Copper Washer Earrings

Yep. Copper washers.

I took a trip to the hardware store last week in search of a hammer. I got really tired of losing the head of my hammer whilst whacking. While I was there, I had an idea. Copper washers. I can maybe make stuff out of different size washers.

So I grabbed them and brought them home to play.

I pulled a pair out, whacked the heck out of them, and wrapped them in silver.

I thought they came out kinda cool. The original idea was to wrap the bottom too, and hang a stone from them, but I kinda liked them stoneless too. Figured I could make a stone pair later.

I was going to call them finished, but I’ve been really anxious to try my hand at antiquing. I love antique copper. So, today I took the plunge, and dipped those babies. Not sure I did it totally right, they came out kinda dark. 2 dunks may have been a bit much. I scrubbed and scrubbed them, and.. they are still pretty dark. *shrugs* Still kinda cool though. All rustic looking.

 

 

The pics aren’t really showing the color right. I need better light I think.

No matter. Not to bad for my first try. I think maybe I need to polish them more. I shall be trying again for sure. Antiquing is gonna be fun.

Adventures in jewelry.

W00T!

 

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Cabochons, Crystals and Fossils… OH MY!

New shinnies!!

Not to mention Agate slices, stones, Czech glass, chain, charms, wire and… and…

OHMYOHMYOHMY…SO MUCH NEW SHINY!!!

*pets the shiny*

I’m a tad excited. Ok, I’m a lot excited. So many new things I want to try, to learn, to make. I have about a gazillion ideas all screaming in my head, all wanting to be made at once. Fossil necklaces, how cool would that be! And that Amethyst Crystal slice is screaming to be made into something. A tree wrapped on that Lapis Lazuli cabochon. And, And…

And then there’s my hugeamous desire to make charm bracelets. I always loved those when I was a little girl. My mother had the coolest gold charm bracelet with all these magnificent charms dangling from it. Only my kind of shiny isn’t gold charms, it’s crystals and stones. I want to make crystal and gemstone charm bracelets. Maybe get some kind of ‘build your own bracelet’ thing happening. Ooo! Necklaces too!

I think that would rock.

So.Many.Things. So Vera Vera MANY!

One at a time Freia. One thing at a time.

I need to learn faster. Wrap faster. Make faster. These ideas are starting to scream at me. I keep trying to tell them to be patient, I’ll get to them, but… they aren’t listening. They’re coming so hard, so fast, I’ve had to start carrying around a little notebook I can sketch things out in so I don’t forget. The Amethyst necklace hit me in a dream the other night. I’ve had that jewel for a few weeks now with no clue what to do with it. Now I know EXACTLY what it’s going to look like. The charm bracelets hit me in a dream last night. Mah jewel-er-ies are now invading mah sleep.

Silly jewel-er-ies.

Almost finished with the trees I’m working on, then look out new jewel-er-ies… you’re time is coming. Soon.

Vera vera soon.

Adventures in jewelry. W00T!

A Valentine’s Day Sale & Custom Trees Too!

Yep, I haz them.

I’ve been trying to make enough things to have a Valentine’s Day sale over in my Etsy shop. Being my first Valentine’s Day as a overly excited jewelry grrl, I thought a sale would do it up right.

Weeks of twisting and wrapping and wrapping and twisting and finally, I’m ready. I even have a specia

l coupon code and everything. 😀

How official like of me.

So, here’s the deal.

From now until February 14th, everything in our Etsy shop is 10% off if you use the coupon code VDaySale2012

Unfortunately, it isn’t good over here on the website, simply because I’m lazy and I’d have to redo all the stinkin’ paypal buttons, aaaand… I’ve been fighting WordPress & Paypal all night and I’m about ready to pull my hair out. So, Etsy store sale only.

‘k, moving on…

Sterling Silver & Amethyst Tree of Life Pendant

In other news, I finally have the Tree of Life pendants up and rolling here on the website. I’ve currently got a sterling silver/amethyst one in stock and have put up the info and options on the custom ordering, all of which can be found here.

That’s enough of a break for me. Back to makin’ jewel-er-ies. 😀

Adventures in jewelry. W00T!

The Writer’s Tree of Life

I absolutely love crystals and stones. One of the things I love most, besides the fact that they are just beautiful, is that each crystal or stone has certain metaphysical properties. They’ve been used since… well… forever… to promote healing, impart wisdom, inspire creativity, and on and on and on.

While researching crystals last week, I came across some information on the history and metaphysical properties of a stone called Tourmaline. Tourmaline comes in every color of the rainbow, each color adding it’s own unique property to the overall properties of Tourmaline in general and a lot of these were related to creativity. Turns out that throughout history it’s been renowned as the gem of sensitive poets and creative artists. Shakespeare even had a small collection of tourmaline jewelry to help him overcome writer’s block. It’s believed to inspire creativity and was used extensively as a talisman by artists and writers during the renaissance through the late 1800s.

After watching a writer friend of mine struggle with writer’s block the past several weeks, I got an idea, a bit of an “Ah-HA!” moment if you will. I would make him one of my Tree of Life goodies. A writer’s tree, made with the stones Shakespeare used to wear!

Twas perfect!!!

So I set off in search of Tourmaline. I wanted the green, red, yellow and brown specifically for his tree since they were attributed to the Rejuvenation, activation, and inspiration of creativity.

Green:  Rejuvenates and inspires creativity. Helpful for visualization. Transforms negative to positive energy. Promotes openness and patience. In healing it aids sleep and quiets the mind.

Brown: Promotes creativity. Excellent grounding stone.

Red:  Heals the sacral chakra and increases creativity on all levels. Offers stamina and endurance.

Yellow: Activates creativity. Enhances personal power, opens up the spiritual pathway and benefits intellectual pursuits and business affairs.

Ha! Writer’s block… BE GONE!

With a lot of love, a lot of hand picking stones, a LOT of piecing together and a lot of wrestling with it, out came… the writer’s tree.

Writer’s Tree of Life

I didn’t really figure him for a pendant dude. So his I made bigger. It’s about 3 1/2″ in diameter, the stones are both opaque and crystal chips and when held up to the light it shines various colors. A bit of a sun catcher. I do wish I could have gotten a photo of that, but it’s been so rainy and overcast here that was a no go.

Writer's Tree of Life

The look of the tree changes, depending on the light, front or back lit, light or dark background, etc. I kind of fell in love with it when I finished it. Had a hard time not just keeping it for myself. 😉

Writer's Tree of Life

My Writer’s Tree of Life.  Perhaps I shall make some pendants now. There’s a lot less wrestling with those, the hanging version was a bit of a funky jigsaw puzzle and a game of which stone where. Sometimes I thought it would beat me, but in the end… I won. W00T!

Off to make something else now.

Adventures in jewelry. I am lovin’ it.