Hi! I’m excited! Jewelry Making Journal contacted me last night to let me know that my article on Wire Wrapping Raw Stones is being published in the Jewelry Making Journal Newsletter. I love this Newsletter! I have been reading it for years. This is a Newsletter that Rena Klingenberg started for the jewelry making community. It now goes out to millions of people. I have learned so much from her website. I knew I would have something published someday, but I didn’t know what. I picked Wire Wrapping Raw Stones, since I love doing that so much. I want to give back and add to the jewelry making community.
Check it out! http://www.jewelrymakingjournal.com/wrapping-raw-gem-stones/
Hi! How is your holiday season going? I have been going to rock shops in CA and UT, Gem and Mineral Shows, and Bead Shows. I like to hand pick the gem stones I work with. My favorite type of gem stones are raw gem stones. I enjoy picking up a raw gem stone and deciding where the stone could be wrapped, either with sterling silver or copper wire. I also use square wire. It is fun to twist it and use it in the design. Free form wrapping is my favorite. Each wrapping turns out differently, depending on the stone. Here are several examples:
There are more examples of my work in my shop on Etsy:
I’ve been having a great time designing custom wire wrapped cabochons for people! They pick the cabochon and the beads and/or charms that are part of the design. I have many beautiful cabochons and beads for my customers to choose from. I make the pendant by wire wrapping the cabochon in sterling silver. Here are two examples:
I hope all is going well with you. I’d love to hear from you about what kind of jewelry you are interested in. Is there something special you would like to see in this blog? Please fill out the Contact Form below to make comments. You can see more of my jewelry designs at my Etsy website: www.embellishedcharms.etsy.com.
I had a wonderful time at the International Gem and Mineral Show in Tucson! This show happens annually in Tucson. Gems, semi precious stones, rocks, fossils, beads, and other items are sold there. I’ve been wanting to go for years! I finally went there. I’m so glad I did! I learned some new techniques for my jewelry making. I took a couple of classes. One class was how to wrap a cabochon. A cabochon is a stone which is domed on one side and flat on the other. I had a delightful time shopping for cabochons in Tucson! I found beautiful ones all over Tucson. They were all hand-picked by me. I will have plenty to do this year with all the lovely cabochons I now have. I’m enjoying every moment of working with what I purchased in Tucson!
One of my favorite stones is Sonora Sunset, which is also called, Sonora Sunrise. This gorgeous gemstone material is from the Millpillas Mine in Sonora Mexico. I have several pieces of this stone. This semi precious gemstone is made up of three main materials. The blue/green material is Chrysocolla, the red part is Cuprite, and the black material is Iron. The most complete pieces of this stone have all three materials. This cabochon below was wrapped for an order. This is the third cabochon I have wrapped. The person who bought this cabochon was very pleased with the results. I’m looking forward to doing more!
Hi! I’ve been having fun with heart jewelry for upcoming Valentine’s Day. My favorite creation, so far, is my carved heart Dragon Veins Agate Pendant. The “veins” show throughout the stone. Yes, they are even clearer when the agate is dyed, as it is in this case. There is an edge of magenta colored in this stone. The rest of the stone is a greenish blue color. I used colored craft wire to make the bail for the pendant. The colored wire is complementary to the colors in the stone. I made swirls with Swarovski crystal butterflies and bi-cone crystals in them. I designed the chain with magenta and blue bi-cone crystals, along with silver plated spacers, to go with the pendant.
You can see other images of the pendant, along with other jewelry items designed by me in my Etsy Mini shop, which is under the heading, “Shop On Etsy.” My full shop link is www.embellishedcharms.etsy.com. I have 101 items there, now. I’m starting on my second 100. I plan to make everything using high quality materials and good designing, as I did with the first 100 jewelry pieces.
I hope your new year has started out well. I’d love to hear from you about what kind of jewelry you like to wear. Is there something special you would like to see in this blog? Please fill out the Contact Form below to make comments.
I love making heart jewelry. Lately, I have made two pendants, with the idea of Valentine’s Day in mind. The first one is a red rose cameo necklace against a black background. I think it is very striking, with the Swarovski crystals on the chain. I’m planning to make several other cameo necklaces. One will be a white dragonfly on a blue background.
The second pendant is a black, white and brown banded agate heart, with a black chain. This particular pendant can be worn two sided. One side has the pressed flower on it. The other side is the unembellished stone of banded agate. This pendant looks great either way, but gives you a choice. I plan to make more banded agate necklaces. I really enjoy working with that semi-precious stone.
