Monthly Archives: October 2008

Back from the Retreat

Well, North Carolina was FANTASTIC! We were in this house right on Lake Gaston. The weather started out beautifully and turned slightly colder as the week went on, but still tolerable. I learned so much this past week. I would have updated sooner, but on my drive home I came down with a cold and spent the first three days this week in bed. Yesterday I spent some time updating the look to my shopping site. Stop by and see what you think.

Okay,  here are a few of my projects. I have a couple more that still need to be photographed.

These are my two first tube set pieces. It really isn’t all that hard. The hardest part is finding a tube that fits your stone, or a stone that fits your tube.

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One of the ladies at the retreat taught us how to make a wire prong set pendant. I am looking forward to trying this a little bit more in the future.

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This is a very simple forged bracelet. I have seen the tutorials and such for it, but haven’t tried it until this past weekend. I love how simple and elegant it is.

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I tried my hand at a technique called Kumihimo. It is a Japanese braid. Riley is looking forward to trying this one out herself.

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I played with different fold forming and forging techniques and made these lovely leaves. We did a gift exchange the second night we were there and the lady that had me gave me a pair of leaf earrings she had done. They are exquisite!  They are very light weight and you hardly notice you are wearing them.

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Another thing taught was this woven treasure bracelet. I still have a ways to go on mine, but I will get it there eventually. This is onother great one that I can teach Riley easily. She is looking forward to that as well.

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We also learned different braiding techniques with Wire. The first one in this picture (on left) uses 17 wires, the middle uses 5 and the last one uses 9.

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I have a few other things in mind that I am looking forward to trying out. Now that the laundry is done and I am feeling somewhat human again I will be working on all of that starting tonight. Oh, I have also decided that it really is time for a new torch. A real torch. A BIG torch. Hopefully I will be able to manage it before the end of the year.

Comments and suggestions are greatly encouraged and very much appreciated.

Why Yes, I do still make jewelry

I am having such a hard time keeping up with photographing my pieces lately. Well, here are a few that I have made in the last few days. Some I like better than others. One in particular might actually get torn apart and reused in another fashion. We will just have to see.

Tomorrow I am off to North Carolina for a week of nothing but jewelry making. The schedule is packed full of new techniques and I cannot wait to get started.

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Okay, so that is it for now. I hope you enjoyed them. Please give me any feedback you might have on these. I am particularly interested to see if you like or dislike the same ones I do.

Oh, and the first piece is HUGE! I know it doesn’t look like it, but it really is. The piece in gold is made with a glass cab that didn’t go quite right according to my friend. I actually made her dig it out of the garbage and bring it to me. She still doesn’t like the stone. And truth be told, it is one of my favorites. Hopefully she will like what I did to it….. and you know who you are! hehehe

The last two pictures are pieces that were made for a couple of friends.  I hope they like them.

Angels, Pendants and Earrings – Getting back to wire.

I have finally had a little bit of time to get some new things posted to my website. I will be adding more as I can. I would have had it all done last night, but my internet connection didn’t think that it was a good time to be up and running. How frustrating! Even today it is still being really fickle. I hate that! Anyway, here are just a few of the pieces that have either been recently posted or will be shortly.

PE_pin_175First, the Preeclampsia Awareness Pin has been listed on the front page
of my website. The cost is $12.50. The price includes shipping and 100%
of the proceeds goes to the Preeclampsia foundation. This pin has been cast in Pewter and looks wonderful on. All the preeclampsia survivors at the foundation fundraiser received one and it was really neat. These also make great gifts for mothers and fathers. There is just something really special about that little foot on the heart.

The next few images are a few of my angels. I have recently made these since they seem to sell well. I personally think they are really pretty, but of course I am some what biased.
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I have also made a couple of other wire wrapped pendants. I haven’t done that kind of work for a while and it sure felt good to make a few more. I really do enjoy all of the different things I do. I love to see how the wire takes shape and I am almost always amazed at the finished piece.
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I also made a few new pairs of earrings. I can’t decide which are my favorite. I love forming the copper cones. Now that is really neat to watch. I start out with a triangular shape and form it with nothing more than a hammer and forming block. I really like the contrast of the black onyx against the matte finish on the black onyx. I don’t have many more onyx beads like this, so I am afraid there won’t be many pairs or pieces of jewelry to go with them. I want to make a pendant that matches them. The last pair is made with a beautiful purple crystal, much darker and more rich than they appear on my computer screen. They are done using the same technique as my Victorian earrings. I called these Angel Earrings as they also use the same wrapping technique as my small wire angels. I cannot take 100% credit for the design of these however, they were actually inspired by an article in one of the Step-By-Step Wire magazines.
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I am hoping to have the rest of these items listed on my storefront by this evening. It is my goal to remove the sold section from my storefront, as I can now display those items on my melissamuir.com website in the Gallery.

I would love to hear any comments, feedback or suggestions you might have.