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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

I Love Copper

Copper is wonderful. It's fun to work with, affordable, can be recycled or reclaimed, and has a variety of nice patinas to make it unique.

I came across a website today called "I Love Copper."

Here is some information on copper that is posted on the site that I want to share with everyone:

Will Copper Turn My Skin Green?

Will Copper Turn My Wrist Turn Green

Benefits of Wearing Copper 
The use of copper for medicinal purposes is found throughout recorded history. 
The world's oldest medical texts, the Eber Papyrus, states, "Treat inflammation 
with pulverized copper". Today, thousands of years later, pharmacies 
around the world offer copper bracelets as a safe first aid for joint pains.
"Copper, when in contact with the skin, forms chelates with human sweat 
(sometimes seen as green deposits) and is thus absorbed through skin." 
"Copper chelates are more effective and less toxic than drugs being used 
to treat arthritis."
Green wrist occurances vary depending on the body chemistry of the wearer and, if desired, are easily washed off. Many expect an occassional green mark to show that the copper "is working". Copper combines with sweat, and forms compounds called chelates which are assimilated by the body. Green deposits occur when chelates are formed faster then they are absorbed. This phenomenon increases with stress and it can be intrepreted as an early warning 
to slow down.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

New Pieces to get me Out of my Slump (Part 2)

Here is my newest pendant, suspended on a raw copper chain with a hand forged hook and eye clasp. The labradorite is grade A, and when the light hits it just so it GLOWS with the deepest blue. This statement piece is huge with thick gauge copper mixed with thin intricate weave. If you're interested in owning this one of a kind creation send me a message. The stone by itself is worth quite a bit, so serious inquiries only. Send me a message if anything you see strikes your fancy. 

New Pieces to get me Out of my Slump (part 1)

It's been a long time since I've been able to get time away from kids and everyday stuff, but last week I was able to get downstairs to my "studio."  I think what I like the most about this piece is the stone. This labradorite has so many colors within. Blues, reds, golds, even purples. The wire work has a lot of dimension that is just impossible to capture with my phone's camera. I took a hundred pictures just trying to capture that, but I just couldn't figure it out. It might be one of those things that someone will have to see in person to really appreciate, or just take my word for it... if you're interested in ordering anything you see posted on my blog send me a message.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Collecting Pictures

I got a new computer recently and I'm still trying to make sense of all of the thousands of pictures that I had to move from the old machine to the new one. I will post pics of new jewelry soon.

Meanwhile, check me out on Facebook.
Leah Hoffman Jewelry

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Loving the Labradorite

 A few months ago I went a bit crazy and bought a whole lot of labradorite. At the s-l-o-w rate I'm making jewelry these days it seems as if there's no possible way I'll ever use it all. What a GREAT problem to have!  I'm like a kid in a candy store, but for the record I really hate the use of words like "yummy" to describe polished rocks.

Anyhow, I managed to get a couple nifty pieces made over the past week or so.

The first one was lovely on a black leather cord, until you tried to actually wear it and the darn thing wouldn't lay flat. I had to give in to chain. It's still nice on a chain. Some Jam-Band types (who seem to also love wire wrapping, which I discovered some time ago) seem to this this piece has a "Save your face" Grateful Dead mascot quality, which I totally saw even before it was pointed out to me. 
Just imagine this on a chain...

The second piece I want to share with you I'm really happy with, it's a reversible pendant and I'm totally into that.


Just in case you're interested, both pieces are available and both under 100.00. Think CHRISTMAS!

Send me an email if you're interested...

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Catching Up

I certainly don't want to get too personal in this blog, but since my last post my first grade son has started ABA therapy (which is a special daily therapy he goes to everyday for autism), and has also cut down to half days at school. I also have an adorable one year old daughter, and all of this makes it very difficult for me to hunker down in bunker and crank out the pretties. Since June I've only made a handful of pieces. When I do get the chance to be creative I often get stuck. I know I have a limited time before something will inevitably come up, so that means the pressure is on.

I have been getting a lot of requests for another skull necklace, but I have a really hard time recreating stuff. One such attempt sat on my bench for months before I picked it up last week and finally finished it. It sold pretty quickly. I especially like the details at the temples of the skull. The stone is a mid-grade yellow labradorite. I was unsure of it, but many of my "fans" had such wonderful and encouraging things to say.

  • This next necklace got such  positive response that I was inspired to make a new piece using a gorgeous piece of rare purple labradorite from India. It is an incredible stone, one of the best I've ever wrapped. It also sold very quickly, within a few hours of posting it on Facebook Fan Page. (Become a fan!)

I also worked with some lovely moonstone last month, and here is what came out of that, so flashy!  I admit, not my favorite wrap I've done, but the stone makes up for that.
It's actually still available, and I find myself wearing it often.

