Thursday, September 15, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
So instead of a piece that would cost about $30 using Sterling Silver, I was able to give her the look she wanted for only $20. I think it looks great and it's thicker and stronger than Sterling Silver and his has a nice high gloss shine to it.
This is a Brag Bracelet I made for my Mother. She has 12 grandchildren. It's difficult to fit all that stuff on one piece of jewelry and not have it weigh a ton, unless you use a really tiny font. Each blank has the name of a grandchild along with the corresponding birthstone bead. This item is done in brass and gold plated base metal materials. It can be done in sterling silver, copper or antique brass as well.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Are there any pet owners out there who would be interested in dog tags for their dogs (or cats or iguanas or whatever kind of pet you have)? Something LIKE this one...it could say whatever you want...*this is not my work*
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
It is made from an aluminum guitar pick stamping blank so it's lightweight but very durable.
A key chain like this costs $12.
Friday, May 20, 2011
It is thick so it won't bend. Keep in mind it is only about the size of a quarter so there is a limit to what can be stamped on it. The font is small, 1/16" but it is legible. It would be similar to this one. *Please note that this is not my work...it is for reference only* A key chain or pendant like this one costs $12.
So I guess what I'm trying to say is, "Thank you teachers out there for all that you do!!"
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Since then I've made another one made from Sterling plated wire and Swarovski crystal beads wrapped around a rhodium plated pewter ring. Each fruit on the tree would represent a family member and can be customized to birthstones or whatever color one wants. The colors shown in the silver piece are from a bead mixture pack called "earth" and I thought it was fitting.
A pendant like this would cost $12. Add a chain for just a few more dollars.
We've all heard the expression " they're like peas in a pod". Why not showcase your little peas with one of my custom wire wrapped peas in a pod pendant? They can be personalized by number and color of peas. They are shown here in a few different shades of green Swarovski crystal pearls.
Whether you have one little pea, 2, 3, 4 or more, you can get a custom piece to show them off.
These pendants start at $8 and go up with each pea added. Add a chain for just a few dollars more.
I just finished another key chain. I like the simplicity of it. Stainless steel can be a bit difficult to work with though because it's so hard and tough. I have to hit the stamps pretty hard in order to make a mark. And if anyone knows me they know I'm a little accident prone. Whacking that hammer that hard that close to my fingers makes me a little nervous. I have slipped a few times and started cursing at the hammer and bench block and then have to quickly hold my tongue as my kids are often in the next room. However all my fingers are still intact after making this piece. A key chain like this costs $10.
Monday, May 9, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
Around the bottom layer of the aluminum disc is states, "from tiny seeds grow mighty trees".
Around the copper disc it states, "teach love inspire".
The embellishments I think speak for themselves.
I think this is a great gift for any educator. It's just a little reminder of why they do what they do. I thank all you teachers out there!
This item costs $12. If were to be done in all sterling silver then it would cost $25.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
The bangle itself is made from 14 gauge sterling silver wire which I formed into a bracelet shape and fashioned a twirly "s" hook on each end so that the bracelet can be fastened when worn.
I also added a round Swarovski round crystal bead in garnet for just a little pop of color since she said her Mom really liked deep red.
I'm happy with the way it turned out. I really enjoy the unique look that the wire wrapping adds to the piece. It's a great technique because you really can't mess it up. There's no template. You just do it how you think it should be done.
This item costs $65.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
The washer style necklaces seem to be my most popular. I like how they have all turned out but I really think this one is super pretty. It has a beautiful sparkle to it that just catches your eye. I also tried a different chain with this piece. It is a faceted ball chain and when the light hits it, BAM-it sure does sparkle. I wish I could capture that in a picture but I'm not a photographer.
This necklace is on an 18" sterling silver faceted ball chain. It is a 26mm washer in sterling silver. The flower charm is a erinite Swarovski crystal drop charm. This item is $28.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
I made my first key chain today. I like the looks of it. It's simple and not frilly. It's definitely a man thing. This piece is made from a stainless steel disc that is 1 1/2 inches in diameter. In addition to stainless steel this piece can be done on aluminum, copper or brass. Using any one of these materials will result in a $10-$15 key chain. It can also be done in sterling silver which would cause the price to increase to $25.
This would be a great gift for Father's Day!
Friday, April 15, 2011
So I received the second washer and began doing the stamping. I was VERY careful NOT to stamp any wrong names...done!!! I started to assemble the Swarovski crystal drops for the birthstones. What's this? I don't have any ruby drops??? What!?! Oh no. I have to contact her...again...and tell her it's going to be another wait all because of my lack of keeping an inventory list ability. Oops!! She said she understood but I would be ticked off if it were me and she may have been really.
But now...IT IS FINISHED!!!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
I'm making a key chain similar to this one:
FYI- a key chain like this one is $10-15. It's not sterling silver so that makes it less expensive. It'll be made from either stainless steel or aluminum with a clip ring attached. I mean really, what man wants to have a dainty, pretty key chain? They want it to be chunky and masculine and hardy...grrgrrr (sorry, my inner Tim Taylor just came out a little bit there).
Father's Day is just a month away!!
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Who says lockets have to lock closed? This is an open locket design using the domed or bowl shaped discs which means the 2 halves sit atop one another but can easily move back and forth. These can also be stamped to your specifications along with your choice of crystal or other embellishment.
A recent customer wanted a special phrase stamped on her necklace. She and her kids always say to each other, "love you to the moon and back" and that's what she wanted stamped, along with your children's names. I think this piece turned out really great. It is stacked with a moon stamp as well as a star stamp. It also has 2 Swarovski crystal drops in Topaz and Ruby.