Oct 17, 2010

Awesome Treasury

Found one of my pieces in this aptly entitled Awesome Treasury today.

'AWESOME INDEED' by supplier

I want all of these Do You

Aqua In White Porcelain Nest...

Wabella Aqua Blue

Baby Blue Organza Flower Bob...

Perfectly Beautiful beaded s...

Shawl Turquoise Knitting Han...


Original Painting ABSTRACT A...

Reusable Sandwich Bag with b...

Luxury Swiss Blue and London...

BRIDESMAIDS (11 glasses)

3 little birds told me - fab...

Infinity Blue

A New Beginning..11X14

Aqua di dio - Sterling silve...

Steampunk Cufflinks - Vintag...

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My First Artfire Collection

Oct 4, 2010

October Birthstone - Opal

The birthstone for October is the Opal. Opal, my absolutely favourite gemstone, can be called the most mysterious of all gemstones.Every opal is different and individual. Opal derives its name from the Latin word "opalus" meaning 'to see a change of colour'. Romans adored the opal as a token of hope and purity, Eastern people regarded it as sacred and Arabs believed it fell from heaven.

I currently have two pieces using Opals from Australia, the major source of the world's opals today. Both pieces use Boulder Opal:

Boulder Opal and Sterling Necklace

Double Boulder Opal and Pendant

Here are some more examples of opal pieces, from members of the Jet, Dust, and Cast teams on Etsy.

Oct 3, 2010

Tourmaline Triangle Earrings

I have had some gorgeous pink tourmaline for a while now trying to decide how best to use them. Having decided that I would like to go with earrings rather than a pendant, I wanted a design that was slightly different. Finally I had the idea of wiring them into a triangle shaped frame, with the design edge being that I would slightly overlap each row. This has resulted in giving some extra depth to the earrings, creating a better point of interest. I teamed the tourmaline with 14k gold fill wire, giving a richness to the colour of the tourmaline.

So here they are - my Tourmaline Triangle Earrings.

Sep 30, 2010

Blue Kyanite and Gold Flower Necklace

I bought some gorgeous Kyanite last year and have finally used them in my latest necklace. The gemstones are AAA+ quality marquise cut gemstones so I wanted to come up with a design that would really showcase them.

I had been toying with the idea of making flowers with them for a while but knew that being briolettes I would somehow need to secure the base of each gemstone. I finally came up with the idea of weaving the wire across the inner end of each petal, just enough to secure the stone, leaving the rest of it free.

Securing five petals on each flower I then wirewrapped a topaz bead into the centre of each flower to represent the stamen.

I made five flowers and then linked them together with jumprings. The flowers are then suspended from a simple chain, thereby allowing them to be the sole focal of the necklace.

And so here it is - my Blue Kyanite and Gold flower Necklace.

Sep 26, 2010

Sunday Themes - Orange

My theme for this week is the colour Orange. Orange is vibrant. It's a combination of red and yellow so it shares some common attributes with those colours. It denotes energy, warmth, and the sun. As a warm colour orange is a stimulant — stimulating the emotions and even the appetite. Orange can be found in nature in the changing leaves of fall, the setting sun, and the skin and meat of citrus fruit. Orange brings up images of autumn leaves, pumpkins, and Halloween. It represents the changing seasons so in that sense it is a colour on the edge, the colour of change between the heat of summer and the cool of winter.

My best example of a piece made in the Orange colour is my Sterling and Carnelian Ring.

Here are some more examples of orange being used by the Jet and BrisStyle teams:

Sep 25, 2010

New Website

As part of my new branding I am excited to announce the launch of my new website - Shazzabeth Creations. While not yet a full ecommerce site, it gives me a presence on the web under my own domain name and also gives me a chance to announce who I am, display the various options for buying my jewellery as well as allowing me to showcase my sold jewellery. There is a new permanent link to my website via my logo, now at the top of the side bar here on my blog. Let me know what you think - I would love your feedback.

Friday Favourites

Sep 22, 2010

Gold and Crystal Quartz Necklace

Having had some gorgeous focal sized pieces of Crystal Quartz for a while now I decided it was time I did something with them - or at least one of them.

I decided on a necklace, using one of the briolettes as a central focal. I decided to wrap the briolette in gold fill wire in order to create more of a contrast between the stone and the wire. Then, in keeping with the idea of pure and simple, in line with the stone itself, I just added a few crystals on either side of the wrapped stone, the crystals being in pure crystal and in alabaster white. The necklace is then completed with a simple gold fill chain.

I think this necklace would be perfect for a Bride on her big day, but equally would suit a special night out - so, my Gold and Crystal Quartz Necklace.

Sep 19, 2010

Sunday Themes - Patchwork

I just love the variety of colours and patterns that you can get in patchwork and that is why I have chosen it as my theme this week.

Patchwork enjoyed a widespread revival during the Great Depression because it was a way to recycle worn clothing into warm quilts. Even very small and worn pieces of material are suitable for use in patchwork, although crafters today more often use specially bought 100% cotton patchwork material as the basis for their designs.

Patchwork is most often used to make quilts, but it can also be used to make bags, wall-hangings, warm jackets, skirts, waistcoats and other items of clothing.

Here are some great examples of patchwork that I have found from the down under BrisStyle and Dust teams.


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