Thursday, September 20, 2012

A few more goodies from the Franklin show!

Playing with some new materials!
Pyrite, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, Nacozari Turquoise,
Pearls, Ruby and Tourmaline cabs

Friday, August 3, 2012

It is always fun to sort through all of the goodies at the Gem and Lapidary Wholesale show.
This year I picked up lots of new pearls and these drilled beauties.  
Large oval faceted Aquamarine
Black Star Sapphire
(the star is more of a halo, not a true 6-8 point star)
I simply could not pass these by...

Monday, July 2, 2012

What is buzzing around my bench today!

 Today I am working on a pair of my queen bee earrings for an Etsy customer.  I created hand drawn templates that I glue to the sterling sheet. This keeps the details of each bee very similar to its partner.

I have done the initial sawing out and have drilled holes for the piercing.

  Here the saw blade is in place, ready to saw around the inside of the black outline.

Here they are ready for final filing and polishing.

Next step...  a run through the tumbler to harden the silver and then attaching the earwires and stinger!

Friday, June 1, 2012

A new flower for the collection!
Sterling silver with a bright finish and copper with a heat patina.

I got these finished just before we left for Boulder!  
Took them along and received many compliments on them.  They are light as a feather and have great movement.