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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One Resolution… April 24, 2018

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Just a quick post to share one resolution from the last post a couple of weeks ago.  The other piece is still ‘under consideration’.  That one’s going to take more time to resolve its problems.

What started out as a bracelet focal has become a simple necklace.  I did add a pale blue Swarovski crystal dangle as an accent to the glass opal in the setting.  Sweet and simple.

 

glass opal necklace

 

I did want to share this piece that I started in last week’s class, but finished this afternoon.  About a year ago, I purchased this polished ammonite slice for it’s intriguing spiral design and gorgeous deep brown tones.  Had no idea what to do with it until now.

Deciding that a wire prong setting was the best approach, I began playing with 16 gauge wire and shaping to conform to the shape as best I could.  A bit tricky with the uneven shape for sure.  Persistence paid off.  This setting really went together easily and fast. Not bragging, just amazed and grateful. The last time I tried a prong setting, two prongs kept breaking off when I was setting the stone in.  Grrr…

Finished up this piece with a strand of polished faceted agates in a matching color palette. The sterling spiral clasp seemed an appropriate closure.

 

ammonite 1

 

ammonite 2

 

ammonite 3

 

ammonite 4

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

Purple is rare… August 22, 2017

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While I do like an occasional touch of purple, mostly amethyst briolettes, here and there in my designs, I rarely veer this far into this area of the color palette. It’s always an accent color, never the main attraction.

When choosing some new seed beads for the class I taught last month, these really caught my attention to go with the fine linked silver chain I had already selected.  Thought I’d share the finished piece with you all.  I’m also thinking of shortening up the chain and adding a clasp in order to move the design up closer to the face .

It’s sooooo sparkly!

 

purple ladder

 

 

purple ladder 2

 

And goes so nicely with these earrings I shared with you in the last post.

 

ladder earrings

 

Question!  Is there a color you rarely use in your jewelry designs?  Can you articulate why??  I really can’t say why I’m not drawn to purple.  I don’t have  any purple pieces in my closet either.  What would it take for you to try a rarely used color in your work?

Any thoughts?

 

Has it been almost two months??? May 21, 2017

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Where has the time gone?

We’ve been busy remodeling a bathroom.  Took out a blue cast iron tub from 1953 when the house was built.  It now has a sleek modern white tub with beautiful white subway tile with gray veins that look like marble. Love!  Just patching the floor left to do.  And installing the new bath fixtures and sliding tub doors.  I say ‘just’, but that’s still a lot for these DIYers.

Just a few things to share tonight, as I haven’t done much in the workshop lately.  A couple of special order earrings and a fun twist on the ladder chain necklace design.

This first pair was made with a bit of Egyptian inspiration.

Egyptian inspired

 

A client requested this pair of sterling silver

stamped hoops with amethyst briolettes.

 

SS hoops with amethyst

This ladder necklace used a pretty palette of seed beads on delicate gold chain.  It’s wonderfully supple and easy to wear.

seed bead ladder 3

seed bead ladder 2

Can you imagine other beautiful color palettes

for this design?

Hoping this summer means more time spent in the workshop!

 

 

 

Beachcomber… May 8, 2016

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Is there ever a time when something grabs hold of your attention and won’t let go?  I’ll be honest and say that this necklace owes everything to a design by the fabulous Lorelei Eurto. I wonder if it’s too much of a copy. Can’t say.  I can only be honest about what I know about its inspiration with you all.  And honest about how happy it made me to put it together. I hope you’ll visit her blog and see why I’m so gaga over it.

Her recent blog post showcased some new beads by Halcraft (available at Michaels) that just smacked me between the eyes…looked like bleached wood ‘potato chips’. I could barely finish breakfast, before running to my nearest Michaels and buying the one strand they had left. They have three more on order and I’ll be calling on Wednesday to see if they have arrived. Promise I’ll leave some for you all.

So here it is…after that confession and all…

 

Beachcomber 4

 

Besides those cool bleached wood chips, there some shiny agates…just like the ones you’d pick up on the beach and put in your pocket… and a gorgeous lamp work bead by Ikuyo Yamanaka. You can see more of her impressive work here.

This one seemed perfect as it looks like a tiny little tide pool for my beachcomber necklace.

 

Beachcomber 3

 

 

Beachcomber 2