Thursday, October 18, 2007

Bloodstone - Toodles series

Ah, bloodstone! Treasured friends wanted a piece for a sister, who collects bloodstone. The muse delivered...

Birthstone giftie for my baby sister

Headed for my sister in Nashville! Gorgeous faceted opalite beads, a few bali silver beads and caps, wrapped in miles of sterling silver wire, add a hammered heart for the clasp, providing a place for the lovely opal to hang.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

whoowhoo, I'm on ebay! - Toodles series

Here's your chance to pick up a piece (or 3) of my art from the comfort of your own home. Dear friends have listed 3 of my pieces on ebay.
Search ebay for seller tuttomurano (Note - the ebay listings have expired, so sorry you missed them)

Be sure to check out their other offerings, oooo such deliciously gorgeous glass!

First, Rutile Splendor, more pictures in my entry for Oct 3, and on ebay -

Toodles series - Green agate woven bezel, more pictures in my entry for September 21, 2006, shot before oxidizing, and on ebay, but those don't seem to show the lovely apple green, or is it my monitor that's wrong?
Toodles series - A vintage turquoise cabochon, raw copper wire, which I can oxidize if desired, with a triple strand leather and non-tarnish copper necklace. More pictures on ebay.

The Toodles Weave tutorial in PDF form -

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Turquoise curlies - Toodles series - Sold

One more vintage turquoise cab, lovingly captured in copper wire. Copper is such a natural mate for turquoise given that they come from the same bit of earth.
The turquoise piece is 30x40mm, the entire piece is 1 5/8" wide and 2 1/4" tall. Carefully oxidized to control the tarnish. A simple wipe with any soft cloth will make it shine in moments.
The bail is, again, a large hook, making it a simple matter to switch between heavy chain or a leather cord necklace, short today and long tomorrow. Ahhhh, versatility!

Own the Toodles Weave tutorial in PDF form -
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Or Here -

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Rutile Splendor

The muse has spoken. This rectangular quartz cabochon is loaded with delicate rutile hairs. I've been holding it in my special stash for a very long time, waiting for the perfect companions. Finally, it has all come together.

Lovely 8mm faceted quartz beads, many of which are loaded with rutile, or green moss, or red/orange ??? Bali silver spacers and bead caps, with 20 gauge sterling silver inside the beads to make the links, 22g SS for the herringbone wrap on the single beads, meticulously wrapped into place. 18 gauge for the wave links, hammered for strength and interest. The bail on the focal rectangle is a hook, for easy removal to wear it alone on a chain or leather.

Jewelry for generations, pass it down to your children's children's children. No worries! No solder, no glue, just skill with wire and pliers.