Thursday, August 30, 2007

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Domino Ring - Week 34

Smoldering Embers / From Fire to Ashes

From Fire to Ashes... An 18K Yellow gold ring with black and white diamonds. Black diamonds for the ashes, and white Sparkles for the Fire

Friday, August 24, 2007

FSOJ - week 33 - Sunrise, Sunset / Ring of Fire

Sunrise, Sunset / Ring of Fire
O Ra, Shine on Me

A big happy Brassy Sun rising from a sterling silver Ring, shining of 1000 fires.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

A Beader's Delight

chosen by Catiesblue

FSOJ - Week 32 - Molten Metal / The Alchemist's Crucible

Molten Metal / The Alchemist's Crucible

Melting silver in Balls, linking them together with fat wire ==> a magic Ring adjustable to any finger, which can be moulded to any shape and position
It was quite fun and unpredictable to melt silver into balls. Needless to say, they mainly looked like blobs and bubbles.

This ring was created for the birthday of a friend who loves silver. I named it after her.

Bloomin' Metal

chosen by kismetdesigns

FSOJ - week 31 - Volcanic / Vulcan's Forge

And Vulcan created...

Volcanic / Vulcan's Forge

... Car c'est en forgeant qu'on devient Forgeron.

Metal - Fire - Water - Pickle - Fire - Solder - hand sawn - Fire - Annealed - Formed - Forged - Butterfly

treasury on etsy

Are you Blue : Etsy features the following,

date 21 August 2007

FSOJ - week 30 - Spicy Babe

Theme of the Week: Salsa / Spicy

Although I was first drawn to using reds and fiery oranges, I decided to think about Dancing Salsa.

I learnt Salsa with a Cuban Man. It was fantastic, full of rythm and lascive moves, Sexy and Hot.

Women wear tiny skirts that move and lift the air around them with the slightest movement. They are beautiful. Long slim and muscular legs, dark hair, high heels, lipstick and a tiny handbag with an attitude.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

a treasury

FSOJ - Week 29 - Bronze Beauty / Mercury Rising

In Roman mythology Mercury is the god of commerce, travel and thievery, the Roman counterpart of the Greek god Hermes, the messenger of the Gods. The planet probably received this name because it moves so quickly across the sky.

Bronze Beauty / Mercury Rising
Bubble im Orbit
I did not have any bronze around, therefore, I settled for Mercury Rising Theme. I used Sterling Silver. The planet I created is an organic planet, conscious of its resources. I forged the metal into domes after embossing leaves in its texture.

A bit like Jupiter, there is a "ring" around my planet, which is fixed with soldier, That contains Mercury :), a bit like the line of the horizon.

I oxydised the globe, and then polished it, in order to show the skeleton at its maximum.

Friday, August 17, 2007

FSOJ - Week 28 - Phoenix and Dragons

For this week's theme, I hav ecreated a pair of sterling silver earrings.

The Phoenix is a bird of Fire, which I symbolise with faceted Red Fire Beads, in the shape of drops, like blood, to which I have added dragons eggs as lustrous white freshwater pearls.

They hang from a sterling silver chain made of round and flat links of about 1 cms each.

FSOJ - week 27 - Flammes of Passion - Fire in the Belly

Flammes of Passion - Fire in the Belly

A pair of carnelian earrings in response to this week's theme

FSOJ - week 26 - Beach Party

Ce soir je serais la plus belle pour aller danser...
A fun little bracelet that will enhance any beach swimwear.

A mix of gemstones dangle from a sterling silver bracelet.

The blue hues of the stones will set off any tan.

Snowflake obsidian, amazonite, turquoise, pearls...

