August 16, 2009
For any number of reasons, I’m having a sale in my etsy shop. Everything is 10% off, and there’s no shipping on all orders under $25. The sale will run through the 26th…so go take a look, and get your jewelry now!
August 10, 2009
For better or worse…probably not for the better. I ran out of creative juice, last year. I switched to knitting for awhile, the repetitive nature of the craft allowed me to focus and almost meditate. I needed some time to take my mind off of my finances, my personal life, and anything else that was going on. I’ve been working for a non-profit that helps homeless teens, and while I wasn’t a perfect child, I have a new appreciation for how my parents raised me. But at times its a draining job, so many sad stories, tears, and pain. Of course there are highs, laughter and joy too.
Tomorrow marks the three month anniversary of my mother’s death (Rest in Peace, Mom). I miss her just as much today, as the day she passed. I don’t expect to miss her less, maybe miss is the wrong word. Anyway, our family friends, one of whom has survived a brain tumor, is doing a fundraiser walk in Pheonix in October.
This is their team Pit Crew and I would like to encourage anyone who can, to support them, either by donation, or walking.
Anyway….I am hoping to get back to jewelry soon. Hoping to set up a studio just for that in my apartment. Ok, hoping is a bad word. I will get back to jewelry soon. I will set up a studio. Period. Definitive statements….nothing wishy-washy.
Peace, love, and yellow jello.
April 29, 2008
Things have been slow lately. So much happening in my life, and yet at the same time seemingly so little. I was promoting the heck out of my shop and blog in February and beginning of March. But other than views and visits, no sales came of it. And then a few things happened in my personal life that stressed me out, and the outcome of all of it, I was burnt out. But I’m finally getting back into the swing of things, stuff doesn’t seem quite some hopeless or helpless anymore, and I’m creating again.
So here are a couple of pictures of my newest bracelets… The pink and brown bracelet uses the same Right Angle Weave technique as the Swarovski crystal bracelet I made in February (that just recently sold *yay*).
This tennis bracelet, I used a base of green Delicas and Swarovski Crystals, to give a different look than your typical gold or silver tennis bracelet. I like the look of it, but the pattern and instructions I used need some help…. This may end up being an absolute one of a kind…(this will be listed on Etsy soon)
April 3, 2008
I’ve been slacking a bit, been doing other stuff. But I finally checked on the tumblers. Lots of progress. As I think I wrote last time, my smaller tumbler didn’t quite have enough material to run a full load on the next stage. So the past week plus more material was tumbling at stage 2, so that it could be combined with the previous material for a full load. That was completed today, and now the rocks are happily rolling in stage 3 grit (fine, or pre-polish). So a couple more weeks, and there will be more happy shiny rocks. Of course that means I need to get cracking on the last batch and making them into jewelry *hangs her head in shame for not having done any yet*.
The larger tumbler was cleaned out and restarted with some of the old and some new material. And as I was looking at the containers holding the rocks, one thought came to mind “I have a bunch of red rock, for not really liking red.”
Last time I started the large tumbler, I started a bit of an experiment. Previously, I had kept some of the old slurry, to “jump start” the new stuff. Then I decided , to start fresh with every batch or so. So that’s what I did last time… I had quite a few more rocks that were ready to move on when I opened up the tumbler today. So that’s my plan for now. So I added more rocks to the tumbler, and restarted it. And I’m almost out of rocks! I had bought roughly 25 lbs at Christmas, and another 15 lbs or so just after that. And I’m down to a handful of onyx, crazy lace, and green tree agate. Oh, and some carnelian that could probably go into the large tumbler with everything else initially… before being sorted out for the finer stages. Also, I’m nearly out of the coarse grit, too. So until I make more money, when this stuff runs out…that might be it for a bit. So buy stuff! hehe.
March 26, 2008
Things are a bit slow here. I’m thinking about all sorts of new stuff for jewelry, but having a bit of a motivational problem. I’m also working a bit more this week, so there’s just not enough time to do everything that I want to do. Hang in there, I’ll get back into the swing of things.
In the meantime, my tumblers are still working away. One finished up with stage 2, but there was too much material loss for the material to be moved on to stage 3. So I started up another batch with stage 2, and when its done I’ll combine them. There are lots of cool colors coming up… will post them, and they finish up.
March 19, 2008
Checked the tumblers today, they keep rolling. When I changed out the grit and added more rocks last week, I felt that they weren’t rounding as fast as they could be. So I’m playing with my recipe. Before, I would use some amount of the slurry from the previous week, and then just had 1/2 or so of the normal amount of grit. This week, I basically started fresh, so we’ll see how the rocks progress. The other tumbler is still in stage 2 of polishing, so there’s really nothing done.
March 18, 2008
So officially part 7 of the tumbler series was the end of a complete cycle of the tumblers, start to finish. But I’m constantly tumbling more rocks. And I’ll continue to post pictures of the neat ones as they progress. I should have checked the tumblers on Friday or Saturday, but again, life got in the way, so I have yet to check them. Its on my list of things to do this afternoon, as this morning disappeared faster than I imagined.
And I’m trying to get my creative juices going again, so that I can make some new jewelry out of the pieces that came out of the polish phase last time. Life keeps getting in the way, and distracting my brain from the creative process. But soon…. new jewelry soon……
March 10, 2008
I know I know… late. *hangs head in shame* I did check the tumblers on Friday, and took pictures… but other things happened… and I didn’t post them here… but it’s well worth the wait, in my opinion.
First the boring stuff….The large tumbler just had the standard check. A few pieces were done, most everything went back in. Some of them are pretty close but just not quite there. A chip or a crack, just waiting for the chip to get ground down, or the crack to fully break and the edges to be re-rounded. So we’ll see what happens in the coming weeks.
Now on to the fun stuff. The small tumbler has been running the polish stage for the past week. When I checked them, they were happily polished, so I rinsed them, and then retumbled them with some Borax soap for a few hours to burnish them. Then it was time to see what goodies I had. This can be such a long process sometimes you put a rock into the tumbler, and its 2 months before you see the final product. And things change, so sometimes I don’t remember what the rock looked like before it went into the tumbler. Others you remember vividly because they might have been such a trouble maker. The last several batches of rocks that I’ve done were difficult, and I wasn’t all that happy with the results. But these I was extremely happy… so here are a few of my favorites. The first one had such great colors, but after putting it through a couple of rounds of polishes it never came out all nice and shiny… finally its polished *wooohooo*
This is a piece of tree agate, that just wowed me…. I don’t remember putting it into the tumbler but I loved the way it turned out.
This is a piece of jasper (red… not sure beyond that, it came in a mix of rocks for tumbling)… and even though I’m not a fan of red… its kind of a dark brown-ey red and its kind of cool
And here is the full batch…. they are sitting on an 8 in paper dinner plate to give some idea of their sizes. Most of the larger ones will become pendants, the rest we’ll have to see… if I can come up with some pairs maybe earrings, or other items.
I started a new batch of rocks in the small tumbler… mostly sodalite, with a bit of amazonite and agate. Currently in stage 2, for a week or so to smooth them out.
Check in the coming weeks for the finished items in my Etsy shop. And I’ll continue to post regular tumbler updates here… as they are running 24/7.
March 9, 2008
I do have some lovely polished beauties that came out of the tumbler on friday. But real life stepped in for a few days and I haven’t gotten a chance to post them on here…but, you can get a quick sneak peek at them on flickr. And hopefully tonight, or tomorrow I’ll explain.
March 4, 2008
Finished up a couple of items….photographed them, and listed them on Etsy… Check them out.
I know, evil of me…. they aren’t real diamonds…but I made you look