A Collar, a Pendant, a Cuff, and One Awesome Ring!

new rattle ring ©2011 WTEK sterling silver, brass, pyrite (size 7.75)

Aaahhh, back in the studio again today.  I really wasn’t feeling it, but taking this advice I went in and did it anyway.  I’m really glad I did too!  I started and completed a fabulous new ring and a new cuff as well as oxidizing the collar and necklace I had finished in the last couple of weeks.

Look deep inside and see the pyrite

The ring was inspired by my Memento Cervidae pendant, but instead of cutting out all of the holes in the net, I just drilled them.  It was so small that I pretty much had to do it this way.  Held in by the net are two teensy tiny bits of pyrite that I had found a while back while walking through my neighborhood (I

New pendant and cuff ©2011 WTEK both are sterling silver and copper

actually found one of them at night if you can believe it.  Just ask my hubby, I’m part bat.)  If you shake the ring the pyrite rattles (unlike the bone in the pendant) so it’s really fun to wear.

The pendant and the cuff both feature sweat soldered copper elements and the collar is stoneless and with the fins flipped compared to my other collars.

I also want to let you know that I’m having a trunk show at Veleska Jewelry in Lancaster, PA on October 15th (more info soon!) and I just released a Better Know Your Hammer 2012 calendar.

Collar IX ©2011 WTEK sterling silver

Agate Necklace Finished! And It Has Friends

I haven’t been doing too much aside from demolishing our deck and working on this agate necklace when I have the time (and my Conspiracy goal of course!)  But I did manage to get some side projects done while working on it.  Here they are:

Agate necklace plus new earrings that match the ring I made last week. ©2011 sterling silver and agate on the necklace
Close up of that fabulous agate
Necklace using those same prongs that I designed and completed today. Yes, that is reticulated silver! ©2011 sterling silver, river rock
And the back!

Mushrooms Popping All Over – Even in My Jewelry!

Mushroom Pendant ©2011 WTEK sterling silver

With such a wet spring, there have been mushrooms popping up all over our neighborhood.  They must’ve seeped into my subconscious because after finishing my new matched set I realized that the design has a decidedly mushroomesque feel.

The idea came to me the other day.  I had been trying (unsuccessfully) to come up with a new, simpler pendant design.  I finally gave up and took a nap only to wake up with this idea for a matched set.  I jumped up and ran downstairs to sketch it out so I’d remember it.

Mushroom Ring ©2011 WTEK sterling silver

The very next day I went into the studio and made the earrings, pendant, and ring.  It was a lot of fun and put me in a better mood right away.  I might even make some more this weekend.  Any advance orders?

Mushroom Earrings ©2011 WTEK sterling silver