Jewel Encrusted

With the Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug out today, I was thinking a lot about dragons. I read the Hobbit when I was a kid and I don’t remember too much from the book, just the highlights. What I do remember was that Smaug had quite the collection of metalwork. Jewels, gold, goblets, things like that.

colberteyeI have a vivid memory of imagining the dragon with his jewel encrusted belly, all the bracelets, goblets, coins and gems glistening in the torchlight. How awesome is that?! Then I watched Colbert and saw that there is a woman who had a platinum heart surgically implanted in her eye. HER EYE! Maybe it isn’t so magnificent to be jewel encrusted after all…

But I still hope to see all of Smaug’s jeweled barnacles when I get to the movie this week. I hope it’s sparkly.

PS I’m not sure if I mentioned this in the past, but my hubby lost his wedding ring on our honeymoon…in New Zealand…where they filmed part of Lord of the Rings…while riding a horse that was in the movie…

Gemstones I Use in my Work

3 silver rings – 2 with garnets and 1 with a peridot

I don’t often use gemstones, though lately I’ve been using some to add a little sparkle to some of my jewelry. Here are some of my favorites.

  • Garnet – These stones come in a wide variety of colors. Reds, greens, oranges, pinks, purples. But deep blood red is my favorite.
  • Amethyst – This used to be my number two stone, but I was off it for a while. No reason. But now it’s back in the mix and the dark purple really sucks you in.
  • Peridot– An acid green that contrasts really well with amethyst, I think. It’s lighter
    Detail Image from Dusk (Collar VIII) ©2011 sterling silver, pyrite

    than a lot of the stones I use, but the color is different enough that I still love it.

  • Blue Topaz – Topaz is another stone that comes in all sorts of colors. Deep London Blue is probably my favorite though.
  • Agates & Jaspers – You’ve seen some of the stunning examples of these stones in my collars and other larger pieces. I love the layers, patterns, and deep colors that are found in these stones. Best of all, the US is a great spot to find them.
  • Pyrite – Sure it’s known as Fool’s Gold, but the dark golden tone (especially when it’s in a cab with that graphite grey around it) it a dark treasure.

You can find more examples of my gemstone-containing work in my Etsy shop.

On the First Day of Cuffmas…A Little Blue Sparkle

That’s right, it’s that time of year again!

Fold Formed Silver cuff w/ Blue Topaz ©2010 WTEK

What are the 12 Days of Cuffmas, you ask? For each cuff on my Etsy site that is purchased, I will donate $10.00 to Heifer International. Our goal is to reach the $120.00 it takes to donate a goat.

For the first Cuffmas offering, I went with the winter theme and decided on the London Blue Topaz set in this sterling silver fold formed cuff. The cuff was first textured and then I formed the lozenge shape and two wedges. The lozenge shape was then textured further using the technique known as “chasing over air.” The sheet was then formed into a cuff shape and the setting added. It was then oxidized for that luscious darkness, and the stone then set into the prong setting.

This cuff measures 2.25″ x 2.25″ x 1.5″ and can be yours for just $250.00 plus shipping!

++New for 2011++

All cuffs purchased at either the Alternatives Holiday Craft Show (12/2) or the Delaware Art Museum Holiday House Tour (12/10) will also count towards Cuffmas! (My Etsy shop will be turned off during each of these events.)

There will be daily updates on my blog and via email, highlighting a different cuff each day. I am also providing free gift wrap and I’ll even ship it directly to the gift recipient, just please mention if you would like either of these options when ordering the cuff.