Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Red Jasper woven pendant and necklace

Ta da! Completed! I rarely make necklaces but this pendant said I needed to rectify that deficiency. So, out came the tarnish free copper and the red jasper beads. The rectangles are just a bit over 1/2" long and the faceted buttons are 4x6mm. How's that for mixing my measurements? The necklace is just under 22" long, with the clasp hooking in the front. I am not satisfied with the clasp, pondering something different....

Update - I did change the front clasp and magically, a new home came along and this beauty left my care and keeping for a new jewelry box. Enjoy, my dear!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Red Jasper Pendant

Just a little weaving, as I practice and test designs for a wonderful rutile quartz piece which is waiting for the muse to speak. This one is a nice little tumbled red jasper, wrapped in copper, of course. A 16g wire goes once around the stone and forms the base of the bale, which is woven with 24g. Two 18g wires snuggle on either side of the 16g and perform the entertainment. 1-5/8 inches tall and 1 inch at the widest point.

Pale Turquoise Cab in Copper - Model for the SBSWJ tut - Toodles series

Still playing with weaving! An old turquoise cab, very pale, and 24g copper carefully woven over and around 18g. The pendant measures 1 3/4 inches tall and 7/8 inch wide. Much smaller than Princess Leia!

Feb 07 - Update! This is the picture that led to the tutorial article for Step by Step Wire Jewelry, to be published, hopefully, in the Summer edition. Hang onto your shorts, cool your jets, subscribe now to make sure you get it...
Meanwhile, there are some cool tutorials there, for other projects, to occupy your waiting time. *grin*

The Toodles Weave tutorial in PDF form is available online -

My little store, I'll email the PDF to you as soon as Paypal sends notice of payment -

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Princess Leia Goes to the Beach - Toodles series

Winning entry in a wire work challenge. What a thrill! Miles of copper wire, a vintage turquoise cabochon, a raw ruby, a tiny quartz point from Arkansas. As I was photographing the piece, the top spiral screamed *Princess Leia*, and the theme of the challenge was summer vacation, so... with all that gorgeous blue and all those crashing waves... viola! She named herself.

From this piece, the Toodles Series was born...

The Toodles Weave tutorial in PDF form -

This shot is before oxidation. What a dramatic difference!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Green agate woven bezel - Toodles series

Experimenting with weaving. A large green agate and a few miles of copper wire turned into a rather interesting pendant. Will I ever learn to see where it's going before it gets there? Prolly not! My wire takes me along for the ride, and won't let me steer.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Lovely Quartz Herkimer Diamond Earrings

Herkimers Caged and Linked
Four sparkly Herkimer Diamonds, quartz crystal at it's best. Each naturally faceted specimen is caged in sterling wire, two are suspended on delicate chain for maximum movement. Yes, one is slightly longer than the other, natural herks are all different sizes, but when they are swinging on either side of your lovely smile, no one will guess - keep the secret.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Tourmaline Delight Earrings

Okay OKok, here's the Tourmaline Delight. Truly, the photo does not capture the sparkle in the stones.
Gone to a loving home! But, I have a few more of these beautiful tourmaline beads to be claimed by the muse....

Opal Waves - Earrings

A classic design, a delicious stone. Tiny opal donuts float on sterling waves, while an 8mm boulder opal ball swings between Bali bead caps. I've also done them with emeralds and gorgeous little faceted multi color tourmalines. $45

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Ta Da! First post and ze mind she eez blank! What else is new?