Monthly Archives: December 2009

A few more recent pieces

The last month, I have actually made quite a few pieces, mostly earrings, but here are a few of the pendants that I worked on in the past little while.

This first one is an angel that I made with a dichroic stone that one of my students gave to me for this specific purpose. (Thanks Julie!) The second piece is a 4mm Iolite. I wish the picture showed it better, but the stone is a lovely deep blue/purple.
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I am not sure of the stone type of this next piece. But the composition of the piece turned out exactly how I wanted it. I wanted it to look like it had been melted and burned. The outer border on the right looks as though it has melted away, while the upper left bezel looks as though it has been burned just along the edge. I love the way the back of this piece turned out too.
Torched - Front
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This next one turned out just a bit differently than I had expected. I had designed it to hang upside down from what it is now. However, the flash in the stone required it to be hung as you now see it. It still works and looks nice, and you should see this stone flash. Vivid blues, greens and even a touch of red.
Labridorite Swirl - Front
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I created this one while playing around with some scraps. I liked it so much that I decided to make a pair of earrings to go with it.
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Melissa Muir Jewelry

This first piece is a fire agate. I like the flow and concept of this one. The last piece is one that has not been done any justice in this picture. The three stones are the most beautiful fire opals. They graduate in color from Red (first stone) to Orange (second stone) to an orange/Yellow (last stone).  It is about 2 1/2″ long from the top of the bail to the bottom swirl.
Melissa Muir Jewelry
Melissa Muir Jewelry

 

I hope to share some more pieces coming up shortly. I am working on teachers gifts for my girls’ teachers at school and church. Plus there is one special piece that I am working on for a very close friend of mine that was there for me during Kelsi’s birth and death. I will have that one done in the next week, just in time for her 5th birthday.

Custom Ruby Pendant

My open house was this past weekend and it didn’t go nearly as well as I had hoped. I don’t know if I should have done something different for marketing or the timing was off or people just didn’t have time or money. At any rate it has me really thinking about the jewelry business. Should I keep doing it? Should I stop making jewelry? Should I just teach classes? All these thoughts just tumbling around in my head. Perhaps I will figure it all out soon enough. In the meantime I am going to try and spend as much time in the studio as possible.

I had a custom order placed ages ago. It took a while to get the rubies in as they were ordered first and then cut by the cutters in India. My customer has been so patient and I am really hoping she likes what I have come up with. This is a gift for her 40th anniversary and Ruby is the stone for the 40th. The rubies in this piece are 4mm and 6 mm. They are so pretty. The gem cutter did a fantastic job on them and even the backs are polished, which is rarely the case with most gem cutters.

Anita Ruby Pendant
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