Monday, June 30, 2008

New Rings



I have a craving to make some new rings using the style and idea behind my Fracture ring, and my Untension necklace (shown in pics)
Simmilar to the Untension necklace, the rings spinner would move, unlike the Fracture ring. The Fracture ring is so special to me, but the spinner is frozen in place. So, I'm going to try out some rings similar to both, with the spinner able to move freely, giving the illusion it is holding the ring shut. I see these as Untension rings, split open on purpose while keeping the intended size and form.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

14k Gold Spinner with Sterling Silver


Spent today making another one of these - a custom order an Etsy customer.

Friday, June 27, 2008

The Great Bead Destash

Ok, so I've had these millefiori glass beads for years...buying them on impulse at bead shows, I plan to declutter my stash!


Thursday, June 26, 2008

Art Exhibit Featuring Jodi Flood and Isabel Castaneda


Looking forward to seeing/supporting my friend Jodi Flood and finally meeting Isabel Castaneda! If you are in the area please come!
If you happen to be in Alexandria on Saturday afternoon, please come on by to see us. We will be joined by a violinist, and will be serving light snacks and refreshments. And of course, the coffeehouse serves delicious coffee, desserts, and ice cream.
Cameron Perks Coffeehouse at 4911 Brenman Park Dr., Alexandria, VA 22304

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Vacation Mode for my Etsy Shop

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, nothing like working long hard hours for love of art, and when its time to take a break to refuel - just do it! I have several custom orders to fill and then I plan to garden, and enjoy being with family and friends for a long weekend. I'm positive this down time will renergize my creativity.

This past Spring Johnny and I took a week and headed for OBX...it was great and I didn't realize that vacations are meant to vacate your life as you know it, to relax, to do all those things that usually make one feel lazy...you know those things you do. Not only did I not vacate my usual life, I brought work with me and I obsessed about my shop. tsk tsk tsk...it's time for a real vacation.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Obama Pet Tag in Braille


Isn't this lovely? Sterling silver, no oxidation, the name - Obama
Simple...I'm hoping someone will like it.

Monday, June 23, 2008

New New Ring for AutumnLeavesJewelry at Etsy



As you can see I've down played my 'Angelic's Ring' which was a very wild Poppy for this simplified version - Organic Poppy in Silver

Saturday, June 21, 2008

New Rings for AutumnLeavesJewelry Etsy Site


Just added my stacking rings with "dots" or "baubles" not sure which is more apt. These were fun to make because a little (just a tad) more creativity was involved in the construction of the rings. They are definitelyl affordable and durable :-)

Friday, June 20, 2008

50% Summer Clearance in my Etsy Shop

If you are looking for very affordable sterling silver earrings, just click on the link, I believe these will go fast. :-)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Etsy Summer Colors! New Treasury




Please check out this link and comment if you feel like it (on the Etsy site) I was able to curate a treasury and had so much fun choosing colors! :-)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Anticlastic Rings

Aside from spinners I find these fascinating, to see how far I can push the metal and still form a beautiful piece. Imagine all the tap tap tap of the hammer and heat of the torch, the hot pickle it gets immersed in over and over and yet...it somehow becomes something elegant, almost soft looking yet it remains solid (after all it is metal). I have been working on one, and set it aside. (Back to the drawing board)

Sunday, June 15, 2008

More Photos of Stacking Rings




I keep trying to perfect these. My sister in law Becky modeled her amazing hands today...hoping for once I'll have some great pics of these rings!

Happy Fathers Day

To my dad and Angie's dad...:-)




I Feel So Honored


I made the Front Page of Etsy this evening, I was notified by the curator(http://stratussilver.etsy.com) of the treasury and a couple of other special people. How awesome. The fact that I was even included in this treasury with these smithers was beyond me. It made my night ! (I guess it's tomorrow as I just got home at it's 12:37)

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Pets For Obama


Sterling Silver pet tags, cusomized with your sweeties name 4 Obama. Very affordable and definitely a keepsake!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Reshooting Pics of Stacking Rings for Etsy



...and it goes on...trying to get a more crisp view of the rings, I think I finally have it.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Obama Sterling Silver Earrings



Well? Should I market these on Etsy?

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Attempting to Sharpen Chunky Sterling Silver Stacking Ring pics




Mini tripod, plenty of feet away, sun not directly facing lens, macro on, timer on. I need a hand model!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Chunky Sterling Silver Stacking Rings for Etsy




These are 12 gauge sterling silver wire, soldered, hammered, sized. I plan to add them to my Etsy store and revisit my prices, as well as my 16 gauge Sterling Silver Stacking Rings.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Melting

These hot humid melty days allow for time to garden, and melt more...they also provide time to prepare for the fall/holiday season sales. Getting thank you cards ready, stocking up on mailers and jewelry boxes is a good thing. If the weather breaks a little I'd like to get more ring shanks prepared for sizing. It would be lovely to actually clean my studio...I don't know how other artists do this, or do they?

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Sizing Rings Today


And thought I might like to add this photo of another Fathers Day Golf Ball Marker to my little Etsy shop. It's been enjoyable, even rewarding stamping the little sayings on each golf ball marker order :-)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Anticlastic Ring with Silver and Gold



I was working on this ring a couple of weeks ago, and have a photo of it on my blog, not quite finished, and not quite sure if I would be willing to sell it. Now it's done. I love it, and love how unique it is. She's a size 6 and split on purpose with gold lining the tear. There's the illusion the silver outer band spins, but she's soldered in place. What do you think?

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Third Arm Addition


Finally got my third arm w/tweezers for my home studio. It's wonderful!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Dreamy Summer Hoop Earrings for Etsy



Just made these cuties this morning, they do swing and move and the earwires are soldered so there is no escape from the crazy spinning action. I love these!