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!

 

 

 

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Into the ocean… January 5, 2018

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Exhale.   I just finished it this morning…holding my breath. Like diving into the ocean. I feel good.  Really good.  About this necklace.  I think this is my sixth stone I’ve bezel set.  My first with a gallery style bezel wire and so happy I didn’t melt it when soldering all the different pieces on.

I had purchased the gorgeous Labradorite cab a few years ago…thinking that when I was ready, I’d tackle setting it.  I’d take the stone out every six months or so and stare at it, then put it away again.  Never felt ready.  Then last month, I thought…What am I waiting for?  I’ll probably never ‘feel’ ready.  If I waited for everything to ‘feel right’ I probably wouldn’t accomplish very much in life. Just get started, already!!  So, I did.  The setting evolved in fits and starts…then lay aside over the holidays.  Finished it up yesterday and set it today.

The necklace part is a lustrous collection of pearls and tiny labradorite faceted rondells. Pearls in various shades of blue, purple, green and gray.  Everything I see in the Lab cab. I had a hard time deciding on whether to make a silver chain for this or go with something with stones or pearls.  The pearls said yes.  Sadly, I don’t think these photos do the pearls justice.  They really do pick up much more of the colors in the stone.  Oh, well.

 

labradorite 4

 

labradorite 2

 

labradorite 5

 

As I sit typing up this blog post, I’m wearing the necklace to see how it feels.  It feels just right.

 

Nestlings… December 1, 2017

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So my fingers are black and my nails are in shreds.  Who needs tools when you have fingernails?  Pfffft.

These are for the two remaining holiday markets next weekend…for all those nurturing women in our life.

 

bird nest cuff

 

 

nestlings

 

Now I really need to find my nail brush…

P.S.  So happy to see the WordPress snow falling again!

 

 

Transformed Trio November 28, 2017

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Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day…We just finished the last of the leftovers for dinner last night.

I also got the itch to cut up and play with another used thrift store belt for embellishing cuffs.  This $3 belt will make four bracelets.  While three are done, there’s still one more in my head to make.

Using varying combos of embossing, painting, and ink stamping, these all received different embellishments.  Each one also has a different closure.  And all were treated to a couple of coats of Ren Wax to protect the finishes.

This first one has a large agate slice wired on with a button and leather loop closure.

 

trio 1

 

trio 2

 

Next has a lovely statement that kind of makes me a little teary.  A great encouragement for women, I think. Used a leather lace with bead for an adjustable closure.

 

trio3

 

This last one might be for men or women??  I do like the large toggle clasp with the pewter painted finish on the leather.  Not sure…unisex?  What do you think?

 

trio 4

 

One last look at my new trio of up-cycled leather bracelets.  Still plenty of belt for another one!

 

trio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Painting leather… October 26, 2017

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More experiments with leather yesterday.  I’m having too much fun when I should really be giving full attention to inventory for some holiday markets.  Hoping these add some new interest for those returning shoppers.

This first one was dabbed with acrylic paints in lilac, turquoise, and old gold. Then stamped all over with StazOn ink.

 

painted cuff

 

painted cuff 2

 

And this, embellished with a gorgeous Vintaj Dragonfly and a carnelian nugget.

dragonfly cuff

 

This bracelet was embossed, then painted with a mix of acrylic paint and antiquing medium.  Rubbed with a paper towel when almost dry.

With more Vintaj beauties.

green cuff

 

This last one, is a piece of one of my husband’s old leather belts.  And you guessed it!

Another Vintaj pretty.

old belt leather

 

              Two more cuffs made from pieces of the old belt…giving it a new life!

 

flower cuff

 

hoplite cuff

 

Thinking I need to hit the thrift stores for some more leather belts!

 

Getting in gear… October 20, 2017

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The first of three Holiday Markets is coming in a couple of weeks…time to get a move on! I’m trying to add some new things to my offerings…the leather pieces I’ve recently shown you and this week I’ve created some embossed and textured sterling silver components from sheet metal.  Cut, shaped, embossed or hammered, pickled, oxidized, sanded, tumbled, polished, and wired up.  Oh, and forgot, domed!

 They’ve been through a lot to get to this…

 

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3

 

 

2

 

Love these!  But I’m going to need to order more sheet metal soon.

 

 

 

 

Pleasantly surprised! September 20, 2017

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So a brand new Tuesday Morning store opened up in my neighborhood recently. If you aren’t familiar with this franchise, it’s a bit like a Ross or Marshall’s but more focused on home, bedding, and kitchen goods…but with some occasional great deals on jewelry makings, like beads, findings, chain, tools, etc…

On my second visit, I was checking out the craft section for any little fun finds when I spied a rack of embossing folders used for paper crafts.  99 cents each! Now, I have neither an embossing machine nor do paper crafting, but I wondered if these could work with copper sheet metal and a rolling mill??  I bought two at that price to take to class last night and try them out.  Bees and Flower designs.

They worked beautifully!  Nice deep two sided impressions.  In fact, for the one I probably used too much pressure and the plastic embossing folder curled a bit.  I’m pretty sure it can be used again…the raised designs were also not smashed or flattened any in the rolling mill.  A very good sign that these can be used multiple times.

You can see that the one on the left is curled. I’m wondering if I can ‘uncurl’ it by running it through the rolling mill again upside down (reverse side first)?  We’ll see.

Any of you have success or something to share about your experiences with these embossing folders in non-traditional ways??  Love to hear from you!

 

 

embossing copper

 

 

embossing folders

 

After embossing the metal, I die cut large rounds from the flowered sheet. Filed/smoothed the edges, drilled holes, oxidized in LOS, scrubbed with wet/dry sandpaper, domed, polished, and sealed.  Ready to use in earrings!

You can see the three pairs from the embossed copper.  Also one with small rectangles that I heat patinated with a torch.  Such lovely deep impressions!  They would probably be awesome with some alcohol inks or patina paints.  Hmmm…

 

embossed copper

These will be offered for sale in October at a church mission fair.  All sales donated to the mission fund.  Also for sale…eight of my favorite bracelets with leather, metal buttons, and Krobo recycled glass beads I bring home from Ghana.  Bracelet love.

 

Ghana bead bracelets