Showing posts with label assemblage jewelry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label assemblage jewelry. Show all posts

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Soldered Jewelry Designs

It seems like a million years since I have posted anything artsy on my blog.  For those of you who have stuck it out with me - thank you so much!

I recently got the itch to solder jewelry again. The last time I soldered was about 8 or 9 years ago. For some reason, I just decided to pick it up again.  Of course, being the kind of person I am, I don't just solder jewelry, I have to embellish my pieces with paint, filigree, rhinestones, rhinestone chain, stampings and other decorative details.  I have been attracted to bling ever since I was a little girl.

This evening, I posted several of my new soldered jewelry pieces to my Etsy shop.
While most of the pendants dangle from ball chain necklaces, others (which I am still working on) will have more extravagant beaded chains.  (Please stay tuned for those.)  Without further adieu, here are some of my newest designs:

Soldered pendant with painted/sanded filigree and rhinestones.

Three versions of blinged-out Our Lady of Guadalupe pendants.

Virgin Mary with rhinestone chain and painted/sanded filigree stamping.

Rhinestone chain and metal stamping Virgin Mary necklace.

Rhinestone chain and painted/sanded filigree stampings.

Painted solder and Swarovski crystal rhinestones.

A collection of soldered and painted pendants.

Blinged-out soldered glass pendants.

Filigree-embellished soldered glass pendants.

Simply painted soldered pendant.

Side one of a reversible soldered necklace - Immaculate Heart.

Side two of a reversible soldered necklace - Sacred Heart.

Please check out my Etsy shop to look at all of the new designs. Of course, you can also follow me on Instagram, where I share my work and travel experiences on a pretty regular basis.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Hand-Painted Filigree Necklaces

I have shared my love of hand-tinting and hand-painting metal pieces for jewelry on past blog posts.  I recently had the chance to play with coloring metal jewelry components again.  This time, I took various-sized round filigree stampings, hand-painted each one and fashioned them into necklaces and earrings. Some of the filigree pieces were further embellished with metal stampings (which I also hand-colored); mini aluminum roses or mini crosses.

Here are some of my latest designs:

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Necklace.  I colored the filigree pieces with mint, white and aqua blue colored acrylic paints.  After base painting the pieces, I dabbed over each with a sponge that was dipped into complementary paint colors.  Once the paint dried, I sealed the filigree pieces with a polyurethane sealant. 

Saint Rose of Lima necklace.  This one was a lot of fun to make.  Since St. Rose is usually pictured with roses, I thought it would be nice to give her necklace a shabby chic look.  To achieve this, I used a base color of white paint on the filigree pieces, then sponged over each with green and medium pink paint colors.  Little pink aluminum roses adhered to the filigree pieces add extra interest to the overall design of the piece.

Our Lady of Guadalupe necklace and earrings set.  Once again, I tried to complement the colors from the image along with the colors used on the filigree pieces.  I used a rich shade of metallic copper, along with bluish-green and rusty brown paints as highlight colors.  Please note the roses along the bottom edge of the pendant utilize the same colors to bring everything into one cohesive design.

I should note that on all of the jewelry pieces shown here, I started off with plain silver-colored filigree pieces.  Once the pieces are painted, no one can tell what the original color was.

All of these pieces (and more) have been posted in my Etsy and EBay shops.  These are all one of a kind pieces and will not be duplicated.

Stay tuned for more new designs to be shared here later in the week.  And - as always - please be sure to join me on Instagram where I often show pictures of my work in process. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Spring 2015 Craft Show

Every Spring, there are a myriad of craft fairs taking place in Northwest Arkansas, where I live.  One of the festivals I enjoy attending each year takes place at the Springdale Convention Center (sponsored by the Ozark Regional Arts and Crafts Festivals).  This show always has something new, in addition to some of the same old favorites shared by vendors from the past.  This year was no exception.  I was able to pick up several little gift items for birthdays, Mother's Day and the like.

