Stones Faceted inhouse WireWrapped into Pendants,etc
KathysKreation's Shop Policies
My pledge is that the jewelry you will purchase from Kathy’s Kreation is one of a kind. I do not duplicate my jewelry. If you would like a custom piece, just contact me. I would be happy to help you.
Do you want high quality jewelry made by a expert artisans? We fall into that category, with 30+ years experience working with the lapidary arts and over 20 years teaching experience on faceting (Gary) or making an intarsia, and wirewrapping a faceted stone or cabochon, and creating a piece of channel jewelry, or stringing beautiful beads (Kathy).
All faceted gemstones were cut by my husband, the cabochons have been worked on by me. I do all the wire work using gold filled, sterling silver and argentium wire.
Gary received the 1993 Pinnacle Award from AGS (Amer. Gemcutters Soc.) His faceted gemstones are always A1 in every way.
My husband has been faceting for 30 years and has been teaching at the club (www.lapidary.org) for approx. 25 years. An excellent Facetor, Gary is a Master Gem cutter. His contribution to Kathy’s Kreation are his hundreds, yes hundreds, of Faceted Gems.
I started by making cabochons back in 1980. A cabochon starts as a slab or slice of rock which is cut to shape and polished using progressively finer grits on grinding wheels, then onto one or more polishing wheels till the stone had the shine that was accepted by the teacher and student.
After making lots of cabochons, my next adventure was to learn silverwork. Sawing, soldering, polishing, at which time I made chains, rings, a belt buckle and several pendants.
Learning how to make Channel Jewelry was really exciting. Starting with sterling silver wire which is 22 gauge 1/8th inch wide, a design is made – either a picture or geometric design – and the pieces of this design are soldered together. The “lacey” design is next soldered onto a flat sheet of sterling silver (usually 3x3 inches). Once this has been completed and the outside of the sheet silver cut to shape, then stones are ground to fit into each of the channels and epoxy is used to keep them in place. The piece, with its bumpy surface is then “flat lapped” grinding the stones down to level with the design wire and then polished. This is a labor intensive work, the steps are not difficult, but the grinding of the small stones to fit into the channels takes time. The silver is then brought to a high shine and the piece is finished! I probably won’t sell any of these pieces.Kathy’s work can be seen on “The American Masters of Stone”
Intarsia is similar to channel as the end result looks about the same except, Intarsia is made without any silver. When making a picture or design in intarsia, stones are cut to butt squarely each stone to each stone; no space may be seen between the stones. This is sometimes frustrating as even a small slant will prevent stones from adhering to one another. When all pieces are super glued together, the piece is polished to a high shine or matte finish.
As I was going from one lapidary art to another, my husband followed and made one piece of each type. But faceting is his true love, and he never stopped faceting through it all.
However, an intarsia cannot be worn unless it is wire wrapped, so I learned wirewrap in 2003 and never stopped. I really enjoy creating new designs. Each stone has something different about it, so it allows different wire designs. No two of my designs are exactly alike, just like my cakes or cookies; the recipe/design is usually tweaked by what’s on hand.
Gary teaches faceting as he has for over 30 years.
I now teach Channel Jewelry, Intarsia and Wirewrap for Faceted Stones at TLS = Tuscarora Lapidary Society. Visit www.lapidary.org for info about classes or to see more of the lapidary arts created & taught by the members.
We accept paypal and paypal accepts credit cards, if you are not a paypal member sign in as a guest and use a credit card. Payment is required at time of purchase. If you're interested in reserving an item, just drop us a line and we'll be happy to set up a lay-a-way plan for you.
Custom orders require a deposit, if the design is changed by you after the work has started, there will be further charges to compensate the extra work involved.
We accept Paypal and Credit card payments.
We use first class mail. Please contact us through email if you'd like to expedite your order and we can make the proper adjustments to price. Any international shipment, the buyer is responsible for payment of customs.
All items will arrive beautifully packaged, whether they are a gift, or simply for your own indulgence. If you'd like your item shipped directly to the recipient we can do this and pop a handwritten card in with it. Just let us know in your message to seller!
Refunds and Exchanges
Refunds are accepted within 10 days after purchase.
I want you to love the pieces you buy at my Etsy shop. If you're not thrilled with your purchase, please email me.
Please send your items back to me in secure packaging via a trackable courier (USPS/UPS/FedEx), as I am not responsible for items lost or damaged in transit.
Additional Policies and FAQs
If you are interested in a custom order, please convo us - we'd love to chat with you about your ideas! There will be a deposit (one third the cost) required before the work begins; any changes to the original design may incur an additional fee.
PA Tax # 84227234 I do not charge/collect sales tax, but I do pay taxes on all purchases sold to PA residents as required. Proof upon request.
Last Updated January 16, 2015