Thursday, November 29, 2012

Bangles & Earrings & Rings & Bangles, Uhhuh

AMPHITRITE was the goddess queen of the sea.
 I'm pretty happy with how these earrings played out.
Sea Glass, Fine Silver Disks, Black River Stones, Handmade Ear wires

Heavy, hammered, textured copper bangles.
I recommend the making of bangles as a way to relieve frustration.
Oh, and be sure to wear ear plugs when you're hammering away. Yup.

And hey! Guess what?! I'm in a treasury. 
Ok, I know you're probably in hundreds of them, but I was
pretty excited to make an appearance in one.
See my river stone necklace in the top row. :)

I'm in a treasury!
It's called "walking in the cave."
Thank you, Ieva Birgele! :)

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. It's my
very favorite holiday. We were so lucky to have lots of family
join us for the day. 
And I was lucky that some of them agreed to help
smash pennies that will be used in jewelry! :)

Thank you, my people! :)
Carpe Diem!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Soft Opening: WoodridgePlace on Etsy

The Shop Is Open

That's right.


I've been on round two of jewelry creation for over a year
now and I've built a bit of an inventory.
At least enough inventory for me to take the time
to set up an Etsy Shop.

I've named the shop Woodridge Place.
So I've also re-named this blog Woodridge Place.
Yes, I know.
Ah well.
 I can't believe how much time and effort it takes to 
photograph, describe and post items on Etsy.
I've been at it for days.

Then, there's the Profile and the Welcome and the Shop Policies 
and and and.....

In the end, I finally just said - ENOUGH.
I'll go ahead and open and deal with it
little by little.

If you have any advice for me, PLEASE do share it.
I'm new to this Etsy business but it looks like
it could work quite well.

Eventually I think I'd like to add
a couple of other shops.
Woodridge Place Vintage
(Because I'm vintage & have lots of junk good collectible stuff to offer.)

Woodridge Place Photography
(Because I'm a photographer & have been for years and years.)

Possibly: Woodridge Place Jewelry Components(?) 
Or should those just be in with the jewelry? We'll see.

In the mean time, here's what I'm working on when I have time.

I bought some really, really heavy copper wire a couple months ago
at an Ace Hardware. I think it's 8 gauge. It is HEAVY.
I bought it with the intent to make bangles.

This stuff is HEAVY!

After cutting into sections, my intent was to braze it into circles.
 It was not to be. I ended up having to use my dandy new
huge torch and solder the pieces together.

But even after soldering, I had to wait on an order for a round mandrel. I only had an oval one.
The first mandrel was full of rust and had to be returned. 
The second one arrived quickly and is a work of art in its own right. It made
quick work of turning misshapen bracelets into circles.

I am most fond of the tang that holds my mandrels in a vice. Very handy!

I picked up an old flat iron at an antique all & it makes a great small anvil.
I brought the circles into a flat round with the small flat iron anvil
and leather mallet.

See? Nice and round and flat.
I haven't been back to them since. But I have plans for textures, hammers, beads, stuff(?)
to happen to them...and for sure patina.

This gorgeous tin box grabbed me in an antique mall.
So I have a question to those of you who cut these things apart.
Do you simply cut the shapes and sand the edges? 
It just seems like they would still be sharp.
I really want to cut this one apart.
This is how my work table looks most of the time.
And I'm really ready to get back to it after all that time playing with Etsy stuff. 

Again, if you have any quick advice for me with the Etsy shop, please
do share! I'll do what I can there, but I really want to get
back to creating.
Ya know?
Yeah, you do.
 Carpe Diem!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Stones, Shells & Puppy Dog Tails

Smooth River Stone and Shell Fragment Pendant

I ordered some diamond coated twist drill bits and 
can't seem to stop drilling holes in things. 
I use my battery operated Dremel because I'm
afraid to use the Foredom. You know, that whole thing
about electricity and water.

And I do love the new fire blaster torch. It's allowing me
to work more with copper.

Copper Headpins

Copper Raindrops
Lots of small, flat, black river stones....
Some of the flat, black stones mixed with copper raindrops on a sliding knot leather cord.
And a detail of same....
Brazed, forged and hammered copper teardrops....
And they're turned into earrings with dark blue fresh water pearls....
More drilling on a shell fragment & white sea glass.
Am also having fun trying out new ways to hang pendants....
I finally found a supply of copper chain on ebay & love having
a big supply so I can cut the length I want.
Then all it needs is Liver of Sulfur, sanding & sealing.

Yet another smooth, flat river stone..and one of the copper raindrop charms.
I've been sealing these stones with Dorland's wax and
really like the smooth, rich finish it gives them.

One of the copper headpins was used here to secure the raindrop & form the hanger.

More small drilled river stones....
And Chase, the Shih Tzu Wonder Dog...was 9 years young on the Nov. 2nd. :)

Carpe Diem!