Gemstone Statement Necklaces

Unique, one of a kind gemstone statement necklaces for women.     Handmade Fashion Jewelry by JudysTreehouse.    Find them in the “Statement Necklaces” section of my shop:   https://www.etsy.com/shop/JudysTreehouse

Here’s a few…..

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Thank you for your interest.

Peace Love and Joy

Judy

“What Color is Your Inner Hippie”

“She comes in colors ev’rywhere
She combs her hair
She’s like a rainbow
Coming, colors in the air
Oh, everywhere
She comes in colors”  – Keith Richards, Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones)

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Peace Love and Joy

Judy

“Heart and Soul”

Take a walk through my “garden”……take your time……enjoy!

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Peace Love and Joy

Judy

 

“Beautiful Patina”

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What is patina?

Dictionary result for patina

/pəˈtēnə/
noun
  1. a green or brown film on the surface of bronze or similar metals, produced by oxidation over a long period.
    • a gloss or sheen on a surface resulting from age or polishing.
      “the dining table will acquire a warm patina with age”
    • the impression or appearance of something.
      “he carries the patina of old money and good breeding”

    I found my love for creating patina pieces about four years ago.     Starting with pre-cut brass and copper metal blanks, I did a little on-line research on patina how to’s and started experimenting.

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    My first creations were patina’d earrings.

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    Don’t you just love their unique colors and asymmetrical designs!    So eclectic!  Little jewelry works of arts.     A must have for the jewelry connoisseur, don’t you think!

    From earrings, I went on to creating a few cuff bracelets and rings.

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    Rather than purchasing pre-cut metal cuffs, I wanted to actually make the cuffs.    Hand-cut from a sheet of brass, copper or bronze.    I experimented with different gauges of metal 22, 20, and 18.     And, in my opinion, I think the 20 gauge has a nice weight and sturdiness to it.   The 22 gauge is a thinner metal and makes a more lightweight cuff.   The 18 gauge makes a somewhat thicker, heavier cuff.    And, like Goldilocks with the Three Bears, the gauge, weight, and size of a cuff comes down to a personal preference.    Yet, no matter the gauge of the metal, with a gentle squeeze/pressure each cuff adjusts to a desired fit.

    I also tried different lengths and widths for a variety of sizes.    Although the cuffs are somewhat adjustable, I noticed that a one size fits most isn’t always the case.  Not all of us are average.   Case in point, I’m 5′, 10 1/2″, above average height for a woman often leaving me with just wishful want of some clothes that are made as one size fits most.    So, with my cuffs I have a few different lengths; 5 3/4″, 6″, 6 1/2″, and 7″ allowing for a more encompassing one size fits most.

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    After cutting my metal strips into different lengths and widths, I then sand them, by hand, to smooth the edges.    I could use power tools to cut, sand, and polish the metal but there’s just something about creating a piece step by step by hand.  Realizing the strength of my hands as I cut through the metal.   Feeling the joy from that last snip as the metal falls away.      Sensing a slight heat as the metal warms up with the glide of the sandpaper over the rough edges.      The smoothness felt when I run my fingers over the sanded piece to rule out sharp edges.     It’s not just the end result that makes the piece special, it’s the process and the journey of the creation.    A little bit of heart and soul along with a bit of elbow grease goes into each creation.

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    Once the metal is sanded smooth the strips are shaped into cuffs.    This process requires a rawhide hammer, a heavy metal mandrel, a little stamina and a bit of patience.    Hammer, Hammer, Hammer not just to create the shape but to strengthen the metal, as well.    This will help the piece better maintain its final shape.

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    After the cuff is shaped it’s ready for the patina magic to happen.  Nope, I do not use patina paints, polishes, waxes or dyes.    I use a chemical process to expedite the development of the patina vs waiting for the every day elements of moisture, air, heat and humidity it takes for metal to develop its patina over time.

    I patiently, and sometimes not so patiently, check my pieces to see what designs the patina is creating.    Sometimes I pull them early.   Sometimes I leave them overnight.   Sometimes I remove the patina and start all over.    But after it’s all said and done each patina comes out as a unique, stunning work of art.   Some I like better than others.    And I love to watch how other people are attracted to one design over another……..decisions, decisions!

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    After the patina has dried, I then apply a wax coat to seal and maintain the patina.   The wax adds a nice shiny, glossy finish.

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    Lately, I’ve moved on to creating unique patina pendant statement necklaces.      Following the same process I did for the cuffs, I created the pendants.    Each is hand cut, hand sanded, patina’d and polished.
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The next step with the necklaces was finding the perfect gemstones.   Sigh, I just love gemstones!    Then came the Match Game!    Picking the perfect gemstone to complement each patina pendant and adding a bit of fancy chain for the finishing touch!

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And, finally, these cool, unique, and unusual Statement Necklaces!   No two are exactly the same!   They are artsy, eclectic, classy and eye-catching.    Sure to grab some attention and start a conversation or two!

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And there you have it.     A few of the steps involved in creating some of my unique jewelry pieces.

The jewelry I create is available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/shop/JudysTreehouse

Thank you for your interest!

Peace Love and Joy

Judy

It’s A Harvest Time of Year

Fall, Autumn……my most favorite time of year.      The days get shorter, the sky takes on a different shade of blue, the leaves start falling; to me, things just seem to slow down a bit.

We’re in full harvest mode here at the farm.     Picking corn and cutting beans.

Here in the Midwest the days are still long and hot.  But, soon, the nights will take on a chill, the leaves will turn brilliant shades of colors, comfort foods will start simmering on the stove, sweaters, jackets and boots will come out of storage.

Are you ready for the changing season, too?     Here are a few pieces I’ve created to spice up your fall wardrobe.    The beautiful fall, autumn season will soon be upon us!

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Peace Love and Joy,

Judy

Glory Days

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.

 

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You can join in and walk with me @ https://www.facebook.com/groups/doppelgangersforahealthylifestyle/

And, yes, I am still creating unique jewelry and gifts at https://www.etsy.com/shop/JudysTreehouse

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I have some really cool zodiac pendants and tiny birthstone gemstone necklaces in the works.   And, a few hand wrapped gemstone chokers waiting for a final hand polishing.    Coming soon!

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And, I’ve made a few trips to the post office.   I enjoy creating the packaging almost as much as I do creating the items!

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And, I have my flower gardens and vegetable gardens to tend.

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And, I’ve been canning and preserving a bit…..made some sweet pickle relish last week and kosher dills on the agenda for this week.

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And, we have a new puppy, Spot, our outside security guard.    And, of course, Otis to keep an eye on things, too.

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And, a little reading here and there.   A few short road trips.    Time with family and friends.    And, always something creative on the agenda!

So there you have it……..a little glimpse of my glorious summer days.    Hope you are having a great summer, too, and making the most out of every precious moment!

And, I hope you’ll keep in touch.    You can find me here:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/JudysTreehouse (“Favorite” Judystreehouse on etsy and you’ll see m new listings as they become available)

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.”

https://www.facebook.com/groups/doppelgangersforahealthylifestyle/ (closed group but you can request to join to give and get health and fitness inspiration (no solicitors, please)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/thingsyoumightfindinatreehouse/ (public group…..just a fun place where I share cool, creative finds and ideas)

Instagram @judystreehouse

https://Twitter.com/JudysTreehouse

Thanks for stopping by.   Have a terrific Day!

Peace Love and Joy!

Judy