Monthly Archives: December 2007

Happy Birthday Kelsi

I don’t often make a piece specifically for me, but this very special one is just for me.

Today
is my Angel Kelsi’s 3rd Birthday. I cannot believe that 3 years have
gone by already. It just blows me away. The end of the year is really
hard for me any more. So I decided to make something nice for me. It
isn’t the best as far as quality workmanship, but since it is for me,
it is okay. It will always be a special piece for me.

I
stamped the words “Forever My Angel” on a flat bezel wire. I stamped
Kelsi’s Dates and her name on the back. Inside I have created a little foot and
butterfly with PMC. They sit suspended in clear resin. The back is
actually a deep purple, not black like the picture shows. I have used a
clear doming resin, although it doesn’t really dome very well.

Kelsi-front

Kelsi-Date

Kelsi-FOREVER

Kelsi-MY

Kelsi-ANGEL

This is very likely the last post from me for the remainder of the year. Thank you all so much that have shared in my journey of jewelry discovery. I am going to work on a post that shows one piece a week from the last year. Watch for it soon. I cannot believe how much I have grown in the last year alone. It is just amazing. Thank you all for the words of encouragement and support, they mean all the world to me.

Thank you to all of those that have supported me in my fund raising efforts for the Pre-eclampsia foundation. I think I will be able to donate $500. I know that my stated goal was $1,000, but my original goal was $500. This is the first year I have done this and look forward to doing it next year with even better success.

I hope you all have a very prosperous New Year. May it be filled with peace, love and lots of success.

Happy Holidays – Lots of pictures

Wow, it has been a long time since I have been able to sit down and update my design journal. I have finally taken some photographs, however, I am still not happy with them. I am not sure what is going on with my photography, but it seems I am going backwards. I can’t seem to get a decent photo for the life of me. I will continue trying, but in the meantime here is what I currently have.

First of all, let’s talk about Kelsi’s Gift.
I need to run the exact numbers, but I think I am up to about $350 to donate to the Pre-eclampsia foundation. I am a long way off from my super lofty goal of $1,000. But $350 is still a lot of money. It isn’t over yet. There is still time and I will be adding a couple of angels tonight. The promotion doesn’t end until January 1st, which is the day Kelsi died.

Thank you SOOOOO MUCH to all of you that have purchased an angel, or two, or three. This means so much to me and I really appreciate your support.

School ended on Wednesday, December 12th. I thought I would have a chance to sit down and breathe after that, but I was OH SO WRONG! Things only got busier and I have only just now started to slow down since finals ended. But with all that said, Christmas shopping is done and so is the wrapping. YAY!

So what have I been doing since my December 2nd post? Well, let me show you.

For my advanced metals class we had 5 pieces that needed to be completed for the end of the semester. One of them was a box with a nice working hinge. I have never made either of those. I am EXTREMELY proud of my box. I made it larger which was difficult. But I figured if I was going to go through the work and effort to create this thing, it might as well be something I was proud of and could use again. I even flocked the inside with a black velvet. It is soooo nice. It is made with 14 gauge copper on the sides and the top and bottom are both 20 gauge copper. The design on the box is made with colored pencils. It was a really neat process and the end result is just beautiful.

The next picture shows another of the projects, “Trash to Treasure.” This is a bottle cap that I have layered resin and some pieces of an old watch I took apart. The gears and other components float inside the resin for a really neat effect. I finished it off by doing a border wrap in brass wire. This piece is called “Time in a Bottle-cap.”

first_box

time_bottlecap_front

time_bottlecap_back

In my morning class we were given the assignment of creating 10 pieces that used similar components. I chose a paisley back plate for my component. If you counted, you have already noticed there are only 8 pieces. I got a B+ for not finishing the assignment. I just didn’t have time. I guess that is what happens when you are a mother, run a business and go to school. Life gets in the way, especially during the holidays. Regardless, I am still very happy with my work. I have posted a couple of close ups below.

paisley_series

paisley_swirl

paisley_line

paisley_geometric

Here are a couple of new angels I made the other day. I really like how these turned out. I will be posting these on my site tonight.

Angel2

Angel1

And last but not least, I have had a few custom orders that I am rather happy with the results and thought I would post them here. The bracelet is one that was made to go with the Sirius Necklace I made a couple of months ago. The dragon fly features a blue sodalite bead at the wings.

lora_bracelet_400  

dragonfly_400

I wish you all the very best Christmas and a wonderful New Year. May you all find peace and may the new year be a great one for us all.

Winter Lily

This is a piece I made for my shell forming project at school. I am so proud of this piece as it is a real jump in my workmanship and I honestly believe that it is one of those VERY SPECIAL pieces that could be compared to the “big names” in jewelry. The photography on this one isn’t too shabby either.

It is made with 20 gauge sterling silver sheet metal, formed into the shape of a lily with nothing more than a couple of hammers. I soldered the seam shut, sanded and sanded and sanded until it was SO CLEAN you can’t see the seam at all. Then I curled the end – that was scary and difficult. I actually split the seam back open during that part. Then while closing the seam once again, I over heated the silver. UGH! But I got it all cleaned back up and here it is. The lily has a soft matte finish. The edges of the leaf and lily have been burnished and are a bright shiny silver. It is a very sharp piece. I actually wore it to church day, and of course got a few good comments on it. *BIG HUGE GRIN*

Melissa Muir Jewelry

My angel benefit/fund raiser is off to a great start. I sold 5 angels yesterday. So the gift for the Pre-eclampsia foundation is up to $55 so far. My goal is to raise $1,000. It is a HUGE Stretch. I haven’t sold that much in one month so far so this is going to be great! I really want to make it.

PLEASE tell everyone!

It is such a great way to honor my baby and those whose lives have been lost to Pre-eclampsia. You can see a daily total gift amount on my website at www.kcjewelbox.com.