Sunday, August 16, 2009

When Ya Can't Sleep...What to do...What to do?

I know you have been there. Fess up. Everyone else is sleeping in your household but you! It's too early to get up but you just have to! What do you do? Certainly, it is too early to really function...come on...the coffee isn't even finished!

This morning around 4:00 a.m. I was up and ready to start my day. Well, sort of. I decided to make some earwires. Many of my customers are always surprised that I make my own earwires. When they find out I notice them taking a deeper look at the earrings they plan to buy. They apparently, at this point "get it". It's all handcrafted, timely to make, and pretty darn neat. Did I just date myself by using "neat". So be it.

Here are a couple of photos of just one of the stages I use to make earwires. After cutting the wire I file the ends, form the wire, using a rawhide hammer I harden the earwires. I throw the earwires in my tumbler with a little dish detergent and stainless steel shot for a bit to clean and harden the earwires completely. What you see in the photos are the earwires and shot being rinsed and dried. Now to design...What to do...What to do?

Thursday, August 6, 2009

To Be Shore Bangle

To Be Shore Bangle - Interweave

The To Be Shore Bangle was designed by me and submitted to Wire Jewelry Magazine last August 2008.

Submitting work to a magazine is a learning experience on it's own. I rewrote the instructions many times trying to make them clear and simple. Taking the photos myself and appearing in the photos at the same time was a challenge. I never used my timer on the camera until this project came along.

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