Thursday, August 16, 2007

FSOJ - week 25 - Theme: Waterfall, Mighty Waters

Des Cascades

Theme: Waterfall, Mighty Waters

This pair of earrings combines a peacock green freshwater pearl with a myriad of tiny chains which dangle from the focal point (the pearl). These little chains are light enough to feel any move and move freely and fiercely in the wind or with any step the wearer will take, which I hope symbolises the tumultous waters of a waterfall. I chose a peacock green pearl because I have visited (and bathed in) several waterfalls in the French Caribean whose waters were an Emerald green.

FSOJ - Week 24 - Pirates, Shipwrecked (father's day)

With all the fuss about PIrates of the Carribean, I noticed that the lead character is modelling some gorgeous rings on his fingers.
Her is What a pirate would wear on his fingers, what a Pirate would throw in his treasure chest.
Please feel free to comment

A big yummy ring with a gemstone

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

FSOJ - Week 23 - Iced waters and icicles

Iced waters and icicles
a crocheted bracelet made with sterling silver wire and ice cubes of Rock crystal.

This bracelet has 3 rows. The dainty nature of the crochet contrasts nicely with the nature and translucency of the gemstones.

FSOJ - week 22 - Ocean Deep, Big Blue

Blue Lagoon
A cabochon of blue lace agate set in sterling silver enhanced by a nice combination of Sparkles (Cz)
with stones of different sizes varying from 1 mm to 2.5 mm

FSOJ - week 21 - Coral Reef or Beach Scene

Coral Reef, or Beach Scene
I have a new camera. I will be able to post nice pictures again.. and YES, I am way too late in my postings for the 4 Seasons of Jewellery project.

In response to the week's theme, a little ring inspired by a Sea Treasure, a little South Sea pearl of 4 mm, set in sterling silver, in a handcrafted mount.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

New interview

I am the featured artisan of the day on Punkin's blog.
Check it out :)

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Catherine Marche

So Catherine, where are you from and what got you started?
"I am from Paris (France) and live in London (UK). I have always been interested in jewelry and would always buy some on my many trips abroad. As a teenager, I had so many earrings that I make a bet with a friend that I had to wear a different pair of earrings every day. It lasted for over 2 months without wearing the same pair twice! In addition to buying, I used to make my own jewelery using beads, glitters, paper and clay."

What drew you to the arts, or crafting?
"My story follows the usual pattern of parents not keen on letting me study arts full time for a career. I ended up majoring in math, physics, and music. Then later MSc in IT while following evening art classes at the Beaux-Arts. I have worked in the city as an IT consultant for many years, with the heavy hours it implies."

Though you were drawn to the art, what area exactly made you stir with creative juiciness?
"I always had a hard time finding jewelry that I liked so naturally I started by designing my engagement ring. Then I tried a hand with my wedding ring and other wedding jewelry but I had to have them made since I did not have any silversmith skills. I did manage to make my tiara myself but I wanted it to stay simple. It was about the same time that I decided to make lots of bracelets and earrings for myself, which caught the eye a friend who had a friend who had a boutique. She decided to stock some of my designs and I must admit I was quite surprised when she sold many of them."

What was the big push that made you dive into your jewelry?
"A few years later, I became pregnant. And morning sickness happened in the every morning, every evening, and all night for eight months! I reverted to working freelance as an artist and illustrator ( After I had 2 little boys and realized I was not going to be able to see them grow up with a demanding job. It suddenly occurred to me last fall that instead of getting my work commissioned that I do it Myself! That was a revelation that leads to the realization of a long time dream."

"What I like the most is when a client contacts me with a query. I love designing a jewel that will respond to their wildest dreams, trying to discern their taste and personality while matching my imagination to precious metals and lovely gemstones/ pearls. My sketchbook is always so full of new ideas. All I need is more time."

Thank you so much for your time Catherine and please visit her shop:

Monday, August 6, 2007

Claw setting

I have truly enjoyed setting some of the stones bought precedently in different kinds of claw settings: settings with one gallery, with 2 galleries, with or without a split shank. The possibilities are just endless.
They can become rings, earrings, pendants...
A little selection in trendy colors for this autumn collection.
Would you like one?


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