Sunday, June 1, 2008
Mushroom Jasper Silver Pendant
I'm quite proud of this piece as it's one that I actually cabbed from a small slab a friend in the US sent me, and then wrapped it as well. It's looking quite cool if you ask me (yeah yeah blowing my own horn here :p )
It's a mushroom jasper (or so I've been told, but from the looks of it, the name really fits) which got quite a nice shine to it while cabbing.
As usual it comes on a sterling silver chain and with free shipping all over the world.
Olive Jasper Silver Pendant
This cute little silver pendant has a gorgeous olive jasper briolette that came yesterday in the post and I couldn't wait to use it in my next piece.
All sterling silver, oxidized for the antique effect, the pendant is 2x4 cm, and it comes on a sterling silver chain. If you need the chain also oxidized, you need to send me an email about it.
As usual, shipping on all my items is free all over the world.
It seems that I've really got the oxidizing bug, even hubby seems to like these new darkened up pieces. The liver of sulphur really brings out the greatness in the silver. No wonder those Victorian, antique pieces are so sought after.
Greek Coffee Silver Earrings
This pair of earrings is special to me for a couple of reasons. It's the first pair that I've oxidized and hear hear, oxidizing suits them as well. Also for this pair I've made the headpins on my own using a torch, and finally wrapping briolettes is no longer an enigma to me and something to be afraid of :)
All sterling silver wrapped with two beautiful milk opal briolettes formed in a Greek style geometrical pattern. 6 cm long including the earwires. Very lightweight and fun the wear.
The color combo reminds me of the Greek coffee, hence the name of the pair.
White Romance Pendant - hand formed, hammered and wrapped sterling silver pendant with a milk opal briolette, freshwater pearls and sterling silver beads.
3x5 cm and it comes on a sterling silver chain.
Dream Pink Necklace - Beautiful cherry quartz briolette pendant, rondelles and many Swarovski crystals make up this stunning necklace in sterling silver. The pendant is wire wrapped with little sterling silver beads accenting it. The pendant is 3x6 cm and the whole necklace is approximately 47 cm long.
Botswana Agate necklace
I bought this gorgeous little Botswana agate cab from Ebay a few months ago, before I even knew that I'll eventually have my own cabbing machine.
While I'm learning to make nice cabs, I use the bought cabs to wrap them. This cab is gorgeous when held up against the light, and I tried to make the bail with the thin line to match the thin bands/lines on the cab.
The pendant is ~ 1.5 x 5 cm, all carefully wrapped in sterling silver. It comes on a sterling silver chain.
My loving heart pendant
It's so good to come back to freeform wire wrapping. I've been doing a lot of cabbing lately, and border wrapping, and I started to miss wire wrapping and wire sculpture.
I was browsing last night Google pictures for some ideas, and came across this art nouveau heart which became my inspiration for my new rubylite heart :)
The pendant is huge, at the widest points 5x5cm and it sits really nice on the neck. It is one of those pieces that really stand out and make a statement.
8mm rubylite semiprecious beads, small sterling silver beads and sterling silver handmade frame and wrapping make up this one of a kind piece. Because I enjoyed so much making this item, I called it My Loving Heart.
If you want a silver chain with the pendant as well, send me an email at marika.charalambous at google.com, or send me a note at the Paypal checkout. It costs only a couple of Euros more.
Sunstone silver necklace
Here is a new pendant I made during the week. The stone is a gorgeous sunstone. I didn't really know what that is, so I had to look it up. I knew of moonstone and goldstone, but sunstone? It seems it's a very nice stone favoured for jewelry making. When you hold it up against the light, it's really nice translucent and shiny. Really cool.
I have incorporated at least three different techniques: border wrapping for attaching the stone, basket weaving (used in rainbow wrapping), and wire sculpture (for the finishing effects).
A whole lot of 1mm and 0.4mm sterling silver went in the piece. The pendant measures at the widest points 6x3 cm.
It comes on a 45 cm silver chain, and as usual, free shipping for this piece, and included there is a piece of silver polish cloth for maintaining your jewelry at top shine.
Amethyst Silver Earrings
I felt like making something light and fun for summer, so I came up with this pair of amethyst earrings, wrapped in sterling silver.
Each amethyst bead is 1cm. The whole length, including the silver earwires ist ~4.5 cm.
I haven't done something easy in eons and I really had fun working on this pair. I'm working lately on more complex pieces which take a lot of time and material, and I simply forgot how fun I used to have creating light and cute pieces like this one.
I went through some older bought tutorials, and as I had this donut lying around, I decided to use Eni's donut wrap tutorial on it. I like the result, it has some nice possibilities and the stone shows quite nicely.
Wrapped in sterling silver, the stone is a beautiful rhodonite donut, 3cm in diameter.
It reminds me strongly of a ship's wheel, so it Sailor's Wheel it is :)
As usual, it comes on a 45 cm silver chain.
Silver wrapped carnelian pendant
I spent almost my whole Saturday wrapping this beautiful carnelian. Once I was underway, the wire just went alone and took the final shape it's in now. I like this one a lot, it's quite elaborate, and as usual in my latest style of wrapping, a lot of silver went into it.
I bought the carnelian tumbled stone in Vienna a few months back when I went for holidays for Easter. I knew it's a carnelian, but until I've started myself with tumbling stones, I didn't know it's an agate type actually. I've learned in the meantimes that while jaspers, for example, are quite opaque, held up against the light, agates are quite translucent at least at the sides. When I took today the photos for this, while I was holding the pendant in my fingers by the chain, it clicked. Hah, I have an agate at hand. Googled, and true enough, carnelian is one of the subcategories of agates. One always learns :)
The whole length including the bail is ~6 cm and 3 at the widest. It comes on a 45 cm silver chain and in a nice gift box.
Hearts on Fire
Handmade fire lampwork bead by an Etsy artist, and the rest is sterling silver in the byzantine chainmail weave with four gorgeous sterling silver hearts. The necklace is about 45 cm. The rings have been one by one hand-coiled, cut with the saw and then tumbled for a few hours in my Lortone tumbler to add strength and extra shine.
Free shipping as usual all over the world.
Cross my heart
The silver cross using square wires, with white jade bead in the middle, measures 5x2.5cm and it comes on a sterling silver chain.
The sterling silver heart measuring at the widest points 3x5cm with rubylite round bead dandling from the bottom.
The heart is courtesy of Eni Oken's wonderful latest tutorial.
Green Agate necklace (variant 2)
I had two identical stones, the first I've used in a pendant about a month ago when I started border wrapping with silver. And here is the new one. I quite like this one. The stone is so shiny if I look better I can see myself in my pajamas behind the tripod :p
Now that's the shine I want to get out of my stones once I'll start tumbling them.
Dichro Wrapped necklace
It's a bit more difficult to wrap a square cab, it was definitely an interesting learning experience.
The pendant measurements : ~4x4 cm + ~1 cm for the wrapped bail.
Pink Jade Pipa necklace
This is my second rendition of the pipa pendant, technique brought to wire by Corra from de Cor's handmades.
Lots and lost of sterling silver beads and a gorgeous pink jade faceted rondelle. The whole pendant is 4x3 cm without the bail. Comes on a sterling silver chain, as shown in some of the pictures.