Monthly Archives: January 2013

From Flat to Fab!

When I was a kid, my grandfather always told me to “quit monkeying around,” because I could never leave things as they were.  I always felt the need to fix, rearrange or change whatever it was.  With me, jewelry is … Continue reading

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The Boho Beauty earrings are done!

For those who have been following the patinaed brass earrings through the process, here are the finished pieces.  They have a bluish purple “peacock” hue to them, with just enough “jangle” to make them funky!

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To resin or not to resin. That is the question.

We’ve all seen them.  Those nifty little pendants with dictionary pages or a bit of dried flower or a nice pattern beneath a clear dome of…something.  But what is that “something?”  Most people assume that the substance is glass and … Continue reading

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The patina saga continues….

As someone said to me the other days, patina work is a process of patience.  How right they were!  The original plain brass bases have finally been finished and are ready to move onto the next phase in earring creation. … Continue reading

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It’s more than just beads

To Boldly Go… Yes, I know that’s the captain’s line from Star Trek.  And yes, you all might as well know, I’m a huge Trek fan.  Really hate the term “Trekkie,” however.  But I do adore ST and was even … Continue reading

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A work in progress……

These earrings are going to become part of the Black Label collection.  So far, they’ve been heated, dosed with Swellegant’s Tiffany Green patina, touched up with Vintaj‘s “jade” patina paint and then coated with Swellegant’s Violet dye oxide.  A few … Continue reading

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More Patina Madness!

I’ve been talking a lot about patina lately and a few people have asked me, what exactly is it, anyway?  Well, if you’ve ever watched American Pickers, you’ll hear Mike and Frank talk about an item having a “nice patina” … Continue reading

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I’ve never met a bead I didn’t like. More or less.

I receive a lot of requests for jewelry using particular beads or stones, everything from garnets (the January birthstone) to Czech fire-polished glass to David Christensen cane glass.  I’ll use them all, plus more!  In general, I’ll make a piece … Continue reading

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