Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday !

Sale Sale Sale Sale !!!!!!!

Just put in the coupon code of BLACKFRIDAY10 on etsy and you'll get 10% off all items in the shop. Have fun shopping !

Monday, November 1, 2010

Vampire Diaries locket ~Done !

I was making this for a customer and now it's finally all done except setting the pin in the hinge. I think that's the hardest part, at least for me. I'm a learn as you go gal and this one has been a learning experience all as I went. It was my first gem stone setting and it came out fine. I watch alot of blogs that show their work on how it's done and luckily I'm one of the people that picks up learning the best that way. Show me how to do something by photos and video and I can usually do it. I am very thankful for that gift! My mother also taught us to craft growing up and it made us think and do for ourselves as we grew. Every time I craft I think of her and how that time together made me feel close to her and her love. I know my sister Cherish's that gift as well as we both pass it on to our children.
Anyway, before I get all sappy, here's the locket I made this weekend. Now on to Bella's Moon stone ring, someone at the local grocery store said she would give us our food for free for that ring lol (I should have taken her up on that since we spent a ton that day)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

New Toy !

I've wanted one of these forever and we finally got one today ! We now have our own flat lap for the many hundreds and hundreds of pounds of slab stones we have here. So after I get a new Diamond wheel, we will start playing with it to turn our stones into Cabochons and then I will have more to play with when it comes to making silver and stone necklaces and rings. I can't wait to try it out !

On another note, I had someone order a custom order of a locket made to look like the one on the Twilight series. I guess it's something Bella is wearing. People just love to have what is worn by their favorite characters in the movies and on TV. I just have to set the stone and clean it up and then it's done. Hope your having a great Halloween ! ~Lisa

Friday, October 29, 2010

New Post !!

it's been way too long since I've posted. Life has a way of changing and mine did it with a bang this summer. With a bit of double vision, I thought I better go have my eyes checked for the new glasses I would need. 5 doctors later, it was decided that I had a large brain tumor right smack in the middle of my brain. Its just not what someone wants to hear when life is going really well, you finally have a good man in your life that treats you like gold and your business on line is going well too. So after lots of tears and pain, I'm trying hard to pull up my big girl panties and get on with my life. I'm trying hard to ignore the thought of surgery and yearly MRI's the rest of my life and dive deep in work and enjoying life. So, if you missed me, this is why, I was having a pity party. if you didn't oh well, the party's over anyway. So this month I joined a swap, I haven't done one in ages ! Mine was a earring swap- kind of silly since I am allergic to metal and never wear them but I will try. these are the one's I made. Did I say my eye sight is shot too now - well close up for small things anyway, so these were hard to do ! but they are pretty and I had these triangles of metal so I decided to use them. Enjoy, Lisa !

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Have you seen our puppies ??
You should check them out ! They are the cutest thing around.. I love them all but this one is my favorite
Check them out here.....

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Tea Cups !

wow, every time I think I will write here every other week, it falls right off when other things get in the way. Well I figured I better get busy listing these beautiful tea cups. I only have about 22 sets of them. lol here's a couple of photos just to get your drooling if you like tea cups and if you don't, not to worry, more jewelry and other type of things will be listed soon.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

SALE March 2nd till March 17th 20% off

Well, yesterday the truck broke. We have no idea what it will cost to fix but to help defray the costs, I am having my first sale. Here are the details.....
♣ This sale will last from March 2nd till March 17th (by midnight it ends-Payment must be paid by then) ♣
Everything is 20% off during that time. I will either send you a refund through paypal or you can order something and I can invoice you the new amount. Just let me know.

if you see something you like and would like it a bit different, just let me know and I'll see what I can do. (if it doesn't involve a trip anywhere to complete it, I'll be happy to help.)
If your looking for some Dharma things (page 4 of the sold section) Let me know, I have plenty left here.

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Enameling Process

Someone wanted to know about the enameling process. Well, there is alot to it even though it looks easy, it can be a real pain in the %$#&!
I start by getting my design and cutting it out of the copper with my metal saw. I only broke a couple of blades this time lol Then take it to the Dremel and sand the edges. Then finally file the edges to get it exactly how I want the shape and so they won't cut someone's fingers off.
Next I take it to the work bench for the enameling. I clean it all off so no oils are on the copper- oils and enameling don't mix. When Cleaned in acid, it gets a dusting of enamel-aka-ground up glass. Put it in the kiln till it reaches the orange peal stage, back out to cool and then back in with more glass to the smooth stage. Usually one or two more fireings are done and then the fire scale has to be removed. Putting metal in the kiln turns all exposed parts black. You have to remove it all with a file, scotch bright or what have you- there are many ways to do that. Then the enameled metal has to be strung on the chain after you put on the jump rings or you can solder on a pin back.
The necklaces will be in the shop when I get around to getting the fire scale off them and putting them on a necklace. :-) I love enameling but it's alot of work !!