30 May 2010

The Latest Jewels

As promised in my last post, I took pictures of some of my latest projects and purchases to share with all of you. I have several pieces in the works right now, and have mentioned a few of them in my posts on my jewelry page on FaceBook, so I thought I would start with those.

I started making a Mercury-themed pendant, inspired by a pair of mercury head dime earrings a friend had made. When I was a little girl, I found a Mercury head dime buried in the garden, and thought it was the coolest thing! So I bought a few of them recently to make into jewelry. The pendant I am working on will be in the shape of a caduceus, the winged staff carried by the god, Mercury. It is a short herald's staff entwined by two serpents in the form of a double helix, and is sometimes surmounted by wings. This staff was first borne by Iris, the messenger of Hera. It was also called the wand of Hermes when he superseded Iris in much later myths. The long wires at the bottom of this piece in the works will become the serpents, and I will add more wires at the top to construct the wings.

Next I took pictures of the gorgeous topaz and citrine briolettes I bought from a vendor in Thailand. The smallest is 19.50 carats, and the largest is over 65 carats! I made the smaller (19.50 carat) blue topaz briolette into a necklace the other day before I headed out to my classes, so I would have a necklace to match the earrings I was wearing. Later, I realized that it looked like the necklace that Howl wears in the movie Howl's Moving Castle, which is a favorite of mine. I already have a pair of green tourmaline earrings that look like Howl's, so now I have the set! (I am such a dork!) The citrine briolettes I am keeping to make earrings for myself, and I will make the others into pieces to sell.

And finally, I have sold all of the seahorse earrings in my Etsy shop, so I decided to make another pair to list there. This time, I am using gold-filled wire to make them, and pairing the gold with blazing orange-red fire opals and matching briolettes of cubic zirconia. I finished the first seahorse this morning, and plan on completing the other one this afternoon, so I can list them tomorrow. I will probably make another pair with seed beads, too, as I really like the color the beads give them.

I also have several custom projects in the works, but those will have to wait for another post.
Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your weekend!

28 May 2010

Where has the month gone?

...Or maybe I should say where have I been since the beginning of the month? It has certainly been a whirlwind! My last post was at the beginning of finals week at school, and after that things have been happening non-stop. I did great in all my classes, and have a 4.0 GPA. My husband and I had one week off between Spring semester and Summer session, and during that week, we traveled to Eugene, Oregon so he could do some computer work for the University of Oregon. Our two daughters live in Eugene, so we surprised them with our visit.

It was nice to be there earlier in the Spring, so we could catch all the lovely flowers blooming around town. My daughters and I went to Hendricks Park to see the rhododendrons and azaleas blooming there, then had lunch at Track Town Pizza.

We drove through Portland on the way back to Idaho, and spent a day skiing Mount Hood with our good friend, Tom Lawrence. The day was clear and sunny, and we had perfect Spring snow. It was great fun! I had never skied there before, and was excited to take a look around the historic Timberline Lodge. There was some really beautiful artwork throughout the lodge, and I was happy to see the display of an old Campfire Girls ceremonial dress based on a Native American design. I was a Campfire Girl for a number of years while growing up, and still have a lot of my old wooden beads from my uniform.

Besides that display, there were some beautiful felted wall hangings in one of the dining rooms, and a wonderful dividing wall made of stained glass. I wish we'd had more time to look around, but we had just missed lunch, so we had to head down the road to the Mount Hood Brew Pub in Government Camp. We had a delicious lunch and a pint of beer before heading back to Tom's house for showers and hamburgers cooked on the grill.

The next day was 12 solid hours of driving to reach home again. We had Sunday to relax before Summer classes started. I am taking 12 credits this Summer (German 101-102, Anthropology and a P.E. class), so my days have been packed with classes, then staying up until midnight doing homework and studying. That has been pretty much all I have been doing since our trip. This weekend we have 4 days off, so I am getting caught up on housework and making jewelry. I will share some pictures of my latest pieces in my next post.


01 May 2010

Etsy Treasury!

It is always fun to see the beautiful treasuries people create on Etsy.

I have only made one myself, but have had a number of my pieces featured in treasuries. Here is the latest one, called Iolite + Tanzanite = Prettyite, which features a fun ring I made a while back, called Moon Flower.

I made this ring while living in Hailey, Idaho. It was inspired by the fluorite bead I used for the center, and a ring by Eni Oken where she used a similar technique to mount the bead. The center bud is the fat rondel of purple striped flourite with a spiraling stamen of silver wire. I wrapped petals of faceted iolite marquise briolettes along one side, and a sweep of faceted pink tourmalines on the other to cradle the center stone, and finished it with a tiny bud of peridot to one side, like a promise of blooms to come.

A big thank you to Suzanne of PynkRoseDesigns on Etsy for including me in this beautiful treasury. Pop in soon, and take a look! The treasuries only last for a couple of days, before they expire. I saved a screen shot of the treasury, so if you miss it on Etsy, you can still look at it here (you just can't click on any of the items to see more details on them).