I’ve Got the Summer Blues

Recently, I’ve been totally captivated by the blues. Not low vibe depressing blues – rather bright, fun, SUMMER’S HERE kind of blues! I’m sure that was inspired by the lovely sleeping beauty turquoise I recently got in. It’s so very enchanting to me. Serene and uplifting all at once. It leaves me wanting to feel the sand between my toes, the sun at my back, the sunglasses on my face and a cold Pensacola Bushwacker in my hand. Let’s just say I was inspired and wanted to share the results of my inspiration.

I really adore this first piece. It’s one of my favorites to date. Another piece from my ‘Peace of the Beach’ line with real sand from the Florida Gulf Coast (collected from my children’s sand castle toys after our last beach adventure) fired into the sand dunes. The fine silver cloisonné jewel came out perfect (if I do say so myself) and the hand-forged chain includes the most incredible dreamy blue sleeping beauty turquoise ever! I am in love with this shade of blue. It’s a perfect compliment to the beryl blue waters in the cloisonné jewel.

Peace of the Beach

Peace of the Beach

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https://www.etsy.com/listing/192070732/pensacola-beach-scene-cloisonne-necklace?ref=shop_home_feat_3

You may remember my Blue Fish Jewel from a few months back. I finally decided to transform him from jewel to jewelry. I’m hooked on that sleeping beauty turquoise. Have I mentioned that? First the jewel before it was set.
Blue Fish

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https://www.etsy.com/listing/191456077/blue-fish-cloisonne-on-forged-silver?ref=shop_home_feat_2

Of course, I had to make some earrings and rings with it too.
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Fine Silver Enameled Earrings

Ring and Earrings
https://www.etsy.com/listing/192073990/sleeping-beauty-blue-turquoise-and?ref=shop_home_feat_4

One that I REALLY loved that went very quickly was my Mermaid’s Dance. I also made this jewel several months back and waited for the proper inspiration to strike to set it. I just didn’t have the vision back then, but it recently came to me and I love the way it turned out. Big shout out to Doretha of Dr. Meow Jewelry for loving it as much as I did and snapping it up before I decided to keep it for myself! I am always complimented when a talented jeweler collects one of my pieces – and Doretha is a VERY talented jeweler! So here’s the jewel before it was set:
Mermaids Dance Jewel

And here’s the jewel after it was set. I didn’t get a picture of the chain she was on, but it’s the same style of hand-forged chain as above, only with small freshwater pearls in place of the turquoise shown in the other pictures. I love how it turned out, don’t you?
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Mermaid's Dance

Thanks for stopping by for this edition of Delia’s Show and Tell. 🙂 Remember you can find my work in my Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/deliasstones?ref=l2-shopheader-name

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Cloisonne Workshop with Delia Stone

After many requests I will be offering my first Cloisonné Workshop this coming Sunday, April 27th at Danish Princess Beads and Jewelry in Milton, Fl. In this long awaited workshop you will learn the basics of cloisonné construction. We will cover many skills in this workshop including, doming a metal disk, enameling on both concave and convex surfaces to prepare the substrate (or metal base), forming a design with fine silver ribbons, adhering the fine silver design wires to the substrate, ‘painting’ with colored enamel, torch firing, grinding and finishing your cloisonné jewel. Most cloisonné is done using a kiln, but the cost of kilns can be cost prohibitive for some while torch firing can be achieved with an inexpensive hand held torch available locally.

Cloisonné is an involved process, taking several hours to make a jewel. It takes repeated ‘painting’ and firing to build the jewel but the results are very rewarding. You will be able to create your own cabochons with creative designs to use in your own settings creating beautiful customized pieces of jewelry. Please note that this class does not cover settings for your pieces. It is focused on the creation of the jewels. The class is $125 and runs from noon to 5:00. Tools and materials are not included. Please contact Patty at Danish Princess at (850) 490-0310 for details on the tools and materials required for the course.
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Keep in mind, if you’d love to use some handmade cloisonné in your own work but aren’t up to learning the process, you can purchase handmade jewels by yours truly in my Etsy shop. Drop in and check some of my offerings!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/183312193/handmade-mermaid-and-dancing-jellyfish?ref=shop_home_active_1
mermaid and jellyfish

https://www.etsy.com/listing/174194411/handmade-cloisonne-jewel-cabochon-blue?ref=shop_home_active_5
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Brag Post! I’m the Featured Artist in the February 2014 Issue of Downtown Pensacola Life!

