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Handmade Jewelry from TheSilverFindings on Etsy

Handmade Jewelry from TheSilverFindings on Etsy.

Updating!

I’ve been told many times that I make beautiful jewelry. However, I use my cell phone to take pictures of it, don’t have photography space, etc. so the beauty of it is not captured in pictures.

I was given advice by other Etsy shop owners to build a light box. I did and it was cheap. I am now using the SAME camera, using the Same factory photo editing software, taking pictures in the Same place except putting them in a lightbox and the results are astonishing.

The results are so amazing that I am going to revamp my whole shop (time-consuming I know). Actually, I’ve already begun. New banner, new logo, editing some item photos, adding new items to my shop with the better pictures, etc!!! Work, work, work but hopefully I get some results! 🙂

Here are a few Examples of the lightbox results:

Crazy, right? You can do it too! Watch the youtube lightbox tutorial. It is cheap and easy! Can’t wait to change everything!

-L

Aside

I got this cool thing from one of my local bead stores. It’s called Crystal Clay. It’s a 2 part epoxy clay that hardens without heat in 12-24 hours. You can stich chatons on it to bedazzle your jewelry, etc. It wasn’t that cheap so I only got one color (white). It was harder to do than I had expected. The chatons got caught to the beeswax covered toothpick, The clay got stuck to the toothpick and the white color came off onto the gems, and the gems caused the clay to get a bumpy look. It is obviously something you need to practice. Here are a few of my first attempts.

Again this product isn’t cheap (the clay isn’t too bad but that chatons are pricey) so I wouldn’t set the clay into a sterling silver setting just in case you are not satisfied with your first results.

This is a glass flower with a hole in the middle. I wire wrapped a ring shape and brought the metal through the middle. When the clay hardened it tightened the support between the wire and the flower.

As you can see the black isn’t too great. It actually looked better without the chatons. There was also a shimmer powder available to make the white less flat. I didn’t purchase the powder but I was I had. It would have been perfect!

All in all, its a great product. It would have come out better if I had had the powder and known that the chatons stick and the clay color can get on the chatons. Next time, I’ll work more carefully and use shimmer.

This product can be used for jewelry. It has the potential to be gorgeous. But I have also seen the black color put on the a stiletto heel and bedazzled with all clear crystals. It was really cute. DIY FTW 🙂

*If you would like to request one of these rings in a color of your preference or your size go to my Etsy page. http://www.etsy.com/shop/thesilver findings and click on the “Request Custom Item” tab on the left hand side. I assure you I am getting better at this!*

*This product can be puchased online at www.beadandwire.com (you have to find the link for classes, crystal clay class, materials*

*YouTube tutorial Crysta lClay. The video that was posted the longest time ago was made by the inventor, Debra, from bead and wire*

-L

Crystal Clay. Interesting stuff!

Wire Wrapping

<=== My very first attempt at wire wrapping. Not too bad. Not perfect but gotta start somewhere. Black Wire Wrapped Ring

<=== This is one of the projects I tried on my second say of wire wrapping. It was actually a lot easier than I expected. I think it came out cute 🙂 Lampwork Spiral Ring

<=== An Aqua Marine Ring I made. It has little spirals on the side. I get  lots of compliments on this one. I have already sold one and have a few potential buyers 🙂   Day #2. Aqua Marine Wire Wrapped Ring

<=== Another spiral design Day #2. spirals

<=== Cherry Quartz wrapped ring. Day #2. Cherry Quartz Ring

<=== Pink Crystal Heart “chaos wrap”. Day #2. Pink Crystal Heart Ring

<=== Brown Stone wire wrapped ring. Day #3. Another one I get tons of compliments on 🙂 http://www.etsy.com/listing/91971107/brown-stone-wire-wrapped-ring-silver

<=== Heart Shape Day #3. http://www.etsy.com/listing/91972480/wire-wrapped-heart-ring-silver-plated?ref=v1_other_1

<=== Double Heart Shape. Day #3. http://www.etsy.com/listing/91971927/wire-wrapped-hearts-ring-silver-plated?ref=v1_other_1

Well, that was my intro to wire wrapping. Each day I tried a few new techniques. I didn’t include every piece I made, just the different styles. Some styles were harder than other. For example, the heart shaped crystal ring was hard because the wire had to be put in from top to bottom and it was terribly difficult trying to keep the crystal from tilting or turning to the side. There has to be a simpler method but I am self-taught as it costs too much money, in my opinion, for a class you can usually figure out the method yourself. The double heart ring was very difficult because I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to wrap two wires together. Again this was a stability/slip factor. I am sure this also has a method to make it easier but…

I wish jewelry classes were cheaper. Brick and mortar jewelry stores are at risk now because everyone has begun shopping online. They need to place more of an emphasis on getting people in the store, i.e., through classes. But they often charge about 30-50 (sometimes more) just for the class, not including the materials which you are often required to buy at the store. With that said, I often do not take classes because I usually don’t have the money to buy extra materials to replicate the project several times in order for the process to stick so I end up with one piece and no clue how to make another one by the time I can buy more stuff. haha!

This is what drove me to the self-taught method. More money for more materials = more practice. It works well for me because I can remember patterns and techniques better! 🙂 This is one example of that. Hope you enjoyed the post!

-L