Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Beachs and Benches

 A Day or More at the Beach

 I think most of you are like me - even when you're away
from the bench, your mind isn't. 

I can spend hours (days) beach combing.
Every step brings new discoveries.
If only I had a beach of my own.
 At least I get to visit one occasionally.

Natural Patina. A spoon, three coins (one a Buffalo Nickel) and something that looks like a flat brimmed hat.
Buffalo Nickels were made from 1913-1938.

Lotus Heads.
 What shall I do with Lotus Heads, you ask?  I shall look at them, of course. :)

Not a *real* shark...not a real eye either.
A rusty washer. A Sea Bean. A pretty shell.
 Sea Beans rock!

Just what it says.

The ocean is hard on tools.
 Remember...if you go, don't leave your pliers alone for even a few
minutes...or this will happen.

Some of this flotsam and jetsam might possibly make it back to my bench.
Or not.
We'll see. ;)

Carpe Diem!

Sunday, February 17, 2013


Copper frames & Sgraffito Terracotta Leaves from Petra of Scorched Earth.
Thankfully my order from Petra showed up yesterday...
I think her focals were just the right answer for the copper frames
I showed you in the last post.

Her beautiful work certainly solved a problem for me.
Thank you, Petra!

I just wanted to make you look at them twice. ;)
Fantastic Antique Blue Spikes from Petra...
Copper frames with African beads...ear wires from Vintage....with a little hammering from me.
More leaf charms from Petra....these are really long....
Long, I tell ya. Long.
And these next ones are feeling left out, as the Petra touch is missing.
They are on a sterling silver wire frame...with lots of bone and coconut beads.
Waxed linen holds the center beads.

These are really long too...but pretty lightweight.
Update: I've just added a coupon code for the shop.
Use the code PRESIDENTSDAY all this week for 10% off.
And beginning Friday, February 22, the shop will be in vacation mode for a few weeks!

You'll be glad you did!

Carpe Diem!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Rings and other Stuff

The ring I made for my Valentine.
Here we have a black Onyx ring I made for our daughter.
 I was concerned about this stone staying put with E-6000 so I used
plumber's epoxy putty. That should do it. ;)

And a ring made for our son.....he picked the stone. I like how it turned out! Only the pic is annoying. ;)

And here we have yet another ring.....
It looks like a bracelet, but it's a pinky ring. All sterling silver.

 I'm having fun making those disc rings.

Just decided to make you look at it again.

Oh..and here's a ring I finished last week (before the new torch.)
I had it listed, but took it down to see if I can work on it
a little more. The butane torch was giving me fits on it.

Another ring.
 You know.... I finally opened this thing that Santa brought me.
I *love* it!!!
Why on earth did I wait so long?

Little Smith Torch Propane and Oxygen Set for Disposable Tanks

The Tanks

The Torch AND magnetic torch holder. Gotta have that stand too!
 When I was shopping for a torch (I mean, when Santa was shopping)
Sharon Driscoll told me to get that holder. She was so right!
It's awesome...and so is the torch! Sharon (who knows everything
there is to know about every single jewelry technique) helped me bunches 
with the torch purchase too.
I mean helped (Santa!)

Thank you, Sharon! :)

And then we have these. Probably for earrings.....

 They're copper wire - balled at the ends (with the new torch)...and have African beads.
OH, and they've had LOS too.

What else?

Oh yeah...this is our back yard today. Finally got a little *s*n*o*w*! Yay!
That is all.
Carry on.

Carpe Diem!

Friday, February 1, 2013

An Ankh Necklace and a Valentine's Day Sale: UPDATE

The Ankh with lots & lots of beads.

This necklace is LONG. Thirty-four inches in fact.

Layering of necklaces is currently very popular...I think this would look good layered with one or two others.

I've had the Ankh for a very LONG time. No idea where I got it.

And just because I have only one piece to show you, I'm making you look at it
many times.

I mixed it up a little for the clasp. It actually doesn't even NEED a clasp. Because, you know, it's you can just slip it over your head. Handy, huh?


Tracy suggested that the clasp would allow the wearer to convert this very long necklace
to choker length. Thank you, Tracy!
This is how it looks now.

A hand made copper headpin, a couple of old brass African beads, and a scarab now hang from the clasp.

Genius idea, Tracy!

And there you have it.

AND, I'm having my first ever Etsy Sale! Valentine's Day is coming up and I'm offering 14% off until February 14th. :) 

The code is FEB14.
 They really make it easy
to add those discount codes. Fun stuff! I like that Etsy is so user friendly.

Here's a little shot I took in Pioneer Town, CA.
Such Wisdom.

 Carpe Diem!