Welcome to my blog: My sporadic and/or spontaneous postings of latest jewelry endeavours; sprinkled with family happenings; proud mama moments and things that I simply want to share.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Twig into Silver

Woke up this morning with the song "Fire It Up!" in my head.  So I did.  I had prepared a twig with layers of silver paste the other day.  This morning I fired it in the kiln and result was a hollow silver twig  The twig burns off and  - voila: pure silver twig.  

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Fine Silver Wire Pendants

Simply Stylish.
Thanks to Carol Ann for the inspiration and to Jenn T. for spur'ing me on (at the time unknowing) to experiment with and end up with a finished pendant.  Made from a plain piece of fine silver wire, fused and pounded!!  Torch and tools, these are fun to make!

First Kiln Firing

I have been putting aside some pieces to kiln fire (vs. torch fire).  These pieces have been shaped and formed in the clay mode, dried, and now ready to be fired. (spot my fave: baby inukshuk)  

Pics show before firing, after firing (now fine silver), and in tumbler (fire scale removed) ready to take on a good polishing.  You will see these pieces show up as a component in a finished piece or as a solo pendant.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Fine Silver Links Bracelet

Why do I make a point of stating "fine" silver and "sterling" silver?  Fine silver is almost pure (99.9%).  Sterling silver is 92.5% silver, with added metals (mostly copper).  All silver will tarnish however sterling silver will tarnish quicker, due to the "other" content.

I like fine silver for that reason (low/slower tarnish) and mostly because it fuses easily; allowing me to shape and connect as desired.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Beachcombing at Bracket's Landing

Opportunity to test posting from iPhone. So far kids have found a
fish , hermit crab and crab (all live). Have been spat on by clams
(I am sure they aim and revel in their hits; Marcus got it in the eye)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Link to online gallery:  Marcella Jewelry 2009

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I have been playing around with Art Metal Clay (fine silver).  When first introduced I immediately knew I wanted to create the iconic Inukshuk.  This pendant is the end result after experimenting with the form and it’s stability as a pendant.