Wednesday, June 29, 2011

11-0064 Sterling and Glass Bead Earrings

These earrings are a simple, hand-assembly project.

I found these cute little beads online. They are clear yellow with little orange/white swooshy things and sterling hole liners.

I made some simple shepherd's hooks (bending, forging and sanding sterling wire), and dangled the beads off the hooks with sterling chain.

The little top bead is base metal, and completes this easy summer look.

1.5" long

$20.00 cdn includes gst but not shipping/handling

11-0063 Argentium Apostrophe Earrings

Anybody who know me knows how anal I am about grammar and punctuation.

I have always threatened to gather all of the apostrophes in the world and ration them out to those who use them correctly. HA!

Here, I have gathered, or rather, created, 4 little argentium apostrophes to dangle from your ears. They were then hammered and punctuated with random little periods (dots). From each set is the most exquisite little pale green onion cut high quality zircon.

Worn in a pair, they can also be used to replace the dreaded "finger quotes".....HA again!

Each apostrophe is 1" long, making each earring hang about 2.5" from the piercing.

$75.00 cdn includes gst but not shipping/handling

11-0062 Argentium Wiggle Necklace

Little argentium tadpole-like thingees wiggle quietly around your neck.

Wear it alone as the main star, or wear it with another piece as the co-star.

35" loop with no clasp

$110.00 cdn includes gst but not shipping/handling 

11-0061 Argentium and Borosilicate Bracelet

What makes this piece a little unusual is that, not only are different sized links used, and not only are the links warped, but each link is fused with the bead on.

Each bead is a funky little borosilicate clear glass donut with a razzley citrus green centre.

The clasp is an oversized sterling lobster claw for safety and easy of putting on.

a short 7.5" long

$125.00 cdn includes gst but not shipping/handling

11-0060 Sterling Cubes and Squares Necklace

This sterling necklace calmly states "one of a kind".

While all of my creations are hand-somethingorother, this one is obviously different. It is made from square sterling wire. Each piece was made by hand without the use of a jig of any kind. This is evident in the slight irregularities that make it special.

It's one thing to design with components. It's a totally other thing to fabricate components before inflicting them into a design. Each little square and cube has its own mojo!

32" long

$175.00 includes gst but not shipping/handling

11-0058 Sterling Spoon Necklace

 This necklace is what I call "hand assembled" as I really did not make any of the components, except for the stone wire wrapped connectors.

A sterling silver spoon was "dismembered" by separating the handle and mouth piece. Then, I annealed the handle to soften the metal so I could bend it. Both pieces sere sanded to eliminate any sharp points that may scratch or snag, and then tumbled to a high shine.

A small, inconspicuous sterling chain was attached to each end of the rose twig handle, completing the necklace without competing with the twig and leaf.

3 small, high grade tear drop faceted citrines were dangled inside the curve of the leaf to sparkle and intrigue.

19.5" long

$65.00 cdn includes gst but not shipping/handling

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

11-0057 Sterling and Swarovsky Bracelet

This bracelet started off with 6" of commercial sterling bubble (rings off links) chain.
I hand heated, soldered and forged each little pin that connect the "jewels" to the chain, as well as the toggle/bar connector. Then the small and large silver beads, navy swarovsky crystals, and white glass beads were randomly added with a neat and forged twist of the pin.
The final element is a small commercial sterling silver safety chain.
This would be fun with a pair of jeans, or fabulous putting on the glitz!

7.5" long
$200.00 cdn includes gst, but not shipping/handling

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Custom Necklace

A client had purchased a large beautiful rhodochrosite cab, and asked me to design, fabricate, and assemble a necklace for her.

The back of the cab is argentium, and the bezel is pure silver. This is flanked by some beading fun, and is finished with a delicate little sterling chain.

I used a free form sawing technique to put a little pixie on the back. Every saw line was sanded on both sides to make the back side of the piece as special as the front side.