Both of these necklaces are on my etsy site: embellishedcharms.etsy.com
I love Swarovski crystals! I enjoy making Christmas tree earrings out of them. I like to make them so they look like the tree is on a stand, and there is tinsel on the tree. Here are several of them that I made:
The next three are other holiday earrings I made:
Have a happy holiday season!
You can see other jewelry I have made at embellishedcharms.etsy.com.
Hi! I haven’t written for a while. I’ve been really busy with my Etsy site. I also did some traveling. I thought of some new jewelry ideas, too.
I’ve been wanting to do some fancy wire wrapping. I though it would be best if I received some instruction. So, I took a class at the Bead Show in Pasadena. I learned a lot that day! I can use a drill to twist wire. I bought a drill there. It’s programmed to be very slow moving so it doesn’t twist it too much or break the wire. I also bought a pair of magnifying glasses that I put over my regular glasses. They certainly help with the close-up work!
I chose an orange glass cabachon to wire wrap, because I’ve been wearing a lot of orange during the spring and summer. Here it is, below. I think I had some success with it. A free form wire wrap is used on the front. Round orange crystals are wire wrapped at the top with swirls of wire at the end.
I’m really proud of my Etsy site! I have over 70 items there. I’d love for you to see all the items I’ve been working on. Lately, I’ve been making Halloween earrings. I’ll put several of them in my blog during my next entry. If you would like to make a purchase on my Etsy site, I am giving a 10% discount to first time customers. The coupon code is, FIRSTORDERTHANKU10. The web site is, embellishedcharms.etsy.com.
Hey Everybody! I’m writing this post on my birthday! I’m celebrating my creative efforts! I’ve been designing shell earrings. I use dyed mother-of-pearl shells. Then, I glue real, tiny shells or tiny sand dollars to the shell. I add a complementary bead to the design, also. I’m finding that the flat shells work best. I love working with blues and purples!
Tiny sand dollar on blue mother-of-pearl shell with tiny sand dollar and complementary shell bead
More views of these earrings can be viewed at www.embellishedcharms.etsy.com
I have been having fun designing leaf earrings! I am using all different colors of leaves. I have made white, green, red, and blue leaf earrings. The white pair of leaf earrings I made, is being worn in a wedding in August. Most of the glass leaves are Czech leaves. Three to five leaves are dangling from each earring. I put three or four matching 3mm round beads on the chain, to add interest. The chains I use are all natural semi precious stones.
I also am making light acrylic earrings. All of the earrings I design, now, have hand-made ear wires. The green and red pair is signifying leaves turning from green to red during the fall season. Autumn is coming up. I will be making more green, yellow, orange, red and brown leaf earrings. Meanwhile, I’ll make more green ones for summer. I’m enjoying working with the various colors, so much!
I have a friend, Genie, who went to Bondi Beach in Australia. She and her daughter collected sea glass and shells on the beach. Genie asked me to make her two pendants, using the sea glass and shells they found on the beach. It was my delight to do so!
The fun part was that we created the pendants together. She helped design both of them. I glued the shells to the sea glass, the way Genie wanted them, and added a bail to hang each necklace. She wanted a necklace she could use with both pendants. So, I made her a moonstone necklace that would go with both pendants.
We are both very happy with the way they turned out. What a lovely way to wear memories from a wonderful place where someone traveled. I would like to do more of this “memories” jewelry.
I have started making angel earrings, using semi-precious stones. I have made four different ones, so far, which I show in photographs, below. Both the angel head and body are made from the semi-precious stone. I also used a 4mm silver plated spacer for the halo, and 3mm spacers on the body. The ear wires are handmade from 20 gauge silver filled wire. The head pin is also silver filled wire, but 22 gauge. The wings are antique silver. I like to use high quality materials in the items I make. I like to see variety in the angel wings, also.
The fun thing about semi-precious stones is that they have a history, a geography and symbolic meanings. I find the information about these stones fascinating! I have labeled the semi-precious stones, here, with the name they are most known by. You may want to look up information on these stones, such as how they are formed, what they are made up of, where they are found, and their symbolic meanings. Some brief information about each of the stones below can be found on my etsy shop site: http://embellished charms.etsy.com. You are welcome to visit it. In case you like what you see as a gift, or something for yourself, I have a 10% discount for new customers until August, and a 15% discount for returning customers. I especially wanted to offer the new customer discount to my loyal blog readers.
I’d love to hear from you about what you have found out about these or other semi-precious stones, and/or how you like these angel earrings. Enjoy!