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Visit my website TelaFormosa.com for easier searching and more items, too.

If you are looking for cabs, visit my new rock shop here on Etsy

www.etsy.com/shop/TelaRocks

Ask me about layaway, I'm sure we can work something out.
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For more about me, please see my About Me page

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TelaFormosaJewelry/about

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ABOUT MY JEWELRY MAKING PROCESS:

An idea
What starts out a lowly rock goes through a metamorphosis into a beautiful piece of…

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  • Female
  • Joined April 9, 2012

Favorite materials

cabochon, gemstone, copper, bronze, sterling silver

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About

Visit my website TelaFormosa.com for easier searching and more items, too.

If you are looking for cabs, visit my new rock shop here on Etsy

www.etsy.com/shop/TelaRocks

Ask me about layaway, I'm sure we can work something out.
------------------------------------------------

For more about me, please see my About Me page

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TelaFormosaJewelry/about

___________________________

ABOUT MY JEWELRY MAKING PROCESS:

An idea
What starts out a lowly rock goes through a metamorphosis into a beautiful piece of jewelry as soon as it is dug out of the ground. But, I don't get involved until I buy it with a nice cut and polish or pick up a rock to cab.

Then, I hold it in my hand, turn it around, mull over the possibilities, and consider the stone's orientation.

I work with the stone until we agree what I should do with it. If it's been especially good, I'll consider adding another stone to its setting. Or, perhaps it is such a beautiful object by itself that it needs zero embellishment .

Then comes the task of figuring out just how to do it. How many wires? What size? Twisted, not twisted. Silver, gold, copper? Where do I want the bindings? Prongs, if any? Sculptured, Traditional or a combination? I take excruciating measurements.

I have to figure out the best way to incorporate the needs of a secure setting with the needs of a pleasing design. Sometimes I sketch it out; other times, I'll just jump right in and freestyle it all the way.

So, I balance the needs of the stone, the requirements of the setting and the beauty of the design. "I love it when a plan comes together!"

Part of my design process includes keeping the back nice and neat. And, It is paramount to me that a pendant hang correctly.

The work
Once I know what I want to do, the rest is up to me and my tools. I take up my pliers, cutters, magnifier, and wires.

Although it may not look like it, some settings are very time consuming and difficult to do. But, I listen to my favorite music and it goes along smoothly (for the most part). A bend here, a twist, a cut, a tuck and it's ready for the next phase.

Final touches
When a piece is finished, it goes into a lapidary tumbler. If it survives being tossed about with pointed stainless steel shot for hours, then I know a number of things: It has passed the durability test, it is cleaned, polished, deburred and strengthened.

Deburring is one of the most important functions of the tumbler. With so many cut wire ends, there is a possibility of the wearer being scratched or fabric being snagged. Not so, with my tumbled work. I pride myself on my neat backs with no snags.

After the tumbler, I clean the pieces the tried and true, old fashioned way - with a toothbrush and good old dish soap. Then it goes into my jewelry cleaner to clean up any residue. Afterwards, I polish it with a Sunshine polishing cloth. After all that, it is ready to wear and be enjoyed for years to come.

The patina
After a copper or silver piece is completely done and clean, I can give it a patina. I drop it in a safe, non-toxic liquid solution of liver of sulfur, where it will sit long enough to turn it dark. After I rinse and dry it, I painstakingly rub off some of the darkness leaving it in the recesses to highlight the wire design. I then polish all the high spots to a bright, shiny finish.

The entire process for the simplest wrap can take 3 hours from start to finish, not including cutting the cab. A lot of work goes into each piece. Of course, more elaborate pieces require a substantial amount of time.

I truly enjoy what I do and I love to see a rock turned into a beautiful piece of jewelry. I feel privileged that people want to buy my work and it makes me happy to know my pieces will be worn and enjoyed.

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