Absolutely Gorgeous! I can’t really take the credit for these beautiful natural gemstone statement necklaces. After all, it is the beauty of the natural stone that makes them so stunning. I simply enjoyed the process of bringing it all together; the pleasure of “the treasure hunt” in finding these gorgeous petrified wood (agate) pendants, then the quest to find the perfect matching gemstone beads, being in the moment as I wire wrap each bead and polish each beaded link. It is a joyous journey and one I find very meditative. Dare I say good vibes woven into each piece!
Limited edition creations! These necklaces are unique and one-of-a-kind with their earthy natural colors, striations and inclusions. Currently, I have these three stunning necklaces available in my goimagine shop. https://www.goimagine.com/judystreehouse BUT! I so adore these pendants that I have a few more ordered and on their way. Each pendant exhibits individual earthy characteristics and each necklace I create will have a different strand of beaded links.
I did have a bit of a challenge photographing these beauties. They are so glossy that my photo lamps were reflecting off of their shiny surface. But, the photos taken in natural light don’t quite display their rich colors.
You’ll appreciate their beauty once you hold them in your hands. They are enchanting!
Decisions, decisions…….nothing like the arrival of some new gemstones to get the creative juices flowing!
These petrified wood agate pendants are absolutely gorgeous! So much so I went back and purchased a few more! Each one has its own individual characteristics and colors and is visually stunning. Of course, I then had to decide which beads to match them with, then layout the best bead sequence to best complement each pendant.
There are so many options that would work beautifully but after a bit of deliberation I decided on the combinations that best resonated with me at the time. I could actually come back another day and decide that a different combination might be just as good or better. Thus, my motto, every day is different and so is the jewelry I create.
So, I’ve wire wrapped my beads and pendants and they are almost complete. They’ve gone through their process to patina the wire. Now they’re just waiting for me to give the wire it’s final polishing and then these gorgeous, one-of-a-kind gemstone necklaces will be ready to become someone’s next eye-catching fashion statement.
I am happy to share a new ecommerce online market place with you.
GoImagine.com recently launched their new website. GoImagine is an online marketplace for “Handmade in America” artists, artisans and crafters to sell their unique creations. Individual shops offering handmade in America jewelry, gifts, and decor.
Shoppers looking to buy unique, handmade items made in the USA will be delighted with the assortment of shops and items available.
Go to their website to learn more about their story and vision.
So, if you are looking for that perfect something special, unique, one of a kind, unusual, eclectic, handmade in America jewelry, gift, decor be sure to check out the shops on GoImagine.com and, of course, I’m always appreciative of your visits to my shops, as well.
If you have any questions about my shops, my items, or custom orders, please feel free to message me. You can contact me through the messaging options in each of my online shops.
The summer days are ticking by. Beautiful sounds, changing scenery, gorgeous colors, earthy scents!
I love summertime…………
And, I love taking walks. I’ve started this quest to walk 500 miles…….just a few miles at a time mind you…..I’m not Wonder Woman……although, aren’t we all full of wonder! Yes, we are. Sometimes we just have to dig deep down inside to reminder ourselves. I find walking is a great way to find peace of mind and gratitude for all of the beauty and greatness this life has to offer.
https://www.facebook.com/judystreehouse (“Like” and “Follow” JudysTreehouse on Facebook. From time to time I’ll post items I have in the works, new items, fashion ideas, and just plain cool “shares” of things I find beautiful and interesting.”
I recently had the pleasure of creating a custom order for a friend who happened across a picture of some rings I had posted on my Facebook page, JudysTreehouse.
I was a little nervous going into production as it had been a while since I had made these and hadn’t made many in the past. I also wanted to add a little something extra special for her to the design.
Handcrafting jewelry usually results in each item being unique and different. Depending on the design, you may not always get an exact duplicate of something you’ve made in the past. You can try to replicate a piece but usually they come out with slight differences. This is what makes handmade pieces so unique and special. Then there are those “oops moments” when you unintentionally mess something up; cut a piece to short, make a wonky wrap, break a bead, snap a wire, etc. So, I decided to make two rings, just in case.
The first step was to cut the band. I used 20 gauge copper. After the cut, I then sanded the piece to smooth the edges, top and bottom.
The next step was applying the design I wanted to etch into the metal.
Etching the metal takes patience and practice. Sometimes an air bubble can ruin your design. Leaving the metal in the solution too long can result in the metal becoming too thin for the project. Not leaving it in long enough can leave you with a partial uneven design or not enough of the design showing through. In this case, it turned out perfect!
Applying the patina is my favorite part of the process. I used a butane torch to heat the metal to create the patina. As you can see, each piece turned out entirely different. This is another process where patience and practice develops your skill level. I absolutely love the colors that developed in each of the bands.
The next step was shaping the band around the ring mandrel. Using a rubber or rawhide mallet keeps the metal from being damaged. Hammering the metal not only gives it the desired shape and ring size but it also strengthens the metal helping it to maintain its form.
I knew my customer wanted a light blue rose but I wanted to consult with her on the band color since they were both so different. She chose the one on the left in the above photo.
The next step was to wire wrap the stone to the ring. Again, wrapping the wire and getting a secure fit takes time and practice. I started on the ring she hadn’t chosen because I wanted to practice my wrap and determine the wire design.
I was happy with the design and set out on the ring for Dianalynne. It came out perfectly…….BUT………. To help tighten and secure the wire, I had taken my pliers to the wire wrap on the underside of the band to give the wire a little twist. My pliers slipped and I gouged the wire! The wire was damaged but still secure and appeared to be sturdy enough…….BUT…….it did not meet the standards of quality I do my best to attain with each of my creations.
I was so devastated. The initial wire wrap had turned out so perfectly! I was afraid a second attempt wouldn’t turn out as well. I had to put the ring down and just walk away from it. So, I went shopping. But, all I could think about was the ring and how I wanted to handle the situation. I came up with a few thoughts, bounced them off of my husband but in the end I knew what I had to do.
I had to believe in myself and my abilities. So, I removed the damaged wire and set to rewrapping the ring……..and low and behold it turned out beautifully.
I was happy with myself and I had one happy customer.
I still have the other blue ring available for purchase. It is a size 7. I have not listed it in my Etsy shop, but if you are interested you can contact me and I will create a custom order for you.
I’m out of blue gemstone roses and my original supplier no longer has them in stock. But I do have many other colors in my stash and anticipate more rose rings coming soon to Judystreehouse.
Sometimes you just have to trust in yourself. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.