Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hammered Copper Initial Pendants and Mother's Necklace

Here are some more necklaces I made at Christmastime. I just love it when someone finds my blog on the web and commissions me to make custom pieces for them! The top shot is for James, who had me make these lovely copper hammered initial pendant necklaces for his 4 girls. James was the nicest man to work with. It was as though he had been in my studio a hundred times and knew just what questions to ask. This was a really fun project to work on and I hope his girls just love their personal necklaces.

The second one was for Derrick, who wanted something sparkly and special for his wife. It includes all five of their boys names and enough Swarovski crystals to shine to the moon and back. This was also a great collaboration and I really enjoyed making this piece.

Mother's Necklace and Initial Pendant

I love helping people give great gifts! These photos are of projects I did for my friend, LeeAnn, to give as Christmas presents. Above, is a mother's necklace. It's classic, timeless, and matches everything! The chain on this one is 24" long and can easily be layered with other necklaces.

Below, is for Tyler, LeeAnn's cute teenage daughter. This one is also versatile and fun to layer. It is earthy and organic with just a hint of sparkle. The strand is a mix of various semi-precious stones.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Chan's EXCELLENT Adventure

So, the Gem Faire came to town a couple of weeks ago. This is the same Gem Faire that I usually visit in Salt Lake, but it came to Costa Mesa! Our Saturday schedule has been really crazy lately and I didn't think I could possibly go, but I made arrangements to sneak away for a couple of hours to get some badly needed supplies. I even made it there and back without the GPS!! (Even ran into my dad who was in town on a visit!) As usual, I walked away with a little bit more than I needed, plenty to get some creative juices flowing. These amazing stones from left to right are: labradorite cabochons, moss aquamarine cubes, moss aquamarine rondells, faceted ruby rondells, labradorite coins, and two lovely strands of pyrite to add a bit (more) of sparkle! Wow, am I excited to have some time to play around with these! I have a couple of designs already in mind. We'll just have to see what evolves!