Friday, October 11, 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Monday, October 7, 2013
Here the piece is wired as well as strung for the neck portion. This was done so it would lay flat. The irony on this process is that the design took a turn in a different direction. This was not the intention of the originally drawn designed. This piece has movement w the added pearls at the bottom and the sun burst effect with the dangle 'rays' and additional loose tri dangles at the focal point. It is looking great on the client. Enjoy!
Friday, October 4, 2013
The client came up with a great idea - but the dangle crystals back to back thus giving a two sided double color choice as well as avoiding the flipping possibilities when being worn. Also contemplating accompanying jewelry pieces - Enjoy!
Thursday, October 3, 2013
The lay out of the beads are agreed upon, everything is lining up perfectly. Now it is time to wire the individual sets with a double wrapped loop - great strength yet beautiful soft in pinks and purples. Enjoy!!
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Discerning whether or not to put dangles in and to what degree. http://ow.ly/i/3ivNy Again this is all temporarily wired and strung. All Swavorski crystals are used in this piece thus far. Enjoy!
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
I did not start taking pictures at the very beginning but the process took time commencing w drawings, measuring and matching colors. Then putting various shaped crystals together to make a good fit but in length and in texture. This was wired/strung and re-wired and re-strung a multitude of times to get it perfect. Enjoy!
Monday, September 30, 2013
Good Monday Morning! Did you like watching the process of a piece or would you rather just see the finished product? Let me hear your feedback. I will start with a glimpse today and go from there based on your comments. Enjoy the peek! www.AgapeGifts.org
Friday, September 27, 2013
Happy Fall everyone - and I am sorry that I forgot to post yesterday w the finished art work... sorry - crazy day got away from me. :/ Here is the final piece completely put together... this special piece was made for my pen pal in England to whom we have been writing since 1974. I was beyond excited to give it to her when I met up with Debbie and her family in August. Great memories! Enjoy!!
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Happy Fall Day - we are on the final working image of our piece... I guess you have figured out what it is - tomorrow I will share why it is...lol This photo shows the final steps of the closure hardware, all made by hand w exception of the lobster clasp. All the metal bars have also been embossed, the chain is for wrist variation and of course our signature tag and heart! Enjoy!! http://ow.ly/i/3fbOE check out more of our work at www.AgapeGifts.org - lots to see!!
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Good Morning AG family - we are almost done with our process. Just finishing up the linking as you can see there are two directions of attaching the stainless steel links so the little squares don't flip. Enjoy!
Monday, September 23, 2013
Links are cut, twisted, pounded and securely closed. Now I need to measure and mark all the little squares for their holes to fit the wire links into. I have already check to insure that the diameter of the wire will nicely but snugly fit in pre-determined hole size. Now to punch out 30+ little holes! Whew!! Hawk eyes are needed in this process. Enjoy!
Friday, September 20, 2013
Now that the center piece is done w/ holes on the side to begin the linking process. I figured out the wiring design I wanted that would look nice but also be flexible; making 30 or more linking components. Enjoy!
Thursday, September 19, 2013
I get a little focused when working so I don't have images of stamping out the lettering or riveting the copper and brass piece together. But here is is lettered and riveted. The words say US 1974 England. The trick is to get the lettering centered, in this case and the rivets tight! Enjoy!
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The process today was to get a mirror finish on the copper. So when a person looked onto the piece they would see their own reflection (explanation later). I did not get pictures of the sanding and buffing needed to get the mirrored surface. It is a multi layer processing - 20 step process. BUT I got it! Enjoy!
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Monday, September 16, 2013
Now that the sides are filed and buffed. (Trust me after sanding the sides your hands are fairly roughed up) Now you sand and buff the surfaces of the medallions to make them extremely smoothly and shiny on raised texture. Sanding and buffing take a bit of time, but well worth the outcome. Enjoy! www.AgapeGifts.org
Friday, September 13, 2013
Every square's side that was cut now needs to be hand sanded. This is a bit time consuming BUT it gives it a professional finished look. That is the goal right? Enjoy!! WWW.AgapeGifts.org
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Here is a glimpse of what I will be revealing the work process on this week and next. T This was a very special and dear design creation for me... more on that after. What do you think it is? Those who have seen it in person... don't give it away!! Enjoy! www.AgapeGifts.org
Monday, September 9, 2013
Hello AG social media family.... we are working on getting back on-line to begin our daily display. I apologize for not beginning last week but we encountered technological difficulty. Welcome to fall!! I thought I would walk you through the process of making an AG bracelet. Watch for the beginning process tomorrow!
