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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!

Sanding away surface scratches from your Jewelry

I just can’t live without my sandpaper these days. When I first started I had no idea what grits to use so remove the surface scratches off of my jewelry. So, I thought It might be useful to some to post some of the grades I like to use myself to get the surface scratches off of my sterling silver.

I like to start off with a grade of 220-280 sandpaper (this is really rough, I use it when I’ve got some major marks to remove) then move on to 400 (my favorite to start with) then 650-700 and finish off with a 1000 or 1200.

You can most likely find the sandpaper grit you are looking for in an auto supply store.

The sandpaper is fairly cheap and such a must! I don’t know what I would do without mine 🙂

 

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