Sunday, August 21, 2011

A busy week with some firsts!

There have been many new pieces this week from moonstone and sterling silver, to labradorite and my first ever attempt at titanium anodizing. The moonstone is a nice big cab measuring 5cm (2 inches) long! It has beautiful schiller, but I just can't seem to capture it faithfully on camera.

The titanium is always fiddly to weave, but I love that it is so lightweight, and of course being able to anodise it is just so much fun. This particular piece was actually anodized without using any chemicals: it was done with a current applied to a coca cola bath. I had heard it was possible and just had to try it. The colours are nowhere near as vivid, but I like that there are no acids or chemicals used.

This week I also had my very first try and fusing silver. I kept it basic, but am pleased with the result. I added a small pink tourmaline with wire to complete the piece. This lovely little number is 3cm (1.25 inches) long.

I need to practice more with soldering, but for now the fusing is a simple and gratifying way of getting more comfortable with my new torch

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cleaning time, and some new creations

As always, with new creations comes another spectacular mess on the work bench. Today is dedicated to cleaning it up and sorting left over beads. Yesterday I made a new sterling silver donut wrap using a gorgeous sodalite donut accented with kyanite and cobalt blue pearls. The donut measures 5cm (2 inches).

I thought about adding a patina to the silver, but I think the shiny finish accents the white veining in the stone nicely - and it will eventually age to the patina anyway.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

I'm Back!

I had all but forgotten my blog, and it's time to get back into it again. I'll start with my latest creation today using a big 16.92 carat amethyst and sterling wire. It measures a total of 5cm (2 inches) long. I don't have a name for it yet, but the flow of the wires makes me think of draped couture gowns. I am tempted to keep this one, but it IS possible to have too much bling and if I am not past that point, I am not far from it!