Friday, August 27, 2010

Sterling Silver wire does not like me.

I'm in a wire wrapped ring phase. Dilemma: I take pride in the fact that I use quality components in my jewelry, but I am finding craft wire so much easier to work with. The sterling silver is just too springy and I can't control it. I've been using Artistic non-tarnish wire and I really like it. I needed to order some more, but found a good deal on Parawire, which I assume is the same. I shall soon find out.

Here's what I've been working on:

I'm really disappointed in the light grey Swarovski  pearls. You can see patches where the finish has scraped off. I got some darker grey ones from a different supplier (Northern Beads) and they seem ok. I hate to dis Beads & Plenty More, 'cause they've been able to help me many times when I needed something last minute . I wonder if maybe they were in storage for too long. Or maybe they weren't really Swarovski. I should really take them back. I'll have more ring pics later next week.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

New Artfire Tool

As you know, I have my creations for sale on They now offer users the opportunity to put together a "Collection" of products, theirs or otherwise. Mine won't appear on the front page because I am only a "basic" member, but it's still fun.  I can do the same in photoshop, and in fact spent most of a day working on it.  I was designing a new business card. I still needs more work. A business card ends up really, really small. The way it is now, I'd have to give out jeweller's loups with each card!

Wouldn't it be great to have enough time to have a fabulous website and make jewellery?!