Thursday, July 10, 2014

Earring kick!

What can I say - I'm on an earring kick and, apparently, a blue kick.  I didn't notice until I gathered all my recent creations together that more than half are in blue.  Well - here are my recent creations - enjoy!

Aqua Venetian glass and sterling silver earrings     Lava and hand forged argentium sterling silver earrings
AAA blue chalcedony, AAA pearls and argentium sterling silver earrings Aqua and teal artisan lampwork, sea glass rings and sterling silver earrings
Golden pyrite and sterling silver earrings
I'll try to make something besides earrings in my next creative frenzy!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

It's World Cup time!

OK - I admit it - I love soccer, I play soccer and I'm watching the first World Cup as I write (1-1 Brazil/Croatia right now if you're wondering what the score is).  I'll be rooting for the US as long as they last - hopefully into the next round but they are in a tough group!  And, since I also make jewelry I just have to share some of my soccer designs as well as some others - so enjoy!

Pink furnace glass soccer (futbol) bookmark

Soccer ball earrings - ceramic, Swarovski crystals and sterling silver

Soccer ball Iphone charm

Soccer peace crane

Hand crocheted soccer ball

Long time no post - love this post about opals!

Wow - I've been neglecting my blog!  Right now I'm rearranging my workspace and destashing a LOT of stuff I haven't used in years!  I'm amazed at the things I'm digging up and more amazed at the fact that I kept some of it so long.  Well - I may be neglecting my blog but Sharon of Shazzabeth Creations wrote a wonderful blog post about opals.  She included my oval opal earring stud in her post and I love the information she found about the Aboriginal history of opal.  Here is a picture of those opal stud earrings in my Etsy shop

Red and green flash opal and sterling silver

I used boulder opal in the designs for these two bracelets in my ArtFire studio

Chocoholic - Art glass beads, boulder opal, Swarovski crystal and sterling silver

Hint of Rose - jasper, boulder opal, Swarovski crystal and sterling silver

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Love these earrings!

My muse was strong last night as I looked through my beads.  I had to come up with a design for the FACE Foundation Bags and Baubles Fundraiser event.  My original thought was to make a pearl cascade using some chocolate pearls and mocha Swarovski crystals.  But, with our 90 degree weather heating things up, I decided I needed a spring/summer design.  As I dug through my white pearls I saw these keishis and and an idea popped into my head and here it is!

Aren't these earrings just luscious?  Once I return from my next round of traveling I'll make more of this style - some with amethyst, aquamarine and sapphires and a matching necklace too!  Here are some new earrings that are for sale in my studio:

Golden Tassels

Green Pinchies

Viva Italia!
I'm heading off on a vacation shortly and will close my online studios while I'm gone so if you're interested in any of these designs - buy them soon!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Tucson Gem Show Day 5

I had a lot of fun on my 5th day in Tucson!  I started out the day shopping with Toyo of Feng's Trading and a bunch of his special, new stock had just arrived!  I actually did quite a bit of shopping the night before since we arrived at his show after closing time so I could help him close up and then we followed him to Sachiko restaurant for dinner. He was still unpacking boxes that morning so I did a bit more shopping.  Here are the strands I picked up.

Fossil coral

Fossil coral
Red jasper and mosaic creek jasper
Paua shell (untreated and heat treated)

Nephrite (BC Jade, angelite, rhodonite, Sleeping Beauty turquoise
Sodalite, alligator jasper, ocean jasper, cape (chevron) amethyst

Golden (blue and brown) tiger eye and blue tiger eye
 And a picture of Toyo and I and his loooonnnngggg table of beds.  That's my mom way down at the end!
Toyo and I
Toyo's beads ... see my mom way down at the end?

 Once I finished up with Toyo we headed over to the Kino show (formerly TEP).  I found another one of my favorite bead vendors - Royal Quality gems.  Here the 2 owners are with my mom and some of the beads I got there.

Royal Quality gems

 Natural mother of pearl, turquoise

Then we wandered around the Kino show and saw many interesting rocks.  Here are a few...

Petrified wood

Then we had some lunch and headed over to JOGS to close out the day.  I got some sterling silver from SII (the least expensiver per gram that I've seen).  Here's a picture to let you envision the way things look when we're wandering the halls.
Gemstones (precious and semi-precious) by the trayful!

I'm tired so this is it for tonight.  We head home tomorrow but I still have several other days to share with you so you'll get more updates even after I'm home!

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