Monday, August 31, 2009

RISEN ~ Citrine and Pearls Cross Pendant

It was supposed to be smaller....

...than the last. But I got a bit carried away. Adding more wire...playing with gemstones and pearls. Okay, so it is a bit smaller. But not what I intended. :)

I've named this pendant "Risen". The sunshine colored genuine Citrine gemstones reminded me of the dawn of a new day. The beautiful golden and coffee brown colored freshwater pearls remind me of the upcoming fall season. Fall is in the air here in TN.

Because my bail turned out way too small (except for a delicate chain), I made a new bail. The tornado bead/bail is accented with those glowing freshwater pearls. Antiqued, hand woven silver wire pulls it all together into a unique, one of a kind cross pendant. I'm sure whoever the new owner is will enjoy it - it will become a family heirloom. This pendant and others in my new line of art jewelry are available on my newly designed website at http://www.JaisJewels.Com - hope you'll stop by and take a look!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

New Jewels: Copper Necklace/Earrings & Silver Woven Cross Pendant

A few new jewels off the workbench this week. The first is a copper necklace and matching earrings, featuring a woven bezel, turquoise focal stones, and the necklace chain is handmade as well, one link at a time. I love the warm color of the copper against the cool, rich blue turquoise. I added some amethyst crystal rondelles for even more interest. I named the set SANITY, as working on these pieces gave me sanity during a complicated, stressful time. :) The necklace is available here and the earrings here.

Then I tackled a cross pendant. I designed my pattern first. This pendant is fairly large, but I can do the same pattern for a smaller pendant simply by decreasing the length of the base wires. I was actually working on another pendant based on an inspiration photo of the Alaskan glaciers. The cross idea kept pounding away, so I finally gave in and made it, with the same components and based on the same photo (shown below).

The cross features labradorite, blue topaz, and freshwater pearls and the base is hand-tinted stained silver wire.

The cross pendant is available here and is titled MIRACULOUS, because those glaciers and their beauty are certainly a natural miracle. I'm waiting to finish the other pendant based on this photo, as the wire I have on hand is too thick for the necklace chain. Until the correct wire arrives, that pendant will wait patiently on my work table. :)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

New jewels: Copper Necklace & Earrings w/ Turquoise and Garnet

I got back in the studio for the first time in months this weekend, and made some new jewelry.

My favorite is this copper pendant/necklace and matching earrings. While I've worked with wire for years now, I wanted something new and different I could do with it. I decided to try braiding very thin wire to create a "frame" for the stones/beads. This necklace and earrings features turquoise beads and genuine garnet, all secured by hand weaving this thin copper wire. Even the necklace chain/clasp and ear wires are hand made from copper. See more photos of the necklace in my Etsy store and the earrings here.

The pendant above features a peace stone jasper marquis shaped bead in braided brass wire. And the pendant below turned out very's a vintage sapphire blue glass stone, also encased in braided brass wire. The pendant is very demure, and measures 1" in size. Perfectly classy! See more photos of the peace stone jasper pendant here and the sapphire pendant here.