Wednesday, October 20, 2010

_+***What's Your Jewelry Story???***+_

Oh, another beautiful day here in the Valley of the Sun! You can tell that autumn is in the air and I am coming to life once again! Those of you who know me know that this is my favorite time of the year! Love, LOve, LOVE it!!!!! To show the love, I have just finished my first piece of etched metal jewelry - "Autumn Awaits!"

Jewelry was one of the first loves of my life! I think it is an exciting way to add a touch of pizzazz to your day and the choices tell a little story about the person wearing it! Have you ever stopped and wondered why you picked out the pieces that you have on??? Do you have your own story? Do you wear symbols or words on a chain? Do you wear bright colors or nature's colors? Perhaps you have a piece that was handed down from a beloved family member! Whatever the case may be, we choose each piece for a reason.

"Autumn Awaits" came to me the other day, so I went to work drawing my plan and made it come to fruition! The words were stamped in metal, cut out, sanded and darkened with Liver of Sulphur. A little buff and polish and they were done! The leaves were drawn out by hand, traced onto the copper, then I cut them out with a jewelry saw. I etched the veins by hand with a stylus and sanded the edges. The leaves were then given a ferric chloride bath, rinsed and polished. (By the way, a LOT of sanding, scrubbing and washing is involved with this process!!) Again, liver of sulphur made the veins pop out! I then added a little bend here and there to show movement of the leaves. After all, autumn means that they are falling off of the trees, preparing themselves for the next season to come! (Just not yet! I want to bask in the autumn glow a little longer!!) I added the pieces to a chain, added a closure and it was complete and ready to wear!

I definitely had fun with this whole process and will try it again! I have more copper pieces waiting in the wings, wondering what they are going to become!! A necklace, earrings, perhaps a lovely brooch??? Who knows - the sky is the limit! If you want to see a wonderful and very talented metal jewelry artist, please check out Amy at, Her pieces are amazing!! They will knock your socks off! Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

***Hurray for October***

Happy October to all (a few days late)!! The harvest season is here and the weather today in the Valley is just perfect for fall - it is raining and we have grey skies! I just LOVE these days! It makes me want to run to the kitchen, pull out the treat making ingredients, and turn on that oven which has been sitting untouched since last spring (when it is 100+ degrees outside, believe me, the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven inside!!) ! Does anyone have a good recipe to share?? I know my friend, A Creative Dreamer,, has been busy in her kitchen making wonderful goodies! If you take a peek at her blog, I warn you, you might just gain weight looking at the pictures!
I have been busy getting ready for craft/art fairs, since, as you know, Christmas is around the corner! But before we get to this holiday, I wanted to share a poem which was written for my favorite time of the year - HapPY OctOBeR!!!!!
October's Party by George Cooper
October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came.
The Chestnuts, Oaks and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.
The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed.
The lovely Misses Maple
in scarlet looked their best.
All balanced to their partners,
and gaily fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.