I've been working on the last minute details for upcoming events and shows. Making rings have been a priority the last few days. My daughter is my hand model for these Turquoise rings.
As my kids have gotten older they've become a big part of the behind the scenes of my small business. They are great packers and organizers, help me stay relevant & give brutally honest opinions.
October through April of last year they were tireless "roadies" helping me set up and tear down for every Saturday & Sunday Swap Meet in Parker and Lake Havasu City, Az.
I'm truly grateful to have them with me, my oldest has a family of his own and is close by. The younger kids have "real jobs" now so this season has been different and I'm very OK with that, life is always changing and moving forward.
I have a necklace to share today I made using Honey Onyx from Kingman, Az.
I met a couple at the Kingman Cancer Care Arts & Crafts Fair last November, she's a wire jewelry artist and he's a lapidary artist. I realized after talking with them that I'd met him at a Gem & Mineral Show in Lake Havasu City, Az a few years before and purchased some of his stones.
It was fun getting to know them over the weekend and I learned they go out and collect interesting rocks from different places in Arizona. When they get home he cuts and polishes them into beautiful cabochons. This is one of their finds from Kingman, Az.
I've been working on etching copper bracelets this week and thought it might be fun to show you some of the process. Pictured above are stamped bracelet blanks ready to go into the etching solution.
At this stage they've gone through the etching process and have been cleaned up and shaped into cuff bracelets.
They are almost finished here, they've been antiqued and polished and now need to be treated on the top side with ProtectaClear. A metal sealer that will preserve the finish I've given them. I leave them bare copper on the under side because some people use them for pain relief.
Not sure if you noticed but this is one of the finished bracelets from the first photo.
At the London Bridge Swap Meet this past weekend I had an unusual visitor, a lady came by with a Bearded Dragon. I asked about it and we had quite a conversation, she asked if I wanted to pet it and I did. We have some unusual pets at home too.