Tuesday, August 26, 2014


So, my niece Rachel was due to give birth to her first born son on August 12th - he did not arrive until August 19th at 12:04 am, and in my humble opinion, he was worth the wait!  Welcome to the newest member of my family, Gavin Tyler Morris (8 lbs 12 oz and 22 inches long).

I am a terrible photographer - most of my pictures (other than jewelry) are taken with my I-Phone, and they are not publish-worthy!  Gavin is the spitting image of his father and just ADORABLE!  Love at first site!

On Sunday, Gavin met his only cousins-to-date (on Rachel's side of the family, that is), Ollie and Evie.  They were celebrating their 1 year birthday - I cannot believe one year has passed since these little tiny squirts said hello to the world!

Their Aunt Jacki made them their very own Squash Cakes - and it was their first Sugar Rush!  Evie needed no direction whatsoever (she is half Vanderbloemen, of course!).

Ollie had fun playing with the butter cream icing.  My nieces sure make the most beautiful babies!!!

While waiting for Gavin to arrive last week, I finally finished my riveted chain necklace.  This baby is 30 inches long - the picture below is before I added patina.

It is so lightweight and comfortable!  I can definitely see this layered with another necklace, as well.  Not sure what took longer - making each link or buffing off the patina!

I needed another learning experience to keep me busy, so I went to the Cratsy blog again for inspiration (this post in particular)   Ema Kilroy hit another home run with me with this bracelet.

Each "washer" is is different  - different hole size in the middle, different texture applied to each disc.  This feels so good on the wrist and was so much fun to make!  Thanks, Ema!

A month or so ago, I realized it had been some time that I had made some bracelets to donate to the 7000 Bracelets for Hope Campaign.  The bracelets, sponsored by Global Genes, are donated by artisans and given to either patient or parent advocates of those suffering from rare diseases. - a truly worthy cause!  So, I immediately turned to my all time favorite lampwork bead artist - Sue Kennedy to go bead shopping.  Her beads are ALWAYS consistently beautiful - color, size and shape!  All I had to do was say "please make me 10 sets of blue beads" and of course, she delivered!  Aren't these yummy!

I received these last week and have so far completed 5 of the 10 bracelets.  I will post pictures when I am done!

Last - but not least - I FINALLY tackled a project I have wanted to try for eons.  About a year and a half ago, Jo Tinley wrote a tutorial for making hollow beads (in copper) published on the Art Jewelry Elements blog.  I kept this tutorial in the back of my mind for so long, that I actually tried it this morning.  I am happy to say it was successful! 

I thought for sure I would ruin it - but, there I go thinking again!  I have not added patina yet, as I am going to add this as a design element for one of my blue 7000 Bracelets.  Many thanks to Jo for her tips, and for Art Jewelry Elements for sharing!

I sure hope it works when I try this again! :)

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a wonderful rest of the week!!


Sunday, August 17, 2014

So I finally made a chain....

Just a short post today....

I have been going back and forth on how to properly hang this copper pendant.  While I believe it really looks beautiful hung simply on a copper chain, I wanted something different.  So, I made a chain of freshwater pearls.

I am loving the look of the gorgeous white of the pearls against the copper, which I antiqued before I started making the chain.  I think the copper makes this one of the pieces that can be either dressed up or dressed down.  I like it!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Thursday, August 14, 2014


In my quest to continue to expand on my capabilities, I have been using rivets and cold connections in my designs.  I just recently made this bracelet - which I love!

The bracelet features a piece of tubing, flattened, with a triple strand of fine silver wire that I fused at the ends, twisted, flattened and riveted to the focal piece.  I chose 18 gauge fine silver because it is a bit more pliable than sterling silver.  Plus, I wanted the extra bright shiny pop of silver on top to stand out against the antiqued copper in this mixed metal piece.  

Although not a true cuff bracelet in the sense of the word, I shaped the focal to bend gently around the wrist, so it stays "on top" of the wrist, rather than turning around on the wrist.

