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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:


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Rose Jade





I'm on a roll, or should I say, a donut!

As with any of the pieces I post on my blog, if you're interested in purchasing please send me a message.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sonora Sunrise


When I saw this stone (along with a couple of her sisters) I just knew I had to have her. When I saw how much Sonora Sunrise costs, I decided it was WAY out of my league. The blue part is called "Chrysocolla" and the red is called "Cuprite". The black is actually iron. I've even heard of there being flecks of real gold in in some varieties. What is rare is the combination of the three. I got two very high quality Sonora Sunrise stones from a cab cutter that I found in a lapidary group on Facebook. She offered me the stones at a price I could (sort of) afford, and I just couldn't pass it up.

When I received the stones they were much more beautiful in person. The problem though was that they were a bit softer than what I'm used to working with. I knew I wouldn't be able to use the methods I usually use, I would have to have a light touch. The first attempt went no where. In fact, it was such a mess I posted a photo on Instagram.

I tried again today. I think I did it. It was a little more difficult and more challenging, but the process went a little quicker. I usually hammer around the stone, I usually tumble finish every piece. I wasn't able to do that. I had to harden the wire by meticulously polishing the wire, and it was soft because I annealed the heck out of it to get it to shape around the stone. I like how it turned out though. But I really think it's the stone that's the star here, and that's important with a stone like this. I hope you like it.

A Labradorite to Remember...

I am SO in love with this piece. It sold before it was even finished, and as an artist that is such a huge compliment.

I am going to share some pictures.





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I hope that it enjoys its new home in Canada...

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Fool's Gold UPDATED

I have really been plugging away at the whole jewelry thing!  I have the Wire Wrappin' Fever and there is NO cure!

I also bought a TON of new stones!  Sonora Sunrise, Labradorite, Dendritic Jasper, Rhyolite, and I'm so excited to get to work.

I have a new piece, a Fool's Gold (Pyrite) Donut wrapped in copper, and I just love it. I must confess, I've been wearing it everyday even though it's for sale.  59.00 plus shipping...



If you're interested shoot me an email. I have made some minor adjustments since taking these pictures. Notice the end caps? Those are probably my favorite part of the piece. You see, my husband's uncle passed away recently. He was an avid trapper and had tons of copper tags in which he would use to label the animal pelts. I happen to have inherited quite a few of these tags and I just love working with them. The caps are pieces of copper tag that I rolled up, and then soldered the wire spiral across the tube. I thought they were way too cool to hide in the back, so I brought them up to the front.






























Here are some UPDATED pictures (of the new configuration):




My next piece (currently in progress) is a high quality Labradorite!  It's very, very nice.
There's much more to come, so stay tuned.

Also, if you don't already, follow me on Instagram!  My handle is "LeahHoffmanJewelry".

Monday, March 2, 2015

A Quick Start, and a Slow Finish

Last week I finished what turned out to be one of my most favorite creations to date. I tend to hold on to stones for a long time. I finally got around to wrapping up an intarsia obsidian/labradorite I bought a couple of years ago. I thought that some new jewelry might pique the interest of some customers and they might just want to take a look at some of the older jewelry I still have for sale. My strategy worked. In the past week I've sold 4 items, which for me is pretty exciting.

The wrap started off quickly, I mean, the Wire Gods must have been on my side that day because I finished that puppy in less than two days. I have two kids, my studio is downstairs, it takes me a while because I have a lot of interruptions. After the pendant was complete it was time for me to fabricate some kind of chain, or cord to suspend it on. That didn't go as smoothly.

pendant


So, I had this awesome idea to VIKING KNIT some fine leather cord. 
It took forever, but I knew it was going to be the perfect cord. 

Viking Knit with the Tool I Made
But, pulling it through the draw plate I couldn't get the weave to pull tight enough, and ultimately BROKE the leather, right down the middle. It wasn't even long enough to salvage a bracelet from.

I ended up making a hanger with some really thick wire, and some end caps, and fitting it to a raw copper chain, which worked out rather well.

And, it sold before it was even finished. I love that kind of pressure.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Big Sale!



This past weekend I went to Green Goods for the Home and picked up the last of my jewelry. I didn't have much left, and didn't really have a reason to keep it there. The stuff that hadn't sold had been sitting for the past couple of years and I thought it was a good time to give them back their shelf space. If I make enough new stuff I would love to bring it back. We had a great relationship and I'm open to working with them again.


So, I have a few pieces that I'm selling at a really deep discount.  

If you're interested, please head to my Facebook Fan Page for Leah Hoffman Jewelry, or send me a message at Leah Hoffman Jewelry

 I will honor these prices until the end of the month.


I am currently NOT taking any orders for custom designs. 

Here are some items for sale:










49.00, mixed metal

65.00, sterling with adventurine nugget

65.00





Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas

Hello, I just thought I'd check in and share my newest piece. It sold pretty quickly. It's a blue agate slice, wrapped with reclaimed copper. I'm particularly pleased with the matching clasp.

I feel bad, I was planning to do a little repair work for Christmas  but every time I'd sit down to do it I'd get distracted and make something new.  I guess that's a good problem to have. Merry Christmas everyone, and a Happy New Year.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Believing in the Weaving

I love this necklace and it's going to be very hard to part with.
Lots of work and attention to detail went into this one, And pictures simply do not do justice.

It seems like I'm not getting to the bench as often as I'd like, with a five month old baby and a rambunctious little boy who keeps me on my toes.






Rhodochrosite and Reclaimed Copper Wire pendant on Raw Copper chain. This pendant has a Czech glass bead accent.
Hand woven wire work and forged copper clasps. Tumbled finished for 16 hours for ultimate strength, durability and smoothness.
2" x 2", 17.5" long from end to end
Comes in gift ready box with anti-tarnish paper and Eurotool polishing square.
"Pink Rhodochrosite is a strong stone to aid emotional healing. It encourages you to feel love for yourself... and its energy will assist you in meditation, to reach a state of joy and sublime happiness.
It's energy may stimulate your inner child... and bring a deep childlike happiness and joy into your life. It aids you to bring deep forgotten memories to the surface for healing.
Copper is reclaimed from construction projects, stripped, cleaned, and remade into this intricate wire jewelry. Copper is antimicrobial and is touted for it's healing properties. It may cause harmless discoloration of the skin when worn by certain individuals. This is temporary and usually only happens when the wearer has been sweating. I do not accept returns based on this. Copper also is prone to tarnish, but is easily restored to it's original condition with a few rubs of the polishing square which comes free with purchase. Additional squares can be purchased for 1.50.
89.00 postage paid

If you're interested in purchasing this necklace please email me at leahhoffmanjewelry@gmail.com

I accept PayPal, Dwolla

Now, moving on... and speaking of that beautiful little five month old baby, I have entered her in a contest for "Cutest BABY!"  If you have a moment please follow the link to the Cutest Baby Contest and vote for Miss Isla Faye.  She is as sweet as she looks. Thank you.
Click on her picture to vote:

Vote for Me, I love life!