liver of sulfur, buffed, tumbled for hours for strength and incredible shine, and coated with museum wax to protect the patina.

The bangles measure approximately 2 5/8" in diameter (8" circumference).

How to Enter

If you'd like to be entered to win this set of bangles, here's how!

NOTE:  I will use Random.Org to select the winner - I will count up all the comments, and Random.Org selects the winning number - that's why it is important to leave a separate comment on this blog post for each entry below)

1)  Enter a comment on this blog post (counts as one entry)
2)  Share a link to this blog post on  Facebook (counts as one entry - you must come back and leave a separate comment on this blog post after sharing for this entry to count)
3) "Like" my Business Facebook page (link here)  - (Counts as one entry - must come back and leave a separate comment on this blog post after Liking my page for this entry to count.  If you already "Like" my business page, leave a separate comment).
4)  Pin an item from my Etsy Shop (link here) to your Pinterest Board (counts as one entry - you must come back and leave a separate comment on this blog post for this entry to count).

I will choose a winner sometime on Saturday (December 13th).

Please make sure I am able to contact you if you are the winner (i.e, your email is "turned on" in blogger)!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!!



Friday, December 5, 2014

My latest and greatest...tool!

I hate to admit it, but I am a collector - artisan beads, spools of wire (yes...I buy copper and red brass in very large spools 'cause it is cheaper!) and tools.  I can spend just as many hours scouring online websites drooling over tools that I do on artisan sites staring at beads.

After years of fumbling my way around this jewelry making hobby (it's not really a hobby, but it is not really a full time business for me, either), I feel like I have finally found my direction.  I love to look at jewelry that is strung on bead wire - but I absolutely cannot stand using crimp beads.  At one point, I wanted to learn to make lampwork beads - and I am still on the fence about trying Precious Metal Clay.  My "fear" is that I won't be able to carve out enough time, once the beads are made, to create the jewelry.  

So, I dabble in metal - and I get so much satisfaction with each piece I finish.... a toggle, a focal,  charms, bezel set cabochons, etc.  So, with the metal, comes the desire for texture.

While I have acquired quite a few tools to achieve the desired texture - nails, metal screen, any metal object for that matter - hammers remain my favorite vehicle.  I have been blessed to have acquired a few Fretz Hammers.  I bought my first one at Rio Grande and it was instant LOVE.  I am short - 5'0", and with my lack of height comes small hands.  The weight and length of the Fretz is perfect for my hands.  I have acquired a few more Fretz Hammers from Fusion Beads - they frequently have 30% off sales and free shipping, and that is when I buy them.  They are expensive, but as the saying goes "worth it"!  To be honest, I quit smoking almost 5 years ago - any time I purchase something that I don't really need but I really want, I just tell myself, "well, a carton of cigarettes is $50 - so go for it)!"

Here is my latest Fretz Hammer - it's called the Raw Silk Hammer (here is a link).  

I drooled a lot when I finally received this, and have been happily banging away.  By the way - while I use the term "banging away" liberally in my posts, it is not necessary to have a heavy hand when using the hammer.  In fact, a lighter touch, for me anyway, allows me to achieve the desired texture.

I made a few  rings - the first one is a plain wide band - I just wanted the texture to shine.

I even soldered some gold - first time for me - for the satellite ring in this Spinner Ring.  

Then I made some earrings.  I did not oxidize the silver on these earrings, just 'cause I liked how it looked. 

But the copper looks fantastic with oxidation.  I used 20 gauge sheet for both sets of earrings.  The little metal charms are small, so not heavy, and they take the texture quite well.

I even textured the back plate on this tiger eye cab, prior to soldering (those gorgeous ceramic beads, by the way, are from Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio).

And, I have been practicing with my saw - I still have a long way to go, but baby steps!  I think the free-handed heart turned out well, considering I did it!  LOL!

Thanksgiving was perfect at my house - lots of family, lots of dogs, lots of food, lots of recovery time needed afterward! :)  For now, it is countdown to Christmas!  This year, my niece's twins will be 16 months old and I look forward to seeing their faces - especially at this time of year!

By the way, I am working on a giveaway for my next post - so much to be thankful for these days ... I want to share!  So, stay tuned...

Thank you so much for stopping by today - have a wonderful weekend!!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving...and a Sale!

I have been so swamped lately, that I have neglected my little blog space here!  I had a very successful show last week (thank you to everyone)!  A very nice donation was sent to Miracle Horse Rescue, and that made the horses so thankful!

Upon my return, Mom and I got to spend 5 wonderful days (daytime only!) babysitting this little guy!

This image was STOLEN right off of my niece's Facebook page, because if you have ever read my blog, my abilities to take adequate pictures of anything but jewelry is non-existent!  Gavin looks so sharp in his jeans and pink shirt!  He is just so freaking cute! :)

I have spent all day today, with the aide of my sister (thanks Lori!) prepping for Turkey Day tomorrow.  So, I will be totally useless come Black Friday.  I have set up my Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday sale to take effect at 5:00 PM EST tonight (November 26th). 

Where ever you decide to shop this Holiday Season, please consider buying handmade.  Your purchases go such a long way in supporting those who maintain a Small Business!

Lastly, for those who are experiencing NASTY Winter weather way too early in the season, I bid you safe travels!  And most of all...


Peace to all this Thanksgiving!

Thanks for stopping by!!