If you follow me on Facebook you’ve already heard me talking about my excitement at being selected at the Featured Artist for the February 2014 Issue of Downtown Pensacola Life, a publication by Hibu. Well, it’s out! I expected maybe a half page with one or two photos but they far exceeded my hopes and expectations. I received a two page full color spread and I am over the moon! Thanks go out to Theresa Grillo for referring me for the February Artist. I’m going to have to celebrate with a few mojitos tonight! You can find my story on pages 24 and 25 if you’d like to take a peek!

Follow this link to open the digital magazine and go to pages 24 & 25.
http://emagazines.hibu.com/DTPENS

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A Peace of the Beach

It’s been a while since I’ve shared some of my recent cloisonné work. As a matter of fact it’s been a while since I’ve made any. I received a custom order for a special piece from a fellow artist a while back. As consuming as cloisonné work can be, once I go into the cycle I try to create several jewels, usually in the same color scheme (with a little variation here and there). Monika wanted one of my beach scenes to remember her beloved beaches here on the Emerald Coast to take back with her to New Jersey. The beaches are so incredibly beautiful and healing here that it takes little effort to settle into a feeling of absolute peace as you sit upon the white quartz sand being caressed by the breeze and listening to the gulf waters lick the shoreline. Miami boasts the most beautiful beaches in the world – but we actually have them here in the Panhandle. I have direct experience with both and there is absolutely no comparison. That why even though we are a sleepy little town, we are a huge vacation destination for those ‘in the know.’

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With Monika’s custom order I finally had a good excuse to carve out some time to create more cloisonné. Knowing that this piece had meaning for Monika I decided to offer to fire some actual beach sand into the sand dunes, to add a piece of the beach to her peace of the beach. I had successfully done this a while back, inspired by the remnants of beach sand left on my children’s beach toys in the corner of the garage. Monika loved the idea of course and ‘Monika’s Peace of the Beach’ was born.

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While working on her cloisonné, I created a few others which I’d like to share. Some have been set, but most are unset as of yet. I shared most of these on facebook recently but there are a few that were not shown there at the time. All of the beach scenes have white quartz sand from the Gulf Coast fired into the dunes. Not just any sand mind you, but sand infused with the joy of children playing by the shore. No extra charge for the good vibes. 😉 Take notice that I have begun signing my cloisonné jewels where possible. Clever me! :::flutters eyelashes:::

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I also wanted to create another ring with the ‘Peace of the Beach’ theme with the sand fired into the dunes for the ring lovers. This one was just set as I couldn’t stand to wait another moment to see it done. I love it. I made the ring band adjustable so it can fit from size 7 to size 8 1/2.

Peace of the beach Ring

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One thing that doesn’t seem to show up as beautifully as it is when the piece is in hand are the shimmering waves in the waters. This shot provides a pretty good view of the shimmering waves but still doesn’t capture the full effect. They shimmer like an opal when the jewel moves. Excuse the glare on the jewel. It really is quite tricky to photograph anything glass.

Peace of the beach Ring

I love them all, what do you think?

P.S. Remember my 50% off sale is still going on in my etsy store for all tutorials until Friday. Use code Happy2014 at checkout for the discount. 😉

Upcoming workshops for June

Enamel I :Torch Fired Enamel and No Solder Copper Setting Pendant

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PLEASE NOTE: ONLY TWO SEATS LEFT AND THEY’RE GOING QUICKLY!  RESERVE YOUR SEAT TODAY! 
June 20th 11:00- 5:00 (with a one hour lunch break from 1:00 to 2:00)
Location: A Danish Princess Beads and Jewelry, 5212 Elmira St. Milton, FL
Phone: 850-490-0310
COST: $75 plus materials and tools required.
This class is a day long intensive that introduces the student to torch fired enameling using the Barbara Lewis immersion method. Barbara is graciously allowing me to teach this technique to my students for the first time in our area. This is the perfect introduction to those interested in enameling but who find themselves a little shy of the torch. This class will be a prerequisite for future enameling classes; II Basics of Traditional Enameling and III Cloisonné Enameling.

