Friday, March 31, 2017

State of Texas with Stars on Sterling Silver Necklace

A handmade fine silver pendant in the shape of the great state of Texas! I love Texas and my sister and I love to make jewelry for the lone star state! The pendant is 22mm across by 27mm tall, not including the bail. Strung on a Sterling silver chain and lobster clasp. By Lisa. 

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Fine Silver Shell on Sterling Silver Necklace

What a great way to welcome spring than with a fine piece of jewelry that screams "take me to the beach"! A fine silver handmade shell that was shaped from a shell found at the beach. The shell measures 20mm across by 18mm tall, not including the bail. The Sterling silver chain is 18" long. Sterling lobster clasp. By Lisa. 

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Blue Topaz in Fine Silver with Labradorite Necklace

Fine silver pendant (about the size of a quarter) with a bezel set 6mm Blue Topaz stone (Texas state stone) and strung with one of my favorites - labradorite! Handmade pendant. 18" long. By Lisa. 

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Handmade Resin Heart with Waxed Linen and Shell on Batik String Pendant

Handmade resin heart with waxed linen and shell on batik string pendant featuring an Alabama shell. A beautiful handmade resin heart pendant that features a beautiful shell from the shores of Alabama and accented with hammered copper wire and decorative paper for the background. The heart is outlined with natural waxed linen and the heart edge is completely freeform. Strung on a batik string. Heart dimensions: 3" tall (top of heart to end of linen at the bottom), 2" across. Batik string is 38" long. By Shauna. 

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Copper with Matte Finish Cosmic Eye Drawing Earrings

Let these unique and colorful earrings express your cosmic, omniscient eye! The drawings in this pair are truly cosmic, showing the all-wise eye surrounded by the sun, moon and stars. I have planned for years to incorporate eyes into jewelry, so am glad to have executed that idea. 

Drawings are made with the luscious colors of prismacolor pencils and protected under a clear matte acrylic finish. They are framed by my rustic copper bezel settings and topped by arched wire bails. While the copper was polished before soldering, afterward the bezels were left with the natural and beautiful color effects that heat imparts to this metal, creating a lovely and exciting color arrangement. The earrings measure 1.75" from antiqued copper earwires top-to-bottom, and 2" at width, and each one weighs about 4.9g or 0.17oz. Sans earwires, conceived and handmade by Shauna Sopel.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Bronze Coffee Beans with Sterling Wire Earrings

I have a close relationship with coffee beans, so they have become part of my jewelry content from time to time. These bronze beans are oxidized and polished, then coated with PermaLac to prevent tarnish. 

Calipers holding the beans are made from hammered. shaped sterling silver wire. Earrings measure 1.5" from top to bottom. Weight of each earring is 4.6 grams or 0.165 ounces, in case you would like to compare the weight with some of your other earrings. 

Are you a java junkie? Thanks for looking! Shauna.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Copper with Resin Cosmic Eye Drawing Earrings

Your omniscient eye is upon the world with the assistance of these colorful earrings gazing out from your own personal space. For a long time I have made drawings of jewelry with eyes, and these are the first I have rendered. Each drawing features an eye that floats in front of a landscape background of trees, water, clouds and sky. Along the edges a colorful border pattern surrounds.

The drawings were made with prismacolor pencils, and once set, are protected beneath a layer of clear resin in the shape created by my copper bezels. I am interested in the unique color effects created when heat-treating copper, so while the bezels are polished before soldering, they are not afterward in order to incorporate the beautiful, natural look of this unique, rustic, and natural color effect. 

Bails and lever back earwires are also copper. These colorful earrings measure about 1.25" x 2. 5", and each earring weighs 6g or 0.21oz. Except for the earwires, all conceived and handmade by Shauna Sopel. 

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Starfish in the Waves Copper Resin Earrings

We love the sea at Alone Star. This summer we found live starfish in the waves along a Gulf coast beach that inspired these earrings. 

The drawings are created with richly colored prismacolor pencil and topped with a dome of clear resin that despite its tough durability, gives a water effect. All is contained within handmade copper bezels.

