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Jewelry Showcase: Fused Glass Jewelry – Green pendant set by Diane

by JewelStruck on Apr.19, 2012, under Handmade Jewelry, Jewelry Making, Jewelry Showcase

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Showcasing today this very beautiful green pendant set by Diane Miller. Diane made it on last year’s anniversary of 9/11 to support Muslim brothers and sisters. According to her we are all children of God, Allah, Jehovah, MotherFatherGod etc., and we need to have unity and peace in this world.

Fused Glass Jewelry – Green pendant set by Diane

Fused Glass Jewelry – Green pendant set by Diane

Here is how she describes making this set.

It is made with green glass. You need to purchase glass that is specially made for glass fusing. The first step is cutting the glass to the desired shape. For this green set, I cut the pendant in a square. Before I started however, I looked at Google Images to see what the symbol of Islam is. Then I asked my Mom, Trish Miller (it’s a family business consisting of my mother and myself) to draw the crescent and star on the pendant. She used a black marker to draw on the pendant (she’s much better at drawing than I am!). I filled in the crescent and star with a decoration called Frit. I used the color of Butterscotch and a special type of glue – Glastic – for glass fusing. Glastic is sprinkled onto the pendant first, then the frit. Frit is made up of ceramic that has been fused, quenched to form a glass, and granulated The pendant is placed upon a kiln shelf, a square made from ceramic that is covered with Thinfire paper and placed in the kiln. It takes about 2 hours to cook reaching a temperature of about 1500 degrees Fahrenheit and 8-12 hours to cool. When the pendant is cooled, then you can remove it. My Mom glues the bail onto the back of the pendant using a different type of glue – E6000. That glue is strong and you need to have some ventilation when you’re using it.

The matching earrings were made also using the above process. Again, I sprinkled Butterscotch frit over the glue. I decided to make them pierced.

If you liked this pendant set, or looking for similar ones do get in touch with Diane on her facebook page, or checkout her website for more details.

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Jewelry Making : Soldering Techniques – Book by Jennifer

by JewelStruck on Jul.15, 2011, under Handmade Jewelry, Jewelry Making

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The art of soldering can open up a new world of creative possibilities for jewelry makers. I loved this book, teaches you basic techniques like sawing, filing, and riveting, as well as more advanced techniques like creating surface textures, setting stones, and using inlay.

You can get buy it from Amazon for just $14.23


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Stamping – Creating personalized gifts

by francine on Apr.21, 2010, under Handmade Jewelry, Jewelry Making

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Hand stamping is such a wonderful way to create unique, personalized gifts. There are endless styles of stamp choices for everyone’s style. There are also fun stamps like hearts, babies feet and even dog bones.

It is not that difficult to learn how to stamp but I would test it out first on scrap copper so you can test out the spacing and how hard you need to hammer. The great think about hand stamping is that part of the charm is that it is not perfect :)

So if you are looking for that wonderful personalized gift which will last a lifetime, a hand stamped, sterling silver gift is perfect!

Check a few on our shop – www.jewelrybyfrancine.com

Personalized Sterling Silver Treasures!


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Creating a Theme: A fun way to use shark teeth!

by geisha on Apr.13, 2010, under Handmade Jewelry, Jewelry Making

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When Jaws Attacks Earrings

A combination of shark teeth, sea glass and pearls

About six months ago a co-worker aware of my jewelry obsession brought me some shark teeth. He thought perhaps I could use them in my jewelry. Weeks and months went by and I just wasn’t quite ready to tackle those shark teeth. After a while, that little bag of shark teeth seemed to be taunting me while I was making jewelry. I just didn’t know where to begin.

The other night I decided it was time to attempt to create with the shark teeth. First I had to figure out how I was going to string these shark teeth, after all they didn’t have any holes. I knew I was going to have to wire-wrap them. I first tried with a wire that was too thick, I think 20 gauge. The wire just wouldn’t stay put! Then I switched to a thinner wire and it worked much better. I wrapped them until they were very secure and made a bail out of wire so I could attach them a chain.

Now that the hardest part was over, I had to decide what to pair these shark teeth with. I first was drawn to turquoise, to create an overall earthy look. Then it dawned on me. Under the Sea! I had a baggie full of sea glass that I have accumulated over time, some really pretty keshi pearls and and shell beads to hang everthing from. In all, I really like these earrings and think that somehow they actually look quite feminine even with the shark teeth.

When Jaws Attacks Earrings

Funky and Fun!

The jagged shark tooth is balanced by the smooth sea glass. The matte finish glass is balanced by the shiny surface of the pearl. And the masculine qualities of the shark tooth are balanced by the feminine qualities of the keshi pearl. Harmony.

If you like these earrings, check out my shop at GeishaCreations.etsy.com

When Jaws Attacks Earrings

Can you tell I LOVE the ocean?


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Found Beads! What to do with all those darn random beads!

by geisha on Apr.08, 2010, under Handmade Jewelry, Jewelry Making

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The Jungle Mixed Media Necklace

From wooden leaf beads to vintage lucite beads

Recently, I was on a long earring making kick. I made like 30 pairs in month and one day I just needed to switch it up. I began to search the bottom of my bead drawers to see what was down there. If you are a beader, you know what I mean. Sometimes you will finish a project and have two of a certain bead left. After time, this can add up until suddenly my OCD kicks in and I just must re-organize everthing! So what to do with all the random beads? I decided to group them all into color categories. Browns, blues, greens and yellow. Looking over my brown pile, I realized I had some pretty cool beads there. I’m glad I didn’t just decide to throw them out one day in order to keep the bottom of my beading drawers clean! I used all of those beads to create a long, like over 4 1/2 ft long, necklace that can be worn doubled or trippled around your neck. I used a black cotton stringing cord and seperated each bead with a knot. The result is a bunch of random beads that come together to make one cohesive looking necklace. The beads are very varied. There are shell beads, bone beads, wooden shapes in different finishes, blown glass, vintage lucite beads from some old costume jewelry, brass and antique copper findings, and faceted fire-polished glass beads.

The Jungle Mixed Media Necklace

The thing that I really like about this necklace is that all the beads are in the same color pallete, but they are very different shapes, textures and finishes. So I hope I have inspired all to keep those random beads and make something great with them! To check out the necklace feel free to visit my etsy store and convo me with any questions! – GeishaCreations.etsy.com

The Jungle Mixed Media Necklace

Keep those random beads!


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