New Book Bling Pendants, Trees and Projects

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Wow, I’ve been awfully quiet over here. Seems I’ve not made any posts for over a week now. You’d think I wasn’t making anything. But… that’s totally not it. Actually, I’ve been making lots and lots of things.

Lots.And.Lots!

I’m pretty excited about it all actually. I’ve mentioned (I think) that I was commissioned by an author to make some promo pieces for some upcoming book releases. A book bling project. W00T! 5 whole pieces. And yaaaaay, It’s finally finished. Booooy howdy, I had a blast doing this one. I took a theme and/or element from each of the books and made a pendant for each. What I ended up with was…

Book Bling ~ The Lost Gods Series by Megan Derr

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New Kind of Cabochon Tree: Under the Crystal Moon

I’d heard that there was a ‘Super Moon’ the other night. I was all kinds of anxious to go out and photograph that bad boy. Unfortunately… that didn’t pan out. So, I made one.

I’ve actually been wanting to make one for a long while now, but couldn’t find the right stones. A few weeks ago I finally found some, so thought I’d give it a whirl.

My new cabochon tree, Under the Crystal Moon

Under the Crystal Moon

Perhaps I should have left well enough alone, but…I just couldn’t. It didn’t have any contrast with the sterling silver wire and the crystal stone. It lacked the night time feel I was after. Sooooo, I oxidized it and ended up with…

Under the Crystal Moon- Oxidized

At first I wasn’t sure if I liked it. But…the more I look at it, the more I’m glad I did it. It’s more of what I was going for. Has more character now. Shows off the stone better too.

Under the Crystal Moon – Oxidized

The fairy frost and the rainbow inclusions show better now, although try as I might, I can’t get pics of the rainbows darn it. Stone is pretty, reminds me of clouds passing in front of a full moon…

Crystal Moon

And the oxidization did some odd things I didn’t expect. It’s not just black in the low parts. There are dark blue “shadows” in it.

Interesting.

I like my new tree. I’ve got some other round cabochons to try it with; a burgandy one for a Blood Moon, some black ones, some shimmery black labrodite and some multi-colored jaspers, all of which I think will make wonderful Full Moon Tree pendants.

Off to play with something else.

New adventures in jewel-er-ies. Nothin’ but fun 😀

A night of jewelry: Pendants, Earrings and Tie Chain

I decided to hide away for the night and make shiny. Or… try at least. Some went well, some… not so much. Got a few new pieces finished up thou…

Those are the ones I’m pleased with. Played with pearls and one of my new Ametrine briolettes. I’m so in love with those new crystals.

Most of the night was spent remembering how hard that Half Persian 4 in 1 was. Once I got cruisin on that bracelet, it was easy peasy. I’d forgotten that it took 3 days to get it started right.

Now I remember.

I tried to make another chain of that tonight. A friend of my fell in love with the bracelet and almost ran off with it before I got it shipped out. He asked me to turn it into a tie chain for him so…I ordered smaller rings and thought I’d give it a go. Those just came in and he brought me one of his ties so I thought I’d see how that went.

It’s not done yet, but so far…

That’d be it. I’m not sure I’m in love with it. It looked better in my head. I’m not done with it yet, so maybe it’s too early to tell. Dunno. I may need to see if it’s possible to go smaller with it. Not sure it’s doable thou. Maybe a 3 in 1 would work better. I think a 3 in 1 can be made smaller than a 4 in 1.

*shrugs* hard to say.

I figure worse case, I’ll make this one a bracelet. I loved the other one, but it was too wide for my wrists. This one would be perfect for me.

I kinda like that plan. That is my favorite weave so far and, well, I need a bracelet. 😀

Anyhoo, not a bad haul for an evening. I am pleased.

🙂

A Hot Air Balloon Ride ~ The Pendant

I was asked by a friend of mine to make something to reflect a ride in a hot air balloon. Something that speaks of the feeling of floating above the earth. Something light and airy and bright and adventurous.

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Cherry Blossom: Rose Quartz Tree of Life Brooch

We.have.brooch!

May I present, my first brooch… Cherry Blossom

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A New Chainmaille and a Giveaway Too!

May I just say, I think chainmaille… rocks.

There is so much of it I want to learn. Problem is, it’s vera hard. Vera, vera hard. Vera. For me, that’s what makes it so fun. I try and try and try. Then try again.Then all of a sudden, it just … clicks.

It’s kind of that way with all this jewelry I’ve been learning how to make the last couple of months. A lot of trial and error, much trying, much failing, much trying harder. Then all of a sudden, a big ‘Ah-Ha!” moment. Continue reading

Sterling Silver Lapis Cabochon Tree of Life

Well, yesterday’s project of an Aquamarine Tree of Life didn’t quite fully manifest. While looking thru all my stones and trying to organize my new goodies I got a bit side tracked. During my to and fro and spastic episodes of *gasp* Ooooo and Ahhhhh I managed to made a new kind of tree instead. And a necklace. I made a necklace too.

The first one I’ve been thinking about for quite a while now. It’s a Lapis Lazuli cabochon I wrapped in a sterling silver Tree of Life. 🙂

It’s my first sterling cabochon wrap. Man oh man was that a chore. It took most of the afternoon and well into the wee hours of the night but I finally did it.

Mah Lapis Tree…

Sterling Silver Lapis Lazuli Tree of Life Cabochon

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