Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Latest Copper/Stone Jewelry

So I decided to try something pretty ambitious (for me anyway)!

I have some nice botryoidal jasper from a now long gone nearby locale and was trying to come up with a good setting. The edging was a little flaky so the first thing I did was wrap it in copper foil. Then I got out my copper sheeting and went nuts and here is the result.

I call it Gulliver's Treasure.

The back plate was hammered to give some texture and then holes were drilled to wrap the stone in copper wire and attach it to the hand hammered and drilled copper paddle. I hung it from a gorgeous premium Greek red leather that attaches to the paddle with hand made findings.

It was a lot of work (100% hand made except for the rock and the leather) but I think the results are awesome and plan on doing more like this in copper and, if I can screw up the courage, sterling silver.

Feedback is always appreciated, especially suggestions for improvement!

Saturday, 12 January 2019

More Stuff For The Shop

As I mentioned, I have started a new series I call "Stone and Bone". I am combining polished stones with wire wrapped fossilized shark's teeth that we found while living in Florida.

Since it was very cold and snowy here today, I spent some time on the bench and here are the results.

The two on the outside are fossilized wood (jasper) from Arizona set in silver plate bezels and the one in the center is a beautiful local piece of agate showing amazing patterning and colour.. I'll probably hang them from a leather or buna cord.

Today we live in dangerous times but here's what keeps me awake at night.

If they ever learn the combination to the safe we're in real trouble!

Monday, 7 January 2019

New Pieces and Exciting Expansion

Been busy of late, finishing some diverse pieces in the studio. Here's a gorgeous local agate/jasper set in a silver plate bezel and hung from a delicate sterling silver chain.

It even has a little sparkling crystal druzy! This next one is called Kaleidoscope- a multicoloured piece of local jasper wire wrapped in bronze with a hand made bronze clasp and gorgeous red leather cord.

Now for a change of pace, here's a pendant fashioned from museum quality polymer clay. It's called Pinwheel and employs a technique that produces a spiral lentil bead- a real head turner!

And now, here is another piece of amazing local Ocean Jasper, prong set using bronze wire with a hand made bronze clasp.

Here is one of my favourite pieces- a pendant fashioned from the essence of Digby Neck- basalt and vein agate and shaped like The Neck itself with sterling silver wire denoting the ferry crossings. A truly unique piece!

And last but not least, a piece I absolutely love because this expandable bracelet truly represents what we are about- creating unique pieces that exhibit the mark of the artist. All the copper work is totally hand made and the beads are hand blown glass.

And if that isn't enough, we have even more exciting news. Soon, these pieces and many more including the very popular guitar picks, will be available for purchase on line. We aren't totally functional yet but when we are, it will be announced here.

So now everybody can own a "Piece of The Neck"!

Friday, 28 December 2018

Winter on Digby Neck

Every summer we get guests at the shop who ask if we live here during the winter and many are surprised when we say yes.
A lot of factors come into play. We've done a LOT of travelling and are dealing with some health issues and, of course, we are cat people once again.

But the main reason is that we absolutely love the winters here! True, we get some very bad storms with snow and high winds. In fact, we're having one now. It is, however, quite exhilarating to know that we have a ton of wood for the wood stove and if the power goes out, we have a big generator and the added bonus is the scenery. For instance, because of the approaching storm, we experienced an amazing sunrise while drinking our coffee. Here's a little sequence taken with a cell phone and there is some distortion due to magnification for which I apologize.

And now it's snowing so hard I can't see across the road!

Digby Neck is truly beautiful and unique in the summer but the winters ain't too shabby! In the winter, we take the sign down by the road so it doesn't blow into the next county but if you are around and see the red Mazda, stop in and say hi. Right now, I am finishing several pieces of jewelry and we are getting ready for the official launch of the Seawall Fibres web site so I'll be posting lots of pics in the days ahead.

Friday, 14 December 2018

Back in the Jewelry Lab

It's been pretty cold here of late so I'm getting around to doing some assembly. And thanks to my daughter Lisa, I have a very good supply of silver plate bezels that lend themselves to a new concept I have wanted to try.

I call it "Stone & Bone"- combining polished stone with fossilized Shark's Teeth. Here's an example.

This piece combines an elegant piece of Jasper with a wire wrapped shark's tooth and hung from a black buna cord Here's another:

This is a beautiful piece of local plume agate in a silver plate bezel and suspended from the bezel is a fossilized tooth and piece of drilled shell- all hung from a black leather cord.

We are also finishing off some of the pieces Vickie has done using polymer clay. This piece we call Samuri and created the effect of fossilized bone wrapped in worn leather.

It is hung from a segmented metal chain that can be shortened if desired.

These are a little different from earlier pieces so I would really appreciate your honest feedback on the "Stone& Bone" concept.

In the upcoming weeks, I will be doing several pieces using leather to hold the stones so stay tuned.


Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Latest Piece of Rock Jewelry

It has been really cold here of late so I finally got around to cleaning my work bench so I could finish a few things.

Here is a really interesting local stone that has a bit of everything- agate, jasper and pockets of crystalline quartz.

The stone is fairly large (4.5 mm high) and the quarts pockets make it "twinkle" as the stone moves. Because of the size, I was able to use 18 gauge copper wire to make the "prong" setting I have developed and it is nice and firm. And if you look really closely, you can see a few "artist's marks" which I like to leave on the piece. I hung it from a really nice persimmon premium Greek leather cord and used 100% hand made copper clasps.

And here it is ready to go to a very nice lady in Bear River.

My next piece is going to feature a copper plate with a very intricate cut out design to set a gorgeous piece of local carnelian so look for it in a couple of days.


Friday, 23 November 2018

Back in the Rock Lab

We have had snow and high winds on The Neck for the last few days but with my industrial heater, it's warm enough to work in the lab.
So here's an update on the material I showed you in my last post. I have finished the cab and guitar pick I made from petrified work and here's how it looks before I do the final polish.

I am actually going to use the red pebble grained leather behind the stones to create a "setting" for the guitar pick and it will become a pendant for Vickie's 48th wedding anniversary. (I looked it up and 48 years is petrified wood- actually, it's home improvement but that's no fun!). I won't polish the pick because it will become too slippery to use but I'll probably use my tin oxide and Fordham Buffer on the pendant.

I also finished one of the two pieces of Rhodonite (I love this material!). Again, this photo is taken before any polishing but just as it came off the 8,000 grit belt.

This stone is 4.5 cm x 2.7 cm and I have actually cut a groove all around the edge of the stone to hold a silver wire which will be the only setting. The stone's patterning and colour are so striking I want to show as much as possible. This one along with the petrified wood piece will be available eventually in the Artist's Mark Shop.

So that's how I'm spending Black Friday. Hope that wherever you are, you have a great day!