Friday, December 28, 2007

Work in Progress

Well, it certainly has been way too long since I've posted anything here. Now that the Christmas rush is over though, I have a little more time to actually work on new jewelry.

Speaking of time and new jewelry, here is a piece I started working on the day before Christmas. It's still a work in progress though. So far I have put almost nin hours into it. I still have to decide what kind of chain to make for it. I think once it's finished it will be well worth the time and work I've put into it though!

I'm posting a few pictures of what I have so far. As always, click the thumbnail if you want to see a larger picture.

These first two are the pendant. I was originally only planning to make the pendant and put it on a ready made chain, but after I saw it finished I decided I had to do more.

This one is the second part of the focal piece. I'm not sure if it looks more like a bra or owl eyes at this point ;)

This last one is the completed focal piece.

I hope to have this piece in my shop before New Year's Day. That is, of course, if I can decide on a chain by then.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

They Grow Up Too Fast

Isn't it weird sometimes how you don't see your children growing up, then all of a sudden you look at them and realize they aren't babies anymore? I see my daughter everyday. Hug her in the morning before she goes off to school, dry her tears when she is crying. We laugh and joke and play together. But I've always seen her as my little baby.

Last night the strangest thing happened. She was playing on the floor with one of the cats and I looked over and realized something. She has huge feet! Then I looked at her again and realized something else. It's not just her feet that grew. The rest of her did too.

She's growing up too fast. I miss my little baby. But I'll always love my little girl.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Jewelry Experiment #1: Eggs Stink (Silver Oxidation Experiment)

After seeing a discussion on the Etsy forums about oxidizing metals, I decided to test a method suggested by another etsy member. She stated she uses hard boiled eggs to oxidize her silver jewelry. To see her instructions, go to the original forum thread. In this I am including pictures of the jewelry before, during and after. If you would like to see a larger version of any of these pictures, just click on the image.

Here is a picture of the jewelry before oxidation.

In the directions given in the forum thread, you had to lay the jewelry in the bag and turn it over periodically so it would oxidize on both sides. Because of that you couldn't really do very much at one time. Also, it would be inevitable that you would get at least some egg on the jewelry. Well, I'm lazy. I don't want to have to turn it over, and I don't want to have to clean egg out of all the little bitty cracks and crevices in the wire. So I decided to make a rack to hang the jewelry on out of old electrical wire.

As I boiled the eggs I put the all the jewelry to be oxidized onto the rack. Of course, you need to make sure all items are well seperated.

Here is another image of the rack with the jewelry on it before going into the baggie.

Soooo..... into a gallon size baggie went three very hot, semi-runny hard boiled eggs. It was kinda fun smushing them with the shells on :). Then I just popped the whole rack into the back and sealed it up real quick.

Here's a picture of the whole icky mess here (if you're into that sort of thing).

After the eggs had completely cooled, I took the jewelry out and microwaved the eggs and put the jewlery back in again.

Here's what the jewelry looked like after the second time in there.

As you can see, it's already doing pretty well.

I repeated this 2 more times.

This is what the jewelry looked like after the last time in the bag.

After giving it all a real good rinse, I cleaned a few of the pieces with a paste made from vinegar and baking soda, leaving the tarnish inside the crevices to show detail.

This is the finished jewelry.

I probably could've achieved better results by letting it sit overnight, but I wanted to hurry up and get this blog posted. Also, the person who originally suggested this method said she uses fine grade steel wool to rough up the pieces just a little bit between the times the jewelry is in the bag with the eggs. That would have improved the finished look as well. Next time, I'll have to try that.

The rack I used was made to fit inside a large baggie. If you needed to tarnish larger pieces or necklaces, you could probably find a plastic shoebox (with a really good seal) or some other container and make a rack to fit it.

If anyone else has suggestions on improving this I would love to hear them!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

I Suppose I Should Introduce Myself ...

Since this is my first blog entry here, I guess it would be best to introduce myself *s*

My name is Donna. I've been making "stuff" for as long as I can remember. I began making and selling beadwork at pow wows when I was a teenager, but had to give it up when my daughter was born (she had a heart condition and could not handle the heat). After that I dabbled in computer graphics (mostly gui design) but never really did a whole lot with it.

Then one day, as I sat at my computer, bored to death, I picked up a paper clip and a pair of small pliers. A few minutes later I had made my first pair of wire earrings. At that point I was hooked. I needed more wire. Then I had to have beads. Then I needed more wire. Soon I had no idea what to do with everything I had made. So, that's when I found etsy. *s*

I started setting up my etsy shop in March 2007. Since then I  have been trying to find ways to promote my shop. Someone suggested I start blogging, so here I am.

I may be starting this blog as a promotional tool, but I plan on writing about more than just my jewelry. I don't want people to feel that all I am doing is trying to sell them something they may not want.

Well, that's me.... for now...