A New Hoop Design

July 14, 2014
An interesting hoop design I have trialed this week that I found in a project by Gisela Kati Andara on the Art Jewelry Magazine website. It is made from forging copper tubing and has a sterling silver earwire. It took me a little while to work out how to put them on and off but now I have it I love them. Very comfortable!!!




 

Adjustable Ring

July 3, 2014
I have been playing with an adjustable ring design lately and also the pave tip on my hammer handpiece. This is a prototype and it just happens to fit me perfectly:)



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Engraving

July 3, 2014

I have been playing with my new hammer handpiece today to see what textures the attachments make. It is a handpiece that attaches to my Foredom Flexshaft. One thing lead to another and I ended up engraving this vine pattern onto a copper bracelet blank. I am happy with the look of this and am now imagining this on an adjustable ring design I am working on at the moment. More pictures to come :)



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Flush Settings

June 22, 2014

I was inspired by Doug Napier's blog last week, http://jewelrymonk.com/2014/06/13/day-13-small-bezels-setting/
I did a flush setting rather than a bezel setting into a piece of square wire and discovered a trick that I have never thought of before. It worked a treat! In a flush setting, the stone sits a little lower in the metal than in a bezel setting. I was a having trouble filing a few scratches around the setting (it is very small!!!) so decided to paint the CZ with nail varnish so I coul...


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Today's Inspiration

May 23, 2014
Gosh, my blogging ability is appalling. It has been too long since I have been here :(

My inspiration for this week has been this piece of Zen:


No 5 is the one calling me this week. Today I did just that - put a bit of space between things and I feel joyous and the creative juices are flowing.

My daughter has been home from her singing job travelling the world and she always inspires me. She has taken back a few of my pieces including this hematite ring:



I felt so inspired I made myself a turquo...
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My Stone Setting Course 2014

April 18, 2014
My nine week stone setting course is now over and I thought I might post some photos of the projects we did:

  1. I think one of the most valuable thing I learned from this course was making my own tools to suit each job.



  2. This was the first ring, a sterling silver casting with a single stone setting. The scariest part of this setting was cutting the channel inside the setting with a hart bur. We soon became very proficient at using these burs. The plus side of cutting a channel rather than a seat f...

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My Inspiration for today 04/05/13

May 3, 2013


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Discovering Etching

April 23, 2013

Here it is!!!! After much trial and error (and lots of frustration thrown into the chemical mix), here is my first successful etched piece. Unfortunately I only have this photo taken with my phone, so the clarity is poor.



And after polishing...




I am so happy with the final result :)


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Clever ways to keep your chain from tangling.

April 16, 2013

My checkout lady at my local supermarket shared this great tip. Cut a piece of straw and thread it onto your chain, then do up the clasp. This is great for travelling. Pop your chain in a snap lock bag or draw string organza bag and you will never have to worry about knots in your chain again.

The second great idea that I use in my studio for storing many chains comes from Andrew Berry from At The Bench. Pop your chain in a small zip lock bag leaving a small tail of chain dangling out of t...


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My inspiration for today...

April 15, 2013
“I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life." I've learned that ...
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