Thursday, January 31, 2008

Valentines Earrings for Etsy Store




These were made by yours truly yesterday at the studio with our instructor making his rounds the way he does. I actually made several small items. Adding other elements to each hand cut heart piece such as circles, handmade ear wires, a hammering here and there, and oxidation, took away from that "cute" look.

You know just when it seems the days can't get much darker there's studio time around fellow artisans. Suddenly the moon dust is shaken from the hair and cotton disintegrates from the brain...amazingly, you think you make sense and can communicate. And when I say communicate I mean hold a conversation without feeling like you're in some thick hazy jello, imagine how the words travel through all that. Two nights ago..pPicture moving your Mini (because it's your turn to do the next chore and you just told hubby if he goes out with his slippers on he can't put them on the coffee table)to the carport because hubby received a high wind advisory via text. So you run back out to move the little Mini...(this right after escramming to UPS before they close to get daughters phone charger up to her dorm room in NYC where she just returned). Flash forward it's been a few minutes and gosh darn it if you're not on a secondary road deciding whether to hang a Louie or go right to some destination which is hidden in the cotton stuffed in your brain. (oh yeah, you remember the carport, not the airport) So you hand a U-ey and snuggle her back in and admit your blunder because it's been that long since you left.

Maybe yesterday I did behave this way in class (a little nutty maybe thick). Could there be collective cotton in all our brains? Nah I don't go for the collective conscience bs.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Strobist DIY Light Box

Instead of taking pics of the actual cardboard/vellum/taped light box I made, it seemed easier to link to my source. (and anyway, I'd have to neaten up my studio, bleh)

Anyone looking to sell jewelry or other small items online - it's sooo worth the time to make one of these babies. (or i suppose if you can afford it buy one)

I can already tell with my most recent pics the importance of using Adobe Photoshop, and a Halogen bulb.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Silver and Gold Earrings for Etsy Shop


Okay, second attempt with brighter background...these are miniature spinners made by yours truly with sterling silver and bands of 14k gold. Every piece of the earring is handmade by me, including the backings. A little further outside my spinner ring sphere?

Light Box Earrings Take One


oh dear, I can see why i need real poster board, shiny and white...not the back of an old print (as was used here for these earrings). Also, the first set I took (which i won't bore you with) came out darkish. Second set, which I've posted are lighter, all i did was pull the camera back further out of the box (doh!). The earrings are still not illuminating enough. Need another source of light, clip on methinks.

Set on Macro, no flash...Tripod.

At least the box is made, now i can focus (get it?) on what setting my jewelry will look best.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Dakota Cross Bearer




For Sister Cousin Gina...get this book! :-) you'll find an old family photo of you know who...uhhh the story's excellent too...read the synopsis, you'll like it.


Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Pub. Date: April 2004
ISBN-13: 9780803264458
Sales Rank: 704,477
304pp

Monday, January 21, 2008

Light Box DIY for Jewelry Pics (1st Attempt)

Finally going to attempt one of these things. I found this vid showing a really enixpensive (10$?) home made light box amid lots of $$$$ worth of camera equip. Watch the vid till the end, you'll be suprised what you see, and the music is fun. I'll post pics if i'm successful, if not, you'll see pics of my cats with their new toy.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Sweet Grandma Shepard


Your sister is coming home.





Ida N. Wiler, 86, of Sioux City passed away Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008, at a Sioux City hospital.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Paul's Indian Mission in Sioux City, with the Rev. Anne Scissons officiating. Burial will be in Santee Cemetery, Santee, Neb. Arrangements are under the direction of the Santee Sioux Nation Wake and Burial Services and Waterbury Funeral Service in Sergeant Bluff.

Ida was born July 29, 1921, in Santee, Neb., the daughter of Guy and Minnie (Mitchell) Holmes. She attended St. Mary's School for Indian Girls in Springfield, S.D. She received her secretarial training at the Haskell Indian School in Lawrence, Kan.

She was married to Ralph Wiler in 1951. Through her long career with the federal government, she worked for the Department of Interior and the Veterans Administration at locations throughout the country including Chicago, Washington, D.C., Albuquerque, N.M., and Los Angeles, Calif. She retired in the mid 1970s. When her husband died in 1979, she moved from Scottsdale, Ariz., to Sioux City.

