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Wormhole

This will be my last post before Christmas.  I have at least 30 things left on my to-do list and am in dire need of a wormhole….with Dr. Who in tow, if possible.  Time travel seems like the only way I’ll get everything done that needs to be done.  In keeping with the name of the blog I will be posting pics of all the messes created in the process of getting everything made for Christmas….I promise.

This is the last piece I finished for the store.

Another little Labradorite piece, glowing happily for the holidays.

The simplicity of the leaf perfectly offsets the Moonshine of the Labradorite.  This one positively glows a soft, silvery blue.

Happy Holidays everyone.  I’ll see you Monday.  Have a wonderful weekend.

Loverly Labradorite

If you’re Canadian, you’re already saying “Hmmmm……Labradorite as in Labrador?”  Yup….just so.  While this gorgeous mineral is found elsewhere in the world, it is indeed named for its preeminent source, Labrador, Canada.  It’s ours….ours ours ours.

I could go on about how it’s feldspar and that the glow it radiates is called Labradoressence (how’s that for a mouthful?) but all you really need to know is that it has this mystical glow about it that makes you wonder if there’s a tiny moon, all its own, trapped inside each cabochon.

I purchased this stone a while back and was doing some pricing research today.  I was shocked to find how much the value of this stone has increased in the last 2 years.  Stone prices trend quite dramatically.  Things like fashion colours, jewelry-store ad campaigns, and celebrity exposure can all drive prices up.  Popularity hugely influences stone prices.  Amber is a good example.  I have some gorgeous pieces of Buttercream Amber jewelry I purchased before the Home Shopping Network started flogging it.  I paid approximately a quarter of what the same pieces would go for now.  Same with things like Padparadscha, freshwater pearls, and Tanzanite.

This piece will be in the store next week.  If you like Labradorite, grab it quick.  The next one will be much more spendy.  (I love that word….learned it from my American Cousin.)  After all, who wouldn’t love to have their own personal little moon?

Leaf & Lotus

In the midst of all the Christmas Chaos, I am trying to finish a few more items for the store.  I showed you the luscious Labradorite I had a while back and am finally getting around to doing something with it.  They’re in the header photo at the top of the page on the left, if you want to have a peek.

Sometimes the simplest shapes are what works best.  I wanted a simple cutout for this smaller pendant and leaves just make me happy.  I have pages and pages of leaf silhouettes that will all eventually end up in designs.  This one is clean and basic.  None of the drama of Ginkgo nor the featherishness of fronds.  Just a little leaf.  The glow of Labradorite behind it is going to bring it alive.

There is something exotic about Lotus.  Even the word itself…..say it out loud with me…..Looootussss.  Sensual.  Mystical.  Transcendent.  There are so many ways to draw Lotus.  Even in its most stylized form, it’s always familiar and identifiable.  It’s a fitting backdrop for that drop-dead Tiger’s Eye with the bands of Hematite running through it.

It just wouldn’t be a Jan Mac week without some swirls.  I’m digging the sort of Art Deco, old-world meets new-world look of these swirly pendants.  This little Labradorite lovely will also be reversible….the other thing I’m digging these days.

The top two just need their bails and the bottom one just needs its stone set.  I’ll post my progress tomorrow.  I’m determined to finish at least ONE of them.  See you tomorrow.

Cut That Out!

Ever since I did the first reversible medallion with a cutout, I’ve wanted to do more.   Remember these stones?

All of these are large enough to lend themselves to this type of setting….the small labradorite is just barely big enough, but I can make it work.  The first thing of course is to build the bezel-rings, which I’ve already done.  The next is to draw the cutout designs.

Nothing special here…plain paper, a dull pencil because I’m at work and of course can’t find the pencil sharpener.  The placements for setting the wire bails on the tops are just approximate but the designs themselves are pretty much what I’m after.

For the record, the circles will either be cut with setting burs or with a drill.  I COULD try and cut perfect little circles but hey,  why torture myself?  I cuss too much as it is.  Now all that’s left is to glue the papers onto the sterling silver sheet and…..

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CUT THAT OUT!!………….*donkey laugh*………….yes, I amuse THAT easily.

Damn the Torpedoes!

Onwards and Upwards!!  You can’t keep a good woman down!!  Tally-ho, Pip Pip and all that rot.

Along with those torpedoes, damn the guilt, the laundry, the housework, and the hundred other things that can keep us from doing what we really want to do.  Well, ok….except for the laundry.  I can do laundry and still do other stuff at the same time.  Gotta pretend to get SOMETHING sort-of domestic happening in order to maintain my delusion that yes, I can do it all.  Suddenly that bad commercial from the 70’s with a woman in a red dress singing something about bringing home the bacon just flashed before my eyes.  Every so often I forget how horribly tacky the 70’s were and then I have a nostalgia flashback.  But I digress……

These are the stones for the next batch of jewelry.  Spiffy, huh?  That is a massive Rose Quartz and it’s got tons of rose colour.  Sometimes they can be pale, but not this baby….she’s plenty rosie.  The two Labradorites may end up in one piece or in two.  I haven’t decided yet but it’s sure to be quite lovely as Labradorite has that gorgeous glow to it.  As for the Tiger’s Eye, it may not make it to the shelf.  It’s a really unique stone;  those dark bands you see are actually what appear to be Hematite…..deeply glossy and shiny Hematite.  I’m not sure I will be able to let go of it.

These are pieces of Dichroic Glass that I’ve had forever.  I’m still not 100% sure what direction I’m going to take these, but it’s sure to be a wild ride.  I love the contrast between these pieces and natural cabochons.  Someday I’m going to make my own glass cabs. Glass is, after all, just one more thing I can melt, right?

Now I’m going to ask you all for some feedback.  These are another round of big and chunky pieces.  Which do you prefer….*Big and Chunky* or *Pretty and Delicate*?  I’m going to let you decide what will come next after these are done.  Leave me a comment and let me know what direction YOU think I should take.  These creative journeys are always more fun when I have some company.  🙂

So here we go…another jewelry blitz.  Damn the Torpedoes!!  Full Steam Ahead!!!