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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Two new necklaces :) on: June 17, 2016 02:42:00 AM
Hey there everyone  Cheesy
I have been a bit quiet lately, having had some medical/physical issues which caused me to slow down the scissor run, to a slow careful walk with my scissors. (I love that little joke here, on top of the page, lol, I always have an internal visual of frantically running people with scissors).

At the moment, because of great help, I am feeling a bit more energetic and started making things again.
A Peridot/Amethyst necklace, because I really love that combination of stones. Such a fresh green of peridot, and then the warm purple of this amethyst stone. It reminds me of springtime, fresh leaves forming and flowerbuds. Springtime makes me happy because I love to warch everything grow and change.
So here is my happy springtime necklace Smiley

I also made this labradorite one, I have been searching for this shape (stone) for a while because I think its awesome Smiley. It reminds me of fantasy fairy tales, Lord of the Rings like movies. To me its a bit fairy like, slightly reminds me of magical stories and magical personalities inside the stories.

Just wanted to share these with you Smiley sorry for the overly personal note in this topic, but I am soaking in a cheerful and hopeful mood and just needed to share some of that.  Cheesy
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Purple amethyst on: April 18, 2016 02:06:41 AM
Thanks! Smiley
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Purple amethyst on: April 16, 2016 08:02:15 AM
Oh goodness, sorry! I just noticed that I posted it in the "Completed projects: Reconstructed" part, its not a reconstructed post, just a completed project.
I tried to remove it but I cannot do that.

Sorry Smiley
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Purple amethyst on: April 16, 2016 07:59:43 AM
I just finished this necklace, its simple (I know Smiley), but I loved the stone so much that I wanted to show it. Its a purple amethyst, but a much deeper color then what I usually find. It was love at first sight Tongue  Cheesy

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Olive wood and Onyx on: March 09, 2016 11:02:22 PM
I have been playing with the idea to combine gemstones with wood. I love woodworking and had this really nice piece of olivewood that I found, ready to be shaped into something.
Wood has a soft look, and usually a warm color, gemstones are hard and have some shine. I decided it would be interesting to combine a cool colored gemstone (as in a color that is not warm), with the warmth of the wood. Maybe grey/blue-ish.

So I cut my olive wood into a drop, and shaped a hole into it that I sanded for ages Tongue, until it all had rounded and smooth edges. And then even further, first with a 120 grid, then finer and finer until 800 and 1000.
When that was done I drilled a tiny angled hole from the top to the hole in the wood where the gemstone was going to be.
Before placing the silver and gemstone, I used a special type of oil to rub the wood with. It gives a silky glow and makes the colors brighter. It also protects the wood from water.
When you wait long enough (couple of weeks) the oil will harden and will not stain clothes etc anymore. Like oil in oil paints, those harden as well if you wait long enough.

When the oil had hardened I fastened the gemstone into the wood, I had forgotten that I wanted a cool color  Cheesy so I placed an Onyx (next time a cool color!  Grin). I thought the black looked beautiful with the silver. The silver is coated with a special type of coating that is made for this, so that the oxidation process will not happen so horribly fast. Wood can cause silver to oxidize more quickly. So that is why it had to be protected a bit.

And here is the result, a lot of work! But I enjoy working with wood so who cares.  Cheesy
Its 3 cm x 2 cm.

I just noticed a little dust dot on it, should have taken the time to blow it off before photographing it  Cheesy
I wonder if a moonstone would be nice, or a labradorite cabochon.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / The best flush cutter on: March 04, 2016 05:38:40 AM
Hey there,
I am out to look for a new flush cutter as my old one is not as precise anymore.
I would like to find one that cuts really nicely, very flush so to say Tongue (English is not my first language, so I hope people understand what I mean).
The more precise the flush side is, the better, because its easier for soldering when the cut is really straight.

So, to other jewelry makers out here, which flush cutter do you like best? What would you recommend?

A big thank you in advance!  Wink
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Moonstone and labradorite jewelry on: March 04, 2016 03:17:32 AM

They are gorgeous stones I agree, moonstones are my favorite at the moment. I just cant get over that blue glow, my mind keeps making new ideas with that Smiley lol. It just sticks with me.
These are nice as well, I have a couple like them. I am just so much in awe with them that I barely dare to make something with it. Would be lovely to just keep them and not use them for the shop. Then they would just lie there and be pretty.  Grin

It reminds me of the northern lights:
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Bird Spirit Dotee Doll on: March 02, 2016 08:25:50 AM
Wow, beautifully done! The style reminds me a bit of The Dark Crystal (movie)
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Woodland Creature Quilt on: March 02, 2016 08:22:25 AM
Wow, this is really wonderful, beautiful and lovely and did I say lovely! So much work also!
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Oil painting (tiny) on: March 02, 2016 08:20:19 AM
I recently made this aceo sized miniature. I painted it with oil paints.
I do not paint a lot anymore, but every once in a while I have the guts to start something small.
I painted the oak leave in this one because of its symbolism, maybe I will use an oak as inspiration next time as well. Smiley

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