Aug. 16th, 2011 11:47 am
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 In my new adventures setting faceted stones, I've made this prototype ring:

It's not perfect, but I'm beyond pleased all the same. It worked. I set three faceted stones together. I soldered three prong settings to a filigree band, and it looks very pretty. I set it with a 6mm rhodolite garnet and two 5mm white topaz gemstones. Next time, I'd make the band out of the next gauge larger for a sturdier end result. This one isn't exactly flimsy, but the band has a little more play under pressure than I'd like. 

The ring is a size 10, and I'm offering it in my Etsy store at a special price, since it is a prototype: garnet and white topaz three stone ring.
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 A new filigree ring I am really proud of! It's in an open shank style that will fit multiple sizes:

More behind the cut. ) 

So, that's what I've been up to at the jewelry bench lately. Oh, and playing with my rolling mill. But that will take another photo session before I can post about it! :)


Jan. 15th, 2011 05:24 pm
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 More new hair stuff:

Hair combs made with copper wire, real freshwater pearls, and flashy labradorite.  Unique and pretty!  I also made the tines a full two inches long, so they stick better (at least in my hair.)

If you have problems with combs staying in your hair, a tip: after the comb is placed in your hair as you like, take a bobby pin and stick it across the tines, either diagonally or perpendicularly.  The bobby pin will be buried by your hair, and secure the comb in place.  More photos and info at my Etsy store.


Dec. 10th, 2010 11:45 am
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I looooooooooooooooooove my little hoard of london blue topaz briolettes.  So pretty, so blue, so sparkly!  

Newly listed with more pretty pictures in my Etsy shop.


Dec. 9th, 2010 11:49 am
rhienelleth: (Default)
 I'm particularly proud of this piece, largely because it happened mostly by accident.  I was messing around with some copper wire, trying something else, when this flower took shape.  And I thought, "hmmm, but it's kinda one dimensional", and bent the petals a bit to give it a more 3-D look, and really liked that.  Then I added a stone to the center and REALLY liked that, so I broke out the silversmithing gear and went to work.  I ended up with this:

I love it!  The little silver dewdrops, the rainbow moonstone cabochon in the center, which these pictures don't even do justice to - it has so much beautiful orange and blue flash, it's like a sunset captured inside a stone!  

More pictures behind the cut. )

It's just a really neat sculptural piece, and I'm pretty pleased that an evening of messing about with wire resulted in this. :)  More pics and info as always, at my Etsy store, which still has the same active coupon code for 10% off through the holidays.
rhienelleth: (drama queen rachel - hollywood robin)
 It's been forever since I did a GJP, so here goes!  I love these new dangly hoops.  I made a pair for myself, and ended up selling them when I wore them out for the first time on Monday, so I think they might end up being pretty popular.  

 More pics )
   Both pairs have been listed in my Etsy store, and don't forget my holiday special, giving 10% off of every purchased with the coupon code Holiday2010, good through Christmas. 
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 It seems I've gone so long without a general post, I have too many things to talk about.

Well, first the sad news.  I have managed to fry something on my espresso machine.  :(  I apparently left the steam button on all day and overnight all unknowing, and have likely burnt out the heating coil or possibly the thermal fuse.  Either are beyond my skill to repair, and so I'm calling espresso repair places to see what can be done.  In the meantime, I am managing with inferior coffee.  The horror!!

I finished the lastest Dresden files book by Jim Butcher, and as last year's entry in the series, this one will make my top five books of the year list.  Wow.  Jim wasn't kidding when he entitled the book Changes.  I am very unhappy that we now must wait a whole entire year to find out WTH happens after that season finale-esque cliffhanger ending.  

But the book was excellent.  Probably my favorite so far in the series, which is saying something.

One of my crit partners got a full manuscript request from the Donald Maass agency, which is pretty nifty stuff.  I don't have any exact figures or anything, but they're probably the oldest, most prestigious literary agency representing genre fiction out there.  That's not to say other agencies are any better or worse, but when the client list is as large and full as theirs is bound to be, getting a request for a full is pretty awesome, even if that's as far as it goes.  (Which I hope it won't be.  This particular writer is long overdue for such things as landing an agent and getting published.  He often says it's anybody's game in our little crit circle for who will succeed in that area first, but I feel strongly that I'd rather he get there before me.  Of the five or so novels of his I've read, I would buy any one of them off the shelf, and then buy everything else he ever wrote.)

My own writing, well now that Norwes is past and the sewing machine is packed away, I'm back to that third rewrite of Nemesis.  I'll keep you all posted, and perhaps I'll even post a snippet soon.  

I've had a couple of jewelry orders for the first time in...awhile.  A sign of improving economic times?  Perhaps.  One can hope, as selling jewelry has become less a hobby and more a stay-home-and-work necessity of late.  I'm contemplating how to make that a reality.

