All posts by carol.embellishedcharms@gmail.com

I’m working on something new this year. I am designing an alphabet of Cursive Capital Letters to make necklaces. I am adding seed beads to the letter to enhance the letter and give it some color. I give customers the choice of color of the seed beads. The beads go in different places in each letter. I also hammer the sterling wire to strengthen it, and give the letter some texture. It has been a fun project for me, and yet, quite daunting. There are so many ways to design a letter. I received a practice book at Christmas time on modern calligraphy. I plan to design a printed alphabet, also.

You can see more about my initial letter project at my Etsy shop: www.embellishedcharms.etsy.com

Initial cursive letter “L” in Sterling Silver

Hi! Happy New Year Everybody!

I have a friend up north who actually built a small dinosaur museum in her backyard. She has purchased fossils and dinosaur bones from many places. She has labeled everything in her museum. It was quite an accomplishment. I was amazed at her organization when I visited her.

When I went to Tucson last year, I purchased several dinosaur bone cabochons. I planned to wrap one for my friend, Pam. I did wrap one for her as a Christmas gift. Here it is below. She loves the pendant and the copper wire and necklace! So, I’m glad I made it for her.

Dinosaur Bone Fossil with Copper Wire and Necklace

You can see other items I have designed at my etsy shop: www.embellishedcharms.etsy.com

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:

Pink, green and white Tourmaline stone
Pink, green and white Tourmaline stone
Arogonite Stone wire wrapped in solid copper with copper chain.
Arogonite Stone wire wrapped in solid copper with copper chain.
Pink Quartz wrapped in sterling silver wire with silver plated chain
Pink Quartz wrapped in sterling silver wire with silver plated chain

There are more examples of my work in my shop on Etsy:
www.embellishedcharms.etsy.com

Custom Wire Wrapped Cabochons

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:

Wire Wrapped Labradorite Cabochon Pendant
Wire Wrapped Labradorite Cabochon
Pendant
Wire Wrapped Chevron Amethyst Pendant
Wire Wrapped Chevron Amethyst Pendant

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.

Sonora Sunset Cabochon

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!

IMG_2084 IMG_2095

Dragon Veins Agate Pendant

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.

Dragon Veins Agate Pendant
Dragon Veins Agate Pendant

IMG_1877

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.

Hearts Necklaces

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

Red Rose Cameo on Black background, with Swarovski crystals on the chain.
Red Rose Cameo on Black background, with Swarovski crystals on the chain.
Black, White and Brown Banded Agate Stone, with black faceted beads on chain
Black, White and Brown Banded Agate Stone, with black faceted beads on chain

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:

IMG_1042 IMG_1047 IMG_1059 IMG_1051                            The next three are other holiday earrings I made:

IMG_1037 IMG_1115 IMG_1122

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.

Orange glass cabachon wire wrapped with sterling silver.
Orange glass cabachon wire wrapped with sterling silver.
Here I am wearing my wire wrapped orange cabachon necklace.
Here I am wearing my wire wrapped orange cabachon necklace.

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.

Shell and Sand Dollar Earrings

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

Tiny sand dollar on blue mother-of-pearl shell with tiny sand dollar and complementary shell bead

Real tiny sand dollars on hand dyed shells.
Real tiny sand dollars on hand dyed shells.
Tiny ark shells glued to a hand dyed mother-of-pearl shell.
Tiny ark shells glued to  hand dyed mother-of-pearl shells.

More views of these earrings can be viewed at www.embellishedcharms.etsy.com

The Falling Leaves

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!

White irredescent Czech Glass earrings
White iridescent Czech Glass earrings
Acrylic turquoise leaf earrings with metal leaves
Acrylic turquoise leaf earrings with metal leaves
Czech glass earrings with leaves turning from green to red
Czech glass earrings with leaves turning from green to red
Czech glass blue and green earrings with hand made ear wires
Czech glass blue and green earrings with hand-made ear wires