Friday, July 5, 2013
Let the vacation continue - Today's pic will probably be worn after this weekend... cuff links for men. The stars of our freedom reign on this set. Enjoy! This piece is available. www.AgapeGifts.org
Thursday, July 4, 2013
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY - GRATEFUL FOR OUR FREEDOM!! Today's pic earrings w the great reminder of the Trinity (wire shape) which we beckon at our Baptism (lapis) and keep w us daily! Enjoy!! These are available. www.AgapeGifts.org
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Happy Day everyone! Today's pic is an ankle bracelet; I thought perfect since many will be lounging at the beach this week and or weekend. This piece is sterling silver with US made blue glass beads. This piece is available... Enjoy!! www.AgapeGifts.org
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
The pic of the day is a zipper pull that reminds us to Trust in Jesus - always in every situation. Good reminder for everyone including myself! Just try to go w the flow of Christ! Enjoy! This piece is available. www.AgapeGifts.org
Friday, June 28, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Another pair of beautiful earrings - Purple Chalcedony with square sterling silver wire work post earrings. I really like the knot at the top - a sign of working together. These were a commission piece to celebrate cancer survivors - hence the purple representing all cancers! Enjoy!! Sorry these are taken!
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Since I missed Monday (sorry I had a migraine) I will post another set of fun earrings. These earrings are made from sterling silver wire and posts adorned with purple jade cube stones. They have a nice little swing to them... enjoy! Yes these are available!
A fun pair of tear drop amethyst earrings made with square stainless steel and sterling silver wire; the shape nicely frames the face. Perfect with summer attire. These earrings are available. These pair of earrings are available - Enjoy!
Friday, June 14, 2013
Thursday, June 13, 2013
A nice cool pearl bracelet... one that is cool to the touch when put on then takes on the wear's body temperature (sign of real pearls). The pearls are nicely mixed with sterling silver beads and cobalt blue glass beads... nice color combination. I have failed to mention that all pieces are available for purchase if anyone is interested. Enjoy! www.AgapeGifts.org
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
This rosary bracelet reminds me of a cool summer day at the beach with the glistening blue waters sparkling like sterling silver! Perfect to wear with any summer outfit. And what was the verdict on seeing the process of my special rosary bracelet? Start next week with the 'pieces'? Let me know your thoughts. Enjoy! OH Happy Birthday BEAR! www.AgapeGifs.org
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Rosary Bracelet to remind us that spring will be here soon!! Right? This bracelet is designed with rose pink quart, amethyst and clear quartz. The sterling silver cross is one of my favorites depicting the life of Christ. Enjoy!! www.AgapeGifts.org
Monday, June 10, 2013
A beautiful rosary bracelet for a cozy day here in Michigan. I am hoping to get back to my normal schedule and back to daily posting... still figuring out my routine. Glad to back - I am in the process of making a very special rosary bracelet and I am thinking of showing the process --- would anyone be interested in that? Let me know! Check out our website for design ideas! www.AgapeGifts.org
Friday, May 17, 2013
A full bead count rosary bracelet made with sterling silver hand manipulated metal and various shaped pink rose quartz; stunning bracelet and very comfortable. I was very pleased with the results of this piece. This piece is available. Enjoy! laura@AgapeGifts.org
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Hand twisted Argentium Silver (low tarnish) wire combined with traditional sterling silver adorned w Rose Quartz beads makes this rosary bracelet bold yet soft. The pink hue reminds one of beautiful roses on a spring day. Very arty piece with adjustable length. This piece is available if anyone is interested... ENJOY! Laura@AgapeGifts.org
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A colorful interesting rosary bracelet - mix of copper and nickel metals that have been hand manipulated for texture with an add of color via polymer clay. This bracelet is adjustable and can be worn on either side. Nice for summer attire. This piece is available if anyone is interested. Enjoy! Laura@AgapeGifts.org
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Another rosary bracelet with wonderful color of coppers and creamy pearls. This rosary bracelet is very form fitting more like a cuff... very comfortable. The Our Father beads are wire wrapped while the Hail Mary beads are smooth. Great accent to any outfit as well as a conversational piece leading to evangelizing. This piece is available if anyone is interested. ENJOY! Laura@AgapeGifts.org
Monday, May 13, 2013
