Musings of an Obsessed Jeweler and Former Mermaid

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Family Photo Contest

Week 3
This weeks theme is "Metal"
Please vote your favorite A, B or C
A - Twisted Steel in Seaside Heights

B - Statue

C - Bharath

Friday, February 22, 2013

Bead Soup ~ What I sent

Here is what I sent my bead soup partner,  Elisabeth Auld.  She received it the other day!  Yayyy!
A little bit of vintage silk sari, woven wire knitz in copper, strand of clear quartz beads, hand made copper headpins in cranberry, some brass and stainless steel wire(I was thinking for making glass beads with?) a vintage chandelier crystal, light amethyst faceted beads, rhodochrosite square beads, ceramic squares, faceted copper crystals, 16 gauge jump rings, large and small soldered copper ring, 2 focal beads and clasp.

I made the toggle clasp out of a copper washer.  I used my dremel to texture it then I domed it, tumbled it and made a most awesome patina on it with heat, then lastly I sealed in the color with spray and wax.  The subtle colors did not come out in the photos.  There are splashes of orange/gold, and green/blue with a little bit of pinkish.  That was fun!  I couldn't decide on which focal piece to give so I sent both.  The one on the left in the last photo, I wrapped 24 gauge wire on a mandrel, then I heated the whole thing up and melted some silver around the whole thing, so it just peeks out.  I then hung a beautiful quartz crystal that is faceted just on the sides.  I had a ball making the one on the right.  That one is a penny I hammered and hammered and polished.  I took my scrap silver and placed it in a pattern on the penny and heated it and let the silver flow as it wanted.  I love the way it looks.  I had such fun doing it I made 2 more.  I made the bail out of copper and put a silver ball in the middle like a nest.  I soldered it on to keep it nice and tight.  I made a bunch of these "nest" things thinking I would make earrings out of them, but I just keep using them for other things!  Maybe one pair will make it to earrings someday if I don't use them all in other projects.  I hope Elisabeth enjoys all the things she got.  I will enjoy seeing what fun things she will create.  I am so excited for the reveal!  That will happen March 3rd.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Week 2 Family Photo Challenge - Shadows

A.  Memorial from Washington DC

B.  Shadow Play

C.  Miracle 4 year old annual livin off of LOVE

Yes, we are 24 hours late in getting our photos here, but better late than never! 
Winner Sadie chose the theme of Shadow for last week.  This is what we came up with. 
Thanks to all who helped us in deciding who won last week.  
Now for this week. 
Please choose your fav!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Sadie's Winning Photo

Sadie is the winner of last weeks Wildcard photo contest with her lovely Fairy Lights photo!
Congrats!!  She gets to pick this weeks theme. 
Marcus and I came in second in a tie.  Marcus choose his photo, Cycle of Life, with his stark and poignant look on winter.  That leaves little me, with the close up of an ice sculpture, eloquently named Ice Sculpture.
Sadie has chosen the theme of "shadows" as this weeks photo.
Thanks to all who have voted and hope to see you this Sunday voting when we post this weeks photos.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Pendragon Photo Contest Week 1

We here at Pendragon Cottage love to do photography. We decided to do a weekly photo contest with each of us posting one photo a week on Sundays and the winner would be determined on Monday. The winner each week gets to determine the theme for the following week.  This weeks theme was Wild Card.  Question was, how to decide who would win? We thought and thought and pondered some more and we came up with a great idea. We are going to leave it up to you! If you would be so kind as to vote on one of the three submissions that would rock! Its a fun, playful contest, it certainly has the potential to motivate those of us here at Pendragon Cottage. Me, of course Sandra of Pendragon Jewelry. Sadie Pendragon the intelligent and talented daughter of you know who. (Of course I have to say these biased comments I am the mom) and last but far from least. The intuitive, insightful philosopher Marcus of the Millennium.  Please leave a comment with your vote for Photo A, B or C. Thanks!

Here we go with our 1st entries.

Photo A
Cycle of Life

Photo B
Fairy lights at Sayen Gardens

Photo C
Ice sculpture at Mount Holly

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Look what I got in the mail today!!

Here are the ingredients in my soup:

A large array of fun! 

Beautiful porcelain focal swirl bead by Marsha Neal

Hand made clasp with lovely glass bead made by Elisabeth

These glass beads are just spectacular.  Elisabeth made them! 

The top two are just dreamy.  I am so excited to find something special to do with those.


Let's make some soup!!!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Juna's sweet valentine.  
Wonder who she will give it to.  
We will have to wait and see.

Monday, February 4, 2013

I received an email this chilly morning letting me know who my Bead Soup partner is.
Lori Anderson is just amazing, putting this all together when she was horribly sick with the flu.  So happy to say my bead partners name is Elisabeth Auld.  She has a beautiful blog at http://www.beadsforbusygals.com.  I am quite the excited one with this being my first Bead Soup.  It will be fun to see what she will do with the beads and such that I send her.  And also a challenge for me to see what my muse will inspire me to do with the goodies she sends me.