All my TV shows are headed toward season finales, and it seems like the seasons just started, somehow!  I was less than impressed with the Criminal Minds spinoff set up episode of last week.  It reminded me painfully of NCIS: LA, which was a crushing disappointment.  I'm not sure I'll be tuning in if it gets the green light.  Chuck continues to be awesome, as does The Vampire Diaries.  I've been drawing out my watching of the last season of B5, to extend it just a little longer.  I don't want it to be over! :(  

I'm all caught up on the pretty trash that is Spartacus.  The husband has even started watching, but he can't quite get past the overdone fight scenes.  Although he says it's a lot like a train wreck - so bad you can't look away.  We'll see if he continues past the first few eps.  I doubt it.  He is less drawn to all the pretty naked muscle decorating the screen, after all.  

USA is apparently planning some sort of spy show, so you all know I'm there for that when it airs.  I need another spy show in my life.  :)

I'll close with some jewelry pics.  First new stuff I've made in a really long time.  Mixed metal earrings.

Copper and garnet )

As usual, more pics and info at my Etsy store.


Oct. 23rd, 2009 10:15 am
rhienelleth: (beauty)
It's Friday. I'm only working half a day, so I can go sign final papers for the house, and then pack as hubby and I are headed north to visit some friends for the weekend.

Having no real content, I'll post the ring I made this week:

Pics )


Oct. 8th, 2009 10:34 am
rhienelleth: (beauty)
I've been sitting on this one for awhile, waiting for the weather and my time to photograph the piece to coincide, which finally happened this morning.

New bracelet. )


Jun. 1st, 2009 10:44 am
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~ Got my hair cut and re-colored this weekend, partly because no way was I going on vacation in two weeks with roots like that! My salon lady cut it just a bit too short for my liking, but she at least kept it long enough that I can - barely - still pull it back for one of my hair pins. (Which she completely freaked out over and wants me to make a bunch to sell in the salon, so that's pretty cool.)

~ Did some spring housework stuff this weekend - pressure washing the deck, cleaning windows, that sort of thing.

~ Am writing today, hope to get a couple thousand words in.

~ Did some jewelry this weekend as well. Which means a GJP!

Sparklies! )

More pics and info at the Etsy store.
rhienelleth: (derek/sarah look - charming_syrai)
Did everyone enjoy their long weekend, here in the states? I sure did! Friends from the Seattle area came down and stayed. We BBQ'd and saw Terminator: Salvation, which was extremely disappointing. Without spoilers, I guess the easiest way to explain it is this: I was bored. BORED, watching a Terminator movie. Christian Bale and Sam Worthington were very pretty. There were a couple of scenes in which Christian's skin tight black T-shirt that managed to distract me from my boredom, but other than that...I'd suggest waiting and renting it.

Coming off the awesomeness that was Star Trek only made this experience more disappointing, I'm afraid. We may have to own the score, as it was by Danny Elfman and surprisingly, held many of the original themes.

This also only makes me more bitter about FOX canceling SCC. You know, an actual good continuation of the Terminator story.

My other big accomplishment of the weekend was making a necklace to go with a dress I'll wear in Vegas. I needed something red, because though the dress is black, i plan on wearing red shoes with it. Garnet and pearls behind the cut )

Now I just need earrings to go with it. :D


May. 15th, 2009 09:57 am
rhienelleth: (Supernatural Carry On)
I haven't yet watched the SPN finale. I actually brought it with me to work burned to DVD, with the husband's permission to watch it without him, because I complained last night that I couldn't possibly go online without having seen it, for fear of being spoiled. So. I will be watching it on my break/lunch/whatever, and until then, will not be looking at y'all's posts about it. I'm actually sort of scared to even read my f-list this morning, for fear someone might have posted something too suggestive without a cut.

I did watch the finale of Bones. they ran the damn show long - I HATE THAT. My Tivo, wisely, switched over to record SPN at precisely 9:00pm, as it knows which show has more priority from me. However, I still missed the very last scene. I saw spoilers )

Of the embarrassing number of movie scores we own, approximately two hundred of them are on my ipod (not even half - this is why the 80G was necessary. 30G wasn't actually enough.) Of those, with all of them on random shuffle, this is the order of songs my iPod chose to play this morning:

1. Pirates of the Caribbean - Swords Crossed (otherwise known as the track that plays while Will and Jack fight in the Blacksmith's shop. When Jack says, famously, "Pirate!" in answer to Will's accusation of cheating.)

2. Galaxy Quest - I believe it was the track about the Omega 13, but I could be wrong.

3. Battlestar Galactica - I have no idea what track, from which of the three seasons that are on there. But it was very definitely BSG.

I feel as though my iPod is speaking to me - this ordering of tracks seems designed to tell me that today will be an auspiciously successful writing day on telepathic space pirates. Hee!