Morning session 11:00 to 1:00
The morning will begin with an introduction to the method by creating numerous enameled beads. This will give you the opportunity to get comfortable with the torch and the immersion method as you create colorful beads that you will treasure to use in your designs. Learn the advantages of the immersion technique, how to use the torch, learn about the pros and cons of over firing and how to find what Barbara calls the ‘sweet spot’ in the flame which is the best part of the flame to fire your beads in. At 1:00 class will break for lunch. Each student is responsible for providing his or her own lunch.

Example of torch fired enamel beads.

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Afternoon session:
In the afternoon session we will apply what we have learned to an introduction to metal work. We will create an enameled focal utilizing the Lewis Immersion method and combine that with an introduction to metal work. We will learn to anneal (or soften) metal with the torch, punch, dome, texture/forge metal as we create a customized no solder pronged pedant setting for your focal. This setting is excellent for gemstone cabochons as well.   Contact Danish Princess Beads and Jewelry at the number provided above for more information regarding tools and materials for this workshop.  Kits that include all items necessary for this class are available through Danish Princess.  The kit will get you set up to take Enameling 2 (exploring sifting, sgrafitto, stencils and more) and enameling 3 (exploring cloisonné) coming soon.

Fold Formed Pea Pod Pendant

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June 21st 1:00- 4:00
Location: Crystal Studios 926 E Lloyd St. Pensacola, FL
Phone: 850-466-5521
COST: $40 some materials required.
Class Description: This is a basic introduction to fold forming metal.  Copper sheet will be provided.  Students will need to supply 20 gauge copper wire, 6mm to 8mm beads and tools.  Tools needed; round nose pliers, clippers. needle nose or flat nose pliers and euro punch (euro punch available on loan from instructor).  Limited number of seats available.

More Workshops to be announced.  Stay tuned.

Upcoming Workshops for May

There are some exciting new developments in workshops this month.  Many of you may be aware of my new fascination with enameling – most especially cloisonné enamel.  I include a couple of pictures of some of my most recent favorite cloisonné pieces for your viewing pleasure:

Quantum Koi torch fired Cloisonné Enamel Pendant with matching torch fired beads in sterling silver.

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Dancing Mermaid and Dolphin Cloisonne Enamel Pendant with torch fired beads to match.
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Having had so much fun in the studio playing in the torch I have decided that the only thing that could be more fun is to teach enameling – which I have decided to do!  My first enameling workshop will be presented at Danish Princess Beads and Gifts on May 31st.  The workshop will be a day long intensive workshop with the morning being an introduction to the immersion method of creating torch fired enamel beads innovated by Barbra Lewis.  Barbara has authorized me to share this method with my students.  This is the first time this method will be taught in the area.  The second half of the workshop will involve using what we’ve learned in the immersion method to create a punched, domed and fired focal element in a no solder copper prong setting.  See pictures and more information listed below for the May 31st workshop at Danish Princess Beads and Jewelry.  Seats are limited

 

May Workshops:

Border Wrap Pendant Workshop

 Botswana Border Wrap Pendant

May 16th 1:00 -4:00
Location: A Bead and Crystal House 711 W Garden St. Pensacola, FL
Phone: 850-432-3400
COST: $40 materials not included
Tools:  Round Nose, Flush cutters/clippers, Flat Nose Pliers (tools available on loan)

Class Description: Learn the basics of wire wrapping gemstone cabochons in the border wrap setting.  Limited number of seats.  Reserve your seat today by calling 432-3400.

Metal Etching Workshop at Danish Princess Beads and Jewelry

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May 23rd 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Danish Princess Beads and Jewelry, 5212 Elmira St. Milton, FL
Phone: 850-490-0310
COST: $45 INCLUDES ALL MATERIALS
Learn to create a raised design in metal using the metal etching technique.  Transfer intricate designs or draw your own designs as you create a metal cuff bracelet.  Student project is a 6” x 1” copper cuff bracelet but students may utilize their metal portion as they see fit.

 

Enamel I :Torch Fired Enamel and No Solder Copper Setting Pendant

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May 31st 11:00- 5:00 (with a one hour lunch break from 1:00 to 2:00)
Location: A Danish Princess Beads and Jewelry, 5212 Elmira St. Milton, FL
Phone: 850-490-0310
COST: $75 plus materials and tools required.
This  class is a day long intensive that introduces the student to torch fired enameling using the Barbara Lewis immersion method.  Barbara is graciously allowing me to teach this technique to my students for the first time in our area.  This is the perfect introduction to those interested in enameling but who find themselves a little shy of the torch.  This class will be a prerequisite for future enameling classes; II Basics of Traditional Enameling and III Cloisonné Enameling.

