March 26, 2008

Here in my world…

Posted in Misc, unfinished works tagged , , , at 10:27 am by jewelrybyleyla

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

Nothing fancy

Posted in Tumbler tagged , at 4:15 pm by jewelrybyleyla

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

A bit behind schedule

Posted in unfinished works tagged , , at 9:53 am by jewelrybyleyla

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

Tumblers, part 7

Posted in Tumbler tagged , , , , at 1:35 pm by jewelrybyleyla

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.

Not finished ready for 2

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 know the update is late…

Posted in flickr, Tumbler tagged , at 7:39 am by jewelrybyleyla

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

Just a quick update….

Posted in etsy, New Jewelry tagged , , , at 10:54 pm by jewelrybyleyla

Finished up a couple of items….photographed them, and listed them on Etsy… Check them out.

Swarovski Bracelet and Diamond earrings.

I know, evil of me…. they aren’t real diamonds…but I made you look 😉

March 1, 2008

How many addictions can one person have?

Posted in etsy, Misc, unfinished works tagged , , , at 7:32 pm by jewelrybyleyla

Ok.. so mine are fairly calm… Although I might run a few people off the road trying to get to a bead store, or a rock shop… but hey I’m not driving drunk.

I’ve been composing a bracelet in my head for a few days.  On some sort of whim I bought root beer, smoked topaz, and powder almond beads.  For those who know me, I’m not a huge fan of brown…unless its mud splashed all over my truck, because I just drove through a huge mud puddle.  So I’m working up these browns, and I have a design I like, and then I added to it… and now I can’t figure out how to add a clasp.  Or what kind of clasp to add…. so I have this beautiful band… unable to be worn… with threads hanging out and I NEED to finish it.  But how?  So it’ll be another day while I work it out in my head.

In other news… my other addiction… feeding this blog.  After I finish one post, I’m ready to post another… even when I have nothing to post about.  Given that February was the first full month I was really promoting my blog and my Etsy shop, I was looking at the numbers….   The readership is steadily growing.  I had 509 views in January, I was hoping to meet that in February.  It was getting close, I was kind of worried, watching the numbers… can I really meet my goal… then bam…. 509 was passed… Hmmm, the way this is going I wonder if I can have 100 more views.  Yep, had 100, maybe 200?  Ok, not quite 200… topped out at 688, just 21 shy.  Not bad.  So, thank you everyone for reading, and surpassing my goals.

Don’t forget, next friday, I should have happily polished rocks for new jewelry, so check back.