Friday, January 27, 2012

Copper and Turquoise

40mm by 20mm - Turquoise, mosaic gold in sterling silver
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This might be my favorite of the recent pendants. I really like the slightly bigger ones, and the jewelry bases that are used in them are exquisite. This a variation on my love of red and turquoise, changing the red up for a more elegant copper. 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Turquoise Gradient

18mm by 13mm - Mosaic Gold set in sterling silver
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Creating a gradient is another successful design that I use in these pendants.  This one isn't quite as good as some others I've done, owing to the drastic contrast between the silver and the turquoises, as well as the small base area. Having said that, I do still like the result, it just wasn't quite what I had hoped for.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Lime Pendant

16mm diameter - Filati, smalti, mosaic gold in sterling silver
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Have I ever mentioned that I love the color lime?  I don't always get a chance to use it in my artwork, so here it is in a pendant.  Again, the simple mix of colors works....

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Byzantine Pendant

30mm diameter - Mosaic gold, filati, millefiori set in sterling silver
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I'm very pleased with how this particular pendant turned out. All the elements work together so well. I just can't believe how much detail the folks at Effetre are able to get into millefiori that is only 2-3mm in diameter. It really is very incredible.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Off Center Warm Tones

16mm diameter - Mosaic gold, filati, millefiori in sterling silver
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This off center design, which I've done a few of in various colors, is challenging because each little piece must be cut to fit exactly--I can't just cut a variety of random pieces and choose to fit.  As a result I'm often having to recut a piece to fit the same space over and over until I get it good enough for my standards. 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Mixed Blues

18mm by 13mm - Mosaic Gold in sterling silver
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One of the things I've really learned while making jewelry is to not get overly complicated in terms of design, especially since I work with such tiny pieces.  Some of my favorites are ones like these, where I just do a simple mix of color. They always seem to turn out so nicely.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Copper Art Deco

16mm by 16mm - Mosaic gold, filati in sterling silver
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This wee pendant is about the size of a penny. One of the things I love about using mosaic gold in the jewelry is that slightly different angles of setting each tile means that each pieces catches the light a bit differently, so the overall effect is quite sparkly. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Turquoise and Red

20mm by 20mm - Turquoise, smalti, filati, mosaic gold in sterling silver
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Turquoise and bright red is one of my favorite color combinations.  I love color combinations that are just slightly off of direct complementary colors.  These smaller bases are a bit of challenge to work in, but I just love the effect.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Kinda Zebra Pendant

18mm by 13mm- Filati, mosaic gold set in sterling silver
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It might be difficult to tell from the photo, but all of the area of black stripes is actually tiny threads of glass known as filati.  It's certainly not the fastest way to fill in an area, but I love the effect.  Each piece must be scored, broken off of a longer thread, then up ended into a putty.  Eventually I want to learn to "pull" my own filati, but for now I have been using some produced by Antonella Gallenda of Orsoni, as well as some from Mosaic Tools.

I should just mention that if you are interested in this, or any of the other pendants I'm posting, you can just drop me an email and I'll take it from there. If you don't want the chain that comes with it (I've got both 16" and 18" chains) let me know and I'll take $10.00 off the price.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Small Purple Pendant

16mm by 16mm- Smalti, filati, mosaic gold in sterling silver
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So over the course of the late fall, I made a great deal of mosaic jewelry for a Christmas event.  Since I haven't posted to the blog in awhile, I thought I would post some of this jewelry for your viewing pleasure.  So yep, I'm cheating again and posting previously created pieces, but each of these pieces were created in a day.

Also, I wanted to mention that I am scheduled to teach several courses on my jewelry techniques in the next half a year.  I'll be doing two one day workshops at the SAMA conference in Kentucky, a 2 day workshop at Tesserae Mosaic Studio in April, and a 2 day workshop at the Institute of Mosaic Art in June.  So if you want to learn to do what I do, check out these courses!