Saturday, July 28, 2012

Beads and Bangle Bracelet

Hi Everyone.  I'm back from a short vacation visiting my family in Seattle.  Good to be home making more jewelry and getting back in the swing of things.

This bangle was crazy fun to create.  The bangle is hand forged copper, which I enameled and my very own handmade murrini cane and lampwork beads.  The copper is coated with opaque white first, then gray green which matches the first polka dot bead.  The middle  enamel is golden rod matching the yellow bead on white and the third is transparent amethyst over white matching the third lampwork polka dot bead.

The beads are attached to the bangle by threading them with recycled sari silk onto a handmade copper oxidized jump ring.  The sari silk is a beautiful purple mix and light spring green with a wine colored stripe running through it.

The first bead is  decorated not only with polka dots but a tiny raised five petal purple flower with another raised flattened dot in the middle of the flower and a white dot on top the yellow dot.  Gives the bead a unique quality.  So sweet.  The sari silk is knotted between each lampwork bead.

This is a one-of-a-kind bracelet.  I'm so excited to show it to you.

There is a handmade oxidized copper "S" clasp also attached to the bangle with sari silk.  It is large enough to easily close the bracelet once it is on your wrist.

Now I'm off to making some fantastic earrings.

Have a wonderful day.  Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Chicken Fish

Hi All, well, I worked all day on this chicken fish. It has become a prototype because I worked so hard on it that the enamel is all chipped and the jump rings all marred up. So despite all that is wrong with it (which I did my best to photoshop out) I figured I should post it somewhere and hopefully give you all a laugh or two to end or start your day. 


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Austin Powers Flower Splash


Looks huge I know.  But, it is only 3" in diameter.  And so cute on.  ;o)  I'm beginning to incorporate my beads into the enameled pieces now.  I'm having so much fun.  The Enameled pieces do not have to be kiln annealed so after waiting 10 minutes or so after applying you have a piece you can work with and finish off.  I love the colors in this flower and for summer it really pops.  Fun in the SUN...

Hi Mom and Adam...Love you.


Monday, July 9, 2012

Venus Garden Flower - Lampwork, Enameled Necklace


 Hi All,

Now I'm really getting fancy - right?  This is the first creation where I've just cut loose and let happen whatever happens.  Led only from one leaf to another - so to speak.

The focal bead is one of my original glass bead disks that had been waiting in my stash to get out and into something fabulous.  The little headpins made on steel wire out of moretti glass and raku frit for the stamen just seemed like a really great idea to balance out the leaves which have been enameled with transparent blues and blue green.  The reds you see on the leaves is natural from the copper showing through the transparents.

I added a little brass gear between the stamen and the glass disk for fun and just to keep the piece in the now.

I hope you enjoy it!  It will be in my Etsy shop shortly...;o)


Saturday, July 7, 2012

Enamel Enamel Enamel - I love it!!!

 I love these little heart earrings.  They dangle so freely from the ear   wires about 2 1/2 inches from the bottom of your ear.   They are the same size as the blue ones I showed you yesterday.  I think I'm going to have to make these in about every color.  They are the perfect little earring.  Not too big and not too small.


I made this ring topper for a special friend in Tulsa, OK.  She has been so patient in waiting for me to design a white ring for her to wear during the summer.  White glass is just not my favorite to work with because it turns clear when hot and is probably the most liquid of all colors.  It is very hard to work with accept in small amounts.    Then  metalworking and enamels came into my life.  Yay!  Yesterday when I got up from the torch I actually had a ring topper that I was eager to show her.  She loved it and I'm putting it in the mail for her today.  We are both excited.  She already has the ring shank and all she needs are about a zillion ring toppers now.  Ha Ha

I'm already thinking of new designs I can incorporate this new love I have for copper, enamels and my glass beads.  Gorgeous necklaces, bracelets and earrings too.

Stay tuned.


Friday, July 6, 2012

Hand Forged Enameled Copper Heart Earrings

These heart shaped, modern earrings are a favorite among heart lovers! They dangle and swing loosely below your ears about 2 1/2". Not too long, but just long enough to feel feminine and a little bit sexy and flirty. They are light weight, colorful, fun and comfortable to wear. 

My Copper Enameled Hearts are hand forged and shaped by me from 24 gauge copper sheeting. They have many layers of glass enamel and are completed by my own 20 gauge handmade Sterling Silver Ear Wires*. 


Thursday, July 5, 2012


Yesterday, the 4th, was great.  I cooked all day.  Didn't plan it that way but once I got started I couldn't stop.  Made crab cakes on ciabatta rolls, dollup of goat cheese and avacado,  topped with coleslaw in a roasted red pepper mushroom homemade dressing and baked beans that baked all day mmmm caramel good.  

For desert - Blueberries, Raspberries and quartered Strawberries in their own syrup with whipped cream on top sandwiched between homemade shortcake with Maple Sugar sprinkled on top before baking.  Yummy Yummy Yummy in my tummy tummy tummy.  

Then walked up to the top of the hill and watched the fireworks down the coast including El Segundo, Marina Del Rey and a little tiny bit of Manhattan Beach.  There was a marine layer kind of clouding the view but it was a very nice way to end the day.  Hope you all had a wonderful "Independence Day" as well.  We are as independent as we allow ourselves to be - my conclusion of a wonderful, fun filled day.

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