Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tidal Wave is now listed...

Size 9!


http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33461075

Mookaite is one of my favorite stones ever. As with any of my favorite stones though, I'm mighty picky about patterns. It took me forever to buy my first piece of ocean jasper because I was very specific about what I wanted in the pattern.

This ring also has me on the hunt for a gigantic cocktail ring of my own. I might buy one, I might make one...depends on whether or not I find THE stone. They are just fun to wear. When I test drove this one I found myself trying to subtly show my hand to everyone.

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I made my first piece of jewelry for horses the other day. Zeus needed a new halter tag so I decided to make it! I used copper as the back plate and made a sterling horse shoe for the back, stamped his name on the front. There has been a fair amount of interest in them since, so I ordered a handful of pre-cut copper discs and some split rings to make it easy to put them on the halters/bridles/etc.

I don't have any pictures yet, but I'll get some soon!

Question for anyone at all who can answer:
I wanted to buy brass and nickel silver for these tags, since many of the halters at my barn spend a good bit of time outside in the rain/snow I don't think sterling is really the best choice of metal. Can I pickle brass and nickel silver? I think I remember pickling nickel silver back in the day, and I assume you can do both of these, but I don't want to ruin my pickle :P If it helps, I use the chemical pickle from Rio. I think I'll switch to the vinegar one eventually, but I have a whole bag of this stuff so I may as well use this up.

3 comments:

Sunny Rising Leather said...

Regarding the pickling: I am pretty sure that brass when pickled looks like copper - maybe someone can correct me or offer a different solution.
Your love of mookite is a good thing: it's such an amazing stone - I, too am smitten with it!

xo,
A

Sara Mathewson said...

Did this one sell?

jessi sawyer said...

Thanks for the pickling advice - I am just going to give it a shot and if it ruins it, I make more!

Mom - No, that ring is still in my shop :)