Monthly Archives: April 2010

Socially networked with benefits

Tiny Bubbles Earrings

Tiny Bubbles Necklace

Twitter has proven to be a great tool for me to use. Since I opened the LunaTeal Twitter account, I have come in contact with so many excellent people all over the world. I’ve connected with jewelry designers, suppliers to designers and many others who are involved in the fashion industry in general.

Large Spade Shape Sterling Silver Ear Wires

Over the last couple of weeks, I reconnected with a designer I met on Twitter who creates ear wires and artisan jewelry. She’s a silver smith and she’s local! LunaTeal wants to focus on making as many connections with local suppliers so that we can so that we can uplift and help each other in this crazy economy. Besides, I love being able to display my earring creations on sexy, classy ear wires. It makes me feel amazing to know that I have been able to locate a local silver smith with such amazing talent!

Medium Classic 14K Gold Filled Ear Wires

Large, Medium, Small & Mini Sterling Silver Bubble Ear Wire Sampler

Large Bubble 14K Gold Filled Ear Wires

Her name is Amy Marez and she is the owner of two Etsy shops: Ruby Mountain Beads and Amy Nicole. If you are a designer or if you just like to make yourself a few pairs of earrings from time to time, check her out! You won’t regret it! All the pictures you see are items I purchased to sample.

All the best,
Leslie

Never expected

LunaTeal has been live for only a short while; however the reception has been amazing. I never expected to receive as much praise and kind words from friends and fellow designers.

I am currently checking inventory. Anything I have 5 or less of will be put on sale next week. I’m so happy to be planning for our first sale!

Also, we are offering free shipping on all purchases of $50 or more! Check out the boutique next week to see if your wish list items are on sale!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

All the best,
Leslie

Oh, what a night!

The girls over at Beading Dreams really know how to put together a great trunk show! I just got home from the Champagne Preview of the Fabulous Findings Trunk Show. I was treated to amazing champagne cocktails, lovely finger food and spectacular jewelry findings.

I had major sensory overload, but I was able to discover some unique findings as well as a few other items in their inventory.

The trunk show will run from tonight to April 19th. I will be back to discover more fabulous findings before it ends. If you are in the Dallas metroplex, check it out!!!

All the best,
Leslie

PMC: Precious Metal Clay

At my favorite bead shop here in Dallas, Beading Dreams, I noticed they were offering a class called Introduction to PMC and another class called Polka Dot Ring.  Now, I’m not against taking classes, I just choose not to.  I like to try things out on my own and learn by trial and error.  That’s always been my style.  But this time, I decided to give these two classes a go.

Before I get into what the class taught me, let me define PMC: Precious Metal Clay.  PMC-fine silver particles bound together by organic matter.  Once fired, .999 fine silver is reveled.  Fine silver is a higher grade than sterling silver and does not tarnish.

The Introduction to PMC taught me beginner skills of how to use PMC in 3 forms: slip, syringe and lump clay.  Below you can see a picture of my work kit for the class.

Work kit for class

I am not that great using syringe to make a pendant as you will see in the photo below.  This is very hard and requires a steady hand.

Syringe Pendant w/Glass Cab

However, syringe is great to help bond elements of your lump clay together once dried to greenware.  (I know! I should have taken pictures all along the process, but I didn’t.)  Also below, you will see a leaf.

Leaf Pendant

I created this by painting approximately 12 coats of slip onto a leaf.  The leaf eventually falls off and once fired, we are left with the impression of the leaf we started with.  I love this design…so organic and plays right into the LunaTeal collection.  Expect more of these types of designs to come.  Below is the leaf with a liver of sulfur petina.  I didn’t care for it too much so we refired the pendant to burn it off and take it back to silver.

Leaf w/petina

We also got experience using molds.  I used a circular mold with a simple design just to see how it would turn out.  It turned out great!  Below you’ll ‘see a molded pendant with a garnet in the center.

Slap Pendant w/Garnet

Of all the items we crafted in class, this one is my favorite.  I also plan to create more molded or slab pendants for the collection.

As mentioned above, I also took a class called Polka Dot Ring class.  In this class, you take the basics learned in the Introduction to PMC and create a ring with cut out circles or polka dots of PMC.  In the picture you’ll see I also added a stone to this ring.  I used a yellow cz.

Polka Dot Ring

(Blogger’s Note:  There are certain gemstones that can be used and some that can not take the heat of the kiln.  Garnet, peridot and cz’s are great to use as well as a few other lab created stones.)  This is an ideal item for the LunaTeal collection and I am currently developing plans to add a modified version of this ring and well as a few other ring styles.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my PMC creations!

All the best,
Leslie