Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Two for Tuesday and In Loving Memory

It's Tuesday, October 1st

Before I get to the featured items, 
I want to remember my Dad today
and my husband.

Happy Birthday Dad!
 I miss you!
You've been celebrating your birthday in heaven since 2008 

Happy Anniversary to my wonderful husband! 
I miss you.
You've been celebrating our anniversary in heaven since 2001

.................

Now for the featured items for the day

From

 

Handmade Lampwork Heart Earrings 

Swarovski Coral Ivory Beaded Jewelry

 Click HERE to view

Product Description
What charming handmade lampwork glass heart beads were used to create the CORAZONES PRECIOSOS earrings! They remind me of colors of the Southwest: sun drenched adobe and pale yellow noon sun. Definitely one of a kind (OOAK) beauties, the coral orange and old ivory lampwork hearts were combined with pale yellow Swarovski crystals and sterling silver to create lovely dangles that seem to dance from your ears! Beaded jewelry for the woman who loves unique pieces, the earrings were designed and carefully crafted by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs. CORAZONES PRECIOSOS is Spanish for "precious hearts".


Here is the important information for the CORAZONES PRECIOSOS handmade dangle earrings:

Lampwork glass hearts: app. 14 mm x 15 mm x 10 mm
Swarovski crystals: "jonquil" 6 mm faceted bicones
Metal: sterling silver
Chain: fine box chain; sterling silver
Earwires: French hooks; sterling silver
Length: app. 2" / 5.1 cm from top curve of the earwire


To tell the truth, I am not really a "heart" person. But when I saw this pair of hearts listed in the ArtFire studio of lampwork artist Charlotte of Covergirlbeads (www.covergirlbeads.artfire.com), I knew I had to purchase them because of their hearty uniqueness. So I did! And what exquisite beauties they are! They were made by Charlotte using opaque coral orange glass. Across the middle of the hearts is a silver ivory band of glass, made by heating the end of an ivory colored glass rod and applying foil to it. The foiled ivory creates a lovely dark lining around the band, a perfect complement to the coral orange. For the final touch, the hearts were wrapped with fine silver, creating sparkling dots and lines. Take a close look at the photos and you will definitely see why I fell in love with these bewitching hearts! I placed a 2 mm sterling silver bead at the top and bottom of the hearts to act as a frame.

Since I wanted the lampwork hearts to be the stars of the CORAZONES PRECIOSOS earrings, I decided to keep the design simple. Pale yellow "jonquil" 6 mm Swarovski crystal bicones were added to the top of the hearts, and, because of their precise facets, they add a huge amount of sparkle to earrings. They are a perfect match to the old ivory color band and set off the coral orange color.

I also wanted to make the CORAZONES PRECIOSOS earrings seem like they dance on the ears whenever worn, so I wire wrapped a short length of fine sterling silver box chain to the main body of the earrings. Because the links of the box chain are flat, they catch the light and add even more sparkle to the earrings. The chain was then connected to sterling silver French hooks for a flawless finish.

For a better understanding of the relative size of the CORAZONES PRECIOSOS earrings, please be sure to check out photo #8 for a size comparison with a dime.

Glass, even though manmade, carries the energies of transformation, rebirth and communication. Silver is a metal of love and healing; it is a mirror to the soul, helping us to see ourselves as others see us.

The CORAZONES PRECIOSOS earrings will be carefully packed in an organza jewelry bag, perfect for gift giving to a loved one . . . or to yourself!

***Please be aware that not all computer monitors show colors exactly the same. The colors of the stones are extremely close to the actual color on my monitor. They may appear lighter or darker on yours.

Shadow Dog Designs
Beautifully Unique Handmade Jewelry
for the Discerning Woman

E-563
......


Southwest Cross Garnet Handmade Necklace Sterling Gemstone OOAK Unique

Click HERE to view item

Product Description
This handmade, gemstone necklace is a piece of jewelry that, when worn, will surely catch the eye of friends and people you don't even know! Appropriately named SOUTHWEST FAITH, the necklace was created with an artisan Southwest-inspired cross, garnet and sterling silver. Carefully crafted made by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, the necklace is definitely a unique, one of a kind (OOAK) beauty that will be treasured for years and years.

The beautiful cross pendant is the star of the necklace. Artisan handcrafted right here in the United States, it definitely has a Southwest feel to it. Radiating from the four inner corners of the cross are what look like rays of light. Stamped into the body of the cross are three pinwheeling cross designs. The cross was oxidized and then buffed to a beautiful "old" silver glow bring out the stamping detail. Such wonderful texture to it! Two sterling silver jump rings connect the bail of the cross pendant with the main body of the necklace.

