Category Archives: Chains

Catching up – 30 Days of Art

WOW! I am so far behind. I was doing really well too. Then of course, it is that time of year and the sickies hit our house. Luckily, it was a short lived one, but it got us all the same. It is amazing to me how just one or two days can throw everything off for weeks. So let’s get caught up shall we?

Day 6:

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Day 7: A pendant made for my daughter Kate.

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Day 8: Sterling textured earrings

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Day 9: Copper and Sterling pendant

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Day 10: Textured Copper Cuff
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Day 11: Ever have an idea in your head that looks really neat? Then you
make it and it isn’t so neat? Yeah? Well, that is this piece. And then
the picture magnifies all of its super UN-GLORIOUSNESS and makes it even worse. LOL.

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Day 12: Beautiful Happiness, at least those are what they said on the stamps.

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Day 13: Sterling and Copper

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Day 14: More copper… imagine that.

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Day 15: Textured Copper and Forged Sterling Silver

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Day 16: Rainy days. Sterling, copper, acrylic and glass (Front and back)

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Day 17: Copper and Carnelian

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Day 18: Copper and carnelian

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Day 19: Shooting Stars

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Day 20: Ring – Copper and Sterling

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Okay, so I am still about 4 days behind, but at least I am finally much closer than I was.

See you soon!

New Tutorial and Other Stuff

What a week it has been. Last week I was all excited about finally setting down roots and getting a new studio up and running. But you know, things change. And they did again. We will not be buying that beautiful home and setting up shop. Sigh. I have been so depressed all week that getting a post done for my blog just didn’t happen. I have been angry and sad and depressed all week long. But now, I think I have had a week of it and I am finally ready to pick myself up and get moving again, at least as much as I can. The thing that is really hard for me is knowing that I have to stay in this rental house for another 8 months. 8 Months of not being able to really make jewelry the way I want to. 8 months of not being able to hold classes the way I want to. 8 months of dealing with these stupid boxes and knowing it just isn’t worth it to unpack them…. even though I know there are things in them that I need. haha, for now, I just try to make do and get creative without those things rather than hunt through them and waste my time.

Today was a fun day. We took the girls down to the river and walked along the dike. We probably only did a mile or so, but it was raining or we would have gone longer. We hear that the sun usually comes out after the 4th of July. I hope so, because I would really like to get active outside and stay dry while doing it. Well, at least not get drenched because of the rain. We went to look for bikes too. My hubby sold his to a friend of ours in Ohio before we moved and I think I will pass mine down to my oldest daughter. A friend of ours here has a great one-child trailer that she is going to let me use over the summer so I can tote the baby around town in. It will be so nice to get on a bike again too.

This evening the sun was out for a little bit so I took the opportunity to snap a couple of photos of a chain I had done a while back. In fact, it is the fine silver fused chain that I submitted to Art Jewelry Magazine a few years ago and had published as a tutorial. While I was out there taking photos, my two younger kids came out onto the deck and played around for a little bit.

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Check out the shoes on my little diva. LOL. Also, we just cut about 3 1/2″ off her hair last week.

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Kiari is becoming quite the little fashionista herself.

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This is the view from my back deck. It is too bad that the power lines are right there, but it is still a beautiful view, nonetheless. We look out onto a golf course and all that beauty.

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I must say, it isn’t hard to wake up and open the blinds when this is what I have to see.

 

Fused Fine Silver Chain Tutorial

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So this is the tutorial that I wrote a few years ago. I just never put it into my own format, but I figured, why not? So here it is.

This is a great beginner project if you want to get to know silver and your torch. It is made of jumprings and balled up wire. That is it. Pretty much the only two components plus the hook. By the time you make enough of the components to make a bracelet, you will have the feel for your torch and the color temperature when working with the silver. You will want to have extra material as I can promise that you will melt a few pieces of silver.

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The chain is so sparkly and feels fantastic when you hold it or wear it. I believe my necklace weighs somewhere around 3 or 4 oz. So it isn’t an inexpensive project, but if you were to make small lengths of chain interspersed with some lampwork beads or such, it would be great.

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With the way the chain is constructed, it moves and drapes beautifully. Even though it is made with fine silver, which is very soft, again, the construction and thicker gauge of silver makes it so it is quite durable.


The tutorial is available in my online web shop – Kelsi’s Closet Jewelbox and is only $4.50. It is 11 pages long and has 25 high quality images. It is downloadable immediately upon receipt of your payment. It is published in a PDF format.

http://www.kcjewelbox.com/Fused-Silver-Chain-Tutorial-Fused-chain-tutorial.htm

 

Give Away

I am excited to announce that next week I am going to do a give away. Kevin Potter of Potter USA is going to sponsor it and will be donating a pancake die and silhouette die. I will also be offering up one of my swage blocks and at least one other item.