I wish I had more time to work on these things, but I'm a mom first and foremost. I have a busy schedule and lots of responsibility. But I wouldn't trade it for the world. My hope is that all of these things I'm doing now will help my family in the future. It's not always easy, but I'm committed to my son and his needs.

If you're interested in any of the jewelry you see here, shoot me an email. Most stuff gets sold very quickly, but some of it is still available. And, if you're new to wire wrapping, or just have some questions on my process, or want some tips, I'm happy to help. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Decisions, Decision...


Or Leather?
I love this new BRIGHT blue labradorite pendant. It was very popular when I shared it on Facebook. It got several inquiries asking if it was for sale before I even hung it on a chain, or a leather cord. I couldn't decide, so I posted some pictures in a couple of different Facebook jewelry groups asking the opinion of other artists. The responses were overwhelming, but also pretty even with about half of the people saying chain and the other half saying leather cord.

I had about four people in line, wanting to purchase the pendant. And, here's what's SO funny. When I asked the first person in line if she wanted leather or chain she said "neither." She wanted to buy the pendant and make her own chain, so I didn't even have to worry about it! And, since make end caps and clasps is SO labor intensive I was actually quite relieved not to have to do that. Is that ironic? I'm not really sure.

A Fine Line

So, first of all this is one of my FAVORITE things I've ever made. It's perfect. I love this gorgeous yellow labradorite. I'm so proud of this wrap, it comes from a new technique I've come up with.

I take a few pieces of wire, and make a loop in the middle (for the bale, the part that the chain hangs from.)  Then, I weave a symmetrical pattern on each side of the loop bale, leaving some wire to pull over the stone to hold it secure.  Then, I anneal the wire. (Annealing is when you heat it up with a blow torch until the metal turns red. That makes the metal SUPER soft and pliable.)

Then, I shape it around the stone.  (The pictures are of another pendant, and I'll share that one further down the page.)

The wire before I shape it around the stone

I then secure the long strands by bending them into a symmetrical swirls making sure that nothing is poking and that everything is tight. It has to look pretty too. Then, I take different grit buffing blocks and rub the metal to harden it, and polish it until it gleems.

Here is the finished pendant:

Friday, May 8, 2015

Inspired by Spring!

Happy Spring!  I can't believe it's nice enough to take pictures outside, and linger a bit.
I've been making good use of the new stones I bought, and I'm happy to share some of my latest offerings. A lot of them have been sold, but some of them are still available. If you're interested in anything you see here shoot me a message, I'll let you know if it has been sold or not.

I'm actually going through the pictures on my phone to find all of the pictures of the jewelry I've made over the last couple of months, and I can't believe how much I've gotten done.

Amethyst Druzy, wrapped in raw copper.  This piece has sold.

So, in the interest of time, and because I haven't posted in over a month, I have decided to post a bunch of pictures of the jewelry I've made since the last time I blogged.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Rainbow Bright

I can't believe I have friends with adult children! But, I do, and one of them have a girlfriend. He approached me a few days ago wondering if I'd be able to make a necklace for her birthday.

He picked a stone from my collection and I got started.

I finished it in one day. I'm really surprised it went so quickly, but I'm also very happy at the outcome.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Stone in Love

Ah!  I have so much going on, I barely have time to catch up. Lately I've been a jewelry makin' fool. I just love it. If I could add 10 hours to the day and dedicate it solely to making jewelry, I'd be in heaven.

First of all, I'd like to share with you a revision to the Sonora Sunrise pendant I made. I'm SO happy with this change. I wasn't quite happy with the slide that I made for the bale, it just wouldn't stay put. So, I sat on my hands (not really) for a couple of weeks, and had one of those Oprah "AHA! Moments™."

Here is the before and after.

The piece has sold.

I'm also having a great time working with all of the amazing stones I have recently invested in. Here are a couple more pieces that have sold recently.

This first one is a purple rainbow labradorite:

Here is a moonstone pendant that I sold to the same lovely lady:

I also made a simple rose pendant with a rose quartz. This one is still available for sale (39.00). If you're interested, please send me a message.

Finally, I'd like to share my newest piece, a flash glowing labradorite heart/crest. This was one of those pendants that went right with every twist and turn. It's actually pretty symmetrical which is pretty hard to do. I admire the artist Heidi Mandato of Mandato Jewelry Design for her symmetrical pieces. This sort of reminds me of one of hers (although that was completely unintentional.)

 I actually made most of it sitting upstairs in my chair rather than downstairs at my bench. I always wondered how people wove wire without a vise. Well, when you're using hair thin 30 gauge wire it's not that difficult. (Usually I weave with 24 gauge.)

(I'm a little disappointed in these pictures, the necklace is a lot better in person.)

Here I am modeling the necklace: