The Eyes Of Horus - Herringbone Weave Silver Earrings  

Monday, April 26, 2010

Rather crappy shots but I like this pair of earrings. Reminds me strongly of the eyes of Horus. Mixed in a couple of techniques, of course my favorite herringbone weave and used one of Eni's chandelier tutorials for attaching the smoke quartz briolettes. Sterling silver corrugated beads surround the goldstone eyes in the middle.
I might have to retake the pictures in a better lighting.

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Drops Of Sunshine - Yellow jade agate sterling silver necklace  

Saturday, April 24, 2010

I've been working on this necklace the whole week, a bit every evening after work. Today I finished the chain, clasp, tumbled it for about 2 hours for extra spark and durability and took pictures of it.

The stone is a gorgeous yellow jade briolette that matches beautifully the small yellow agate beads. Wrapped in several gauges of sterling silver wire, the chain is approximately 45 cm.
It wears perfectly with a summer dress on a tanned decollete.
To purchase, visit this link at my Dawanda shop.

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Quick Silver Earrings  

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I made these two pairs of silver earrings during the last few evenings after work. They were fun and easy to make. The orange pair uses two lampwork beads that I bought from a UK lampworker two years ago and never got to do anything with them. The second pair uses two crystal quartz briolettes and two pink jade beads that have truly a beautiful color. Hope you like them :)

Sweet candy

Princess Charlotte

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Amethyst Delights Pendant  

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Here is my first wire wrapping since I've started making jewelry again. The pictures are taken with my new camera (mentioned in my previous post) and while I still find darn difficult to capture sterling silver, I hope these do show the wrapping details.

The piece is inspired by Nancy Wickman's free earrings tutorial.

The stone is a gorgeous quality amethyst which really sparkles under the light. The entire pendant with bail is just a bit over 4cm (close to 2") and I've used 1mm, 0.4mm and 0.25 mm silver wire for wrapping. I hope you all like it.

A few more pictures below, including a close-up of the wire work. Loving my new camera and my new Magnilamp that allowed me to do the wrapping without serious flaws :)
Click on the images for more details.

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Got myself a new camera  

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Today was a big money spending day. End of the month is my birthday so I told hubby I wanted a new Canon Powershot SX20IS. We bought it today and let me tell you, it is an absolute beauty and truly powerful. My previous camera was a Canon Powershot G5, but this one is like a Mercedes next to a Volkswagen. It was quite expensive as around here the prices are at least twice as much as in the US, but finally I have it in my hands. And I had to try it out right away, of course. Still loads of settings I have to explore, but the macro feature - which is the most important feature in a camera for jewelry photography - is amazing. Did I mention I'm in love with this camera?

The first guinea pig for this camera was a pendant I made the other day - which is for the scrap pile as there are loads of mistakes in it - but was perfect to see how well the macro works (and how visible the mistakes are....).
I added a second tiny pic at the top to see just how small the pendant really is and how well I could zoom it with the Canon. The whole piece with the bail is around 1.2" (~3cm) so it's really tiny in my hands. And now off to the scrap pile it goes...

Also got myself a Magnilamp from Amazon and as luck would have it, it arrived today. I'll work on a second pendant under this magnifier, which also has a small lamp, just perfect to get a good focused light under my work. I know there are many other more expensive ones out there, but for now this will do. My eyes are no longer what they used to be when it comes to wire wrapping and I really need something to see what I'm doing.
Seriously, if you don't have one of these or some other magnifier which also has a lamp, you don't know how much you could improve your work by truly seeing every single detail of your wrapping. I'm working on a new version of the same pendant but now I clearly see the wire and where it goes over the base and I can see the difference.

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Gorgeous free wire wrapping earrings tutorial  

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Even though it's an older tutorial, I only saw this today and I couldn't believe it's FREE! It's absolutely gorgeous and my fingers are simply itching to try it out.

If you want to check it out, it's a very long jpg picture that you can enlarge onscreen. Click here to visit Aniolek's Deviant art page where the tutorial is waiting for more visitors!

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Mihaflower - Pearl Flower Pendant  

Monday, April 5, 2010

I made this piece during the Easter holidays. It' s a practice piece based on a tutorial by Gailavira that I purchased the other day. It's my first attempt at this particular weave and while I'm not especially impressed with my work (lots of flaws that I see), I'll give myself a bit of leeway as I haven't really attempted anything serious in over a year.

However I really enjoyed doing this pendant and I'll make it again which will be much more improved. I've ordered a magnifier lamp from Ebay as my eyes are definitely not what they've used to be when it comes to fine work, so I'll be able to see those little mistakes and correct them right away before the actual piece takes form and shape.

In the meantime this is dedicated to my friend Mihaela who was here recently in Cyprus, and gave me 4 pearls, of which I used one in this piece . Hence the mihaflower :)

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Tiger Eye Earrings  

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Well I lied in my previous post and I made this pair of tiger eye earrings yesterday. Very basic pair, little wrapping, just to get me started again since I haven't wrapped in almost a year at all!. I might not do as much as I used to before right off the bat, but I want to get back in the swing of wire wrapping things, as this is my main passion. Internet marketing is my business. There is no reason I can't do both :)

I bought the tiger eye stones at Etsy about two years ago and just now I got a chance to use them. They are absolutely gorgeous and flawless and they have a nice size at 18x13 mm.

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