My latest project, drilling some glass and stones with my new Dremel 4000 I got for my birthday. Learned two things today: 1. Petoskey stones are softer than beach glass. 2. Hold on tight or they become tiny projectiles!
Not sure if I will be selling these as supplies or making into jewelry. Probably both!
I have now listed a few of the etched copper pendants in my Etsy shop, after tweaking the patina on them just a bit. I decided not to punch holes in them yet, giving the customer the choice of how many and where. Hoping to make up a few more, also want to make up some bronze metal clay pendants and toggles in my kiln to list as well, so I have added a new section to my shop, Handmade Supplies. Hope you check it out!
So my latest endeavor, copper etching. I drew on the copper rounds with a sharpie marker, then used a mixture of muriatic acid and hydrogen peroxide to etch the copper. The details don't stand out as much as I'd hoped, especially on the mermaid, I think I need thicker lines. Love the horse head though!
Another new collection in my shop, Rustic Collection. Jewelry pieces made from stones, beach glass, leather and metal. I have had some of these stones and beach glass in my stash for years! Don't know why it took me so long to do anything with them!
All of the stones in these particular pieces below are from the Great Lakes. You can find them in my shop here.
I love all types of gemstones, but my absolute favorite is Labradorite. I love the blue/gray iridescence of it. So pretty! So it only follows that a lot of the jewelry I make is made of Labradorite. I came up with a new collection in my shop, Luxe Labradorite, made up of pieces made with labradorite stones and sterling silver. Here's a few of the pieces:
You can check out these and other pieces in my shop here.
Labradorite is thought to be a powerful stone that allows its wearer to see through illusions and brings insight. It is said to be excellent for strengthening intuition and for providing relief from anxiety, hopelessness and depression, replacing these negative feelings with enthusiasm, self-confidence and inspiration.
According to a Canadian Eskimo legend, the Northern Lights were once trapped in the rocks along the coast of Labrador, and then a wandering Eskimo warrior found them and freed most of the lights with a mighty blow of his spear. Some of the lights were still caught within the stone, however, and thus we have the beautiful mineral known as labradorite. (http://www.gemselect.com/other-info/about-labradorite.php)
Got my mini kiln out this weekend, probably haven't used it in over a year? Did up a couple of batches of pendants, always excited to see how the glass changes after firing. Here is a before and after pic of some pendants:
Here's another after picture, I was kind of disappointed in the results of the top right, I though the top layer of glass would be more clear, you can't see the second layer of glass, which was hearts (like the other one). Oh well, live and learn! I need to take better notes!
I added fused decals to the two pink/rose pendants, here is one of them, strung on a necklace of soft pink seed beads, now available in my Etsy shop:
I hope to get the other pendants added to my shop soon.