Fresh Baked Designs

Adventures in jewelry making

Winner Times Two! April 21, 2015

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Woke up this morning excited for some reason…oh, I know… Today is the giveaway drawing!  And I decided to do it the old fashioned way,too. Putting all 34 names on little slips of paper into a hat.  A San Diego State Aztec’s ball cap. My husband is a season ticket holder for the Aztec’s basketball team and it was the first hat I found in the house to grab.

in the hat

I’ll keep this post short and sweet…the two names that were drawn were…


                                                   Congratulations to Cindy and Barb!

Make sure your fire insurance is paid up.  Just kidding!

   Please email me at with your mailing address

and I’ll get these babies wrapped up and on their way.

                  And thank you to everyone for playing along

and writing such kind remarks in your comments.

And thanks again to the generosity of the Sterno Company!



Sterno Torch Giveaway is Open! April 13, 2015

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Morning, Blogger Friends!


                                                 Who’s ready for some fun with fire?

Then throw your name into the hat by commenting on this post. Please do leave  contact info so that I can notify you if you are one of the two winners. If you need to review the few caveats for this giveaway, please refer to my previous posting, Fire Power. Comments welcome until Monday, April 20th.

I’ll draw two names on the 21st, then contact the winners by email to get mailing info.

Good luck to you all!


Fire Power April 9, 2015

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Spoiler alert! This is a rather long post…but please stay tuned for the surprise ending!

First up. A milestone reached…  I’ve finally graduated from bezel setting stones in a classroom environment to my own home. This required the purchase of  a couple of helpful tools…a bezel rocker( also known as a bezel pusher) and a burnisher. Both inexpensive, but necessary for this work.  And both were available at a downtown jewelry supply store…San Diego has a historic eight story jewelry building with a couple of supply stores open to the public, watch repair, showrooms of diamond and pearls suppliers, wax casting services…so fun exploring each floor. Very sparkly.


This latest piece went together pretty easily. So excited for find an inexpensive strand of turquoise chunks at a local bead store that went perfectly with this pendant stone.

I was able to solder the three bails quickly with my new Sterno torch.

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turquoise necklace 3

And here’s a little side story…I purchased a Sterno Candlelamp culinary torch about a year ago because I wanted something with a little more fire power for copper and larger pieces of metal. It worked great…loved its ease. Then one day it wouldn’t light. After searching the web for troubleshooting ideas, I contacted Sterno directly and  was nicely referred to their company communications manager and executive  chef Thad Smith. What a wonderful experience…not only did he offer to replace my torch, but when he found out I have a jewelry blog, Thad sent two additional torches for me to give away! Wow!

                                                                     Double Wow!

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So, blogger friends, here’s the fun for you…I’m giving away two Sterno torches. A few things to consider before you throw your name into the hat…

And I am holding off until Monday, April 13, for the giveaway, so folks have time to do a little research and thinking about it. May or may not be what would fit your needs and desires in a torch. Sadly, due to unruly foreign postage, I am sorry to limit this to U.S. readers.

First this giveaway is just the torch. You will need to purchase a canister of Sterno butane that fits the torch. I’m not brave enough to send this through the mail. There happens to be a Costco in my city that caters to restaurants and cooking needs…amazing, I know…so I was able to purchase a 4 pack. Cheap. This will last me a loooong time. Also saw that it was available at my local Sam’s Club…4 pack for under six dollars.


You might also wish to watch this little video with Thad Smith demoing the torch.

Remember the giveaway of the torches will start with on a new post on Monday. I’ll leave it open for one week and then draw two names on Tuesday, April 21st, so be sure you leave an email contact with your comment. Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll try to answer as best I can.

   Thanks again to Thad Smith and the Sterno company

for this wonderful opportunity to share with you all!



Just as He said He would… April 5, 2015

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Darkness Fell April 3, 2015

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It is written that though it was fully day, a darkness fell over the place when He was crucified.

God had turned his face away from the innocent One who willingly bore the sins of the world upon himself.

My sins.

God turned away from His one and only beloved Son.

A deep darkness over the whole land.

And yes, I know that Sunday is coming.

But for today, I wait in darkness.


At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” —which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

                                                                                                            Mark 15:33-34


This is what I’m talking ’bout ! March 26, 2015

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Don’t usually post back to back, but…I made a run to my local bead store for a few more filigree pieces to test out the LOS effect. Just to make sure I wasn’t seeing things yesterday.

And this time I showed amazing restraint!


I still cannot control the outcome. The first pair did the rainbow peacock effect and the second pair became this gorgeous steely blue. I rubbed the centers with a bit of baking soda to bring out some silvery highlights.  Not sure if a spray coating of Permalac is needed, but I might just in case.

So, if you are making earrings, remember to do both pair at the same time.


The Joys of LOS March 25, 2015

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Once again, I am amazed and amused at what LOS can do to a piece of jewelry. I use it mostly on copper, but do love what it can do to sterling silver. Not much experience with brass metal at this point. By the way, I prefer the gel version of the product.

Today I was excited to see how it also changes inexpensive base metal components. I had planned to paint these 50 cent silver-colored filigree diamonds with Ranger alcohol inks (another favorite treatment), but decided to try them in Liver of Sulphur. I had a batch mixed up to darken some copper wire wrapped earrings, so…why not?

Wow! Now, I will admit that since this was an experiment, I probably should have stopped messing with them sooner. And I did not have the presence of mind to take pre-photos. One pair turned a beautiful steel-blue color. The next pair, a gorgeous iridescent rainbow of colors. After a few more dips in the pool, one settled on steel gray and the other a pretty brass color, with very subtle pinks and greens. They started out as a very bright silver, like these..


These are the earring created with them. Sadly you cannot really see those pinks and green in this photo.


Next time, I will try to exercise my impulse control and stop the process sooner! I am also not sure if there is away to control the outcome of the LOS treatment. I do heat up the metal in a hot water bath before the LOS, as it does speed up the process.

If anyone has more advice on it’s use, do please share…love to understand more.

I have learned how to create different shades in copper…total black, steel gray, or that rich antique copper I love.

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                                            One last note about LOS is a warning…

                                 If you don’t want your sterling silver rings to do this…


                                                                     WEAR GLOVES !!

Actually this is just the effect on those cheap silver filigree components I had,

before I went overboard. Darn!

And all you San Diego locals ! If you’re in the Point Loma neighborhood, come see me at Point Loma High School this Saturday, from 9:00-3:00 for the Pointers Arts and Crafts Faire. Lots of Fresh Baked Designs and I’d love to meet you!



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