Here are some of my favorites from this year's show:

Vagabond Vintage sells all sorts of retro goodies and an assortment of treasures like spoon and fork jewelry (which I can't get enough of) and boho-style clothing that awaits the shopper in an old silver traveler trailer from the 50's.  Of course, I had to buy some of the silverware jewelry, which came with an added bonus - for every $20 purchased, the buyer received free silverware jewelry of their choice.  Not a bad deal, if I do say so myself.

Silverware earrings

Freebies with purchase = LOVE

Clothing and accessories for sale.

My daughter and girlfriend checking out the booth.

There was another booth that was also selling silverware jewelry.  I thought this necklace made of spoon handles was especially cute:

Silverware jewelry

Yummy smelling handmade soaps were quite a deal at $1.00 each.  I picked up several for little gifts:

Handmade soaps
This nifty repurposed faucet makes a cool little soap dish:

Crocheted vests, scarves and bo-ho clothing were all the rage at the show this year.  (Not handmade, though, unfortunately.)   I love them!  (Although, I have to be honest - the mark-up on these is considerably high.  I purchased a dozen or so scarves in Rome a couple of years ago from a street vendor and purchased them for two Euros each.  Granted, they weren't made in Rome, but boy, they were cute!)

This particular vendor is at the show every year and she always has the cutest Victorian-themed designs for sale.  She is one of my favorites.  I always stop by her booth.

Another shop which I find to be pretty awesome is the one which takes ordinary household items like teapots and spice tins and makes them into lights.  Love this!

Teapot lights

Spice tin lights

Spice tin lights

These layered religious bracelets also caught my eye:

And so did this hat which I was REALLY tempted to buy for someone special I know (he knows who he is):

As always, craft festival season is a favorite of mine.  I don't miss going to them unless I absolutely have to.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Catholic Saints "Bling" Rings

I have been a real collector of rhinestone chain these days.  I absolutely love the stuff.  I've seen the chain used in bracelets and necklaces, but I've never seen anyone use it in rings.  Until now.  I made some Catholic saint portrait rings with glass domes and some beautiful bronze bezels I'd found.  The rings were nice, but they appeared to be missing something.  So - I framed the images with rhinestone chain - and they really seem to pop.  Here's some of the rings I created:

Saint "bling" rings made with rhinestone chain.

Saint "bling" rings made with rhinestone chain.

Saint "bling" rings made with rhinestone chain.

St. Dymphna ring - side view.

St. Dymphna ring - front view.

St. Edith Stein ring.

St. Edith Stein ring - side view.
I really love how the rhinestone chain makes the rings sparkle.  Perfect for the holidays!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Catholic Steampunk Necklaces - Romanticism with a Twist

I have been working on some new Catholic resin jewelry creations and wanted to make them truly unique from the normal genre of what I create.  I wanted something that displayed romanticism with a touch of steampunk.  In order to do this,  I incorporated elements as gears, heavy chain links, crystals and rhinestones to my latest creations.  Here they are:

Virgin Mary necklace - features bronze, antiqued silver and a touch of copper (detail view.)

Virgin Mary necklace - features bronze, antiqued silver and a touch of copper.

Virgin Mary necklace - features bronze, antiqued silver and a touch of copper  (detail view.)
St. Therese of Lisieux necklace with matching earrings.  (The roses are red velvet and perfectly complement the colors in the image.)

St. Therese of Lisieux - pendant close-up

St. Therese of Lisieux - necklace detail.
St. Therese of Lisieux filigree and rhinestone necklace.  I used gilding paste to add interest to the filigree and cross pieces.

Detail of necklace.

St. Therese necklace - pendant detail.

Virgin Mary steampunk necklace.

Virgin Mary steampunk necklace - detail.

Virgin Mary steampunk necklace - pendant detail.
All of these necklaces have been posted to Etsy and EBay.  Once the item sells on one site, it is removed from the other.  I do this for my customers who don't have access to both sites.

I originally intended to complete my Italy series here in blogland, but opted to go forward and share my latest designs, instead.  I have lots of craft-related items and projects I want to share, and now that I am a full-time college student, my time to blog is quite limited.  :(  Until next time - happy crafting!

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