Monday, December 1, 2014

Introducing: The First Annual SRAJD Holiday Gift Guide ~ Happy Holidays!

Woo Hoo! The SRAJD has just launched the 1st annual SRAJD Holiday Gift Guide

Self Representing Artists in Jewelry Design, we are an international group of handmade artists who create and sell directly to the public.  When you purchase from an SRAJD member, you can be assured  that you are buying and directly supporting an artist, with  no middle person's involvemnt.

Many artists, myself included, have chosen to be featured in this first annual Gift Guide, and I, for one, am really excited to see how well it is received!

So here it is,
1st annual SRAJD Holiday Gift Guide

just click it!

You will be magically transported to the SRAJD Holiday Gift Guide

Enjoy! I sure did!

From myself and my fellow designers, we say "Thank you, for shopping and supporting your personal handmade artist."

H.A.P.P.Y.  H.O.L.I.D.A.Y.S.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Let The Holidays Begin! This year, it's wiresNpliers & More!

Lapis Lazuli Solitaire Necklace

We're showcasing wiresNpliers, along with our MiSFiTS and House of Tor items this year! 
ArtFire & Etsy items from wiresNpliers, House of Tor and MiSFiTS items are all co-mingled in one post.

First, we'll start with Artfire's offerings from wiresNpliers:

It's all about the ocean with this Double Link Niobium Bracelet featuring Nacres of the sea.  Paua and Nacre from the Abalone, including nacre in the shape of a tabular (manmade shapes of freshwater pearl growing).  The Niobium is anodized in multicolored rings, and included are black niobium rings all connected together into a double link bracelet, each color separated by black.

Niobium Double Link Nacre Bracelet

Oceanside Double Link Chain

Lapis Lazuli, in a rosary link chain.  Like a rosary each bead of Lapis Lazuli is separated by links of copper and chain.  In true rosary style this necklace has a stationary pendant in front which hangs on a chained tail.  A long Necklace this one hangs mid chest at just over 26" and because it is a rosary chain (every link is wrapped together) a clasp has been added for safe wearing.

Lapiz Lazuli Chained Necklace

front view

Rosary Chained Lapis Lazuli Necklace

Lapiz Lazuli Solitaire Necklace in Copper.  A single Lapis Lazuli long teardrop bead capped and hanging on a rolo chain.  At 17 inches long, this Princess length necklace will hang high, just below the neckline.

Lapis Lazuli Solitaire Necklace
Lapis Lazuli Solitaire Necklace

Antique Millifiori Glass Bead Necklace.  Beautiful Handmade Millifiori beads from the Art Deco age, many say these beads are Venetian made, and they came to me on a metal linked necklace that was tarnished, disheveled and partly damaged. So I dismantled the necklace saving the metal and some gold plastic separator beads, then remade the necklace in a hand knotted style of waxed polycord and added Czech red and yellow separator beads, with new metal gold accents that gives this beautiful necklace its rightful weight and classic beauty.  This necklace also features one of my niobium clasping systems.  This necklace screams "Boho" in fact it is more Boho, perhaps even more "gypsy" than most you will find!

Boho  Antique Black Millifiori Glass Necklace
Boho Antique Black Millifiori Glass Necklace

Our next stop is at where we will change it up with a visit to the MiSFiTS shop.  A little background about MiSFiTS:
  • Just because you're broken, it doesn't mean your life is over. It just means that you now walk a different path. A Phoenix rises. Up from the ashes a new form cometh.  In other words; It's Jewelry with baggage, jewelry with a past, or a new look.  Totally affordable.
Our visit to MiSFiTS will not be featuring any retrofitted jewelry today, though it is all there awaiting your perusal.  Today, we are featuring a new section at MiSFiTS called "The Learning Curve" which is exactly as its name implies. It is referred to as a 'magic section' because it is invisible when there is nothing in it, and only appears when something new is being learned.  Items here are new techniques that I am learning, so they may include some design glitches and imperfections, however each piece is completely finished and ready to go. Call these prototypes, these are real one-of-a-kinds to the Nth degree!  And where better to market them, but at MiSFiTS!

Introducing:  Jewelry Hairpins

 Made on standard or heavy duty hair pins, these are delicate and lightweight and will certainly brighten up any hairstyle.  In the salon these were the types of adornments we apply to our finished updos and wedding styles, but they can be worn anytime by anyone, on sleek tightly wrapped 'dos' or the more rustic and tousled styles, up or down.
Each hair pin style is made completely by hand whether shaped or free formed, twirled and beaded, this "Twist Art" is art for the hair.

Winterberry Red
Scarlet red 'firefly' beads in two sizes twisted in black. 
Like Winterberry Holly
Winterberry Red

Winterberry Red

Peach & Mauve Jeweled Hair pins
Four jeweled hair pins with freshwater pearls and trademark crystal accents
 in various designs
Peach and Mauve hair pins

Mauve pearls, bronzy plum pearls, Golden Shadow.

