Category Archives: Handmade Jewelry

Birthstone Peapod Necklace

I’ve been a busy bee and finally got a chance to sit down and make a peapod with birthstones! I had been holding it off for a while because I wasn’t sure what type of bead I wanted to use. At first I wanted to stay with freshwater pearls, but I had a hard time finding nice ones. I realize that no pearl strand is perfect and has many throw aways, but the pearls I came across seemed like ALL were throw aways lol.

So, I thought.. I would try the swarovski pearls. I did my best to choose the appropriate colors and hopefully I succeeded. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality, I think they look great and I’m happy to work with them.

Birthstone Peapod Necklace

Let me know what you think!

What are jewelry findings?

It seems a few times a week I’m getting asked the question, “What are findings?”. If you’re new to jewelry making, you’re probably already using them and just don’t realize it. Findings are the connective pieces to your jewelry such as clasps, crimps, jump rings and earwires to name a few. You can buy or create your own findings in virtually every type of metal available.

Now to a completely different topic. I finally have a Twitter account. I know, I know, I’m so behind the times but I’m trying to catch up. If you’re on Twitter, I would love to have you as a friend. Is that even the right lingo to use?

Busy creating handmade jewelry

I’ve been very busy lately making lots of jewelry and filling orders. I was hoping I would have some time to work on my main site perfections.com where I showcase all my jewelry. Unfortunately there’s just not enough hours in the day to get the new pages finished. Hopefully I’ll get some spare time here soon and can work on those pages a bit more. Once I put the pages live, I’ll be sure to post here so everyone can check them out and give some feedback. Don’t get me wrong, I’m extremely happy being busy and having lots of orders to fill.

Learning how to Saw Sterling Silver Sheet Metal

I recently purchased a jewelry saw, thinking I would try a new technique. I have to admit I was a little bit intimidated. Yes, I broke blades 🙂 but I learned that the saw needs to be lubricated at ALL times! keep it straight and you’ll be fine. Oh did I mention Practice? Practice? Practice? I bought two huge sheets of copper, I couldn’t bear the thought of wasting sterling silver, especially with the price skyrocketing these days. But I did get enough guts to make a naughty cat charm. I turned it into a pendant necklace!

hand cut sterling silver cat pendant necklace

Simple Daisy Flower Necklace

I thought I would post one of my latest creations. It’s a flower pendant necklace. I hand formed the daisy using fine silver, fused it and tumbled it forever. I just love the way it turned out! It’s so light and simple! I had a hard time trying to decide how to present it as a necklace with out taking the spotlight away from the daisy. I didn’t want to over do it either with unnecessary bells and whistles. So I just hung it on a sterling silver chain and added a 7mm white freshwater pearl. Enjoy! 🙂

Simple Flower Pendant Necklace

Taking Photos Of Your Handmade Jewelry

So you’ve made your beautiful piece of handcrafted jewelry, you love it! You want to show off your handcrafted creation and sell it online! So now you need to take photos of your handmade jewelry. Your photos should be crisp and clear, you want to show off your handmade jewelry at it’s finest! Sometimes, I’m not sure if taking photos of my handcrafted jewelry takes longer than actually making my handmade jewelry!

Here are two inexpensive ways to have your own jewelry studio!

My preference is natural light. I take most of my photos of my handmade earrings outside. I do use a white board one as a base, and another I cut with a knife partialy so that it folds like a book. I usually use a wine glass as a prop to hang my handmade jewelry from. If I am feeling really creative, I hang my handmade jewelry on branches or leaves.

It’s not a perfect world and I know weather doesn’t always comply. When I take photos of my handmade beaded jewelry inside, I use natural light light bulbs, and I bought two spot lights from the local hardware store for about $5 each (I don’t want shadows!). Yes, I still use my white board to take photos of my handcrafted jewelry. I usually take photos in a small space like the laundry room.

Experiment with angles, close-ups, ect…

If you would like to share your handmade jewelry photography please e-mail me!

freshwarter, coin, pearl, freshwater coin pearl, sterling silver, white, 12mm

Handmade Gold Filled Jewelry

Well, I took the step and bought some 14k gold filled wire to make some of my handmade jewelry! I am quite please with the way my handcrafted earrings turned out. I’m not sure what I expected, but the 14k gold filled wire held up very nicely to my hammering abuse! (which i’m thankfull for! Not one scratch!). I also ended up making my own 14k gold filled earwires.

14k gold filled, ruby red jade, earrings

Gold Filled vs. Gold Plated vs. Vermeil Jewelry

I’ve recently started looking into handcrafting my jewelry using gold wire. I was curious to know what the difference between handmade gold plated and handmade gold filled jewelry was. Oh, and of course Vermeil. This is what I found!

Gold Filled vs. Gold Plated Handmade beaded jewelry

Gold Plated
A layer of gold applied to base metal, usually by electroplating. This is usually a very thin layer prone to scratching, it is likely to wear quickly exposing the metal underneath.

If you are on a handmade jewelry budget, or just want to experiment it’s perfect!

Gold Filled
Or ‘gold overlay’ or ‘rolled gold plated’ as it can also be called. It consists of several mechanically bonded layers. A non-precious base is covered with the outside layer of at least 10 Karat gold. Manufacturers usually mark their gold filled jewelry with fractions that show the relative amount of gold in proportion to base metal in a given piece, so you know what you are buying. It lasts the longest out of gold plated and vermeil jewelry. It is also more costly!

Vermeil
Something new to me. It is basically sterling silver covered by a layer of gold. It is even more expensive than gold filled. One of th cons of vermeil, is that since sterling silver is the base, and we all know sterling silver tarnishes, so expect vermeil to darken with age.

Now you know the differences between Gold Filled, Gold Plated and Vermeil!

Have fun making your handmade handcrafted jewelry!