Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sale Coming Soon to AutumnLeavesJewelry

...promise

I need to move all of my items...

(I'll also be doing a home show soon if you live in the area send me a note.)

Meanwhile...I continue to create and give.

My muse is stronger than ever...


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Jewelry Making Supplies, Handmade, Vintage and Found

I often  come across many beautiful pieces of old jewelry, and have very good access to jewelry supplies. This being said, AutumnLeavesJewelry is now going to feature these items in my Supply section from my Etsy shop.
Currently I have a plastic ring sizer, which if used properly can size nicely.
I'm adding these today...not made by me, but oh did I fall for them hard when I saw them. I'm keeping a pair for myself to make into earrings for personal use
They each have a lovely turquoise cabochon and are seated in a bezel atop of layers of sterling silver in what looks like a flower. On the bottom are two tiny areas where an earwire or split ring, or anything your heart desires can be attached. They could be made into rings using a wire wrap technique, the sky seems to be the limit with these Lovelies! :-)

(these span about 10mm)


I'm listing them shortly...

(they should go fast...so if you are interested, let me know)
thanks,  have a wonderful day!!!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sold and Relists - Relief Item For Japan

What a wonderful  feeling it always is (never gets old!!!) to have someone purchase my jewelry.

This is going to its new home in Canada today...(I have one more identical Sugilite stone which is ready to be made into a ring or a pendant, please convo me if you have an interest in this...)


This was a private, custom order that went out last week...custom orders are welcome! :-)



Please please please, do a search on Etsy for Japan Relief and find lots of very nice hand made items which most or portions of the sale proceeds will go to Red Cross to help those who are suffering in Japan.




This is my donation, it has not sold yet, I'm hoping it goes soon and I will donate 80$ to the Red Cross...(this items has 12 Hearts from Etsians, which means it will hopefully sell soon)



Friday, March 25, 2011

Fresh Buds For The Vase

Making these pretties got me through a rough week, I love the colors! I'm feeling my 'Native' background with these as well.

The Sterling silver earring background is textured, adorning pretty sky blue Sleeping Beauty Turquoise cabochons. Along the fringe are more turquoise beads and red carnelian to add a POP of color. Each metal part of these earrings were smithed by me.
My makers mark is on the back and stamped .025 (for those of you who collect my work.)
 I have made 2 pair, and will list them shortly in my Etsy shop. They are 2 and 1/4" from top of earwire to bottom of earring.



Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spring Turquoise Earrings

Frida-esque style...


Staying busy in my studio and seeking calm and beauty, strength and hope.

These will be listed later with some other fresh smithed jewelry pieces...

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Japan Relief Art Pieces Here

I have a challenge for us. Let's help Japan through our art pieces and our time.

Who else would like to donate a piece, or make pieces of art for Japan? Etsy has been doing a good job of getting donation pieces on the front page.

My challenge is to give all or at least HALF of the proceeds (minus shipping, oh okay) Even if it's an item that is not super costly it would benefit in so many ways beyond just giving money. I have been feeling sad and helpless, aside from prayers and crying and giving 10$ to the Red Cross via text I thought we could form a group on Etsy for Smithers to donate and continue to donate a piece.

This morning, while finishing a different custom order, my fears and sadness were turned into feelings  of empowerment through smithing this piece...It's a simple piece, and it's made with thoughts of people living in Japan in mind.

The Etsy forums have shrunk and are hard to navigate these days...would any other smithers be willing to link our blogs for our donation pieces? We could curate some Japan Relief treasuries on Etsy and hope to make the Front Page in order for people to see and purchase and get this money donated to the Red Cross.

This is a 2" long (1" at it's widest part) sterling silver Leaf pin, all made by me with these words inscribed on the back


The front of the pin is so pretty, it looks just like a leaf found in nature, and it would go with any outfit...I think a leaf symbolizes hope and growth.

Post if you would like to link up and form a group, or get together mainly to get treasuries going for Japan Aid...

Friday, March 11, 2011

I think about her often and remember how nice it felt when she parted my long black hair to braid for me. How I was so annoyed at having to always wear a hat on cold days (of course she was right). She was usually wearing some sort of turquoise stone set in silver jewelry...big and chunky, and an apron, often smiling or laughing.



I'm thinking of the fond times with my grandmother. This ring was made with her in mind.

The stone is a pretty and chunky turquoise cabochon set into a handmade (by me of course) fine silver and sterling silver bezel. The side is adorned with a gorgeous hand fabricated (my handy-work) feather. The overall shape is oval.


The ring shank has a floral motif and the back of the ring has a pretty detailed feather with my makers mark (for those of you who collect my work).
This ring is a U.S. Size 8.5


(I love you Grandma)


If you are curious about what went into making this ring please see my 3 part video on my blog at


http://carolynartist.blogspot.com/2011/03/how-to-video-series.html


Friday, March 4, 2011

A Bit About Sugilite- Along With A Fresh Bud In Form Of Ring

from Wikipedia...
Sugilite (also known as luvulite) is a relatively rare pink to purple cyclosilicate mineral with the complex chemical formula KNa2(Fe,Mn,Al)2Li3Si12O30. Sugilite crystallizes in the hexagonal system with prismatic crystals. The crystals are rarely found and the form is usually massive. It has a Mohs hardness of 5.5 to 6.5 and a specific gravity of 2.75 to 2.80. It is mostly translucent.



Sugilite was first described in 1944 by the Japanese petrologist Ken-ichi Sugi (1901–1948) for an occurrence on Iwagi Islet, Japan, where it is found in an aegirine syenite intrusive stock. It is found in a similar environment at Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada. In the Wessels mine in northern Cape Province of South Africa, sugilite is mined from a strata-bound manganese deposit. It is also reported from Liguria and Tuscany, Italy; New South Wales, Australia; and Madhya Pradesh, India.

I offer you this gorgeous Sugilite Pink to Purple Ring in Sterling Silver and hope it causes you to think of Spring!



I have another Sugilite stone, matching, which I purchased with the intent to make a pair of earrings but decided the stone was too big and thick...so look for another ring or pendant soon (or contact me if you'd like me to make you a custom piece with this stone) :-)

I've got real buds coming up in my garden...they're green, can't wait for all the brilliant colors to pop out front! :-)

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Freshly Plucked From My Garden

I've been busy in my studio lately, here's the first for this week...I just love these stones (both are 12.5mm x 12mm x 4mm thick and Total 9.80ct/ 1.96gr.) These cabs were hand cut in Phrygian Valley, Turkey and are amethyst sage agates. The colors seem to get deeper the closer I was to finishing setting them. I've given them a simple serrated edge fine silver edging along the bezel and seated them on sterling silver. My makers mark and .925 are stamped on the back of each...for those of you who collect my work.
They are accompanied by very curvy ooh-la-la ear wires to compliment the curvy plumes deep inside the stones.



I was up at 3am this morning finishing them, along with a ring...yes it was that sort of sleep-deprived night. Luckily I had some cats, warm milk and my studio to fill my time :-)