The contrast of the blue colors in the drawings against the wild, crazy colors of the heat-treated copper bezels makes for a lovely complementary scheme. I have become hooked on the color surprises that come from heated copper. These bezels are polished before but not after soldering to preserve the lovely, rustic, natural colors. Coated paper, sealed with clear acrylic, peeks through the starfish cutout on back. 

These unique earrings measure near 1.38" x 2.38" (from top of the oversized kidney earwire to bottom). Each earring weighs 7g or 0.25oz. Sans earwires, all created and handmade by Shauna Sopel. 

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fine Silver Crescent Moon with Moonstone Double Strand Necklace

A handmade waxing crescent moon of .999 fine silver, patinaed to perfection so that the crescent moon is highlighted. The moon (about the size of a dime) is nestled amongst coin-shaped moonstone beads, which are split into double strands. Each end is completed with faceted Raven's Wing fresh water pearls. Sterling silver lobster clasp. Length: 19". Design inspired by my son, Chase. 

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

On to other things...


Since my last project I moved on to the papoose pendants--call them what you like, but they remind
me of the Fayum mummies of ancient Egypt. Here is an image of my one and only, sold to my friend, Kathy White (of Posey & Fern, wonderful soaps & balms, etc.), who bought it because the face resembled her son when he was a baby. This photo shows a printed image of the pendant with some new polymer faces and one "scarf" copper cutout laid on top.

I am making two of these for now. At least one will have the woven copper strips and a silver cap at the bottom just like this photo, all set in a copper bezel. I might do one in silver.
This recognition of a similarity to Fayum portraits came about well after the fact and I don't compare myself to the ancient artists. I don't remember these portraits/mummies from art history studies in college; I believe a concentrated interest in them has been a more recent event (than the ancient years of college). I am interested in not just the portraiture but some of the lovely patterns created in the coffins as can be seen in the photo below on the right. I would love to put some silver balls on the pendants like in this coffin.

The link at the bottom of this post shows a variety of these portraits. Some of them are stylized and some are very realistic like this one on the left.

There is thought that perhaps sometimes the portraits were previously painted and then cut down to fit on the coffin at the time of burial.

What surprised and interested me about the portraits is not just the overall look of them attached to the coffins, but that they were painted generally over 1,000 years before Italian and European artists even considered such naturalistic treatments of portraiture. Some of the Egyptian portraits were more stylized than realistic, and some were painted by more talented artists than others, but a look at medieval paintings of portraiture makes you begin to think about how a civilization influences the artists' eye. You would not have found a portrait in medieval times that looks like the one above.

Monday, March 20, 2017

On Lisa's Bench ...

In addition to working with sheet metal, I still love working with metal clay. I started this on Saturday and have finally finished adding this and that to it. Waiting now for it to finish drying so I can refine it. Oh, and add a bail. Then it's into the kiln to fire into a beautiful fine silver pendant! I will post the finished product here and on our Etsy site once the pendant is polished to perfection and a chain is crafted to go with it.

Textured Copper Heart Dangle Earrings

These pure copper earrings are hand cut, textured, and stamped. A patina is then applied and finally a protection is applied so they won't tarnish. The ear wires are hand made from Sterling silver wire. Overall length is approximately 2 inches. The earrings are very lightweight. By Lisa. 

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Hello on this Thursday evening. It has been a busy day at work and at home, part of which involved finishing the Butterfly Girl Pendant. 


 Here is a look at the back:

After painting the background with washes, butterfly cutouts were glued down with glitter tossed on top. Mica sheet covers it all. As with any beauty, it has a flaw here and there, but such does not detract from the overall effect. I hope you enjoy it!

Now I can move on to the other two pendants I want to make. One will also have a polymer face, what I call "The Papoose" but the other has a turquoise cab. I will post some drawings of those soon. 

