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Lotus Flower & Moroccan Inspired Turquoise Ring in the Making

After taking a class last summer on using a new metal I quickly was drawn to the great textures I could create with this new technique. This lead me to this Moroccan-inspired, lotus flower turquoise ring. I love the elegant curve to this shape and have based my new line of jewelry on using it in interesting ways. While making the lotus flower ring I took a little video. It is a behind the scenes look at just a little of what goes into making each piece of jewelry that I sell in my shop. Getting to use the torch […]more

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Mehndi Inspired Jewelry – from Sketch to Finished Piece

I am very proud of the new pieces just added to the Abella Blue Shop and my Abella Blue Etsy Shop. These pieces began as a sketch in my notebook and then were transformed into necklaces and earrings. I began with a doodle. You can see a bit of it in the photo below. It is the leafy swirly doodle in the corner. I didn’t start with the intention of using it for anything, just a doodle to pass the time. Someone peeking over my shoulder mentioned that it looked like a mehndi or henna tattoo.  This lead me to […]more

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From sketch to finish – chevron druzy pendant

I thought I would share a piece from my initial idea through all its stages of completion. This chevron pendant all began with a lovely black druzy. This is my initial sketch. I decided to gussy it up a bit with some markers to share with you. Here I have soldered on the  bezel for the druzy and the little stone at the top. The little chevron detail is made from some square wire. In this step I have soldered them on and am starting to shape the pendant. The shaping is all done and the piece is all cleaned […]more

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Running Necklace Charms Waiting to be Cut Out

Where have I been? Well, I have happily been busy down in the studio cutting out these little guys for the running shoe necklace. This is a snapshot taken by phone of the pieces in progress. I have drawn the shoe in a computer program and aligned them so that I would have minimal scraps of silver. Then I printed the sheet out and used rubber cement to glue it to the silver. Next I will use a jewelers saw to cut out each running shoe, and heart. So if you need me I will be in the studio polishing […]more

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New Work Waiting to be Polished

I have a few pieces sitting on my workbench that are just waiting to be polished up and have their stones set that I thought I would share. Polishing is messy business, using various compounds to get the piece to a high shine. Because it is so messy I usually wait until I have a pile of goodies to polish before I start the undertaking. It still amazes me how ugly the metal looks before the final polishing and finishing stage.

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