Archives for November 2015


Turquoise enhancer

the Turquoise Cab

I have been shopping at the Tucson Gem and Jewelry shows now for years.  My stash of beads and stuff is huge.  I have a personality flaw though.  I tend to keep things until I feel I have the perfect design for it.  And as you can imagine I never feel I have the perfect design.  So I told myself I could buy new gemstones this year only if I started to use the ones I already have.  So I am on a creating mission.

This turquoise cab is faceted.  I don’t think you can really see that in the above photo, but it is an exquisite stone.  I bought 2 of them about 5 years ago.  I thought they would become earrings, but they are just a little too big for me for earrings.  Instead it was set into this petroglyph fetish pendant.  Actually it is an enhancer as it can be removed and worn on any necklace or chain.

the Necklace

I purchased some wonderful turquoise beads this past March when I attended the BeadFest gathering in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  So I felt this enhancer needed a special necklace.

Turquoise Necklace

I think the carnelian beads add just the right pop of color.

Here it is all together….

Turquoise necklace

Here is the back of the enhancer so you can see it just slips on the silver tube bead in the necklace.

You can see my hallmark too… plus a nifty little snake embellishment

turquoise enhancer back

And here it is on me…

turquoise necklace on model

Of course I made a bracelet to match and later will make some earrings.

Turquoise is the symbol of friendship. It also brings peace to the home. This stone is a very personal and meaningful stone to one who wears it. Turquoise takes on the characteristics of the owner. Turquoise carries great wisdom of basic truth within it.

creating the desert in glass and metal

A challenge – but it’s finished

Nevada Silver Pendant Necklace – finished

This piece was definitely a challenge, but I finished it yesterday and I am very happy with the results.  First the sketch


The glass piece was a Nevada Silver lampworked pendant I made a few weeks ago.  I wanted to cap it with sterling silver and hang it from a silver hollow form piece that I would fabricate and then set a labradorite stone that I had purchased recently – which really complemented the glass.  Then I would finish it with a hand made chain.

Here’s the finished piece

challenge pendant

Fabricating the hollow form in sterling was definitely the challenge.  Before you solder it you must drill a hole in order for the air to escape when it’s heated and prevent the piece from exploding.  The soldering went fine.  But then you pickle it and I realized the hollow form was now filled with pickle (an acid solution used to clean the silver).  OK so I soaked the piece in water and baking soda and rinsed and rinsed and rinsed.  But of course some water was still in there; so I finally had to dry the piece on a hot plate to get rid of all the moisture.  A good solution to the problem but it took forever, and I had to do it each time I soldered.  I didn’t want to risk heating the piece and vaporizing acid!!!

I had to solder the bezel twice as there was a very tiny gap.  So I got more solder inside the bezel than I had planned.  And then the stone wouldn’t fit.  Arrrggggh! I spent a fair amount of time cleaning out the excess solder but the stone was still just a little too tight.  Luckily I had just watched a video by Melissa Muir where she forms and polishes a glass cab.  Ummm  So I ordered the appropriate wheels for my jool tool and in 20 seconds had removed just enough of the cab for it to fit perfectly.  Plus I now can finish my own glass cabs…..   but that will be another post later.

Finally I fused Argentium silver jump rings to make the hand made chain.

It took a week, but it’s done.  I learned a lot and I love the piece.  I don’t think I can part with it….  So I’ll have to make another for the shop.

creating the desert in glass and metal

Bead 9

Number Nine

Number 9

Bead 9 – Silvered ivory with ivory dots

Continuing with silver on ivory glass…


I love ivory.  But then, I love neutral colors.  So I had to try adding silver to the ivory glass and WOW  wonderful reactions.

Bead #8 is silver on ivory with stringer scrollwork in another color i love – ochre.  This bead is a long bicone.  I also love that it is matte.  A finishing detail I love to do.


Bead 8 – A silvered ivory bicone with stringer scrollwork and a matte finish.