Archive for February, 2008

Metal Clay Fundraiser Bracelets

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

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I recently had the honor of making 3 sterling charm bracelets that will be used in a Charm Jewelry Drawing fund raiser that is officially sponsored by the Metal Clay community at large. The charm bracelets will have hand crafted metal clay charms added to them. The charms of fine (.999) sterling will be made and donated by Metal Clay artists across the United States. They will truly be unique, one of kind pieces of art.

The proceeds will be split between the American Cancer Society and The Marrow Foundation. The drawing will be July 20 2008 at the PMC Conference 2008 at Purdue University in Indiana. You may buy one ticket price for $5 or 5 for $20. When you purchase the ticket you will make the decision of which organization the money will go to.

Tonya Davidson of Whole Lotta Whimsy and Mary Ellin D’Agostino, PhD of MED’A Creations have graciously agreed to sell the tickets. Just click on the links and you will be taken to their sites. They will accept Credit Card, Paypal and international orders.


Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

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This necklace has been a work in progress – I started it about a year ago but was never happy with it – not that I knew what was wrong with it but…
About a week ago, I was shopping at the
Bead Bin in Madison and ran across the hematite circles. I knew instantly that is what I needed for this necklace. The circles really show off the smaller recycled metal parts and the black onyx and hematite rounds.
It is always amazing to me that something that sat for so long waiting for that ‘unknown/unseen’ part could go together so quickly!
If you would like to purchase this work of art, please click on the Paypal button below. It is 69.00 and the shipping is free in the US. I package all my jewelry in nice gift boxes, just in case you’re not keeping it for yourself!

Cleaning Copper

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008


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I’ve been researching the best way to clean copper jewelry. And it has been entertaining…
I’ve read about using ketchup, lemon juice, lemon juice and salt combined, Worcestershire sauce and a few other things that just sounded nasty.

I rummaged through my pile of the ‘not quite happy with it stash – better known as ‘What was I thinking?’ pile. I found a bracelet that I had made up while learning some things from Connie Fox’s tutorials. It has sat on my desk for over a year and I haven’t quite decided what to do with it yet but it was getting kind of grungy so it was a great learning tool. Lots of swirls and coils – things like that

I have Paul Revere copper bottom pots and pans that I used to keep nice and shiny in my cooking days and figured that maybe I could use this on the pots and pans if the experiment went well.

First I tried lemon juice in the bottom of a glass bowl – I really couldn’t see much happening so I added some salt and scrubbed a bit – nothing overly thrilling on that front. I had also read that salt used on copper corrodes it. Somewhere in my tiny brain, thoughts of soda surfaced so I got a different dish and poured new lemon juice in – then I laid the bracelet in the bottom of the juice and added some baking soda (reminder to self – get a bigger bowl next time!). That was the most effective so far. I let it set until the bubbling and foaming stopped and rubbed at it with my fingers. I liked it the best so far but still wasn’t really happy with it. I ran the bracelet under clear water. I debated on my next item to use — I like ketchup on my fries and I didn’t want to waste it on my jewelry so I didn’t try that. I did find some Worcestershire sauce in my cupboard so that was next. I laid the bracelet on my cutting board and poured some WS over it – rubbed it over the bracelet with my fingers to get a better coverage. Wow!! Shined it right up! Cleaned off the bracelet with some water and dried it with an old, soft dish towel. Turned out so shiny I think I’ll take it downstairs this afternoon and start working on it again.

Bamboo Jasper

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

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Bamboo Jasper has become one of my favorite stones – unfortunately I’ve not been able to find any information about it – where is it mined, etc.
Late last summer I ordered about 20 strands of different shapes and sizes – then when I received it I couldn’t decide what to do with it! It sat on my desk and every day I’dlook at it and wonder why? Why had I fallen in love with it? Why had I ordered so many strands of it? Why? Why? Why?

And then some pearls that I ordered came in and the light went on! Last fall I sold a fair amount of bracelets with bamboo jasper, pearls and khaki colored Swarovski crystals. Now I’m using it with copper – in the bracelet and earrings on this page. And it looks wonderful again!
I envision this bracelet on a nicely tanned arm but I’m sure you have other thoughts!

The copper in the bracelet is woven into the Box or Queen’s chainmaille design. I have to confess I didn’t make the rings on this bracelet – I did purchase them. I’ve not had time to do both lately so these are by Michelle of ChainWeavers. If you would like to purchase either the bracelet or earrings or both….. please contact me.