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I do make things from time to time. Last week, I fooled around with some wire-weaving practice pieces (frustrating!) and a very shiny long necklace of aventurine and silver Czech crystals (I’ll post some pics of these “masterpieces soon).  

Then, I wired this little shamrock with brass and aventurine.  It’s not perfect by any means, but I just love it! (It doesn’t hurt that it does get a lot of compliments)


The leafy part is maybe about the size of a quarter. I think it might be the smallest thing I have ever made. 

(as you can see, I am no good at photography. Can I blame it on my phone camera? I don’t know why the picture I took with a white background in good light came out a dark, murky green).

I love this little shamrock so much that I want to  make a dogwood flower next. So far, I’ve just wasted some wire, but I feel certain I’ll figure it out soon-ish.





I’m excited to learn this information.  On the one hand, I have been leaning toward working  with brass and copper, and this is one more reason.  Then, again, sometimes I just wonder , because I have very sensitive skin, what’s going on with the materials I use.

Brass, copper, and silver have been found to be self-disinfecting, and have the ability to inactivate such bacteria as E. Coli and staphylococcus.

Take brass, for example. Because brass has been found to automatically disinfect itself within 8 hours, and destroys 99% of fungi it comes into contact with within 6 hours, brass door handles/openers or doorknobs are popular options for healthcare facilities.

Copper will destroy mold completely within 6 hours of contact. Its disinfecting properties take effect within 15 minutes after contact

Silver is a common material for water storage tanks, and such, because it disinfects bacteria cells in water within as little as 12 hours.

.On the other hand, bacteria can survive on stainless steel, the most commonly-used material for hospital equipment, as well as equipment used in food processing, will survive for up to 30 days.

Adapted from http://www.wisegeek.com article

WRAPPED & READY WIRE RING from Craft and Repeat blog

wire wrap ring craft and repeat dot comeThis is an easy-to-make cute ring idea that I can see doing up in all sorts of ways, perhaps even weaving the spiral bands together in some way, either partially or fully.  

BTW, when I was at the blog, someone was asking for what to do about having craft wire turn on you.  Here is my experience:  With silver-coated craft wire, as with silver-plate, the silver is going to wear off eventually.  I, personally, think the effect of the silver/copper effect is nice, so I await it, but, if you want to sell things, you might want to change to a wire that will not change (other than to, possibly, oxidize).

I like copper wire for its healing and magnifying properties – it is said to be good for arthritis and rheumatism, as well as for blood disorders. It is also supposed to magnify the effects of silver and gold, as well as any stone you use it with (that’s good enough for me – I’ve decided I like the color)

Brass wire is also nice – it is very close to gold, in color (I can wear it with 18K gold pieces, and most think I have another gold piece.)  Since brass contains copper, it also has the qualities of copper, and it is said to attract wealth, as well.  (I’m in!)


This bracelet from Honestly WTF-DIY is so cute, and looks so easy to make.  It is done with brass hex nuts and  twine (or you could use leather cord).  In the picture they show some chain attached — you could make it longer with a ball chain and close it with a brass toggle clasp from your local bead shop.

The brass washers are such a great idea, but you might find stone donuts that would work as well!  The world is your oyster, yes?

ETSY TONIGHT! I meet Cynthia, the owner of Ornamentea, in Raleigh, NC!

Tonight, I went to the Etsy Open Craft Night again.  I’m becoming a regular, I think.  Open Craft Night is hard for me. I go in with an idea and then it doesn’t work out and I pout.

Interestingly, while I was working on a project that wasn’t working for me,  I overheard the two women next to me talking about something they could not find here in New York City.   Ever the curious one,  I listened in and heard one of them mention Czech glass, at which I blurted out “Margola!”   They looked at me quizzically, and I told them about Margola,  on W. 37th St. in Manhattan, which has (according to me)  the most  amazing assortment of Czech pressed glass, and other Czech glass/crystal products,  at highly reasonable prices.  When I discovered Margola, I began to think of ways that I could make beautiful pieces at lower prices.(Please understand that, in my regular line of jewelry, I have always only used natural stones/cystals/gems).

As it turned out,  Emily, who was looking for the  Czech glass, was a former employee of the other woman, Cynthia, who, as it turned out, is the owner of the Raleigh, NC store, Ornamentea.  I’ve seen ads in the bead magazines for Ornamentea, but I had never checked them out on-line.

Well, of course, I had to rush home and look up Ornamentea (pronounced Or-na-men-tee-ah)! While Ms Cynthia was off enjoying a French dinner tonight (she told me so), I was drooling over the luscious offerings on her site (I had already downed my pre-prepared dinner of raw massaged kale, raw marinated cauliflower, and marinated shiitake mushrooms– check out my raw food blog)

Lord, am I envious of those who can go to Cynthia’s  store… it must be a place where people regularly drop their entire paychecks!  Amazing stuff!)  What really interests me is the vast assortment of filigree elements — I’ve become interested in filigree recently, but have been unable to find much, outside of the few silver filigree elements I see at Metalliferous.  I am excited to find this resource.  Cynthia has even published a book,  Beading with Filigree: Beautiful Jewelry, Simple Techniques about jewelry using filigree.Tonight’s advice: All y’all in hollering distance of Etsy should get yourselves down to Etsy Craft Night on Monday nights, and all y’all close to Raleigh should get yourselves over to Ornamentea post haste!  (My parents live in Eastern North Carolina.  If I had to spend a week there, I would definitely pile my Mom in the car and make the 5-hour drive over to Raleigh to see Ornamentea, and then try to find something cool there for Mom, since we would have to spend the night –  were I alone,  I would make that 10-hour RT commute without blinking an eye,    based on what I have seen on-line.   Sorry, Cynthia, I am not going to fly into Raleigh just to visit your store – although I am fascinated by the concept that you have 27 employees – that must be one heck of a store!   I am ever so grateful that you have a website, from which I will order very soon!)