Having Fun With Solder

I completed two pieces from my recent pile of experimentation. One a bit more simple and the other with a bit more “pizzaz”. ( but not really!)

I have been contemplating if I should add some bling….. what do you think.  As a reminder here is part of the pile I have been creating: solder

The two pieces I finished aren’t even in this shot but here they are:

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Thanks for looking and more to come.  Now I need a name for a new shop since these are so different from my vintage assemblage pieces like this

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……things to contemplate


Blu Mudd Design Challenge

I am continuously looking for unique components to use in my jewelry designs and to try some new things at the same time.

When I came across the Blu Mudd Design challenge it was just what I was looking for. I have never used ceramic components in my designs so it was perfect for trying something new.  The design challenge was sponsored by Blu Mudd Ceramics. Each person was given the same components and then challenged to design one or two pieces using those components. The lovely pieces were created by Moriah Betterly.

You can check out the album and scroll through and vote for your favorites.  There are so many lovely creations. Vote for one, vote for all.  To vote you click on the “like” button for that particular photo. Voting ends June 7 at 10pm EST.

Here is my entry


While you are there check out the beautiful creations that you could also incorporate into your designs.

Thanks for looking.


My Fairy Garden Gnome Necklace

I have this amazing old German gnome fairy riding a grasshopper figure which I adore. One day I was looking at him and thought ooh he would make a cool pendant.  I of course didn’t want to destroy him. I had just discovered Ice Resin and mold making so figured I would give it a shot.

Here is my gnome figureImage

Isn’t he a cutie?

Here is the mold that I madeImage

I mixed the Ice Resin per instructions and poured it into the mold.  Once the piece was cured I removed it and then painted him.

I held onto him for quite some time as I wasn’t sure what to do with the little fella! Finally decide upon this:Image

He’s not perfect but I love him!


Inspirations From A Messy Workshop


I decided that it was time to clean up my work space. I had bits and pieces of various things all over my space. As I began to sort and organize the little treasures I found I decided to stop organizing and make some jewelery! At the same time there was a jewelry making challenge hosted by Brenda Sue Lansdowne of B’Sue Boutiques. This challenge was called the Kitchen Sink Jewelry Challenge. Basically this style of jewelry is to load as much as possible onto the piece while still being appealing and seemingly balanced. You can read more about this at her blog.

These are the two necklaces that came out of my “clutter”.