Don’t Give up…2017 is upon us…

2016 is nearly over.  What have I accomplished in the my jewelry making adventure?  Well, it’s been a slow year for me.  What about you?

In my personal life, we’ve spent months searching for that perfect home.  We finally found it!  A 1924 Sears catalog home.  Well built, cozy and perfect!  Moving and settling in was less than perfect, as you probably already know.

With my jewelry bench set up in the basement, I now feel ready to pick up where I left off. My etsy stores are open…check, my facebook page is up…check…my blog is current…check!   Just need to get instagram back up and running with updates on my new projects.

With 2017 just around the corner, I’m starting to think about which jewelry making projects I’d like to work on.  A new ring design…a new bracelet…how about earrings?  One of the most wonderful things about learning to make jewelry is that you can make what YOU want to wear!  The world of jewelry is at your feet!  The sky really is the limit!

What about you?  Are you trying to get your priorities for the coming year in order?  Yes, there is more to life than learning how to make jewelry…but it’s one part of my life that I truly enjoy!  I’m not giving up!

I’d love to hear about your 2017 projects!

Samra  🙂

 

 

 

 

Trying something new…

Do you love rings?  How about spoon rings? I am expanding my jewelry making adventure into the art of….spoon jewelry!  Would you like to learn how to make spoon rings, too? How about spoon bracelets?  Stayed tuned for my new tutorial…coming April 2017!!!

Beginning a New Journey

Just another day in paradise…at my jewelry bench.

Today begins my aspirations to use sterling silver and gold-filled metals in my jewelry making.  I have been inspired by other metal artisans who have created some very pretty and interesting jewelry.

For the past year or so I have been using the base metals of copper and brass.  These metals are fairly inexpensive to work with, as well as interesting in their own rights.  I love working with copper!   The metal properties of copper are fascinating to learn about and the color is so rich and warm.  I have cut out discs, sawed, filed, sanded, textured, soldered, oxidized, tumbled and polished copper pendants and bracelets.  I have used brass to a lesser degree.  It is more difficult to oxidize, which is a good thing if you don’t like an oxidized look.  I don’t have the same affection for brass, but like most things it has it’s place.

So, there you have it.  Stay tuned…the learning curve is just beginning…