Saturday, March 28, 2009
Published Jewelry Returns Home
I went to the Post Office yesterday and I had a package - the jewelry from the spring issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry has returned! It's interesting, when I send the jewelry off for photography and it's away for a while, when it comes back again it's like a whole new experience seeing it again.
I've had folks asking me about the jewelry, I guess they've seen the issue. I don't add the jewelry to the Etsy shop until I have it back. I used to do that, and then people had to wait to have it shipped to them. So now I wait until the package of jewelry is actually back before I list them, so if someone wants one I can ship it right away.
I etched the metal before I made the boxes. The article is about making the boxes using rivets, without soldering. They can be made up without etching the metal, but the etched copper and brass have a really vintage look to them that adds something special.
Both sides of the metal was etched, so if you look closely you can see the inside of the box has images in the metal, designed and etched just like the reverse side.
I remember making them now. Making the little round bezels and filling them with resin. The bird wing box has the words 'TAKE WING' stamped in the copper at the top of the box. The rectangular brass box, with medieval lettering etched on the back, has the words 'TAKE HEART' stamped into its copper banner at the top.
I'm going to take the large round pocketwatch looking necklace with me to Artfest next week, so if you see me around at Artfest I might be wearing it!
It has a seashell in resin embedded in one of the round holes, and the word 'LIFE' is visible etched in the copper backing, with a photo of a family in another round bezel on the front. The back is domed like a pocketwatch casing, with an antique image etched into the copper case.
I'm so happy to have the jewelry back! and to show it to you. Three fun little pieces of special jewelry.