Freshwater Pearl Natural Dye Leather Choker

Hand-drilled freshwater pearl makes a lovely focal for this choker. Another hand-drilled freshwater coin pearl is used for the button closure. Natural dyed 1.5mm round dark brown leather is soft and supple and feels great next to your skin. Choker is 16" long. By Lisa. 

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Copper Bezel Resin Sun Necklace

Sun and nature worshippers express yourself with this delightful pendant made from copper, PolyShrink, resin and inclusions. Drawing is an original, encased in resin with a few sprinkles of glitter to add a bit of lively sparkle, and held by two bezels, the outer of which holds larger glittery inclusions that add more life and movement to the piece, complementing the drawing. The action continues with the scalloped bezel. I love the rustic, unpredictable colors that can result in copper from the soldering process, so have left the back of the pendant unpolished for this reason. The copper chain is 30 inches long with a metal lobster clasp and a 4 inch extender chain, and bright yellow Czech glass beads decorate to frame the pendant. Handcrafted by Shauna Sopel. 

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Red Bird (Cardinal) Copper 30" Pendant Necklace

The cardinal is one of my favorite birds for the male's solid bright red coloring, and I tried to represent that in this little drawing made with Prismacolor pencils. The bird is set inside a handmade copper bezel that's soldered onto a notched background. The setting's bail is also made from copper and attached to the setting with a cold connection that is accented with a flattened argentium silver nugget and a hammered section of sterling silver wire that surrounds the bezel. The upper copper wire bail is hammered and shaped in circles, to connect to each end of the copper link chain. 

Once again, I pre-polished the copper but left the metal as is after soldering. The natural colors that are a by-product of heating the metal nicely complement the bright colors in the drawing and keep a natural feel for the subject matter.

The 30" copper link chain has an antiqued copper clasp that is attached to one of its links but the chain remains in one long piece. The necklace can be worn without engaging the clasp, but if a shorter length is desired, the clasp can simply be attached to any link on the chain. This is illustrated in one of the photos.

The pendant measures about 1. 5" left-to-right and 2" from the top of the wire bail to the bottom of the piece. The necklace was conceived and the pendant with double bail entirely handmade by Shauna Sopel.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Blue Polymer Texture with Face and Copper Bezel Necklace Pendant

A polymer clay textured background with face insert is the focal point of this natural colored copper bezel-set pendant. Acrylic paint in complementary blue with a touch of pink provides the finish for the polymer clay. Above the bezel and incorporated into the bail is a piece of etched copper to provide added decoration. Sterling silver wire forms the bail and holds the pendant to lovely 2mm rustic leather cord. Sterling clasp finishes the 27" necklace. By Shauna. 

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Turquoise Solitaire Stacking Sterling Silver Ring

A darling little turquoise cabochon set in fine silver bezel with 12 gauge half round Sterling silver wire. The cabochon is 8x7mm. A sweet ring for a sweet girl or woman. Ring size is 4.75". By Lisa. 

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

....As promised

The face is painted now but will sit overnight. Already I see changes to be made. When done, this will have a varnish of clear gloss acrylic, Varathane, the most recommended product I have seen for a protective finish for polymer clay. If I didn't want the surface shiny I would leave it, because they acrylic paint is sufficient.

On the Bench....again

Greetings! This is me in my little studio. I have a guest bedroom in my house that's been converted, much to the chagrin of the visiting members of family. Here is one side of it...

                                                          I love that room. 

Last post I tacked up a drawing of this it is with the unpainted face, unsecured cab and unfinished and unpolished setting. It's just "un" as this point.

But....things are looking up! More work was accomplished on the setting, and I began the polish and the back work. Yes, I have another job that has been kicking me around despite things looking up, they are looking up slowly.


I added more wire to surround the bezel, in addition to a wire bail.

 The back looks a little too "cookie cutter" for me, so more exploration is due here. I have not worked with mica previously, the source of that shine. I will accomplish that today.
Last, I added some paint to the polymer face, but just base layers. I will put up a photo later today when it is finished. That's all for now from the bench, from my NEW bench, that is, thanks to my little sister, Lisa! I will put up a photo of that later, also...