A beautiful rosary bracelet with sterling silver and 14/20K gold filled wire combination wire work. The stones are garnet - the Our Father beads are wrapped in wire giving a textile note when the decade it done. Nice swing and movement with this piece. It is available if anyone is interested! Enjoy! Laura@AgapeGifts.org
Friday, May 10, 2013
A rosary bracelet with movement... the sterling silver hand made jump ring pieces actually roll with your finger as you pray. I just love the feel and design of this piece - especially the ruby Our Father beads. I know this piece is well worn and loved. Enjoy! www.AgapeGifts.org Laura@AgapeGifts.org
Thursday, May 9, 2013
A rosary bracelet with a different spin - this bracelet was made from her mother-in-law's jewelry, given to her by her mother; something old turned into something new. Great mother's day idea! The piece is just beautiful. It was a wonderful design challenge... I had to rework it a few times to get it perfect. All mom's involved seemed very happy with the outcome!! (owned by a very special friend as well!) Enjoy!! www.AgapeGifts.org Laura@AgapeGIfts.org
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Here is a very special rosary bracelet. ALL the components to this bracelet were originally design and personally created. The stones represent the Confirmandi's birth month; St. Nicholas is confirmation name; the image & writing (his handwriting) a personal note to his grandmother, the sponsor. Beautiful piece. I was so excite to make it and for the family to receive it. The confirmandi has a traditional rosary to mirror w/ St. Nicholas image and commemorative dates and notes. Great heirloom - great memories! Enjoy!! Laura@AgapeGifts.org www.AgapeGifts.org
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Here is another full bead count Rosary Bracelet with a twist! The hand cut and textured brass metal circles are the Our Father beads with ten different shaped and species stones for the Hail Mary beads. Yep - that is an Ag original toggle too! Another one of my favs owned by a very special friend. Enjoy! Laura@AgapeGifts.org
Monday, May 6, 2013
A beautiful textured copper with turquoise and blue opal rosary bracelet. This rosary bracelet was a surprise sting...those are so much fun! I am glad my dear friend owns this piece... it is one of my favorites also!! I really like the full bead count rosary bracelets. Enjoy! Laura@AgapeGifts.org
Friday, May 3, 2013
Another beautiful rosary bracelet - amethyst stones put together to make a full rosary bead count. It looks very stylish, beckoning compliments and thus evangelizing! Many of you know that I love the color purple so I am partial to this piece. ENJOY! If you are interested in owning an Ag original contact us! Laura@AgapeGifts.org
Thursday, May 2, 2013
This sweet rosary bracelet was designed for a first communicate. I love the image of our Blessed Mother on one side and the Holy Eucharist on the other - the reason for her life to give us eternal life through her Son. A wonderful gift from Mary our Momma. Enjoy! As always if you want to see more or are interested in pieces to purchase - contact us! Laura@AgapeGifts.org www.AgapeGifts.org
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Wonderful new Mother's gift - a rosary bracelet praying for her sweet daughter to be. This rosary bracelet also have generational imaging for five generation!!! Awesome intercessory prayer going on for the mommy and baby. Enjoy! If you want something specially made just contact us - we are here to serve you! Laura@AgapeGifts
Monday, April 29, 2013
An awesome Mother's day gift... pictures of her children and grandchildren. The metal is a beautiful combination of copper and argentium silver with the word MOM stamped on the three un-imaged circles. Love this piece! What mom wouldn't!? Enjoy! If you would like to create a special gift, just contact us! Laura@AgapeGIfts.org
Friday, April 26, 2013
What an honor to create this piece! My dear friend asked me to make a special bracelet for her special friend; after pouring prayer over this commission piece I decided to put my artist friend into the piece as well. This is her art work detailed into a bracelet. I was beyond thrilled with the outcome... also being inspired for more pieces of my own artwork! Enjoy! Contact us if you are interested in creating something unique! www.AgapeGifts.org Laura@AgapeGifts.org
Thursday, April 25, 2013
A wonderful reminder that St. Michael is praying for you! Beckoning his powerful protection gives quite a boast to the day of wear-er. This bracelet features a nice hand knitted elastic band for comfort. St. Michael pray for us. Enjoy! Contact us if you are interested in a similar personalize piece! www.AgapeGifts.org Laura@AgapeGifts.org
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
This commission piece was very special - all Argentium Silver with lovely pictures of their journey through marriage. This is a wonderful gift to his wife - isn't it sweet! His idea too! The blank rectangle is reserved for a current picture of the two of them. I am very pleased with the design of my tried and true toggle. I was thrilled when this piece was completed... I am sure it will bring tears of joy! Enjoy! Contact us if you would like a special bracelet made for you! www.AgapeGifts.org Laura@AgapeGifts.org