Friday, July 31, 2009

Custom Orders x 3!!!

It's been a busy day in the design studio. I've had 3 custom orders this week.

First up, a customer purchased this awesome necklace from another Etsy seller and had me engrave the back with a special message.

Then a sterling silver cuff bracelet. This one reads "compassion before reaction".

And finally, a varation of the My Secret Garden Bangle Charm Bracelet where the customer had me add a handstamped sterling charm which reads "thing of a wonderful thought". I hope you think wonderful things about it!

This bracelet is also my first international sale! This week I opened the shop up for international orders. PreciousMetals4u is going GLOBAL!! LOOKOUT WORLD!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

A Very Special Custom Order

On many occasions, I send my jewelry out into the world never to hear from it again. Last week I had an order for 4 jewelry tags hand stamped with the word "love" on one side and "always" on the other.

I knew they were going to be incorporated into 4 bracelets but that was it. Then my customer, Cara, shared the special story of the bracelets with me:

Cathy, of EDCCollective, is making the 4 bracelets that will include your charms. My beloved Aunt was diagnosed with ovarian cancer a month ago and after surgery last week, it was determined that it's stage 4 and terminal. My Mom has been having an incredibly tough time with this, and I wanted to find a way to show her that I am always there for her, so I decided to request some mother/daughter jewelry on Etsy. After sorting through a number of bids, I was inspired to expand the idea a bit, and now there will be 4 bracelets - one for my Mom, my Aunt, my cousin, and one for me - and each will have our four birthstones plus my grandmother's (who passed away 10 years ago) in crystal on a sterling silver chain. I really like the handstamped charms I've seen on Etsy, and wanted to incorporate a personal message that way.

Thank you to Cara and Cathy for letting me be a part of this special project. The finished bracelets are beautiful and will be treasured by your family!

Friday, July 24, 2009

I Feel So Special!


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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Custom Order - Jewelry Tags

These 4 jewelry tags are 1/2" and handstamped with the word "love" on one side and "always" on the other. Double sided stamping can be difficult. You have to stamp with just the right amount of force to make the impression, yet keep the impression from becoming visible on the reverse side. I've only be able to accomplish this with my smallest precision stamp set. These tags came out really great! They are going to become part of 4 bracelets being created by another Etsy jewelry artist.

New Tools!

Today I had my largest single jewelry sale to date. I'm gonna save every penny of it for a rainy day - - YEAH RIGHT!!! I've had my eye on a 12 PC JEWELER'S METAL LARGE DISC CUTTER PUNCH TOOL SET for awhile now and finally have enough cash to get it!! BEST DAY EVER!
This punch set will allow me to cut my own stamping blanks in various sizes: 1/8", 3/16, 1/4", 5/16", 3/8", 7/16", 1/2", 5/8", 3/4", 7/8" & 1"

This opens up a whole new world for me! Now I start offering more sizes and different metals than before. Nickle Silver, Gold, Copper, Sterling, etc., etc. Instead of purchasing the premade discs, I simply purchase sheets of the raw metals and cut-to-order!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Custom Order - Francesca & Roman

The orders keep rolling in (keep 'em coming!). This sterling silver necklace has two 3/4 sterling silver disks, handstamped, and hung on a 16" sterling chain.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Custom Orders - 2 of 4

I have 4 custom orders right now. Here are the first 2 I finished this morning.

First up, an emoticon jewelry set. These were fun to make! :)

And a variation of the Askew Handstamped Necklace. A sterling silver oval handstamped with the name "liam" and a heart below, centered on a 16" silver plated chain.

Now I'm off to the post office to get these in the mail!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Custom Order - Happy Birthday Gabby

Another Penny Charm order! I love making these. This is a special birthday gift for a customer's niece. I hope she loves it!

And the Winner Is....

Congrats to LuMysticJewels! Winner of the Etsy Jewelry Artist Guild's Sizzlin Summer Contest!

Thanks to everyone who voted. My piece, Solar Flair, finished in 2nd place!! Not too shabby. There were over 800+ votes cast, the most votes every for an eJAG contest. The next contest will be held in the fall so be sure to look for my next entry!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Play Ball!!!

(Don't forget to vote in the contest -->)

It's been a sports theme weekend in my 'studio'. First up, a custom order for 2 hand drawn softball pendants. These came out sooooo good!

Next, I sold my last GEAUX TIGERS lariat necklace. I'm gonna have to shop for new sterling silver tiger charms next week or come up with a new design....

And finally, in keeping with my sports theme, I stamped this little football charm. I don't know what I'm gonna do with it just yet. Keep an eye on my shop and I'm sure you'll see it one day soon!!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Several Custom Orders!

Between encouraging people to vote in the contest (which you can do on the right side of this page) I've been working on several custom orders!

First up, an engraved plate. The customer plans to attach it to a picture frame/shadow box holding a sand dollar. How cool! (it says Destin, FL 2009)

Next, a charm bracelet. This one turned out really pretty.

And finally, a special order for an old friend. A guitar pick for her dad's b-day.

...and a little something for herself! She's an extremely talented photographer and painter and wants to call her studio Bird on a Wire.


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