My New Shop on Zibbet

I haven’t blogged for a while but I haven’t been idle.  I have a new shop on Zibbet and I’ve been busy moving some of my items over from Artfire.  I was hoping to close the Artfire shop but I already have a following there and still making sales.  So, for now, I’ll have two shops.

Here are some of the items in my new shop at http://zoraida.zibbet.com

Ribbet collage

If  you sell on Zibbet, let me know how you like it.

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New and Redone Jewelry Pieces

While I’ve been crocheting like crazy lately (don’t know what triggered this renewed interest from my past)  I still found time to create some new jewelry pieces.

These onyx, heart shape earrings were a custom order.  They were originally designed with an amethyst heart.

Black onyx and sterling

Black onyx and sterling

I purchased some thick sterling silver wire (12 gauge) when silver prices had dipped for a while and made this simple bangle.

Hammered sterling bangle type bracelet with clasp

Hammered sterling bangle type bracelet with clasp I enoy

This hammered copper cuff was a return to my earlier, rustic style.  I love making the clasp and working with sheet metal.

Mens hammered copper cuff with clasp

Mens hammered copper cuff with clasp

A necklace made from necklaces I had disassembled to create a new look.  Sometimes I’m not happy with a piece I made earlier (in this case, several) so I take them apart and redo them.  Now I’m happy with it.

Carnelian and copper redone necklace

Carnelian and copper redone necklace

Maybe because the weather has been colder and I’m indoors more, I’ve also been baking a lot.  I even made homemade dog treats!

 

 

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When I’m not making jewelry

I love making jewelry and always thinking of new designs but sometimes I need to take a break and do something else.

New earrings, sterling and copper

New earrings, sterling and copper

Maybe because it’s Autumn and getting quite chilly here in the northeast (especially upstate in the country, on top of a mountain!)

Autumn color in my backyard

Autumn color in my backyard

I’m feeling the need to make warm stuff. I love to crochet so I’m making things like socks, hats, poncho type things etc.

Hats

Hats

Poncho/cape-like thing

Poncho/cape-like thing

Just a few weeks ago I harvested some vegetables from my little garden patch.  The summer here had a late start so I’m fortunate to have had any veggies at all.

Squash, oregano, basil, tomatoes and thyme

Squash, oregano, basil, tomatoes and thyme

Chili pepper - I love them!

Chili pepper – I love them!

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Sadly, I know Winter will be here soon and I’ll be limiting my outdoor activities but at least I will continue to be creative.  I’ll be making more jewelry then.

I’m opening a new online shop at ArtYah ( https://www.artyah.com)  which is a new marketplace and still in the works. It looks promising and I’m excited!

Here is a link to my page – https://www.artyah.com/Listing/Browse?Seller=zoraida.  Filling in that shop should keep me busy.

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Still Inspired and Making More Jewelry

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Still enjoying my recent burst of creativity, I felt like wrapping more pendants, making earrings and even a bracelet. The broken pendant I wrapped recently left me with a hankering to do more.

I had a Calcite cab already so I wrapped it in the square copper wire I bought for the last project.

IMG_2290 Then I purchased a similar glass pendant and wrapped that too.

IMG_2303Still not satisfied, I wrapped a Lapis,  free form stone in a different style with sterling silver wire.

IMG_2311I moved on to earrings.  These simple pair are Smokey Quartz with sterling silver.  I made the ear wires as well.

IMG_2374And now for a little metal work.  I cut some brass sheet into the shape of ginkgo leaves, made the ear wires and was happy with these earrings.

IMG_2388The bracelet below was cut from sterling silver sheet, textured with a hammer.  I made some jump rings, spirals and attached some beads along with a toggle clasp.

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I actually kept going after this but I’ll save that for another post.

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New Inspiration from Broken Pendant

The finished pendant

The finished pendant

It’s been a while since I wrote a post here.  Personal  health issues have kept me busy with hospital visits and drained much of my enthusiasm and energies.    While it is  ongoing, I’m feeling better and back with new inspiration. 

I was recently contacted by a customer who asked if I would consider wrapping a broken glass pendant. It was a cherished item from a first Valentine’s Day gift from his/her significant other who was now their wife. 

The original pendant broken at the top

The original pendant broken at the top

I was afraid to wrap it at first since I’d never wrapped anything glass.  I was afraid I’d break it.  It was slippery and curved.  I decided to wrap it in square, copper wire which is also not a shape of wire I’m comfortable with.  

Slippery curves

Slippery curves

I’m glad I did wrap it and they were delighted.  It felt good to be a tiny part of that couples journey . 

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Win a Custom Pet Sculpture

These custom pet sculptures are so unique. I had to share this contest for the chance to win one of these of your pet from http://shinrinart.wordpress.com

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Would you like to win a custom pet sculpture like this of your pet?

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To enter, share this post and leave a comment with the best photo of your pet at http://Facebook.com/mukupetart Winner will be chosen at random.

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Snowed in but optimistic

The weather here has been absolutely brutal.  The snow’s been on the ground since November and temperatures are often way below zero, not to mention the gusting winds. On some days though, it is beautiful.

Sunny frosty day

Sunny frosty day

Even on horribly freezing, cloudy days –

The road home on a horribly freezing, cloudy day

The road home on a horribly freezing, cloudy day

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Needless to say, I’ve stayed indoors  a lot – unless I’m walking the dogs or taking pictures, that is.

Walking my dog.  Photo taken by my daughter

Walking my dog. Photo taken by my daughter

I’ve kept myself busy making jewelry, soups, bread and dreaming of Spring.

Copper Ginkgo leaf earrings cut from sheet metal

Copper Ginkgo leaf earrings cut from sheet metal

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A pendant for the Ocean Outfall Group - cut from brass and copper sheet

A pendant for the Ocean Outfall Group – cut from brass and copper sheet

Blue Quartz and copper earrings

Blue Quartz and copper earrings

Green Quartz and bronze earrings

Green Quartz and bronze earrings

And several more items for the guys, maybe…

Tiger iron pendant with stainless steel chain, sterling clasp and wire bail

Tiger iron pendant with stainless steel chain, sterling clasp and wire bail

Copper, brass, aluminum and sterling cross pendant

Copper, brass, aluminum and sterling cross pendant

Can’t wait till Spring, or at least for another sunny day.

Just down the road a bit

Just down the road a bit

 

 

 

 

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