Yesterday was the Great Move at work. Actually, it went pretty painlessly for me. I have a window, and they let me keep my desk, which has a custom made keyboard tray in place of the middle drawer that is perfect for my height. Also, several computers were laying about our new space, so I was able to cannibalize a new mouse to replace the broken one I had been using (the cursor would randomly just take off across my screen all the time), and a new keyboard to replace the old one I had, with the letters half worn off so you couldn't read them. AND I found a keyboard wrist pad that fits my little tray perfectly.

Plus, the new space is quiet, and I have in building access to restrooms - no more having to walk outside into the weather to get to the women's restroom! All in all, I came out pretty well. :-)

Because of the move, though, I barely made it online at all. So I never got the chance to post my latest jewelry pics.

Pics! )

More pics and info at the Etsy store.

Ow. My headache from yesterday has not gone away, despite my acupuncturist working on the knots in my shoulders and neck. :(
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So, they're moving us from our offices to some crappy little cubicles tomorrow, largely because power is being cut from our building for some abatement stuff going on. The heaters were cut last night, and no one told us. It's approximately fifty-something degrees outside today. Nice, gov't!

Holy crap, you guys - I am FREEZING.

Freezing does not seem super conducive to writing, but I'm typing away anyway.

I am debating buying the audiobook for the Star Trek novelization, mostly because Zachary Quinto Spock narrates it, and reviews say it's the best job of any Trek audiobook ever.

And lastly, before I rush off, I've reorganized my Etsy store sections to reflect styles of pieces, vs. types (ie, Leaves and Flowers, Classic Elegance, etc, vs. Earrings, Necklaces, etc.) I'm unsure if this will work out, or if people will hate it, but I THINK I like it better. If you're already familiar with my store, let me know what you think, k?

Which leads me to gratuitous jewelry stuff )

How sad is it that I'm looking forward to going to lunch so I can go outside, where it is likely warmer than sitting at my desk?
rhienelleth: (kirk and spock BFF)
Mine was great! Saw Star Trek twice, spent time with my Mom, and made some jewelry (Mom wanted to 'see how I did it'.)

You know what that means, right? Yep! A gratuitous jewelry post! (I keep half expecting people to get sick of these, and a mass unfriending to occur. Amazingly, this hasn't happened yet.)

(First, though, if you missed my Trek review post, it's here. No spoilers in the uncut part, spoilers behind the cut. In case you just want the quick version, I LOVED IT.)

Sparklies )

As usual, more pics and such at the Etsy store.

(Sekrit message to [ profile] xlana - the little blue topaz pendant - which is going out in the mail today - was quite the hit with everyone I was showing pieces to this weekend. I had to explain - twice - that it was already sold!)

Oh, and now I'm off to do some writing. :D


May. 8th, 2009 10:28 am
rhienelleth: (Supernatural Carry On)
I've been busy!

(Side note- I'm determined not to click on any of y'all's SPN posts this morning, until I've seen the episode. But I get the impression Bad Things happened. I confess to being very worried.)

(Side note #2 - I am NOT seeing Star Trek tonight, because my mother has requested to see it tomorrow for Mother's Day. Since she addicted me to Trek geekdom forevermore when I was still in diapers, the woman gets what she wants. Even if I have to wait a day to see it. *drums fingers* But it's very hard, f-list. Very hard, indeed.)

I did lots of soldering last night, to the unfortunate point where I hurt myself, because now all my neck muscles are totally tight and I have this residual headache. But the results are worth it! Mostly.

Pretties! )
More pictures and info at the Etsy store!

(Side note #3 - if any of you would like to see some stones other than labradorite *cough*, what would you be interested in, either stone or color-wise? I need to be shopping for some new cabochons.)


May. 1st, 2009 10:48 am
rhienelleth: (rogueandgambit - miggy)
Remember that hammer faceted citrine I got awhile back? (Probably not - it was some time ago!)

Pics! )

More pics and info at my Etsy store.

I do not get to see Wolverine today. Or possibly all weekend. Am VERY GRUMPY about this.


Apr. 15th, 2009 10:39 am
rhienelleth: (australia love)
Tax day! I cannot forget to go by and sign for our taxes today. But other than that, everything is done so I have no worries. :D

Still on a copper kick. I've had these earrings in process for two days - three if you count the day I first saw them in my head.

Cut for pics )

More pics and info at the Etsy store.
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Largely because I'm sick. Mark and I both have some stupid bug that seems to come and go at will. Headache, nausea, sometimes a fever, and occasional dizziness. It's great! (sarcasm)

It's also been an age since I did a GJP, so I'm getting back in the LJ saddle with one today.

Fun with copper. )

These are all hand cut and shaped by me - the copper cups are super cute and fun - they kind of jingle when worn, as the cups and stones swing against each other. I paired silver wire with the copper in both earrings, and earwires are silver so as not to affect sensitive ears (like mine). More pictures and info at ye olde Etsy store.


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