Tuesday, February 28, 2017

I Love Turquoise ...

Yes, it's true that I love turquoise, but it's more than that. I get swept away by the blues and greens that remind me of the ocean. To me they are happy colors and they just draw me in! I try hard to work with a range of colors but always seem to come back to these.

These Kingman turquoise cabs are a stunning matched set! I've had them for a while and just yesterday they popped into my head so I went and dug them out and started drawing. I had, at that moment, decided in my head what to do with them.

That's how it works for me. I buy stones and they may sit for a day or a year but, eventually, a design pops into my head and I sit down and make them! I hope to finish these soon but the bead shop is keeping me quite busy right now.

There will be fine silver balls in graduated sizes below the larger stones with the smaller accent cabs at the bottom. The design may change a little but it will be very similar to the drawing.

Now, in the next picture we have pieces of sand dollars that Shauna brought back from her last beach trip. We have a whole tray of these shards and most of them are quite inspiring!

I drilled out seats for the bezel cups and on the one on the right, a hole for a bail to go through. They will be set in sterling silver, although, that part hasn't been cemented in my mind yet. I also have not decided what stones I will set in these or if I will simply color some resin and fill them with that. And, of course, there will be more decisions on what materials to use to make them into necklaces. So, these are very much still a work in progress! We both love to work with natural materials and I just love these sand dollar shards! Thanks Shauna!

Turquoise Oval Cab Sterling Silver Ring Size 7.5

This adorable little ring features a robin's egg blue oval turquoise cab that is set sideways in a fine silver scalloped bezel setting, which is handmade. The ring band is made from Sterling half round wire in 12 gauge. The ring size is 7-1/2. The turquoise cab is approximately 9x6mm and the bezel is about 4mm tall. By Lisa. 

For sale on our Etsy shop - https://www.etsy.com/listing/464086955/turquoise-oval-cab-sterling-silver-ring  #handcraftedjewelry #silversmith #metalwork #alonestarjewelry #texasjewelry #beachjewelry #southwestjewelry #leatherjewelry #turquoisejewelry

Monday, February 27, 2017

Montana Agate Sterling Silver Pendant

This has been a very popular piece so I've brought it back! A beautiful Montana agate is clustered with black onyx, moonstone, amber and carnelian stones. Bronze wire snugs up on the opposite side and loops above the pendant to form the bail. Sterling silver chain and findings complete the pendant. Approximately 19" long. Handmade by Lisa. 

For sale on our Etsy shop - https://www.etsy.com/listing/174499657/montana-agate-sterling-silver-pendant #handcraftedjewelry #silversmith #metalwork #alonestarjewelry #texasjewelry #beachjewelry #southwestjewelry #leatherjewelry #turquoisejewelry

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Champagne CZ and Sterling Flower Pendant on Leather

This lovely 10mm champagne Cubic Zirconia is completely handmade and set in Sterling Silver, which has been soldered, cut, filed and textured. A patina has been applied to enhance the texture. The bail is curved and looped down to meet the stone. The pendant is approximately 3/4" in diameter and is strung on 2mm round distressed brown leather and is clasped with a Sterling Silver hook and loop, which is very secure. Enjoy! By Lisa. 

For sale on our Etsy shop - https://www.etsy.com/listing/151707183/champagne-cz-and-sterling-flower-pendant #handcraftedjewelry #silversmith #metalwork #alonestarjewelry #texasjewelry #beachjewelry #southwestjewelry #leatherjewelry #turquoisejewelry

Friday, February 24, 2017

On the Bench

I like to sketch faces and also sculpt them from polymer clay. I have been working on a pendant the last few days, my usual format for presentation of faces. I thought I would share what I have been doing on this new project. I've been making face pendants around two years now....as time allows.

I tend to sketch until I draw something interesting...then I pull out the clay. Sometimes the end result resembles the sketch, but usually it doesn't and that may not be important. Drawing all the time is important. Here is the face that will go in the pendant, unpainted but otherwise finished.

The faces take a good chunk of time to finish. I love the process of starting them and seeing how they end. 

Once it is time to design the setting, I may take a photo and duplicate it on a photocopy if I'm in the mood to play with Photoshop, then sketch around them with different designs. I didn't do that for this one. In my next post, see if I stick to my original design! 

Fine Silver Shell on Sterling Silver Chain Necklace

Another piece to show your love of the beach! Handmade fine silver shell that was formed from a shell from the beach. The shell is lightweight and measures 18mm across by 14mm tall. Strung on a Sterling silver cable chain that's 18" long. Sterling lobster clasp. By Lisa. 

