Thursday, April 26, 2012

Conception Necklace

April is coming to an end, and I will be at the Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery Spring Sale on Saturday the 28th.  This was first held in the fall last year and is planned as a twice a year event.  There were four jewelry artists showing/selling last year and I had a good day.  It is a six hour event on one day.  Hope that this one is a productive as the one in the Fall.

During this month, I planned a pendant and necklace that would use cold connections and multiple metals.  I took sheet aluminum and cut a rectangular shape.  Added copper and brass strips stamped with X and Y respectively.  These strips were 0.5 cm wide and attached to the aluminum base with Sterling Silver tubular rivets.  Straight lines were stamped into the base and the metal work was burnished in the tumbler for one hour.  The seats were cut in the base for the round colored gems.  One each of blue Topaz, yellow Citrine, and green Peridot were flush mounted into the seats.  This produced this very unique pendant.  The 22 inch necklace is made with black plastic coated stranded copper wire, with a toggle clasp in pewter attached to the back.  A lot of fun to make.


Friday, April 13, 2012

New Shop URL

I have been having several issues recently.  One has been resolved, my Handmade Artists Shop has been renamed so the name is no longer my email address.  The shop is now named "rasmussengems."  The URL is:

We also have several new items listed at the shop that have been crafted during the last month:

I am still waiting for the replacement motor that I ordered for my lapidary unit in January.  That is the one item that has not been completed, so I can not cut any more stones until it arrives.