Wednesday, November 23, 2011
I know these smallish clasps and rings are not very particular to my wire crochet jewelry making,
and i know that beaders have an even more complicated challenge organizing their materials then me.
After all almost all my clasps , rings, ear wire etc go into this one sweet aluminum box, well , and to be honest just another one with my pearls, stones and other cuties.
I got acquainted with this cute organizer on my latest crochet wire jewelry making workshop that ended just last week, its so true that by teaching you get so much yourself!!! one of my students, Sigal, (check her jewelry here, she is very talented!) brought her little box with her, and it was love at first site ! she told me she brought it from New York a couple of years ago but that she thinks I can also get one at a local supplier.
The lesson was on Friday, so I had to stay put till Sunday, which isn't easy for me. On Sunday I immediately ordered 2 boxes and happily filled it up the following day.
its been 2 weeks now but I still find myself staring at it with great satisfaction and affection :)
until today i had this quite large milky plastic box where i put all my items in small plastic bags, the main problem was i sometimes had too much of one item and too little of another, i also wasn't comfy shlepping it around with me.... and since my favorite jewelry making spot is my sofa just next to the garden, It is an issue !
happy Wednesday everyone !!
Monday, September 26, 2011
It's been a while now that I've been fascinated by knots, the simple ones and the more complex,
and i just had to integrate it into my wire crochet creations.
I started reading around (thanking the universe for bringing the internet into our lives....) , I found endless sources about Celtic and Chinese knots , apparently I'm not the only one fascinated about them these days, or maybe not just these days.
Although I'm not Irish (at lest as far as I know) , and although my red hair isn't really mine either, i decided I could "adopt" the knotting into my knitting (nice....)
Im trying to figure out WHY, although its not really that important and I think that maybe the fact that knots have been around for thousands of years if not more, simply adds a flavor that only renewed and recycled objects can bring.
or maybe its the simplicity, its one of these things that anyone can do , a universal knowledge.
In the photo is my celtic heart necklace , made of a handmade crocheted chain, (executed in my invisible spool knitting technique) , it is made of fine fine yellow gold filled wire.
more will come in this direction.... I promise :)
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Gold filled is made of a solid layer of gold bonded with heat and pressure onto a base metal, occasionally brass but in some cases silver. The gold part can be any type of gold in weight and in color, although the most common ones are yellow and rose 14k.
If you are looking to compare it with gold plating its a bit tricky since the gold layer on gold plated jewelry depends on the manufacturer and varies, a rough figure is that Gold-filled items are 50 to 100,000 times thicker than regular gold plating.
This is of course just the tip of the iceberg , if you are looking for more in depth explanations you are welcome to read this detailed article : http://www.artisanplating.com/articles/goldfilled.html
לעתים קרובות אני נשאלת מה ההבדל בין ציפוי זהב לגולדפילד
ובכן גולדפילד הינו שכבת זהב המהודקת בחום ובלחץ לשכבת מתכת בסיס, מתכת הבסיס יכולה להיות פליז נחושת ולעיתים אף כסף, לסוג שכבת הבסיס ישנה השפעה על קושי המוצר הסופי.
הזהב יכול להיות 14 קרט 12 קרט או יותר והצבע יכול להיות כל צבע של זהב, צהוב, אדום או לבן
השוואת עובי שכבת הזהב בגולדפילד ובציפוי זהב לא קלים מאחר והעובי בציפוי זהב משתנה בצורה קיצונית בין יצרן ליצרן אך באופן גס מגדירים המומחים כי היחס הינו בין פי 50 לפי 100,000
מי שמעוניין בקריאה יותר מעמיקה מוזמן לקרוא את המאמר המצ"ב :http://www.artisanplating.com/articles/goldfilled.html)
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Words are not really necessary here... aren't they ?
as I promised here are more photos taken by Valerie Belkind of my crocheted designs.
in this photo: my gold filled pods necklace, jumbo gold hoop earrings and a trio of gold bangles.
Make up & hair- katya tsupikov
Thursday, March 11, 2010
As you can see i was busy last weekend making this WIDE bracelet,
Its been sitting in my head for a while now to try and make a wider version of my glam flat bracelet. I wasn't sure if i will be able to maintain the consistency in such a large and straight piece. but i thing it turned out not bad at all, I LOVE it but still waiting for the right occasion to put it on. Its not an everyday item, unless you are a princess or a movie star......