 Aqua Duo
Pair ~ semi-matching aqua on heavy duty hair pins, antique bronze wire

Directionally faced design on heavy duty hair pin.

Coin pearls, pale aqua pearls with trademark crystals in the shade of indicolite

And now we move on to The House of Tor shop also residing at Etsy.Most of the items featured in this post are here, at the House of Tor, so descriptions will be limited but pieces will be directly linked back to the shop.
  • House of Tor is the shop for over-the-top items, hand mades and more.

Delicate Earth
5 row Boho gemstone cuff
Beaded Boho Statement Bracelet Cuff

Holiday Cuff
3 row Boho cuff
Vintage Inspired Christmas Cuff Bracelet

5 row beaded Rustic Boho earthy cuff
Jasper and Beach Stone Rustic Beaded Statement Cuff
5 row flat bead cuff
Green and Yellow College Colors
~ Twist Art  ~

 Midnight Stars necklace
Iolite and Tanzanite

Iolite and tanzanite dark crystal Boho necklace

 Midnight Stars earrings
Iolite and tanzantie 

Iolite and tanzanite dark crystal Boho earrings

 Coral N Cream
Occluded crystal pendant in red and cream pearls 
in bronze

Coral N Cream Boho Statement Necklace

Coral N Cream earrings
Red and cream pearls in bronze
niobium ear wires
Coral N Cream Boho Earrings

Ruby Vine necklace
Ruby and green vines on black

Ruby, hand cut,Boho statement necklace

Ruby Vines earrings
Ruby and green vine on black
black niobium ear wires
Hand cut ruby on vines Boho Statement earrings

~ More items ~

Spears of stone
Picasso jasper

long stone dangles

Ammonite in Titanium Aura necklace
Double link niobium chain and paua blades

Ocean - paua and titanium finish ammonite and niobium chain

And now some special request peronalized pieces.  (Always welcomed at House of Tor)

Opalite Spears

Lapis Lazuli Bracelet with sisters clasp

Lapis Lazuli earrings

Lapis Lazuli Statement Necklace

Happy Holidays and I hope everyone has a wonderful time this year and in the coming year, too!

House of Tor, wiresNpliers, MiSFiTS

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Look What I Found! GLOBAL COIN JEWELRY Handmade Rings from Coins!

I have a thing for rings....

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I don’t know about you, but I find something very heartwarming in old coins and pieces of history, and usually, but not always, they’re shiny objects.  International coins have always been a favorite of mine, mainly because they quite often display a mini-showcase of their artistic and historical style.  I love designed rings too, and I opted to swap carboniferous jewels (diamonds) in my wedding ring for a gold inscribed celtic patterned band.

In comes David.  Like many of us on Etsy, David has an interesting past. After 18 yrs in law enforcement, in 2011 David decided to use his handmade crafting talents of wood turning and metal working to (in his words) follow his heart, and turned toward old coins and making one of a kind jewelry from them.

from coin > to ring

This is where he got his artistic start:
David was raised in small town in Southern New Brunswick, Canada and like many artists, his historical background was not necessarily being strong in academia so instead, he turning toward sports.  Rugby gave him the opportunity to travel, live and participate in North America, Europe and Australia as a Student and Young Adult.  After earning his degree, he continued his education and earned an additional Diploma in Jewelry Design and Repair from Ashworth College in Norcross, Georgia. 

And that’s where this all started!
So I decided that it is once again time to unroll my magic carpet and take a quickie vacay, and travel over and up to Quispamsis, in New Brunswick, Canada, to visit David and his Etsy shop named Global Coin Jewelry where David changes coin, into rings, and it's all handmade!

Located in Canada above the US state of Maine, Quispamsis New Brunswick is located north of St John, just inland of the Bay of Fundy.  Quispamsis is a semi mountainous locale with a mix of deciduous and evergreen foliage, a beautiful location with lots of green and probably a lot of snow in the wintertime.

Arriving, at David’s shop, I have found a glorious array of coins, and one of the things I like a lot is the fact that the rings David has made from the coins still have a lot of depth detail showing, and not all worn down.

I have decided to show some of his rings that I took a fancy to, along with the detail he has provided with each one.  I am also including at least one of each metal type, too!

  • As David says:  “Each ring has an untold story, and has often traveled many miles before landing at its final destination.”

What sets David’s rings apart from others is that his crafting process is one of hand-shaping, rather than the more commonly-used machine pressing process.  He does not to use any chemical coatings or treatment on the final ring design.