Enameled Copper Chrysoprase Sterling Silver Earrings

I'm hooked on transparent enamels right now - they are so pretty when the colors all come together just right! The domed copper discs are 3/4" in diameter and the soft, transparent enamel colors are just beautiful with the copper showing through. The back I left to nature, only cleaning some of the black off. I like the organic look of heated copper! I sawed out the organic Sterling silver piece that dangles from the copper - they remind me of a steer head, so the texture I applied followed along with that idea. I almost forgot to mention the 4mm chrysoprase beauties that are set in fine silver bezel cups in the center of the enameled discs! Overall length, including ear wires, is 2 inches. By Lisa. 

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Citron Chrysoprase Sterling Silver Earrings

Citron chrysoprase (magnasite) sterling silver earrings. Matching citron chrysoprase stones set in unique hand cut sterling silver settings with hammered wire dangles. Handmade sterling ear wires. By Lisa. 

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Thursday, March 09, 2017

Faceted Hessonite Garnet (Cinnamon Stone) Solitaire Stackable Ring

Hessonite or Cinnamon Stone has a red, leaning to orange and yellow, color and is the more common variety of the grossular species of the garnet gemstone group and has a hardness of around 7 on the mohs scale. It's a beautiful faceted 4mm cinnamon colored stone that is set in sterling half round wire. This is another adorable little stackable ring that would be a wonderful addition to anyone's jewelry collection! Size 6-3/4". By Lisa. 

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Multi-Strand Citrine, Turquoise, Carnelian, Garnet, Amethyst with Leather Necklace

This necklace was a labor of love! Beautiful beads: citrine, carnelian, turquoise and garnets are hand-wrapped with sterling silver. Handmade charms decorate the strands and dangle from the bottom. A green amethyst briolette, garnet fancy drop and a handmade twisted heart sparkle and shine above the turquoise focal drop, which is two-sided. Handmade silver links connect the strands together. Natural dyed chocolate brown 2mm leather features a sterling coil bead, which allows you to easily change the length of this necklace. Wear it short or wear it long - you can extend the length to an amazing 50 inches! It's meant to be worn long but wear it to suit your style! By Lisa. 

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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Chrysocolla Double Bezel Diamond-Shaped Sterling Silver Ring

Stunning chrysocolla diamond-shaped stone is set in a double bezel of fine silver. The outer bezel is serrated and patinated to better show off the design. The stone is 1/2 inch tall (12mm) and 3/8 inch wide (8.5mm). The band is formed from 9g half round Sterling silver wire. The ring is size 6.5. The colors in this stone are fabulous from every angle! By Lisa. 

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Monday, March 06, 2017

Copper Heart Red and Black Enameled Earrings

Darling copper hearts (about 1 inch) are enameled black and then a deep, rich red enamel is applied and brushed away at the edges to show the black background. Handmade sterling silver ear wires. By Lisa. 

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Saturday, March 04, 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. 

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Friday, March 03, 2017

Morensi Chrysocolla in Silver Bezel with Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Necklace

Stunning Morensi Chrysocolla in Silver Bezel with Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Necklace! Sterling silver handmade bezel mimics the shape of the stone at the top. Bail is an extension of the bezel setting. Sterling silver flat cable chain embellished with Sleeping Beauty turquoise beads. Sterling lobster clasp. Pendant measures 2 inches across and 1-1/2 inches tall. Chain is 22 inches long. By Lisa. 

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Thursday, March 02, 2017

Hand-Carved Rosewood Stick with Sterling Silver Wire Wrap Earrings

Simply stunning hand-carved rosewood sticks are wire wrapped with sterling silver square wire and then patinated to maintain the rustic appearance of these earrings. The ear wires are also made from sterling square wire and patinated to keep the flow going. The overall length of these beauties is 2-3/4 inches, including the ear wires. The rosewood sticks are about 6mm wide at the top and the color is a beautiful dark brownish-red. Truly one-of-a-kind and very unique piece of wearable art! By Shauna. 

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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Turquoise, Thulite and Rose Quartz Rings

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