Archive for April, 2007

Circles and Springs – SOLD

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007


I’ve had a hard time getting a good picture of this necklace — it’s sterling silver and made by hand — that means I cut the circles and soldered them and textured them. I made the spring links and I made the jump rings and cut them myself. I have a matching bracelet but it’s going to take another time to get a decent picture of that. I’ll probably take another picture of this again until I’m really happy with it. This necklace is just over 18″ long and I’ve not figured up the price yet but… if you really love it and NEED it please go to the contact page and email me — I’d love to see it worn!

Trains, trains and more trains

Monday, April 16th, 2007


Trains are a big part of my life — my husband and I have a large scale layout in our backyard. I collect Depot pictures and have those hanging in my living and dining room. We have our train layout open to the public at least once a year. This year, 2007, we will have them open on Covered Bridge Days – August 11 and 12. We belong to the Wisconsin Garden Railway Society — if you look under my links you will see a link that takes you to the club website.

In December some of our club members run trains at various spots through Wisconsin — we’re closest to Rotary Gardens in Janesville and we set up and run trains there through the month of December. Rotary has a beatiful outdoor lighting display with over 150,000 lights, handmade metal sculptures that are light and refreshments inside to warm up.

I, of course, like to wear earrings and finding nice earrings to wear for train meetings was hard so…. I started making them. If you would like to buy a pair just click on the Paypal tab and you can own a pair yourself. They are sterling earwired with sterling train engines or sterling cable cars. The cable cars weigh a touch more than the engines – if you are sensitive about the weight. Either pair is 20.00 – which includes free shipping in the US via USPS.

The softness of copper

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007


Copper has such richness in its color — more and more I love to work with it. This bracelet is one of the first bracelets I made using only wire and no beads – that in itself was a great feeling!

The bracelet feels wonderful on your arm — almost silky in feel against your skin. I used a ‘store bought’ toggle clasp on this bracelet because it repeats the circles used in the bracelet.
There is always a lot of discussion about copper turning your skin green — I’ve been wearing copper jewelry for close to a year and I’ve never had it turn my skin green. For some people who have a high acid in their body will want to follow this link which explains the scientific aspect of it. It’s interesting to read even if your skin doesn’t turn green — check it out and see how we used to make paint green — quite an interesting thought, isn’t it?
Now that we’ve had our ‘science minute’ for those of us who are Kathy and Judy listeners from WGN Radio in Chicago, we can go back and admire the bracelet.

Karen Klomparens Lampwork SOLD – Earrings and Bracelet

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007





One of my favorite bead artists is Karen Klomparens from Michigan. I’ve never met her in person but she makes wonderful lampworked beads. These are my favorite ones at the moment as I always love red and purple — together or separately. This bracelet is perfect for the Red Hatter who truly wants something different to wear with her red and purple. I don’t know about any other Red Hatters but I’m truly tired of all the identical jewelry that has little red hats on it — talk about cookie cutter jewelry!This bracelet is anything but cookie cutter Red Hat. Sterling silver, Swarovski and handmade red and purple beads. Our little town actually has 2 Red Hat groups — the Daytrippers who are meet during the day as most are retired ladies. My group, The Red Chaos Red Hatters meet in the evening as most of our ladies still work. We have a wonderful time giggling and teeheeing at supper once a month. We’ve tried to meet more often but it generally doesn’t work out. In 2005 we did Thanksgiving baskets for 2 familes in town — and in 2006 we made tiny little Easter baskets and delivered them to the folks in our local nursing homes. Christmas 2006 we made trees from old Christmas cards for the local nursing homes. Red Hatters have no rules but they also don’t advocate doing ‘charity work’ as such. Our Red Chaos Red Hatters have decided as long as there are no rules for us we can do whatever we like — and we have. Well, now that I’ve gotten sidetracked from Karen’s wonderful beads let me tell you that this bracelet is a dream to wear. And if you’re interested there are also earrings that can by purchased also.


My Library Charm Bracelet – SOLD

Monday, April 2nd, 2007


Our public library in Brodhead WI is sadly overstuffed and we need a new one – desperately! April 16-20 is National Library Week and our library board members are having a fundraising silent auction and other activites on Saturday afternoon April 21st. I donated a sterling charm bracelet with sterling charms — a bookworm charm sitting on a book and he is soooo cute! An open book and a book that says I Love to Read are the other 2 charms! I had a good time with my little torch and made the headpins for the pearls using 24 gauge fine silver wire.

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Full of Swarovski crystals and freshwater pearls this bracelet makes a lovely jangling sound when you wear it. It’s adjustable up to 8 inches with a sterling lobster clasp. If you would like to make a donation to our Brodhead Memorial Library by bidding on the bracelet please let me know and I’ll see where the bidding is at that time and let you know. If you win the bracelet, I’ll invoice you with Paypal or Propay and send it to you. If you are feeling particularly generous and would like to just make a donation please let me know and I’ll set it up in Paypal or Propay for you.