Jasmina, a wire wrapped pendant

I like creating pendants that use various type of gemstones in different colors, but sometimes I just want to create something that is made of only silver. This was the case for this pendant. I just wanted something in silver that could be worn with almost anything. That’s why I like this necklace! It just has a classic and simple feel, with just a little touch of  intricacy. I made it using a combination of sterling silver and fine silver. It’s simple, elegant with some texture. Hope you like it too.

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I like working with silver and also love wearing silver jewelry as well. What’s your favorite metal for jewelry?

Ear wires tutorial

 A quick tutorial to show you how to make your own ear wires.

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Cut a 1.5 inch of 20 gauge wire ( I am using copper here). File one end and make a small loop using the tip of your round nose pliers.167

Position your wire in the widest part of your round nose pliers, and going the opposite direction of the small loop, bring the wire around to form a hook.179

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Using your flush cutters, cut the tip of the ear wire at a 45 degree angle, so that the tip is really pointy and sharp.  Use you metal file to smooth the tip and the rough edges of the cut. After filing, the tip should not be sharp anymore, but slender enough to easily glide into the ear. 172

Using the widest part of your round nose pliers, grab the tip of the ear wire and slightly curve it outward. Lightly hammer the big hoop of the ear wire to harden. Repeat the steps above to create a second ear wire, and you’re ready to use them.175Tip: You can use half hard wire or soft wire to make your ear wire. If using half hard wire, you will not need to harden the wire, but if you use soft wire, you will need to harden your ear wire by lightly hammering or by using a tumbler, or a combination of both.

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Handmade selection of greens

So today, I am featuring a handmade artist called A bead thing . As the name indicates, she has a thing for beads :-). She is an avid jewelry artisans, mother and grand mother.  Here’s one of her bracelet with emerald green beads. to see more of her creations, you can head over to her shop

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Still continuing with the green theme, I have selected a few other items that caught my eyes. This emerald green hair comb is just so pretty!!

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and an emerald green elegant necklace 🙂

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And to finish it off a beautiful green shawl. It’s not emerald, but I just love it.

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Green is not my favorite color, but I am loving these greens. So, what’s your favorite color? Mine is blue 😉

A day at the zoo

So, for the 4th of July we decided to go to the Pittsburgh zoo with the kids. We knew they would enjoy seeing the animal. it was a hot day, but it was really fun seeing the animals as well as the kids excitement.

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The snow leopard

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Another leopard!

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This red Panda was just adorable!

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The baby elephant. Too cute!!

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We finished our visit at the aquarium. Look at the teeth of this shark; impressive!!!

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