Tool Time Tuesday – Organize your Chains

Okay, I am finally among the land of the living again. I had my first cold in about a year. That wasn’t fun. We have been so blessed that this is the first illness we have had in our house in about a year, especially with our baby being born 2 1/2 months early. I actually think I got my cold from her. Thank you all for the comments on my Bead Soup post. I appreciate the encouragement.

Once again, I am late with Tool Time Tuesday, but I didn’t want to get on camera with sneezing and all of that. Besides, I mostly hung out in bed. I have a few other videos that I am working on and hope to have a few of those posted by next week, but we will have to see how things go. I don’t seem to meet some of my deadlines now that Kiari is mobile. She is much more difficult to contain and she does NOT entertain herself like the other two girls did. I have actually started to take her to a sitter once or twice a week just so I can get some work done. Though, I have been sleeping so horribly that a lot of the time I end up taking her to the sitter and coming back home to sleep for a couple of hours. So sad, but very true.

I was going through things trying to come up with a quick TTT rather than not do one at all and I remembered something that one of my friends did. My very good friend Valerie showed me a neat little organization trick with her chains. I wouldn’t have thought to do it myself, but once I saw it, it was like, WELL DUH!!!! As she was moving in and getting her studio put together we were organizing her wire and sheet and I came across a shoe box that had a lot of silver scrap and such in it. What struck me though were her chains.

This is what some of my chains look like….

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I store them all in small zip baggies to prevent oxidation. You don’t see the little tag in there keeping them “somewhat organized,” but it is there. However, just think about how bad this could really be. It is awful to try to get a chain and find that you have to spend 10 minutes untangling them while trying not to kink or break a chain.

So what did Valerie do? She put her chains through straws. Regular old drinking straws. GENIUS!!!

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Here I have actually color coded mine according to their size, but you could also code to their style if you wanted. If you don’t have fancy colored straws, you could just do as I did on the ends, and write their length on the straw.

Now I don’t have to worry about the chains tangling and I can even keep them all in one larger zip baggie rather than a million different little ones. Want to see how I store all of my chains? Well, watch the little YouTube Video I did. It is only about 3 minutes long (My shortest to date.)

 

So there you have it. Happy Organizing!

Art Jewelry’s Top 10 in December 2009

Today I received the Art Jewelry Magazine Newsletter. I was pleasantly surprised to see a picture of my Winter Lily. They are promoting the Art Jewelry Desktop Wallpapers. It is so much fun to see my pieces when they go out in others publications.

Down at the bottom it lists the top 10 downloaded projects for the month of December. I was surprised to see a picture of my fused silver chain as well. What a cool thing to have that be in the top ten. I just had to share my excitement.

Did you see Today’s Tool Time Tuesday? If not be sure to check it out .

Victorian Style Necklace And Art Jewelry Magazine

I made this particular pendant a long time ago. It is one of my rare pieces that was actually sketched out before it was made. It still didn’t turn out quite like the drawing, but I do like this one none the less. It features two black onyx stones in heavily oxidized sterling silver. I had a very hard time coming up with a chain design for this until one of my friends came over and helped me brainstorm a bit. This particular chain is based on the chain by my friend Christine in the November 2008 issue of Art Jewelry magazine. This is the same issue that features my Winter Lily piece.

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The January 2009 issue of Art Jewelry has now hit the stands. My beautiful fused fine silver chain is in this issue. I even made it onto the front cover. I will take a picture shortly and post it this weekend. I have ordered a handful of the issue if anyone would like a copy, just let me know.

My open house is this weekend. I am excited and nervous all at the same time. Of course they are now calling for snow this weekend. It NEVER snows this early in the winter. At least it hasn’t since we moved here. We have already had several good snow falls this month and last. It makes us all wonder what the rest of the winter is going to hold for us. I guess I will just get REALLY good at shoveling the snow.

If you are able to brave the snow and live close enough I would love to have you over for the open house. There will be plenty of good company, pretty jewelry to look at, and of course food and best of all…. CHOCOLATE!!!! Shoot me an email if you need my address and directions and we will get you here in short order.

Open house hours are Friday, December 5, 6 – 9pm and Saturday, December 6, 12 noon – 7pm.

I hope you all had a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Ours was nice and quaint. We spent the day just hanging around with the girls and watched TV, a rare treat.

I will post more pictures with the magazine this weekend after my open house. Wish me luck!

What a busy week

Wow, what a busy week this has been. I have been frantically trying to come up with some projects for a couple of possible classes. I am very excited about that prospect, and nervous all at the same time. Yesterday I sat down and also made myself make a new pendant. Here are the fruits of my labors this week.

 

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