Saturday, July 20, 2013

"Relic" Earrings tweaked a bit and LISTED~!

In between about a hundred errands and weekend catch-up stuff, I tweaked these earrings a bit and listed them in my Etsy shop. 

A beautiful day in Northern California.  We live closer to the bay, so we were cooler than the high temps inland.  Gotta love the morning cloud cover!
We went shopping for clothes for our almost-six-year-old granddaughter's birthday next week, and we did grocery shopping, returning things, visiting my FAVORITE library, laundry, etc. etc. etc.~  A great day.  Just blessed for good health, good life.
Have a wonderful week everyone! 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Copper Cross Earrings for Kate's Birthday

My friend Kate is such a joy.  We walk together on Wednesday mornings.  She wrestles her Australian Shepherd "Buddy" and I tag along and, if needed, provide dog poop bags or cough drops.  
We talk about our joys and our concerns, and encourage each other to trust God.
When we return to her house, we sit and pray together. Clasping hands, we pour out our petitions and thanks.  That Kate has SUCH a heart for the Lord!
I'm so lucky she's my friend and I wish her the happiest birthday.  

These copper crosses are LITTLE~I sawed using my magnifying reading glasses on top of my prescription hobby glasses!  My neato Crafted Findings tool put the eyelets and rivets in place.

I gotta make myself a pair of these!  :-)

Hope your Wednesday is blessed~  

Saturday, July 6, 2013

I heart PATINA~

Sorry this pic isn't bigger....This is "large" and "x-tra large" overflows over the whole page, obliterating my sidebar stuff....grrrr.....

What's this?  ANOTHER blog post?  Two in ONE MONTH?? Shocking, I say! haahaa

I just wanted to show you why I love patina.  This is my latest mixed metals cross.  I started it the same time I started the citrine cross and kinda worked on them together.  This one's mine.  I made a boo boo on my stamping on the back.  No, you can't see it.  No, I won't show it to you...:-)

This cross is made of four metals:  bronze for the back plate, etched brass on top, silver cradling the peridot, and copper circles under the silver circles riveted all around the edges.  I didn't know if Liver of Sulfur patina would do the trick, so I used Stephanie Lee's favorite patina stuff called Novacan Black Patina.  

I cleaned the cross with hot water and dish soap, then put on some gloves and brushed on the Novacan.  Neutralized it with baking soda and then cleaned it up~I just plain LOVE it...that aged look.  

I've had the best hermit-y weekend.  My sweet DH is away at my little brother's ranch.  He took the dogs, and I'm here with only the kitty to keep me company.  It's heaven....I think I needed a break from everything.  

Soooo, may your July be a month of summer fun, summer reading, summer renewal.  Blessings!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

"Beloved" Mixed Metals Cold Connected Cross

Been working on this piece for a couple months.  In between the day job and family stuff, bit by bit it nudged at me, bit by bit it came together.
I love this piece.  I've wanted to create my version of the Cross for some time now.  How wonderful to see it completed!

In my Etsy shop now...I haven't listed anything there for so very long!  :-)   

Fourth of July.  Birthday of our country.  When my grandparents traveled here from Poland and Moravia so many years ago, their courage and determination led them to this country of opportunity.  
Happy Birthday USA!  I'm so blessed to be one of your citizens!
Happy July to you all, dear friends~