We are now well into spring and all the wonderful transformations that spring brings are happening right now. The surreal white landscape and grey skies of winter are replaced with a new polychrome landscape of spring flowers - crocuses, tulips and daffodils, lawns once again are turning green, trees leaving out and some will soon flower, robins and larks playfully flitter about, all signifying that a seasonal change is here.
We are doing the same with our store - celebrating a bit of a spring of sorts with new exciting products arriving.
We are introducing a line of …
Fire & Ice Round Faceted Beads
We recently just restocked the 6mm Fire and Ice line of fire polished beads. Spring is right around the corner and these beads would be a great way to brighten your next jewelry project. These beads are round and faceted and are Jablonex Czech glass but what makes these beads special is -
they come in five super bright colors Azure Blue , Bright Pink , Lemon Yellow , Strawbery Red and Teal ;
they are a frosty crystal on one side and matte transparent color on the other, the color "bleeds" across the bead as you turn …
Will you be staying home, visiting family, or vacationing at some exotic island in the middle of a turquoise sea?
~~~Whatever you are doing or wherever you are, we wish you the very best for the Christmas holidays and New Year~~~ StravaMax Jewelry Etc
Santa will soon be here!!!
along with Rudolph, Prancer, Comet and the other magical reindeer reinforced with an army of hard working elves all to make the world a happier place on the one and only time of year he leaves the North Pole (other than the many visits to various malls around the world, participating in xmas …
What's Your Sign - Zodiac Charms
TierraCast has just released a new line of charms called What's Your Sign - a complete set of finely detailed zodiac charms in two different finishes. These charms are sold in both antique silver and antique gold finishes. The charms are double sided - one side captures the symbol and zodiac name and the second side encompasses iconic images symbolizing each sign.
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How about leather jewelry?
Holiday shoppers will soon be scouring webshops and craft fairs looking for that special handmade gift. Leather bracelets are a great option. Easy to make with the right combination of imagination and components. TierraCast has a number of components designed especially for the leather jewelry maker. Find a selection of leather straps available in 11 colors ideal for making bracelets.
Check out this TierraCast video TierraCast Leather Strap for more information on this product.
TierraCast leather components …
It can be very rewarding to handcraft your own jewelry with metal components. There are many skilled craftsmen known as silversmiths and goldsmiths. However, making jewelry components from base metals can be a rewarding adventure. Patience is a virtue and design work can involve a lot of adjusting and minor changes until you get exactly what you want. Working with metal requires skilled hands and eyes and may not be for everyone.
Safety First!!! All metalwork requires that care must be taken to protect your eyes (metal slivers, dust), protect your hands from cuts & burns (sanding and polishing can generate a lot of heat) and you need proper ear protection. Always have available, protective safety glasses (they need to cover your eyes completely), ear protection (when working with tools), gloves and a dust mask especially when sanding or grinding metal. The gloves can be a bit tricky as they must allow you to be able to work with small tools and materials but must still resist metal splinters and burns. You never want a metal sliver(s) in your eye (requires a visit to a doctor to remove) – metal slivers or burns on your fingers can be very painful. Don’t forget to wear appropriate footwear and make sure to sweep the floor after you are done – you do not want to step on a metal sliver – ouch!!! Buy all your protective equipment before you use your first tool.
What you can do is only limited by your imagination, time and budget. Aids such as computer design programs, engravers, lasers and countless small tools and equipment are available and you must decide what you need based on your own preferences.
There are some great books on the subject of metalwork – try Chic Metal: Modern Metal Jewelry to Make at Home by Victoria Tillotson for a great start on how to make simple jewelry with metal. Google has an infinite amount of videos for any of the metalworking disciplines you may need and how to use various tools.
One idea would be to try aluminum first as it is easy to use and shapes can be made with basic tools you may already have. Try designing your own charms or pendants, or engrave a dog tag for your furry friend. Got the hang of it, try copper or bronze. A little tougher to cut and shape but allows you to make just about anything your jewelry crafter’s mind can create. Once you’ve mastered these metals, the best of your designs can be made in sterling or other precious metals. Lastly, for a true battle, try stainless steel. For steel, proper tools and experience are a must.
But most of all have fun!!!
Anodized Aluminum is a great metal to work with. It is easy to cut or etch designs onto and comes in a variety of colors. This metal is probably the best starting material for beginners. We made these Orange Animal Prints Earrings from anodized aluminum strips cut into discs with hand drawn animal patterns.
We carry 2 x 12″ strips and just recently added 1 x 7″ strips in a variety of colors.
Copper and bronze are similar metals as bronze is primarily copper combined with tin and other metals. We carry copper in 16 Gauge, 20 Gauge, 24 Gauge and all come 6 x 12″ sheets rather than strips. Our bronze is 22 GA and comes in 2 x 12″ strips great for cuff bracelets.
Both are half hard temper so again easy to work with. Both can be sanded and finished to a mirror shine or textured, hammered or antiqued or anything you wish. These metals are very versatile and workable. Do you like these Copper Fire Earrings?
We carry this metal in 2 x 12″ strips in 22 gauge thickness. This metal is 1/4 hard and very hard to cut and to work with unless you use special tools and cutters designed for stainless steel. Knowledge of how to work with steel is very useful. Remember Conan the Barbarian (starring a young Arnold Schwarzenegger) telling the story of Crom asking about the riddle of steel. Well lets just say, it’s good to have some knowledge before you start working with this metal. Although tough to work with, the results can be stunning as you see with our Mjolnir Thor’s Hammer Earrings.
Dark Rain Earrings
are a continuation of our popular Rain Earring series. While our previous earrings had shiny silver chains, these earrings are antique silver giving them a darker hue and less shine. Dark Rain Earrings are the same chandelier style with long chains ending with two tone beads of …