Bubbling Spring Spawn of Flame Earrings
Cleveland Handmade is hosting a giveaway to thank all our wonderful supporters and customers, as well as give you the opportunity to check out the high-quality handmade art in member shops. The giveaway this week are earrings made by ME!
Go here to enter!
You have until Wednesday noon (EST). Hurry!
Update: the deadline has now passed; I don’t know the winner yet, though!
I spend another evening learning all sorts of great jewelry making techniques from Melissa Muir. On this occasion, we both made fabulous (if I say so myself) copper earrings. We cut, folded, forged, soldered, pickled, and oxidized the metal and ended with these:
If you are anywhere near Melissa’s studio and want to learn more than you knew that you needed to know, I highly recommend taking one of her classes. If you don’t want to learn to make the jewelry, but would still like to wear it, check out some of her work.
In addition to learning jewelry making, I create fabulous (if I say so myself) glass lamwork beads. Check them out at Etsy or my Spawn of Flame website.
Sterling Silver and Glass Lampwork Bracelet
A month or so ago, I took a soldering class with a fabulous local jewelry artist, Melissa Muir, and made a way cool bracelet. We used a jeweler’s saw to cut our own sterling silver rings and then soldered the rings closed with a cute little butane torch. I saved my pennies and recently bought the tools to make some of this kind of jewelry myself.
Here is my first piece on my own. I wanted to use some of my own glass lampwork beads in it, so I soldered a couple of test rings and the beads seemed to be ok. The design kind of just happened. I have to give Melissa a lot of credit… in her class she went over a lot of the things that I needed to know, so I was never lost while going solo.
I am absolutely thrilled how it turned out!
Rosemarie Hanus makes glass lampwork beads and solders silver in her Northeast Ohio studio. You can see even more of her beads in her Etsy store.
Recently, my friend Linda wrote a post on Google Twins (finding people with the same name as yourself) and she encouraged her readers to try it out.
Being one that can be obsessive about following directions, I went straight away to Google and tried it. I was a little disappointed to find no Google twins for my less than common name.
What I was thrilled to find, however, was a necklace crafted by Kristine Hunt of Kris Designs which used one of my lampwork beads. I really liked this bead when I made it, it is a deep emerald green large hole Donut bead with twisted color designs on it. I believe that Kris really shows it off well with this fabulous design.
She even has a great name for the piece: Easy Being Green. The description begins: Kermit the Frog sang about how it wasn’t easy being green . . . but he never had a necklace like this one!
I could learn from this!
This was the first piece that I have seen where someone other than me has used any of my artwork. Thanks Kris!
Please be sure to visit Kris Hunt’s website to see other great things!
See my artisan lampwork beads and some of my own jewelry at my website too!
I have decided to expand my jewelry making skills! I love the look of chain maille and elegant wire wrapped pendants.
I recently signed up for an online class with SLC Uniques to learn more about wire wrapping. Her classes are in an interactive video streaming format. While this may not be as ideal as a true classroom format, it is an exciting approach to learning. It is certainly more affordable than traveling to a class, easier to fit into a busy schedule, and opens up a whole world of learning possibilities.
My class was yesterday, and the picture is the pendant that I made for the class – my very first framed cabochon.
The frame is sterling silver made from square and half round wire. This is the first time that I have used anything other than round wire. Why did I wait so long?
The cabochon itself is a glass lampworked freeform piece that I made just a few days ago. I am very excited to have a new way to make some finished jewelry from my lampwork beads and cabochons.
See more of my artisan lampwork beads on my website www.SpawnOfFlame.com.