June Jewelry Party!

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SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 10AM – NOON
AT MY DAILY GRIND COFFEEHOUSE
120 LOUISIANA AVE, PERRYSBURG, OHIO

Join me this Saturday for a fun morning of handmade jewelry and delicious drinks at My Daily Grind Coffeehouse form 10am to noon! There will be jewelry pieces for sale and gemstones to peruse. I will be taking commissions and talking all things jewelry!

June Jewelry Class: Mala Bracelet

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Friday, June 30, 7-9pm

122 Louisiana Ave, Perrysburg, Ohio

Sign up online at JuneJewelryClass.eventbrite.com

Spend a fun Friday evening with friends making your own personal 108 bead mala bracelet!

These beautiful bracelets originated as part of buddhist and hindu meditation practices and today can be a gorgeous part of your yoga lifestyle.

When you purchase a ticket you will choose from the River Mala, Earth Mala or Forest Mala. These are the natural gemstone beads that will be provided for you along with metal spacer beads and a handmade copper bird charm, made by Sara specifically for this class.

In addition you may choose to add on extra charms of your choice. Simply choose the ticket for which mala beads you want then also pick the appropriate add on ticket for each extra charm you want. Sara will contact you to find out what kind of charm(s) you are interested in and she will make them just for you!

Ticket sales end Wednesday, June 21 to give Sara time to order in your supplies. All supplies provided.

Check back next month for a completely new jewelry class!

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April Jewelry Party!

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Saturday, April 8, 10am – noon
At My Daily Grind Coffeehouse
120 Louisiana Ave, Perrysburg, Ohio

Join me this Saturday for a fun morning of handmade jewelry and delicious drinks at My Daily Grind Coffeehouse form 10am to noon! There will be jewelry pieces for sale and gemstones to peruse. I will be taking commissions and talking all things jewelry!

April Jewelry Class: Rose Quartz Necklace

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April Jewelry Class: Rose Quartz Necklace

$45

Friday, April 28
7:00 – 9:00 pm
122 Louisiana Ave, Perrysburg

Sign up through Eventbrite at AprilJewelryClass.eventbrite.com
Registration ends Thursday, April 20

Spend a fun Friday evening with friends making your own layered necklace! You will learn how to close a bezel setting around a stone, how to use letter stamps on metal and how to work with wire and chain. And at the end of the evening you will have a beautiful necklace with genuine rose quartz, sterling silver and a meaningful word or name stamped on the pendant to make it truly yours.

Little Sun

 

I recently had the joy of being commissioned to make an extra dainty sterling silver sun pendant with a sunstone in the center. Here is a peak at what went into making this little sun that is smaller than a quarter.


It all started with a sketch. After the sketch was approved I moved it into the computer to fine tune the design. Meanwhile I searched through several of my suppliers to find the perfect stone. This sunstone was mined in Oregon. The glitter effect comes from metallic inclusions called schiller. Not all sunstone has schiller, but I wanted the center of this pendant to sparkle.


The fun started when I could finally start with the metal.


When everything was all cut it was time to file the edges.


After that I sanded until things were nice and clean and smooth. (Thank goodness for rotary tools!)


Then it was time to play with fire. I keep my tiny (flea-poop-sized as my professor calls it) pieces of solder in old (over ten years now!) film containers and use the lids as trays. All that darkness you see on the silver is from oxididization of the metal from the flame. To get it back to being shiny it has to sit in a crock-pot of mild acid for a little bit.


After the top pieces were soldered I formed up the points to add some shape to it.


When I soldered the top pieces to the base I made an oops. I kept the flame in one spot a second too long and partially melted one of the points!


I had to fit another piece of silver to the melted point so I could re-cut it to the proper shape. These things happen sometimes!


After a little extra filing and sanding it was as if it never happened!

Next it was bail making time.


And after that it was finally time for stone setting. Setting burs are used in rotary tools to grind out a seat for the stone in a tube setting. Then the edges of the tube are carefully pressed inward to hold the stone in place.


Finally the whole thing is polished up into a shiny little sun!





I hope you enjoyed seeing what went into making this piece! If you have any questions I would be happy to answer them. I love talking about metal-working!

Jewelry Party!!

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Jewelry Party

Saturday, March 11
10 am – Noon

My Daily Grind Coffeehouse
12o Louisiana Ave, Perrysburg, Ohio

Jewelry Party this weekend at My Daily Grind Coffeehouse in Perrysburg, Ohio! Come over and enjoy great drinks while talking about jewelry and commissioning a unique piece of your own!

