Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Pink & Black Agate Necklace

Today's necklace is a piece my husband Rick made recently.  He's used a copper base that he hand forged to fit the agate and I love the way it came out.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Tiffany Stone Wire Weave Necklace - Bertrandite

I have a gorgeous wire woven Tiffany Stone cabochon pendant necklace to share with you today.

The cabochon have been wire woven using copper wire and a few accent beads.  It's been antiqued and polished to bring out the beauty of the copper then treated to protect and maintain the finish I've given it.  

Tiffany Stone is also called Bertrandite and is mined in only one location in western Utah.  A beautiful sought after stone that is opalized Flourite or Opalite.   

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Wire Weave Tutorial, Burro Creek Agate

I see by the date on my last post it's been 4 months since I've posted content here.  I apologize and hope you'll forgive my absence, my husband and I have been working on making jewelry and out selling during our beautiful Arizona winter season.  Our season has come to an end with the day time temperatures now in the 90's.  It's time to keep making and learn and experiment with new things!

Today's post is a picture tutorial of how to make this wire woven pendant.  I haven't made this type of pendant very long and I'm enjoying the process.  I'm learning new weaves for it and how to incorporate different fancy designs for the front of the pendant through experimentation and practice. 

This is a side view of the finished pendant, the stone is a Burro Creek Agate that is local to our area.  It comes from a wilderness area located between Kingman & Prescott, Arizona.

The tutorial assumes the maker already knows how to do the different weaves I've used.

On to the tutorial:

I hope you enjoyed the picture tutorial and have fun working on a new pendant of your own.  Any questions or comments I'll respond to as soon as I can.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Tri Color Steampunk Claw Necklace

I have a necklace to share today that is from my husband Rick's Steampunk Collection.

He's made it using copper, brass and some silver tone rivets.  When I first saw it I thought it looked like a claw or even a tooth.  I love the way he can take a piece of what looks like scrap and make something cool and quite unique!

This piece is for sale in our ArizonaCopperCraft Etsy Shop too.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Copper Wire Weave Necklace in Azurite & Malachite

I mentioned last week that I'd made this necklace from a tutorial I'd discovered on Pinterest and thought I should share it with you today.  You can visit Rukodel's blog for the full tutorial.

This necklace is made using Azurite/Malachite semi precious gemstones and Copper Wire.  The new technique I learned is really fun to do and learning from this tutorial by Rukodel was very rewarding for me.  I love the finished piece.

The finished necklace inspired me to make a matching bracelet and earrings.  I had Azurite Malachite in round gemstone beads so I figured I'd play some more.  I didn't get a photo of the earrings, I do like how they turned out but they seem a little heavy to me.  One day they may become a couple more bracelets like the one above.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Aqua Terra Wire Weave Necklace

I have my second wire weave pendant today!

I took a class online earlier this month to learn how to make wire woven pendants.  More info about that in this blog post.  This particular pendant is Aqua Terra Jasper and has a very small hole drilled in the top making it difficult to make a fancy bail for.  And, it's time to learn new skills and techniques!  I used a tight basket type weave for the bezel portion pictured below.

For the bail I went back to the figure eight weave I'd learned in the first class because I really like the look.  After the pendant was finished I made a matching necklace chain using Aqua Terra Jasper stone beads and copper wire adding in some fancy figure eight links.  The next step in the process is antiquing and polishing.  I love the way antiqued copper looks so it's my preference for most jewelry pieces I make.  The very last step is to treat the copper to maintain and protect the finish I've given it.

There you have it, my second wire woven pendant!
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Friday, January 20, 2017

Copper & Brass Steampunk Necklace

I have another one of my husband Rick's amazing projects to share with you today!

This is a Steampunk inspired necklace he made using copper and brass.  He's added gears, pieces and parts as well has rivets and eyelets.  It's on an antiqued copper rolo chain and in our ArizonaCopperCraft Etsy Shop.

Edited to add, this item is no longer available in our Etsy Shop - sold 1/21/17.