February 15, 2012
February 13, 2012
Below is proof I've been getting something done in the studio! This is a preview of necklaces I will be listing this week in my Etsy shop. From upper left, they are: rearing wild pony pendant on brown leather cord, small plumeria flower charm (like the ones on earrings above) with pearl, stylized trotting Arabian horse on rolo chain, romance necklace with light green Swarovski crystals, OOAK hammered cross on black leather, and trotting horse on black leather. I'm especially excited to offer the cross, it was created entirely from scratch by hand (no template) and sat here partly done for a long time, I finally got it finished up. I may create a template to make similar ones in the future. I'm also glad to get the trotting horse (full image, not just head/neck) back in stock, as they all sold out during the Christmas season.
And, here's what I spent a good part of last Friday doing... stamping my jewelry boxes. About 150 of them. I was running low, and once I got started, I decided to just stamp every single one I have in stock. When you're on a roll, why stop?!
|boxes ready to fill!|
February 3, 2012
|heart necklace, black Spinel beads|
Yesterday I finished the piece shown. It features one of my woodgrain hearts that I textured by hand, strung with black Spinel beads. Black Spinel has always intrigued me and I finally got to work with some. Spinel is a natural stone that comes in many colors, a color similar to ruby probably being the most known. In fact, many so-called rubies, including the Black Prince's Ruby and the Timur Ruby of the British Crown Jewels, are actually Spinel. Until recent times, they were easily confused. I love the look of black Spinel. It is opaque jet black, and when faceted, it has an awesome sparkle. Some Spinel on the market is luster-coated for extra sheen, but I prefer the natural beauty which is quite amazing. It was fun to combine these sparkly hand-cut beads with the textured heart pendant, I think the result has a bit of glam and a bit of edgy style to it.