Now, I have to be honest here - those are purchased rivets - Crafted Findings to be exact (purchased here) - which I love. But, last year, I actually made my first wire rivet, with the aid of an e-course from Kerry Bogert.  I have attempted to make wire rivets the "right" way since, and failed each time.  But, with the unexpected additional tips I picked up from Tracy Stanley's video, Make Metal Jewelry with Tubing, I decided to try again. (Yes - I love this video!)

So armed with 14 and 16 gauge wire, I have started on this chain.

Personally, I am finding it easier and easier with the repetitiveness of making each link.

It's still in its crude form and needs a bit of sanding (and definitely some liver of sulfur and a buff and tumble), but I see some potential here!

Have you been challenged to try something new lately?  If so, please share!

Thanks for stopping by - until next time!



Monday, August 11, 2014


The winner of this copper pendant:


Stephanie McGinley!

Stephanie, please send me your mailing address via email  (pattivan@verizon.net) and I will send this right out to you!

Thank you to everyone!


Friday, August 8, 2014

I have the tubular bug...and a Giveaway!

Copper tubing, that is.  It's no secret that great jewelry can be made from hardware store finds.  Washers, when textured by a hammer and given a bath of liver of sulfur, make wonderful toggle clasps, or even connector beads.  But this time, I am talking about copper tubing.  Mine actually came from Rio Grande, but I have seen it at the local Ace Hardware/Pitkins.

A couple of posts ago, I showed pictures of some bracelets I made from tubing.  Well, Interweave has a wonderful video by Tracy Stanley entitled "Make Metal Jewelry with Tubing".  I needed a creative kick start on Monday, so I ordered and downloaded the video from Interweave on Tuesday.  What a joy!  I obviously watch these videos with the intent of learning a specific project.  But, I usually pick up a tip or two that tends to serve me well.  This was one of those videos!

First up is this cuff style bracelet - adorned with sterling silver rivets, hand stamping, and three sections of wire wrapped beads.  I was excited and impressed with the numerous tips I picked up on riveting.

The bracelet features hand stamped words on either side of the cuff.

It's also a great way to showcase some orphan beads in those wire wrappings.

Next up was making beads with the tubing.  This was so much fun!  I made these earrings, first.

These are small sections of copper tubing - about an inch in length.  Let me tell you - the smaller the section of tubing, the harder it is to form!  But I love a challenge and these are so much fun to make! I wire wrapped these beautiful beads by Jody of Inspire Glass Studio  to the bottom (love her beads SO.MUCH.)!

I was on a roll, so I made various sizes of the beads from the tubing.  I actually wrapped them into one bracelet, but it was a bit on the plain side, for me.  So, I took one of the beads and soldered on a tiny sterling silver ball, and it gave me the little pop of interest that I was looking for.

Instead of connecting all the tube beads into one bracelet, I wrapped some more of Jody's beads  - which totally remind me of a flower garden in full bloom -  and added one smaller copper tube bead near the clasp.  My mother immediately labeled these beads "pillow beads" - which I can totally see.  But actually, they remind of a piece of wrapped candy for some strange reason (food...duh!).  Nonetheless, I just love them and see many possibilities in the future!


Okay...you've lasted this long.  Remember when I showed you a picture of these lovely pendants made from what seems likes miles and miles of copper wire? (Okay, feet plus feet of copper wire).

Well, I have made no less than six of these lovelies (I have LOTS of scraps!)  While lots of time was spent creating these, it is somehow therapeutic!  Anyway, I messaged the lovely designer of these beauties (Mary-Anne Harvey of Rug N'Annie) to tell her how inspiring she is!  I asked her if I could sell these as long as I gave her credit for the design.  She is a kind soul and said "no problem".  I have not listed one yet, BUT, I do have one reserved as a Giveaway!

I have it strung on a simple, black 20" leather neck chain.  (This would also look awesome on a very long chain...just saying!)


If you'd like to be entered to win this pendant, here's how!

1)  Enter a comment on this blog (counts as one entry).
2) Post a link to this blog post on Face Book (counts as one entry - you must come back and leave a separate comment on this blog post for this entry to count)!
3) Pin an item from my Etsy shop 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 in a few days!

Thanks so much for stopping by today - enjoy your weekend!