She is survived by her sister, Minerva Holmes of South Sioux City; her first cousin, Adele Trudell LaVelle of Sioux City and her children, Mary Ann LaVelle Willer of Colfax, Calif., Linda LaVelle Dubbe of Sioux City, John LaVelle of Albuquerque, N.M., David LaVelle of Brisbane, Australia, Teresa LaVelle of Sioux City and Michelle LaVelle Gilbert of Panama City Beach, Fla.; a niece, Jill Erickson of Portland, Ore.; first cousins, Wayne Mitchell, Louis Mitchell and Vines Mitchell, all of Phoenix, Ariz.; and nephews, William Shepard of Washington, D.C., James Shepard of Normal, Ill., Jack Shepard and Peter Shepard of Salem, Ore.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother, Leonard Holmes; and two sisters, Verna Holmes Shepard and Ruth Holmes.

Double Gold Band Sterling Silver Spinner Ring Size 7.5



Been busy, this is another Spinner Ring, with 14k gold bands, size 7-7.5

Added the stipple effect as in the ring I just listed. I really love this one, it fits me well at some point I'm going to claim one as mine. :-)

Off to Etsy it goes for a listing.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

New Silver and Gold Spinner with Stipple Pattern


Ok I'm excited i stepped outside the box again and am super pleased with the look of this pretty ring. There is a specific pattern with the stippling on the Sterling Silver band which at first glance reminds me of twinkling stars.

The Spinner is a slightly hammered 14k gold band, and she does spin! :-)

This is a size 9/12 - 10

Hurry Up Sun

Bart wants out; he's circling the downstairs like John Wayne, he wants to git at his critters! Princess is following Bart's tracks, jingling her bells on her princess collar, not sure if he's leaving a scent for her? Fatty wants anything and everything, pick her up, she cries for more, stand still - she tries to claw her way up to your arms (she's insatiable), walk to the front door, they all come running like a herd of buffalo to a cliff. Puddy won't drink his milk this morning, that's a bit worrying.

How long does this artist have to wait till she can start hammering, drilling, soldering her latest swanky pair of earrings?

I need use of these items and more… dremmel the tumbler and some music thankyouverymuch.

Still on a sweet art high from yesterday at the studio in Alexandria. Love that class, the camaraderie (artists tend to feed off each other in some bizarre other worldly way), the joking, the occasional cussword as someone slams a digit into some piece of metal, or vice versa(never serious, just a whack here, a drill into skin there)...Nick coming round to help every person even if he does watch weird shows on BBCA.

Please let there be some morning sun for pics, please oh please.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Ready to put Fluorite Pendant on a chain for Etsy













I've worked on it for a long time, then set her aside. I kept thinking there was more she needed, but methinks she just needs a complimentary chain. What kind? Not just any chain will do, no no no, she needs something timeless and special.

Should I put her on Etsy as a Pendant, no chain? Would that be a "finding?" I'm not sure what to do...is she a stone or do i call her mineral?

Sunday, January 13, 2008

AAAaaaaaaaaa the pores!!!













well these are just too big...i really need a camera box thingy, my brain is dreif. Do you see the silver looped necklace I made? the one i soldered and looped and hammered and filed and all that...no? probably not still...the last pic was so bad, it had the necklace on dark pink, the necklace blinged back as if from an aliens morse code...ugh

sonofabumweasel!




i need a jewelers camera box thingy...thing...do you see the necklace in the pic? the thick silver looped pretty one I made which is for sale on Etsy? No? I didn't think so!

Pink Dreams Twisty Necklace


I feel like I'm finally earning my naps...love my naps...this is Jessie modeling again. Etsy rocks, love the community, the eye candy (art) and having a place to work.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Monday, January 7, 2008

WJS III 10/1961-01/1981


Not quite 20 yet. Always my brother. I keep you always.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Someone Special bought This Ring



Notice which hand it's placed? Someone dipped her toes into the Dead Sea, was emersed in the Jordan River, felt a camels hump, found some old Roman Glass earrings she knew someone else would absolutely love and came home to talk about it.

Happy Birthday Jessie! 33, you're catching up to me ;p

Thursday, January 3, 2008

14k Gold and Sterling Silver Spinner Ring (custom order)



Nothing like holding a torch to make a ring when it's cold enough to chatter your teeth...and you have to keep the studio window open, fan on. This turned out lovely. I still need to go in and use my dremel to do some slight sanding, then tumble again. Then it gets boxed for its new owner.