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Designs by pearlsandme aka Monica

A Practical Ring is a Practical Thing

Very unlike me, I'll post yet another piece on the same day! This ring I made for my hairdresser, who likes chunky rings, but they have to be...
Components: Brass sheet (0.7 mm?), sawed, filed and sanded, annealed and embossed, and bent and hammered into shape.


Earrings for me...

I got my ears pierced at the beginning of March... again! The first time around I was 10, but then I turned allergic to all earring metals I had,...
Components: Titanium wire 0.8 mm for the ear hooks. No. 1: hammered brass wire, coffee stained lambs bone (Easter dinner leftovers!), Czech glass beads. No. 2: Sterling silver wire 1 and 1.2 mm, jasper beads. No. 3: just the titanium wire riveted onto pieces of stained and waxed bone, silicon stoppers.


Ash Monday

This necklace will probably forever remind me of funerals. I had been planning it for a long time -- weeks, and just got started on doing some...
Components: Sterling silver sheet and wire, my own ceramic beads, turritella agate (LB), leather lace. Titanium wire for the ear hooks.


Oh No, Not Another Favorite Bracelet...

...and don't ask me for all the details of how I riveted it together, because this was again one of those "OK, this is how to NOT do it!" pieces! I...
Components: Soft iron binding wire 2 mm, copper sheet 0.7 mm, 18 ga copper wire for rivets (Lima, actually!), Swellegant sealant for the copper, wax for the iron.


Stringing -- and re-stringing

Trying to come up with a bracelet matching the lariat "to go with the Suede" which I posted last fall. I had most of the beads, added some square...
Components: Tiger eye of various shapes, some from Lima (at least the bigger and better :-) ), tiny Picture Jasper (Lima), brass wire 1.5 mm, brass sheet.


"Freewire" Embossing

I'd always figured you needed a rolling mill to do texture, or stamps or texturing hammers... Not so! I don't think I'm the first one embossing...
Components: Leather strap 2 cm wide, copper sheet 0, 7 mm, 1.5 mm copper wire for the rivets, magatama glass beads, waxed linen.


Etching tute

Here it is, showing several of my resist methods, including the laser printer ink.
Components: Copper blanks, ink jet sheets, etchant, tape.


Green in Snow

Fresh out of the camera... a pair of... recycled test tube caps (of the non-disposable old-fashioned kind). Thrown out as rubbish from work, but...
Components: Test tube caps of anodized aluminium, cut to shape with metal scissors, domed with punch and block, filed and sealed with Swellegant (LB). Silver wire, 0.8 mm. Czec beads, Toho seed beads (LB).


Headpin Spin

A friend rootled through my stash one evening (quite some time ago...), and found that jasper slab: "hey, do a necklace for me with this!". I had a...
Components: Red Creek Jasper, Toho beads, Vintaj chain (LB). Brass wire, 1 mm, for headpins and all of the earring parts. Patina (black oxide). I kept the dangles on the necklace so they can slide, and you can adjust the length without making it all lopsided.


Help! What's this stone?

All you stone experts out there! Any idea what this is? I drilled a few stones for a girl at work, and her mother got interested, and sent me a...
Components: Unknown stone, 1.5 mm bronze wire, silver solder, boiled egg used to patinate the bronze (I didn't want to risk getting the black oxide I usually use onto the stones) -- again one of those things I should have taken photos of, but didn't! Patinated copper chain from LB.


Maxi

Here is my latest experiment with a new etching resist technique: laser printer ink! OK, I know that's what is used for PnP transfers too, but I...
Components: Apologies for the light in the pics, the sun was even shining, sort of, but you could hardly tell... Copper sheet 0.7 mm, etched, patinated, and sealed with Swellegant clear sealant (LB, don't know yet how it wears, but I like the texture). Brass sheet 0.4 mm for the bail, and a snippet of wire for the rivet. Silk cord (LB).


Gift Set in Silver and Nature

...as in found stones :-) . I feel a little embarrassed posting my understatement pieces again, after that fabulous "Angry Friday", but here's the...
Components: Sterling silver wire, 1.5 and 0.8 mm for the earrings, 2 mm for the ring. Small pebbles from the garden for the earrings, and for the necklace a larger garden decoration pebble (I'm running out of beach pebbles for this winter!), some 0.4 mm sterling silver sheet soldered into a tube, and leather lace. All silver duly filed, sanded, polished and tumbled!


For a Downton Fan...

My sister-in-law wished for some 20th-style jewelry; I know she is a crazy fan of Downton Abbey, so I knew how to think -- looong! To be quite...
Components: Sterling silver wire, 1.5 mm. Tiny onyx and sardonyx beads (2 and 3 mm, small to keep it light)and some onyx rondelles, Czech glass -- the beads all from LB. And a moonstone drop (didn't find anything better in my stash).


Christmas Fair Display

The pictures turned out terrible, as I feared: lousy lightning, and me in too much of a hurry to get out of the way to try hard enough. But maybe I...


What Animal...?!

In this picture, this focal reminds me of a goat (or maybe sheep), which most certainly was NOT what inspired me... The middle brown piece is in...
Components: Stained beef bone (organic and local), sterling silver (scrap, sheet and wire, all parts hand made), First one: Smoke quarz, Rock Crystal; the Czech glass is from LB. Leather cord in the second one.


Minimalist Pebble

Here's another of the stones I drilled holes in, decided to go for copper with this one (the hue of the stone itself went better with copper). I...
Components: Copper sheet (maybe 0.4 mm), sanded and patinaed. Stone from the roadside...? Leather cord (I made adjustable knots, not very sophisticated, but practical).


Hawthorn Finished

Here are some of my metal that I posted earlier in a somewhat unfinished state... now I got it incorporated into this two-lenght necklace (you...
Components: Bronze sheet (0.4 mm, but hard to saw!) for the leaf, etched, heat patinaed and waxed. Tiger jaspis (some local shop) and Toho beads (LB)on waxed linen. Copper sheet for the clasp rounds (etched and patinaed). Sari silk (LB).


Some finished pieces

I've been so busy working on many pieces at once -- now I got a whole bunch finished in one go, when I finally got all the small parts ready....
Components: Copper sheet (0.7 mm or thereabouts), various leather cords, silk cord (LB), czech glass beads (LB) and waxed cotton cord. Bronze wire for the clasp-and-chain (with silver solder -- I've decided I don't care if it doesn't match: the quality is good), and some ready-made copper cord ends in the last one. The first etching is done with masking tape, with the flowers cut out with a scalpel. The second one is scratched with a needle in silver marker (pen). The third is outline stickers: the snowflake and the hole it left! (Not entirely happy with that design, think I'll have to put another pair of rounds on the back, since they will turn. Sold it already to my room-mate at work, so I can fix it eventually...) The copper is varnished on the back, and waxed front.


Cousins

These are another pair of my dragonflies, and I've posted some of those before -- so this is really just to keep up some action here! I made these...
Components: Dragonflies: Bronze wire, 1.5 mm, fused with silver solder. (This bronze has to be annealed first thing, otherwise it is impossible to bend into any decent shape!) Ceramic beads, my own. Sodalite on waxed linen, and patinated copper chain, LB.


Lynda-inspired!

As you can see, the second pair is right off STOLEN from Lynda of Fresh Baked! To my defence, I made them after just reading at her blog about...
Components: 0.8 mm sterling silver for hooks, 2 mm (about 12 gauge) copper wire, patina, Czech glass beads.


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