For sale on our Etsy shop -- https://www.etsy.com/listing/285557393/fine-silver-shell-on-sterling-silver #handcraftedjewelry #silversmith #metalwork #alonestarjewelry #texasjewelry #beachjewelry #southwestjewelry #leatherjewelry #turquoisejewelry

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Texas State Silver Concho Earrings with Blue Topaz Stone

Texas State fine silver concho-style fine silver earrings with a faceted blue topaz stone, our state gemstone. These are true Texas bling, flashy and polished silver gorgeous at a big, round 1-3/8" diameter, weiging approximately 7 grams each. Earrings are shaped and drawn by hand and fired from PMC, silver precious metal clay. Stones set in fine silver bezels and earrings hang from sterling ear wires. Perfect for that denim cowgirl...Designed and handcrafted by Shauna.

For sale on our Etsy shop -- https://www.etsy.com/listing/263623147/texas-state-silver-concho-earrings-with #handcraftedjewelry #silversmith #metalwork #alonestarjewelry #texasjewelry #beachjewelry #southwestjewelry #leatherjewelry #turquoisejewelry

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Fine Silver Flower Discs with Sterling Kidney Wire Earrings

Fine silver flower discs with sterling kidney wire earrings are handmade from fine silver metal clay. They have an abstract flower design carved into them and are quite lightweight! The sterling silver kidney wires are 20 gauge. The discs are approximately 1 inch in diameter. Overall length is approximately 1-1/2 inches long. By Lisa.

For sale on our Etsy shop -- https://www.etsy.com/listing/262047050/fine-silver-flower-discs-with-sterling #handcraftedjewelry #silversmith #metalwork #alonestarjewelry #texasjewelry #beachjewelry #southwestjewelry #leatherjewelry #turquoisejewelry

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

CZ in Etched Copper with Copper Chain Pendant

CZ in etched copper with copper chain pendant on 18" pure copper chain that shows off a caged 9mm cubic zirconia square cut stone. The setting is completely handmade with the top of the copper setting showing off an etched design. The etching is similar on both pendants - one is more angular and the other with a softer wave pattern. Please choose. By Lisa. 

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Polymer Clay Tree of Life in Copper with Turquoise Cab Pendant
Polymer clay tree of life in copper with turquoise cab pendant is hand carved from polymer clay, an autumn tree captured in copper and cleverly accented with a turquoise cabochon set in sterling silver. Cold connections are used to hold the various pieces together, resulting in a wonderfully unique pendant. 1.63" diameter. Silver chain. By Shauna. 

For sale on our Etsy shop -- https://www.etsy.com/listing/185808915/polymer-clay-tree-of-life-in-copper-with #handcraftedjewelry #silversmith #metalwork #alonestarjewelry #texasjewelry #beachjewelry #southwestjewelry #leatherjewelry #turquoisejewelry

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Faux Bone Lintel Earrings
Faux bone is a fantastic material for earrings--it is lightweight and easily formed and textured. My choice for texture so far is smooth and polished (and finished with Renaissance wax), setting up a background for other elements that are well set off by the white color of the material. Here, copper fans are sawed, filed, polished and etched, then drilled and riveted onto the faux bone. I had fun with the tops of these earrings because I have always been attracted to the architectural lintel. Earrings are 1.75" long, not counting the sterling earwire. By Shauna. 

For sale on our Etsy shop -- https://www.etsy.com/listing/124380740/faux-bone-lintel-earrings #handcraftedjewelry #silversmith #metalwork #alonestarjewelry #texasjewelry #beachjewelry #southwestjewelry #leatherjewelry #turquoisejewelry

Friday, February 17, 2017

Citrine Wire Wrapped Woven Sterling Silver Ring
Citrine Wire Wrapped Woven Sterling Silver Ring in size 6-1/2. Sterling silver wrap ring with 6mm citrine cabochon. Sterling wire is woven around more Sterling wire and features a beautiful citrine cab. By Lisa.

For sale on our Etsy shop -- https://www.etsy.com/listing/261339463/citrine-wire-wrapped-woven-sterling #handcraftedjewelry #silversmith #metalwork #alonestarjewelry #texasjewelry #beachjewelry #southwestjewelry #leatherjewelry #turquoisejewelry

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Texas Oak Leaf Bronze Dangle Leverback Earrings
Texas Oak Leaf Bronze Dangle Leverback Earrings are handmade from bronze metal clay, modeled from my own mold, fired, oxidized and polished, and finally treated to prevent tarnishing. Oak leaf discs are 23mm in diameter, or about the size of a 25-cent piece. Finished with gunmetal lever back earwires. Shauna. 

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Leather and Sterling Silver Flower Button Choker Necklace

This darling little choker is made with supple 1.5mm natural brown round leather. The loop end, which you secure around the handmade sterling silver flower bead, is secured with a sterling cord slide. Choker size approximately 16.5 inches long. Sweet! By Lisa.