Thursday, October 15, 2015

My New Shop on Amazon Handmade Marketplace, no more Etsy

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

J&V Rebecca Brooks Google + Collections for free jewelry video tutorials

For anyone new to my site, this is my Google + Collections page that is easier to find the tutorials you want if you prefer videos, I know I do :^)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Victoria Albert Museum Cleaning Metals Basic Guidelines

So I've been etching sterling silver and did a web search for cleaning metals. I wanted to go to a dependable source for info on cleaning etched metals, not a site that just copies and pastes other sites that just copy and paste erroneous info. You know what I mean eh? lol (wink wink say no more eh?)

So who would know the proper way to care for precious metal objects than a museum that has been on top of the subject for nearly 150years?

This is the article:

I love this tip for disposing solvent soaked cotton from cleaning:
"A swab pot or small waste container (that can contain solvent fumes from used swabs). Take an empty soft drink can and label it on both sides 'used swabs'. To use, remove used swabs from the stick by pushing the swab into the hole and pulling the stick back against the edge of the opening. This will loosen the swab and it will then drop into the can. When the can is full leave it somewhere well ventilated to allow any solvent residue to evaporate, and then dispose of it in your household rubbish."

There are so many things I didn't know until reading this article, such as; porous surfaces of metals like sterling silver

Monday, September 21, 2015

Art Jewelry Elements: Safer Silver Etching

Art Jewelry Elements: Safer Silver Etching

Hi,just found this article,thought I  would share it.

I have been working on my hubby's birthday gift so I haven't been posting as much lately.

Be back soon 😉

Monday, August 31, 2015

American Lapidary Artists post #4

So I found an incredible lapidarist and wire jewelry maker, Tela of TelaFormosa.
You can visit her cabochon shop here. 
I asked her a few basic questions:

1. How long have u been a lapidarist?
 I have been cabbing since June 2012, but I have been a keen collector for more than 15 years. Actually, I still collect cabs, whether I cut them or not. 

2. Are u self taught, or did you apprentice?
I am mostly self taught. I bought a cab from a guy online and it turned out that we live close to each other, so we met and he offered to show me how to cab on his cabbing machine. I spent a fantastic Sunday afternoon with him and I was hooked. It wasn't long before I purchased my own machine.

3. What inspires your wire work jewelry?
Oddly, I have always been inspired by classical silversmithing work.
 I always seem to draw the most inspiration from silver and gold work similar to what is seen at Bernardine Fine Art Jewelry online. I like a clean, simple, streamlined look which let the stones shine through.

4. Are your Etsy shops a full time job or a hobby?
I am a wife, mother and grandmother firstly. The rest, I squeeze in.

I have been learning how to silversmith, too.

Rare Ocean Jasper Cabocon, Ocean Jasper Cab Pendant Stone, Marquise, Designer Cab, Custom Cab Natural Stone Cabochon Hand Cut Jewelry Supply

Rare Deschutes Jasper Cabochon Large Picture Stone, Pendant Stone Designer Cabochon Custom Cabochon Natural Stone Cabochon Hand Cut Handmade
Graphic Snowflake Obsidian Cabochon Natural Glass Gray Spots Black Pendant Stone Freeform Designer Cabochon Natural Stone Cabochon Handmade

 Here are a few of her beautiful wire pieces

Gemmy Kabamby Ocean Jasper Pendant Green Natural Stone Cabochon Pendant Sterling Silver Wire Wrapped Jewelry Handmade Wire Wrapped Pendant



Saturday, August 15, 2015

IGS certification
Learn about Gemology, I have a goal in the next few years to become a certified Gemologist through IGS online course, it's very affordable and they have a huge library for all to utilize. If you are serious about gems and research I would recommend them highly.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Under $20 & Free Shipping

Check out this item in my Etsy shop

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Sigh,.... moonstones

Today I finished a few rings I have been working on, had to take alot of breaks for my poor elbow  but they are done.
Made some new midi ring designs. I hand carved tiny hearts on the ends. The moonstone ring with matchstick ends is adjustable also.

My elbow :^(

So you've heard me complain about my tendonitis. Here's what I have found out, everything I was doing for it was wrong, the shots the bands the ice , the anti inflammatories etc...
Apparently inflammation is part of the healing process ok?, ok. So all the things I was told by my older Dr's to do wound up stopping the healing process. Apparently western medicine has not understood this yet, scientists are always the last to know lol. But I'm not posting to complain about my Dr's, they are sweet and we're doing what they were taught to do. Which is get rid of inflammation which is causing the pain. So I got three shots over two years, wore a band and used lots of ice and NSAIDs on my elbow. Now two years later my elbow has not healed and is weaker now than it has ever been. I can't even pick up a up of coffee without wincing from pain.
What I've learned....
The tendons don't have a blood supply like the muscles do, and take months or longer to heal. So cutting off any circulation like with a band is not good but that's just the least of it. The ice the NSAIDs and the shots do such a great job at killing the inflammation that healing stops and the -itis becomes an -osis ... What I mean is that now my tendons have begun to degrade instead of repair.

So if you're thinking of shots for your tennis elbow? Don't. Just do a web search for deep tissue release, Epsom salt soak, castor oil packs, and be patient. It could take a few months. The short term relief is not worth the sacrifice. If I had known I never would have ever gotten those shots.

