Tuesday, July 19, 2011

blue patina necklace

This is a necklace I created some months ago as a submission for a book on use of patina in jewelry.  They only wanted images and I haven't heard anything back from the book company yet so I am thinking it is safe to sell!  I created this beginning with a flat piece of copper, cutting it out into two circle shapes of same size using a jeweler's saw.  I stamped the pieces with a bird and a moon/star.  Then I domed the copper pieces into two rather organic shapes- meaning they were not meant to be perfect and were a tad crinkled on the edges.  Lightly tapping around the perimeter of the domes while held together with the fingers melds them into each other for a perfect fit, mirrored crinkles and all.

Super stinky ammonia is the simple ingredient that produces this pretty intense blue.  Easy as pie.  Lots of info about using it for metal patina online.  I intended to spray a clear glossy coat to seal this but I still haven't done it and months later the color is still true.  I'll probably spray several coats on before I place it at its next stop-- my etsy shop.

Sterling silver chain, a hand stamped silver round (with the patina and stamped textures I love...) and some pretty apatite and gemstone citrine teardrop complete the piece.  Look for it later tomorrow http://jenniferstumpf.etsy.com.

Where Mango can be found every single morning from about 7 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.  Don't tell but I keep the window open for him in this intense heat, and run the AC full blast, just because I love him so much and he loves the window open.  Shhhh....

Thursday, July 14, 2011

trudi bird bracelet

Just a quick post since I am heading out to work and I'm running late!  But here is my latest creation-- the Trudi Bird Bracelet, which is currently for sale at http://jenniferstumpf.etsy.com.  It is created from some of my prettiest beads (agates!  prehnite!  apatite! vintage czech glass!  lampwork glass beads! Swarovski crystals!), some of which have been in my stash for quite a while, waiting for me to get the lead out and make something with them!

Awww..  isn't this turqoise bird the sweetest little thing?  He has a sterling cap and a lovely Swarovski crystal perched on his head.  A faceted green agate egg is next to him...  Above is a drilled river pebble and a pretty antiqued round bone bead-- peeking above is a lentil shaped lampwork glass bead purchased years ago from the Greater Washington D.C. bead society bead show and I'm sorry to say I have lost the name of the artist who created it.

Paired with my grand-dad's watch, it makes a handsome piece and is very comfortable to wear at 7 3/4". I'm heading out for the rest of the day and evening-- thanks for looking!!  xo

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Beauty Walk- reloaded!

I made a necklace today, incorporating a pendant previously created and dismantled with different elements.  More and more I am enjoying simpler designs with just a hint of sparkle and color, just enough to catch attention but not so much that it is distracting.  The pendant is hand stamped brass and is from the Navajo Beauty Way poem.

I am also loving the simplicity of vintaj wire and chain (this one is 20" with a 3.5" inch pendant drop), which goes so well with a summer tan and does not tarnish as easily as silver (no, it does not turn your neck green!).

Lanyard hooks are so cool!  This piece has two-- one vintage lanyard hook on the 3.5" drop pendant and one as the clasp.  I see all kinds of design potential using these simple but interesting elements.

And I had to post a cute photo of my big boy Mango the Manx, propping his head on his new squirrel toy.  :-)  I didn't plan for the sofa, toy and kitty to be the same color!

For a closer look (at the necklace, of course), check out my etsy shop http://jenniferstumpf.etsy.com.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Boho Bracelet on Etsy!

It's taken me almost a year of life getting in the way but I finally made time to make a piece of jewelry for sale. Woo hoo! This is an eight inch bracelet chock full of lovely earthenware, bone, nut and lampwork beads. Lots of charms to jingle jangle and a comfortable fit with double leather cord band and sterling silver clasp. All the details are besides the point, but it felt very good to make something again. What with tambour embroidery, weaving, crochet and needlework projects stacked to the ceiling, jewelry took a long term back burner! I'm happy to be back. I hope you enjoy this bracelet and you can find it for sale at http://jenniferstumpf.etsy.com. Thanks for looking!