 

Jewelry Classes Are Back!

Jewelry classes are back! March will start out with a classic Mala Bracelet Class. Then in April I’ll be offering an all new jewelry class!
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March Jewelry Class: Mala Bracelet

$45
All supplies provided

Friday, March 31
7-9pm
122 Louisiana Ave, Perrysburg

Sign up through Eventbrite at MarchJewelryClass.eventbrite.com

Spend a fun Friday evening with friends making your own personal 108 bead mala!
These beautiful bracelets originated as part of buddhist and hindu meditation practices and today can be a gorgeous part of your yoga lifestyle.
When you purchase a ticket you will choose from the Calm Mala, Nurture Mala or Luck Mala. These are the natural gemstone beads that will be provided for you along with metal spacer beads and a handmade metal feather charm, made by Sara specifically for this class.

Calm Mala

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Nurture Mala

nurture

Luck Mala

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In addition you may choose to add on extra charms of your choice. Simply choose the ticket for which mala beads you want then also pick the appropriate add on ticket for the number of charms you want. Sara will contact you to find out what kind of charm(s) you are interested in and she will make them just for you!
Ticket sales end Thursday, March 23 to give Sara time to order in your supplies.

Jewelry Party!

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Jewelry Party!

When: Saturday, February 11, 10 am – noon

Where: My Daily Grind Coffeehouse
120 Louisiana Ave, Perrysburg, Ohio

Enjoy great drinks and wonderful jewelry at My Daily Grind Coffeehouse this weekend! From 10am to noon I will be available to take a commission just for you or someone you love or just talk jewelry and art over a delicious cup of coffee. Still looking for the perfect gift for someone this Valentine’s Day? I will also have select pieces available that you can take home with you and give to your loved one! See you there!

Release the Kraken

I had a fantastic commission for a kraken pendant recently and thought it would be a good example to show what goes into the process of making a layered pendant. So I took a lot of pictures! Let’s get started!


After the initial sketch the first step is to get all the layers cut out. This pendant has a whopping six layers where most of my layered pendants have four. But it was necessary to get the detail and depth that I wanted. 


To cut the metal holes have to be drilled to get at the inside parts of the design. 


Once holes are drilled the sawing begins. The blade is a tiny, flexible thing, no wider than a needle. 


When everything is cut I stack up the layers to see how it is going. This is the first idea I have of how the design is going to work outside the world of pen and paper – which isn’t always the same as real life. 


Next it is back to the drill again. This time it is to drill the holes for the rivets. It is a tricky part of the process. If a layer slips while drilling it can mean I have to re-cut the layer and try again. 


When the holes are drilled stack the layers and put in all the rivet wire to make sure it all fits together. 


Next comes the filing. All the layers have to be filed both to smooth out the edges of the design and to ensure that all the edges line up. 


When the filing is done it is time to sand it up to a fine grit. I love my rotary sander. 


All the details are engraved by hand. The octopus is given a little bit of menace and the ship is given a wood texture. 

For the ocean I have it a hammer texture to give it a look of waves glistening in the light. 


With everything filed, sanded, textured and engraved it finally starts to look a little less rough and a bit more like a snazzy pendant. 


To protect the metal during riveting I cover the pendant in a cocoon of painters tape. With a few tiny pieces of wire and several hammer strokes the layers are firmly fit together. 


But it still needs a bail to be able to hang from a chain. So a little more copper is cut out. 


Filed. 


Stamped with my initials as the signature. 


Formed. 


And sanded. 


Once the bail is attached the whole piece is run over with a brass brush as a final clean up. 


Almost done but not quite. After being washed in hot soapy water to remove as much grease as possible it is time to play with some chemicals. 


The patina (a chemical that changes the coloration of metal) I often like to use for my layered pieces darkens copper and brass while leaving silver bright and shiny. It makes a really nice contrast that works well with mixed metals. 


To help the patina last longer the piece is rubbed with a fine was to seal it. 

And done! 

It can be a lengthy process but I love seeing these pieces come together. I always look forward to creating new scenes out of intricate layers of metal. I hoped you enjoyed seeing this one come together as much as I did! 


If you are interested in the Kraken Pendant or any of my other pieces please check out my Etsy shop at Etsy.com/shop/Sarakear.