Thursday, December 6, 2012

Ahhhh... Pearls

Today I was making a pearl necklace for a custom order and realized what fun it would be to see what it takes to knot a pearl necklace. I always admired women like Julia Child, Audrey and my sweet grandmother in law Celia Exendine who all wore their pearls daily as they just belonged.....Classic respectable women who worked hard yet never forgot their feminine side. I personally believe it is their weight and the way they travel smoothly around the collar bone. So here are a few photos I took while putting this necklace together. Grab your coffee and enjoy.
Ironing the thread is a must to get perfect knots.
Making the knot with my pinpoint tweezers the old fashioned way.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

How it's Made

Thought I would post a small blog showing some of the tools I have used to shape and create a ring from sheet metal. Please keep in mind, I am not a writer, just an artist. So I cut my metal with what to most looks like a drafting tool..good thing I paid some attention in my drafting class years scoring the metal I know that my line is straight. Then I hand saw the metal, the old fashioned way, with my 00 blade, or as some say, " double 0t". You have to wax the blade so it goes smoothly. Then I file it making sure it's not sharp...I use another tool with a fat heavy steel end to roll and bend the metal after it has been annealed. then solder it, pickle it, polish, and shape it on the steel mandrel...oh and then setting the gorgeous stone.....Okay, I am probably boring you, but you get the idea...just by looking at the photos you can see this is a lot of fun. The best part is seeing it take shape, and smiling because you made it.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Butterfly named Freedom

This is Freedom. She is a Yellow Sapphire hand cut butterfly made from recycled sterling silver. I stamped small leaves as a symbol of her dependence of green plants and clean air.