FSOJ wk_14: December’s Secret

Onyx, opalite and sapphires…

I am trying to work with the newest techniques I’ve learned while seeking a way to color the designs with my personal style… The coolest thing I took away from Eni’s tut was what I learned about creating an armature and building upon that. While this pendant is a bit more organized than my other recent free form pieces, it still maintains that organic feel… I included some very challenging *tiny* herringbone wraps around the 4mm opalites and the 3mm sapphire beads in this piece, exercising some inspiration I gained while working on my ‘Seer’s Stone’ pendant in the original Year of Jewelry project from 2004-2006.
I have found that it can be very tricky to attempt a symetrical design with this technique because every milimeter counts. Even though in this piece I attempted a more symetrical design, I think the organic charm is still prevalent. I am already three days late for this weeks submission to the FSOJ project, but I made it before the year ran out. 🙂 And so here it is… More pics, including side views, to come.

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FSOJ wk 13: Custom Ordered Luna Pendant, # 14 in the series


For week 13 in the Four Season’s of Jewelry project, I am submitting a custom ordered Luna Pendant. Her name is Charlie, named for the young woman for which she was meant. Her father comissioned her at the recent Pensacola Christmas Market for his daughter’s christmas present. He asked me to include a personal message on the back. Where as I usually use this space to sign date and number the piece, I agreed and thankfully was able to fit all of it on the back. I had my doubts I would be able to.

As an aside, I got a little press in the local paper off of the show. A reporter stepped up to my booth to interview a customer… he started kind of fumbling his words then nervously turned and told the reporter that she should be talking to the vendors at the show and nudged her in my direction. I got a couple of quotes in, a brief description of my work and that’s about it. Would have loved to get a photo or contact info in there with it, but didn’t. 😦 But at least my name was out there. 🙂 Right? I just hope I didn’t burn up all of my 15 minutes of fame on it… LOL

FSOJ: Wk_12: Emerald Isles





Here is my second free form bezel wrap… finished it up while working the show over the last three days. Traffic was slow on Friday and Saturday due to the weather, so I entertianed myself by working on this piece. It’s a beautiful chrysocola accented with 4mm emeralds, blue green apatite and some very bright blue apatite. I wished I had more of the bright blue to work with, but I only had three.

I am enjoying this technique so much! It’s opened up a whole new approach to wire work for me… brought it to a new level of excitement for me again… and I love the challenge!

FSOJ: wk 11: Strawberry Fields




This weeks entry was inspired by Eni Oken’s ring tutorial… but I took it a step further and reworked it to creat a pendant using what I learned from her free form technique. It was great fun to make… taking a full 8 hours to produce. Rhodocrosite stone with facted pigeon’s blood ruby accents. The pendant sold six days after being listed on my website… I hated to see her go, but shipped her out to her new home where she would become a christmas gift. I hope Emily liked her :).

Wk 8 _ Free form ring ala’ Eni


I am back tracking, catching up… I am posting for week eight in the Four Seasons of Jewelry, more than a little late, but alas, here it is. 😀 This is my results for the freeform ring tut from Eni. While I wished I had used a different stone with a higher dome, I think it turned out pretty well. The pic is crappy (will be replaced later) but I am too tired to break out my light tent set up right now. More later … Im’ too tired to think right now and I must go… to … bed…