Monday, November 28, 2011

How To Solder Jewelry

One of the many things I would love to learn to do, is solder jewelry. The short video below is a good introductory start, or you can purchase the instructional book.

Starting December 1, 2011 I will be having the 25 Days of Christmas Jewelry sale. This will be a different item each day, from my Etsy store, that will be marked down for that day. If you love jewelry, want some great prices, then be sure and bookmark this blog, and my Etsy store for easy purchasing. I offer a free layaway service as well, for anyone who wishes to use it. Just be sure to click other when checking out from my Etsy store and it will prompt you to write me a message. Most of my pieces are one only and unique pieces, so don't miss this opportunity.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

How To Make A Beaded Snowflake Ornament

The kids and I might try these, but since we are learning to paint for school it might wait until next year. Give it a try and tell me how yours comes out. The video does not appear to be difficult.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Beautiful Opal Doublet Ring With Blue Sapphires

OK, I finally got some time to create some new pieces. This an Opal doublet or triplet, not sure which, set in sterling silver with blue sapphire accent stones on the shoulders. It is a size six ring. It will be listed in my Etsy store either today or tomorrow.

First I must tell you, what is a doublet or triplet opal? As you can see it is really beautiful, with awesome play of color. However, it is not a solid opal and does not hold the value that a solid opal with the same color would hold. Very often what happens is they get very thin slices of opal that are awesome, except for really being unusable. So someone came up with the idea to attach the slice of opal to another gem, usually quartz, on the bottom to give it substance. Then a layer of usually quartz or spinel is put over the top the make the stone durable to wear every day. Opal is very sensitive to chemicals and should not be worn every day unless it has the protective coating. It is also very soft and susceptible to chipping and breaking. So with this method of making a doublet or triplet, you get a lovely piece of Opal jewelry without having to waste the smaller useless pieces. They are not manmade they are Opals. Opal is the birthstone for October and is truly a special gemstone.

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