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.

Friday, October 23, 2009

What a Day!

Stumbled upon the Etsy Storque Blog that featured Sellit; an application that supports and helps market/promote online merchants.  Good To Go Jewelry is referenced in the article  ( as well as a quote from me!  What a boost!

THEN ....  mail came today and there was a Collector's Edition of Beadwork Magazine: 41 Favorite Jewelry Designs, and my project is one of them.  They featured my Turquoise Collage necklace (see page 36).  I am so honored to be included in a great collection of projects with so many talented artists.  Thank-you Beadwork Magazine.  You can pick up a copy at major book and craft stores.

What a day!!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I'm liking these bracelets

More mixed bracelets.  The sterling silver chain is quite hefty; great weight & feel.  Technique tip:  I have been oxidizing chain  (before piecing together) with hard boiled egg.

Note handmade silver chunk bead used in top bracelet.  I'm happy with my first go'round results.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Green Girl Studio Charms

Cynthia Thornton, of Green Girl Studios, has written a book called Enchanted Adornments: Creating Mixed-Media Jewelry with Metal, Clay, Wire, Resin & More, and it will be released on November 1, 2009!

I have admired and used Green Girl Studio charms in my designs; and happy to support them.  The frogs below are part of a give-away at http://lorelei1141.blogspot.com/.  If you would like a chance to win; hop on over to Lorelei's blog and leave a comment.


Saturday, October 3, 2009

Anti Tarnish/Silver Cleaning Suggestions

Lately I have embraced using fine silver as my focal pieces; however past finished pieces and findings are sterling silver.  I have been using a product called Jewel Brite to clean pieces that include softer stones, such as freshwater pearls and turquoise.  I came across Jean Campbell's cleaning solution and thought I would pass on:

Tarnish-Busting Formula
1. Choose a plastic or glass (never metal) pan that is deep enough so that when filled with water your tarnished jewelry will be covered.
2. Put a piece of aluminum foil in the bottom of the pan.
3. Pour near-boiling water into the pan.
4. Add a couple tablespoons of baking soda to the water.
5. Place the tarnished jewelry onto the piece of aluminum.
6. If necessary, add more baking soda to the dish until you see the tarnish coming off your piece. You should get a slight bubbling effect with an odd odor.

As soon as I got home that day I tried it, and guess what? It worked like a charm! I found I needed to take a soft toothbrush to some of the metal beads to get the tarnish completely off, but it didn’t take much. I’m not sure how the chemical reaction would affect gemstones or other beads, and I would never try it with a piece strung on silk, cotton, or nylon thread because of the hot water. But it went perfectly for this bracelet made of sterling silver, freshwater pearls, and crystals strung on beading wire.

I’ve heard of other at-home tarnish remedies, too:
• Mix mild soap, water, and a drop of ammonia. Rub the tarnished piece with the mixture and wipe clean with a soft cloth.
• Place clean silver in a plastic zip bag with a piece of white chalk inside. This keeps new tarnishing at bay.
• Cover newly cleaned silver with car wax to inhibit tarnishing.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Thursday, October 1, 2009