Fresh Baked Designs

Adventures in jewelry making

Full Steam Ahead… October 6, 2018

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The first of three holiday markets is coming up next Saturday and I’m working up some pretty jewelry to tempt the customers. Just posting photos of some new makes today.  Bird nests, hoops, leather cuffs, and sterling hearts.  Plus my very popular bracelets made from recycled glass beads I brought home from Ghana this summer.  LOVE!



birdnest 1


four cuffs


cobalt czech


colbalt hoops


3 hearts 2


Ghana bracelets


amethyst heart charm


Now I just have to inventory, price and tag, and store these babies til next weekend!





My Hands Hurt October 25, 2014

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Spent this morning hammering away on some sterling silver and copper textured pendants. The copper was recycled thick wire, probably 12 gauge, from the garage. Makes great earring pendants to hang pretty beads and stones from. Really tried to keep my thumb out of the way, but it’s still sore from the reverberation of the pounding on the bench block. Because the pieces start out as only one inch in length, I need to hold them pretty close to the edge of the block. And, get this…the copper seemed to heat up as I worked the metal!  Anyone else ever notice this? Not super hot, where I wanted to let go…but a definite heat sensation. Probably something to do with creating energy from the hammering that travels down the wire?

Anyway the end of my thumb and hands need a rest after the pounding, filing, hole punching, more filing, oxidizing, and polishing. Everything is in the tumbler for several hours. Cannot wait to open up the tumbler tonight…one of my favorite things about metal work is seeing the final, super shiny pieces that result.

Here’s a peek at some other things I’ve made this week…


Wings pendant













greencopper bracelet

Vibrant green faceted glass rounds on thick knotted Irish waxed linen cord, with a suede leather strap closure.

copper bargreen bracelet



And a remake of a necklace I made for the Pearls challenge.

Not fully happy with my pearl stringing, perhaps too much space between each pearl?

I think the visual impact of the close spacing

of these gorgeous freshwater coin pearls is much better.

The necklace also sits up much higher on the neck which I like for this one.

copper cross remake




Lastly, there’s still time if you wanted to throw your name into the hat

for the etched copper earrings. Entries close on this Tuesday night.

Just comment on this post.

copper feathers


Hope your weekend is shaping up to be a great one !





New Ghana Bead Pieces December 9, 2011

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Sold two necklaces and two bracelets for this fundraiser so far and five more bracelets are for sale at Handful of Wildflowers for this weekend’s Christmas in the Village.  The holiday parade starts at 5:00 p.m. and stores are open til 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Streets will have strolling carolers, wood fire pits to warm up near, and goodies to eat.  Hope you can come join the fun with family and friends.  Posting a new bracelet, necklace, and earrings today.  And I still have a healthy pile of beads left to play with.


On a Roll… December 5, 2011

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So I switched to more bracelets this afternoon.  On tan or black leather cord with a button or bead closure.  I love the wild harmony of random colors in each one.


More Playing with Beads December 2, 2011

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More playtime today…
Here’s another necklace design using the Ghanaian painted glass beads and small trade beads as spacers. Added a soft green suede leather strap and handmade clasp.