Sunday, November 8, 2009

Bright and early this morning...

I woke up bright and early this morning because the idea of this pendant was swimming in my brain. Maybe it came to me in my dreams; I do dream of jewelry these days! Anyway, I started working on this at 7:30 this morning and just finished it. It's a reversible pendant with copper on one side and sterling silver on the other side. I drilled identical holes into each side and soldered them together using a fine silver center strip between the two. I'm so happy with the way it looks and all the technical aspects of making it went well too. Funny thing though, I ran it through my tumbler for a while to polish and clean it. When I took it out, the center of it was filled with steel tumbler shot pieces that had slid inside through the little holes! I had to shake them out one at a time; that took about 15 minutes and a lot of chuckles. At least I can be confident that the inside is nice and clean! I've titled this piece "Opposites Attract".
I've spent a lot of time this week making jewelry. I finished a pendant yesterday and I'm really pleased with the way it turned out as well. It's a beautiful Candelaria Variscite stone from Nevada. I love the color of this stone and the little sterling dots I added to the side. I've called this one "Tranquility".
I've also made several pairs of little post earrings with some Sleeping Beauty Turquoise and Garnet cabochons. I'll be listing them on etsy early next week and bringing them to the Handmade Harvest open house next weekend in Redmond.
The rest of the week I'll probably spend getting ready for the open house; planning my display, printing earring cards, labeling everything... not really making much jewelry. I don't do "shows" often, although I've done a few home shows. I enjoy seeing people's reactions to my jewelry and hearing their comments. That's something I miss with on-line sales. I'm looking forward to seeing friends and meeting new people next weekend!


  1. Isn't cool when our dreams become reality? These are such nice pieces. The opposites attract has a nice ethereal feeling to it for me. Very, very nice Sandy!

  2. Thank you Kathleen and Carolyn! I'm in love with both of these necklaces and secretly hope they never sell :)

  3. I know what you mean about 'dreaming of jewellery' - I have spent many nights dreaming about shapes and forms. Loving your new soldering pieces.
    Kristin :)
    p.s. I'm wearing your bangle as I type, in fact I wear it pretty much every day!

  4. Hi Kristin!
    Thank you for your comments. I'm so glad you like the bangle bracelet and actually wear it. That makes me smile :)

  5. Love the "Tranquility" ~ the name sure fits...
    the color is gorgeous!

    "Opposites Attract" is a very cool name!
    Funny story about the steel shot.
    Glad to hear you got it out, or you would have had to add "bells & whistles" to the name, hehe

  6. Hi Stormy!
    Bells and whistles - now that would have been funny! I love the name opposites attract, too. While I was making it, I was thinking I would name it Mirror Image, but then Opposites Atrract came to me as I was polishing it up. I think it fits better.