When I was deciding what gemstones to use, I was thinking about the symbolism of the cross and decided on red garnet. Garnet is worn close to the body because it is believed to bring the wearer peaceful energy and symbolizes faith, courage, truth and compassion. A perfect match! Two different cuts of garnet are used in the SOUTHWEST FAITH necklace. The cut that really catches the eye are the wonderfully faceted garnet nuggets. Boy, do the facets reflect the light! Because they are nuggets, they are not exactly the same size but I picked ten out of the strand that match extremely well. Five faceted nuggets were used on both sides of the necklace. The nuggets are separated from each other by the other cut of garnet: disc-shaped rondelles. A grouping of three garnet rondelles were used between each faceted nugget. The groupings were framed with oxidized sterling silver 2mm beads. After the last nugget, I increased the grouping to five garnet rondelles, each grouping separated by a single oxidized 2mm sterling bead. I decided to oxidize the sterling beads so they were more in keeping to the "old" silver look of the Southwest cross.

To finish the SOUTHWEST FAITH necklace, I decided to use a sterling silver toggle clasp (see photo #6) that is in the shape of a square to copy the inner corners of the cross. One side of the square part of the clasp has a rolled design on it, as does the toggle bar. The toggle clasp was crimped to the necklace with sterling silver crimp covers that were then covered by sterling crimp covers that mimic 3 mm sterling beads.

For a better understanding of the relative size of the Thai pendant and the pearls used in the SOUTHWEST FAITH necklace, please be sure to check out photo #9 for a size comparison with a dime.

Red Garnet is worn close to the body to bring peaceful energy and symbolizes faith, courage, truth and compassion. It has been a symbol of passionate love and fidelity for many centuries. Garnet is sometimes known as the "stone of health", helping to transform negative energy to a more positive state. Silver is said to be a metal of love and healing; it is a mirror to the soul, helping us to see ourselves as others see us.


Here is the important information for SOUTHWEST FAITH:

Southwest cross: app. 30 mm (including bail) x 15 mm x 1.5 mm
Faceted garnet nuggets: on average, 10 mm x 8 mm
Garnet rondelles: app. 4 mm x 3 mm
Metal: sterling silver, most oxidized
Clasp: square toggle clasp; sterling silver
Length: app. 17.5" / 44.5 cm
Pendant drop: app. 1.25" / 3.2 cm


SOUTHWEST FAITH will come with two informational drop tags: one with the piece's name; the other lists the materials used in the necklace and the language of the stones and metals. It will be carefully packed in an organza jewelry bag.

***Please be aware that not all computer monitors show colors exactly the same. The colors of the stones are extremely close to the actual color on my monitor. They may appear lighter or darker on yours.

Shadow Dog Designs
Unique Handmade Jewelry
for the Discriminating Woman

 

 

Wedding Crochet Paperback

Annie's Attic Cuddle Cocoons Leaflet Crochet Patterns

 

Click HERE to view 


This listing is to purchase a leaflet from Annie's Attic to crochet 5 adorable baby cocoons. These designs are my designs and I am selling the leaflets.

for only $8.95 you get all 5 cocoon patterns and free shipping to any where in the USA

If you would like it autographed, just let me know and I'll be happy to do that for you.

This is an actual leaflet that you will receive in the mail from your mail person. This is NOT a downloadable file

 

 

Last day to enter the 

CURRENT GIVEAWAY!

http://christiecottage.blogspot.com/2013/09/win-it-wednesday-jacobean-initial-ornie.html

 

 

2 comments:

sandy's cape cod originals said...

thank you so much for featuring me today! what a pleasant surprise to wake up to.
love ya Sis

ShadowDogDesigns said...

Saw a URL from your blog and followed it back to here. What a wonderful way to start off Tuesday! Thank you, Jacki, for featuring my heart earrings and cross necklace (: You rock, my friend! Happy day to you!

Visit me on Etsy!

Thanks for stopping by!

Craft Business, Selling Crafts, Handmade Crafts promoted here.


Mostly Business - Monday Twitter Tree©.

Two for Tuesday Featuring 2 items from 2 shops.

Wednesday Where you'll find us Wednesday

Thursday Thoughts Just random posts of whatever seems to be on my mind.

Friday Fun Generally a cartoon or a funny story, to make you SMILE

Saturday Shopping Spree.

Sunday Spiritual posts honoring God.