Moxy Metals

Turquoise/Etched Copper Islamic Tile Earrings
January 9, 2011, 9:53 pm
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I had leftover copper shapes from my last etching class, and was inspired by a student who brought in a book of Turkish Ceramic patterns, and this elegant pair of etched earrings is the result.  I actually found an image of this Islamic Tile Pattern on the internet, and loved the octagonal shape and fine detail.  I was very happy with the etching, and conveniently, somebody left their extra bezel wire in the studio, that happened to look great against some leftover turquoise cabochons I had lying around.  So, from scraps and leftovers, come some lovely earrings!  With a total diameter of about 1″ and a total length of about 2.5″, and all sterling hardware (french earwires) these stunners are my favorite piece of the new year- I can’t wait to wear them out!  Get your own pair at my Etsy, see the link to the left.  Here’s a gallery of other shots of the pair:


Stackable Modular Rings
January 9, 2011, 9:41 pm
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After building my boyfriend a ring for Christmas/Hanukkah that broke, I decided to try again to build something that might be masculine, or at least unisex.  I think these simple rings might do the trick.  They include 2 sterling bands, apprx. 18 guage, with a round interior, yet 4 cornered exterior.  In two of the corners 1/16″ sold bronze spheres are soldered in place, and create distance between the bands.  I made two samples with slightly differently sized bronze spheres, and to give me practice with my slightly complex soldering jig for this piece.  Then I realized they look best when stacked…and I love them!  So…it looks like the boyfriend will have to wait a little while longer for a new gift!  You can buy your own version of these rings at my Etsy.  Here are more views of how the rings look, worn and stacked.

Shark Teeth Necklace

So a member of my family recently visited Florida, and delivered me many a fossilized shark tooth!  She asked for one necklace in return, so, after trying as I might to stretch the shark teeth’s jewelry potential – too brittle for hole drilling, can’t withstand heat for casting or PMC, I had to resort to classic sterling wire wrapping.  I think the necklace remains elegant, and I like the contrast the pearls give it.  The bronze spacer component is designed for holding 5 strand pearl necklaces apart, but I like that it really gives the teeth the distance they need.  The total length of the necklace is about 16″, and includes sterling chain and a sterling lobster clasp.  You can get the same style necklace at my Esty, though no two are identical do to the individuality of the fossilized shark teeth.  Here’s another image of the necklace not on a model:

Christmas Snapshot
January 2, 2011, 9:28 pm
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Here’s a snapshot of a few Christmas gifts I made this year.  Most are epoxy resin, although a few are enamel.

Production Pendants – Get Yours at Etsy!
January 2, 2011, 9:24 pm
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I whipped up these production pendants for our 2010 Holiday Craft Show at 3rd Ward. They are etched copper, dapped disks, approx. 2″ in diameter, and 1/4″ in depth, with hand painted enamel details.  They come with either leather or silicon rubber cords, 16″ in length, to which an extender can be added.  The black color is from a liver of sulfur patina.  Click on the link to the left to visit my Etsy shop if you’d like to purchase one, or just email me in the contact me section.