Thursday, May 28, 2009

Very Exciting News!!!

Very Exciting News…..and a new listing in my DesignsByLaura Etsy shop!!! The new Belle Armoire Jewelry issue is about to hit the newsstands, and I have two wire jewelry projects that have been published in this Summer 2009 issue!! :-)

I have also previously had a project published in the current BAJ issue, if you happen to have a copy! My "Blooming Vines" pendant was published in the Spring 2009 issue, in an article called "Blueprint for Creativity"
Here is a link the new Etsy listing, one of the pieces from the new issue being released:

I’ve also posted pictures of the Blooming Vines project (Spring 2009); and the Bead-Encrusted Gemstone Necklace (Summer 2009), here in this post. The other project is wire wrapped butterfly wings - the article is titled "Winged Beauties"....this has all been really exciting for me – my first time being published!

I will also be offering all 3 projects in DIY Kits, with very detailed instructions available as a tutorial. These will be listed in my Etsy jewelry supply shop:
Thanks so much to everyone for all of your support, I appreciate it more than you know!!


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Results of CopprClay Kiln Firing Last Night!

Yeah!! I have to say that I'm very pleased with the copper pieces! Very lovely color and texture! It's not as dense as the bronze, I should be able to dap and shape some pieces....more experimenting later!!

For more photos of this batch, see my Flickr page:

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

First Batch of CopprClay Tonight!!

Tonight I tried my first batch of CopprClay, it just came in the mail this afternoon. I have to say that I LOVE the consistency of it - much more smooth and pleasing to work with than the BronzClay, by far! So there is one plus for CopprClay, already! My kiln is ramping as I type, and the whole firing process will be done in about 2 hours and 10 minutes from now! I'll post some pictures in the morning, I can't wait to see what I get!!

Luckily, for those who are impatient like myself, the firing process is much shorter, just ramp and hold for 2 hours!

BronzClay Pieces

I've been working with BronzClay for several months now, loving it and trying to get a consistent patina in the process. I think that may be a losing battle, as I can't find any links between fantastically colorful batches and brown batches with no patina at all. I have had to resolve to 'take what I get' and am thrilled when I open the kiln to color!!! The 2 pictures above are from pretty colorful firings!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Bev's Bracelet!

I love to trade work with other artists! It's such a thrill to get a new piece of jewelry, with the 'payment' being something that the other party will hopefully cherish as well. I created this bracelet for Bev Gallerani of Mango Tango, out of Bev's own FABulous boro beads. I am the lucky recipient of one of Bev's wonderful metal clay necklaces!! Do check out Bev's Etsy shop, it's full of creative pieces, with a great beach/ocean theme, just in time for the warm weather ahead!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Weekend SALE Item!

Sale Item for Saturday and Sunday, May 16 & 17, my Heavy Metal earrings! Sale priced at $21.00!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Time for Wishlist Wednesday!

It's Friday now, and I just noticed that Blissful's gorgeous flower ring has sold, so I need something new from her to covet!!! No fear, she listed another beeee-autiful ring!!!

A couple of things on Etsy, continuing in the theme of Spring, that I am totally coveting!!

Friday, May 8, 2009

An Etsy Milestone!

Yeah!!! Thanks to all of my wonderful Etsy shoppers, I've reached a milestone! I have over 1,000 people linked to my Fundamental Findings shop, as a Favorite!! I LOVE Etsy!!! :)

Oh My Heck....On an Earring Rollllll......

I've had all of these lovely beads looking at me for a while now! I guess I needed to spend a day making earrings! :) What else can I say?!! I love the striped blown glass beads, very fun!! These will all be listed in my Simply Adorning Etsy shop, soon!

Tomorrow is the big gem show, can't wait to get my hands on - what else? MORE beads!!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Wishlist Wednesday

What a great idea!!

I have decided (along with many others!) to steal a great idea from Natalia of RealisationCreations and post a “Wishlist Wednesday” to show off some items on Etsy that I adore, each week.

It seemed only fitting to search for some unique bud vases, as everything is coming to life here in Ohio!!