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.