What makes me happy

Carrie loves the ring I made her! I love that!!! ;^)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

More middie rings

But these are special because they have little opals. Yes, I made those tiny bezels by hand, but hey I love a challenge lol

Summer Amethyst

I'm so excited to have finished this. I've had the design in mind for about 3 weeks. Brushed satin silver and an amethyst point.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cohesive design

All of the newest desgns for my summer line. This red and green jasper cabochon came from Geoffreys Cabochons.  

The turquoise cabochon is from my collection of turquoise, it looks like something from Kingman Mine, not sure. If you recognize the type of turquoise it is please let me know in the comments thanks.

All the rings are sterling silver, I like sterling to be very bright like fine silver so I left a satin finish on all the backplates for the large cabochon rings.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Turquoise ring for a dear friend

I recently found an old friend and wanted to make her something special as a loving gesture, I've missed her dearly. She is very special to me.

 I wanted to make something modern but that also spoke to her Native American heritage. It's turquoise and sterling silver. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Trending middy rings

I usually shy away from trends, more of a trend setter but I am liking the middy ring trend. Plan to make more for sale.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Recycled Sterling silver band

I made this and the men's band from sterling silver jewelry that was saved from the bin!

Handforged Sterling Silver band for men

Past two weeks I've been working on this for a friend's b day. I don't have his ring size so I made it adjustable.

update: he loved it! :^)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Taking a short break

Just got another epidural for my neck area, and my lumbar is way over due for one plus my freaking right arm tendonitis just will not heal and I cannot use my arm at all.

But on a more positive note finally started using silver and I love it!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

OH MY GOD! artist of the week :^) Mary Kretsinger

Hi Everyone, I haven't done an 'OMG artist' article in a bit. I just found Mary Kretsinger, you have to see her work! She is a genius!

Below is a snapshot from this link to google sear
This is my favorite!!! So ancient Egypt.... sigh 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Great Free Tutorial Site for Jewelers

I found a site with nicely done free tutorials. Check it out,

Here is a tutorial for setting a trillion cut stone

Here is one for etching copper

Here's one for making wire

Here is one for making a toggle clasp, 

Knew Concept Piercing Saw Frames

More advanced technique of fused rings

Make a beautiful cocktail ring

How to resize a ring

Thursday, July 9, 2015

UnkamenSupplies ring shanks

Really love what I got on @Etsy from UnkamenSupplies. #etsystar
Super competitive prices and quality product for my designs. This is where I bought my copper ring shank that I use for all my rings.

Copper bezel wire from SparkleStore

Really love what I got on @Etsy from TheSparkleStore. #etsystar
Used it to design and make real turquoise copper rings for my nieces Jasmine & Violet, age 9 and 6 years old.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Silver Smith Mistress! Nancy LT Hamilton! ;^)

I found Nancy years ago before I was able to solder.... I love her. She is a designing extraordinaire! Seriously. And she has made a lot of free tutorials! Check her out...

NEW FREE TUTORIALS from Online Jewelry Acadamy

Hi everybody, Prof. John Ahr just published more free tutorials for , epoxy, using paper to create texture with rolling mill, and hammered copper dome. He is literally a plethora of info, and super generous by creating all these free tutorials in his free time. Thanks Prof. Ahr!

Friday, July 3, 2015

American Lapidary Artisans post 2

Rod from Foxcabochons has a great selection at super prices, he has 42 years of experience at making cabochons.  I had to put a cab on reserve for myself ;^).... so you can't have it! LOL but seriously check out these selections I found that I thought you would like.

Dino Bone (DB112814)

Dino Bone

I love the red and brown shades. Who knew Dino bones were so pretty :^)


Crazy Lace Agate (CLA052115) 


This shape is great, the natural space in the cab is pretty cool

 Agate Cabochon (A061915)
 I love the sharp point on this one and the dark colors.

Take a look at the beauty of Elementaldesigns!!! Denise's cab's are works of art, the type of cabochon's that wind up in a serious collectors display or a museum. Incredible stones!  She is self taught and has a great eye for design.


and since I am crazy for those Sonora Sunrise Chrysocola cab's I will add one to this post too, I loooove it...
Sonora Sunrise Cabochon Red Cuprite With Touches of Chrysocolla

I found Jim at CabochonDesigner he has a great selection of cab's he has made for super reasonable prices.

Kingman Purple and Blue Turquoise Infused with Bronze Cabochon

Kingman Purple and Blue Turquoise Infused with Bronze Cabochon

Top Grade Kingman Spiderweb Turquoise Oval Cabochon

Top Grade Kingman Spiderweb Turquoise 

 These are ancient pottery shards Jim has made into cab's

 Mata Ortiz Pottery Shard Cabochon for Jewelry

 Plus I also ordered some preforms from James of MojaveJimTradingPost
I couldn't believe how low his prices were I was able to pick some great preforms for my beginning rock/cab collection! I am so excited to get my shipment ;^) I am loving picking out preforms, they are so beautiful just as they are in my eyes.

 Agate Preform Cabochon

 Brecciated Agate Preform Cabochon

 Priday Agate Preform Cabochon
alot of these are under $3.00! I was so excited to find his shop, I have a new addiction,... rocks! 

I am not being paid in any form to promote these people. I just love rocks and the artisans who try to support themselves and thier families with it. We NEED to support each other by buying from each other. We need to start producing our own goods and help each other stay in the game. 
"create and prosper!"  lol I'm such a dork ;^) .... but seriously