Wednesday, August 25, 2010

New Herkimer and mmmm Labradorite...

So I think this is the biggest herk ring yet...



I had to cut this Labradorite from a larger oval cabochon. It was worth it!



Thursday, August 19, 2010

Stars, Red, Toxic Green

Hi! Quick Update!

Starchild Ring, Chunky Green Prehnite and a Garnet Nug Ring...

Starchild ring is still available and of course I am still taking custom requests :)





Sunday, August 15, 2010

Handmade Division Team - Talk About...

Hello!

It's time for our monthly Handmade Division Team topic!!!

What would you like to create but do not currently have the skills or technology to do?

To start, I love to figure things out. I have always been that way with musical instruments(buy first, learn later) and it definitely carries over to my artwork. There are so many things that I would like to do, but lack the tools and know how to do it. Once I get the tools and the capability "skill" is not so much an issue as I am willing to put the time and effort into figuring it out and practicing. I have just been through this with stone cabbing/lapidary... still have a ways to go with cabbing, but I am having a blast learning.

Right now what I reallllly want to learn, and am about to make a priority is... engraving. I would love to get the tools that I need and really start giving this real try. Sure I have dabbled in it, but I want to put some real effort into it. Being able to add engraved designs to my work would be so nice right about now. I have always wished that there was a way to "draw" on my work and engraving seems to be the way to go.

Acid etching is another skill that I have dabbled in but wish to really put some effort into. It is another way for me to draw on my work. Currently I have a nitric acid setup, but find it too unpredictable and uncomfortable to work with.

I have tried scribing and some other techniques to get this drawn look, but nothing has worked out the way I wanted as of yet.

I am open for suggestions!!!

Please stop by some of our other team member blogs and see what they are thinking on this same topic!!! Seriously, these artists are great, you don't want to miss what they have to say!!!

NEDbeads: http://www.nedbeads.blogspot.com/

Lisa Hopkins Design: http://lisahopkinsdesign.blogspot.com/

Jewelry by Natsuko: http://jewelrybynatsuko.blogspot.com/

Beth Cyr: http://bcyrjewelry.blogspot.com/

ArtJewel Designs: http://www.artjeweldesigns.blogspot.com/

Abhaya Fibers: http://abhayafibers.blogspot.com/

Nova of Sweden http://nova-designs.blogspot.com/

Bella-Bijou Jewellery: http://bellabijoujewellery.blogspot.com/

Pink Crow Studio: http://www.pinkcrowstudio.typepad.com/

Sand Fibers: http://sandfibers.blogspot.com/

Alice Istanbul: http://istanbuldesigns.blogspot.com/

Thomasin Durgin: http://metalriot.blogspot.com/

Moxie & Oliver: http://moxieandoliver.blogspot.com/

Andes Cruz: http://andescruz.wordpress.com/




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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Recent work & Herk Overload!

Can there be too many Herkimer diamond rings??? Apparently not!!!