Tuesday, August 25, 2009

From bean to tasty jewelry

My love for the origins of coffee has reached another high. Have you ever wondered what silver coffee beans taste like? Well, they are quite metallic in flavor, but they do look awesome! I have made half a pound of beans in solid sterling silver. They are highly detailed with realistic textures and grooves just like real coffee beans would have.
I can turn these silver beans into your favorite pendant, necklace, earrings or charms by making the necessary modifications. I will cast as many as you need in silver, gold or platinum. You can also add my beans to your new fashion accessory, piece of clothing or work of art. Go ahead and request your custom item with these bold looking coffee beans. And no worries, I will do all the grinding!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Etsy Treasury #1

One of my items has been selected for a Treasury titled "Aqualicious" at Etsy.com.

Many Etsy sellers create Treasuries - curated collections of Etsy items that are featured on Etsy's "Treasury" page. These Treasuries are featured on Etsy for a limited amount of time only, usually no more than three days. Most Treasuries have themes, such as color, price, or function, and feature twelve different items. Etsy users visit the Treasury page to browse curated items, and see what new or cool things curators have found to share.
Find out which ADZIA item has been featured by clicking the screenshot above. To read more details and see more pictures about my featured item, please visit my Etsy shop at AdziasJewelryAtelier. The curator's shop can be found here.
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Monday, August 10, 2009

Feather Band IV

Finally, I have found time to cast a version of my feather band in sterling silver. In my opinion, this ring works as well in silver as it does in gold. I do feel that the yellow gold version, especially the one in 18k, makes the biggest impact. The deep yellow coloring creates shades that make the grooves between the feather hairs really stand out. The silver version leaves a lighter impression. Nonetheless, it is equally delicate and organic in feel. I am toying with the idea of casting one in rose, green or chocolate gold.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Jewelry Tools II

Ballerina Pendant

I have made this dancing ballerina logo for a client. I cast it in sterling silver and it measures 1.5 inch in length. I had started out with gaps in the corpus but changed that later on. The ballerina looks so much better that way.

By using small engravings I have accentuated body contours and lines. I have added a .925 hallmark on the back. Attaching the chain on the hands was not such a good idea, because then the ballerina would carry too much a resemblance of the Christ figure. So instead, I have added a loop in the center on the back and balanced the pendant.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tanzanite Aquamarine Ring I

Last month, I made an 18k white gold engagement ring with a tanzanite stone accompanied by two round aquamarines. It is a classic design with a fairly unusual combination of colors, violet and light blue. I apologize for the inferior quality of the pictures, as I did not have access to my usual camera and lighting set up.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Glass Pendant

Setting this murrini pendant in a custom made silver frame was a little bit tricky. Glass has its own kind of qualities. Applying too much pressure during setting, might have easily resulted in the different parts of the murrini to have come apart.

A murrini is constructed of sections of glass that were previously blown. These sections have tiny pockets of air between them. When too much pressure is applied, the sections can break easily, and damage the artwork.

The backside shows a mirror image of the artwork on the front. I made the frame on the back as thin as possible, not to cover the artwork. I also added the .925 hallmark on the back of the frame, just under the loop.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Jewelry Tools I