So here we go:

With this ring you will find an 1882 Zanzibar coin that is made of Copper and is size 9 1/2.
Zanzibar is the semi-autonomous part of Tanzania in East Africa.
It is double sided with the original inscription present with slight fading from fine sanding and polishing.
1882 (1299) Zanzibar 1 Pysa - Barghash
Metal: Copper
Mintage: 4,640,000
Size: 9 1/2
Weight: 5 Grams

 Saudi Arabia

With this ring you will find a 1935 Saudi Arabia 1/2 Riyal coin that is made of 91.7% Silver and is size 8. It is a rare coin. It is double sided with the original inscription present and is slightly faded from fine sanding and polishing.

These Coins are highly sought after by Collectors and thus the price to obtain them is high.
1935 (1354) Saudi Arabia 1/2 Riyal - Abd Al-Aziz bin Sa'ud
Metal: 91.7% Silver
Mintage: 950,000
Size: 8
Weight: 5 Grams


Bronze - American Freedom Token

Bronze American Freedom Token turned into a Ring - Size 8 1/2 and Double Sided. With this ring you will find an American Freedom token that was turned into a ring. This type of token may have been used as currency at a fair or carnival perhaps?
Freedom Token
Metal: Bronze
Mintage: ?
Size: 8 1/2
Weight: 4 Grams


Australia – SilverCoin Ring 1961 Australia 1 Shilling

With this ring you will find a 1961 Australian Shilling that is 50% Silver and is size 9 1/2.
It is double sided with the original inscription present with slight fading from fine sanding and polishing. You will notice a tiny cut on the outside of the coin.
1961 Australia 1 Shilling
Metal: 50% Silver
Mintage: 31,864,000
Size: 9 1/2
Weight: 4 Grams


Rare Bronze Coin Ring1955 Soviet Union 3 Kopeks

Soviet Union 1955 - With this ring you will find a 1955 USSR coin that is made of Bronze and is a size 5. It is double sided with the original inscription present with slight fading from fine sanding and polishing.
1955 Soviet Union (USSR) 3 Kopeks
Metal: Bronze
Mintage: ?
Size: 5 
Weight: 3 Grams 


Showa Era Brass Coin Ring 1946 Japan 50 Sen - Ring Size 6.5 and Double Sided

Showa Era Brass Coin Ring 1946 Japan 50 Sen - Ring Size 6.5 and Double Sided.  With this ring you will find a 1946 Japanese 50 Sen - Showa coin that is made of Brass and is size 6 1/2.
It is double sided with the original inscription present and is slightly faded from fine sanding and polishing.
1946 Japan 50 Sen - Showa
Metal: Brass
Mintage: 268,161,000
Size: 6 1/2
Weight: 4 Gram

Hand Made Silver British India 1/2 Rupee Coin Septum/Nose Ring
This silver 1945 British India coin was turned into a nose ring.
No piercing required! 
This nose ring is made of 50% Silver and can easily be expanded or squeezed together to fit into your nose at the septum or nostril if you like. It can also be worn as an ear ring or even on your finger!
Like my rings, this nose ring is hand made only using hand tools!
1945 British India 1/2 Rupee - George VI
Mintage: 32,722,000
Silver Content: 50%
Weight: 4.5 Grams

 My "pick of the litter"

What I consider to be ‘one of’ David’s most beautiful rings is from his own country of Canada! woot woot!
Who can pass up a ring of Maple Leaves?

Copper Canadian coin circa 1918

A particularly beautiful ring, this Canadian One cent coin.  With this ring you will find a 1918 Canadian Penny coin that is made of 95% Copper and is size 9 1/2.  It is double sided with the original inscription present with slight fading from fine sanding and polishing.
1918 Canada 1 Cent - George V
Metal: 95% Copper
Mintage: 12,970,798
Size: 9 1/2
Weight: 4 Grams

And my personal favorite of all of David’s rings, this select ring from Paraguay:

1953 Paraguay 25 Centimos

Bronze coin ring 1953 Paraguay 25 Centrimos - ring size 6 1/2 and double sided.
With this ring

With this ring you will find a 1953 Paraguayan coin that is made of Bronze and is size 6 1/2.
It is double sided with the original inscription present with slight fading from fine sanding and polishing.
1953 Republic of Paraguay 25 Centimos
Metal: Bronze
Mintage: 2,000,000
Size: 6 1/2
Weight: 4 Grams 

Well, it's getting late and I need to return to my Magic Carpet, so I bid David farewell and I start my journey back home to the Pacific Northwest. Tgis has been an enlightening "Shout Out" for me  and I hope it will be for you, too.

flying home now

Stop be and visit David at his Global Coin Jewelry Shop and consider purchasing one of his unique coin rings for a loved one this Holiday Season.

David P McLean
Thank you David, for having such a wonderful presence at and for showing me around your creative world of Coin Rings.

This wiresNpliers "Shout Out" comes directly from me, to you.

Carol Clay