Morning session 11:00 to 1:00
The morning will begin with an introduction to the method by creating numerous enameled beads.  This will give you the opportunity to get comfortable with the torch and the immersion method as you create colorful beads that you will treasure to use in your designs.  Learn the advantages of the immersion technique,  how to use the torch, learn about the pros and cons of over firing and how to find what Barbara calls the ‘sweet spot’ in the flame which is the best part of the flame to fire your beads in.  At 1:00 class will break for lunch.  Each student is responsible for providing his or her own lunch.

Example of torch fired enamel beads.
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Afternoon session:
In the afternoon session we will apply what we have learned to an introduction to metal work.  We will create an enameled focal utilizing the Lewis Immersion method and combine that with an introduction to metal work.  We will learn to anneal (or soften) metal with the torch, punch, dome,  texture/forge metal as we create a customized no solder pronged pedant setting for your focal.   This setting is excellent for gemstone cabochons as well.  More information will be forthcoming regarding tools and materials for this workshop.

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Faublous Fire and the Quantum Karp

Have I mentioned to you yet that I am TOTALLY addicted to enamels? Oh my have I been having fun! My journey to addiction began when I tried my hand at some simple sifted enamel pendants. I thoroughly enjoyed experimenting with sgrafitto in enamels early on. If that wasn’t fun enough I then discovered Barbara Lewis’ immersion method of torch firing beads and other jewelry components. It helped me to re-familiarize myself with the torch (it’s been a while since I did any serious work with a torch) and gain confidence in my enameling capabilities. I loved watching the enamel fuse to the bead in the flame and playing in all the wonderful color. I find this new art form to be very soothing to the spirit. Therapeutic if you will, though dangerously addictive. After a long period of torch firing beads and emboldened by my success I decided to dip my toe into the world of cloisonné … and I’ve decided I’m never coming back.
After playing around with some 20 gauge round wire to make my first pieces I finally invested in some proper fine silver cloisonné wire, and what a world of difference it has made. I can hardly believe how quickly I’m going through the stuff… I already feel panic setting into my heart as I realized I have less than a foot left today. I’ll have to wait a week to get more. I can’t imagine how I’ll cope when I run out. Did I mention that this art form is like the crack of the jewelry arts? Oh yeah … I’m sick. 🙂
After admiring several pieces of Japanese themed pieces from other artists online I found myself inspired to attempt to make a Karp, or Koi in a pond with a lily pad. I started it yesterday about 5:00 and was a woman possessed, working until 1:00 a.m. to finish it. I had to be up at the crack of dawn, and through I tried to convince myself that getting sleep was the wiser course of action it was impossible to get my mind off of the little carp painting that was coming to life before my eyes.
In the first phase I prepared my copper base by fusing a couple of layers of counter enamel to the back and a base of white to the front. Once the base was prepared I drew my design out to scale in my notebook then I cut and shaped the cloisonné wire to form every detail of my carp and little lily pad. I use a product called Blu-Stick to glue the wires in place as I am setting them. It looks like blue elmers glue and is about the same consistency but it burns off clean in the firing process. You can see some traces of it in the picture. I had not yet fired the wires into place.

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     In the next phase I pick my pallet of colors and begin wet packing them into the cells created by the cloisonné wire.  I add enamel to the cells, fire it in the torch to fuse that layer and then wet pack again.  This is a process repeated many times, fusing layer upon layer of glass until all of the cells are full.  The wet packed enamel is allowed to dry before firing.  The dry enamel looks like colorful sand.  The coloring is much lighter before the enamel is fired, and then it darkens with beautiful effects.

Here is the wet packed design unfired:

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And here is the design after firing when the enamels have darkened:

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     After several layers are fused and the cells are full the image is ground back with an alundum stone to level the surface and remove excess glass that may be covering the wire design.  I was very pleased with my little coy!  I then torch fired beads in matching colors to create a necklace to show off my new friend.  I absolutely love the colors, the design and everything about my latest piece.   I cannot wait to see what my efforts over the next year will yield if I remain steadfast in my enameling experiments.  I am enamored with enameling, so I don’t think that’s going to be a problem.

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