ArtiCyns

One of a Kind Sterling, Turquoise, Gemstone Jewelry

West Reno, Nevada · 24 Sales

ArtiCyns

One of a Kind Sterling, Turquoise, Gemstone Jewelry

West Reno, Nevada 24 Sales On Etsy since 2013

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Announcement   ArtiCyns One-of-a-Kind (OOAK) hand crafted jewelry with stones selected from lapidary artists and miners of the highest quality and ethically obtained. All unique stones include untreated Nevada Turquoise, Montana Agate, Jasper, Sapphire, Tourmaline, Pearls, Smithsonite and more.

~~ Each piece will arrive in an ArtiCyns GIFT BOX ready for gift giving! ~~

Hassle-free returns, and LAYAWAY always available - just send me a convo and I'll reserve the piece for you!

Enjoy and thanks for visiting ArtiCyns.etsy.com!

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Last updated on May 12, 2017

ArtiCyns One-of-a-Kind (OOAK) hand crafted jewelry with stones selected from lapidary artists and miners of the highest quality and ethically obtained. All unique stones include untreated Nevada Turquoise, Montana Agate, Jasper, Sapphire, Tourmaline, Pearls, Smithsonite and more.

~~ Each piece will arrive in an ArtiCyns GIFT BOX ready for gift giving! ~~

Hassle-free returns, and LAYAWAY always available - just send me a convo and I'll reserve the piece for you!

Enjoy and thanks for visiting ArtiCyns.etsy.com!

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5 out of 5 stars
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corkim

corkim on Apr 4, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Gorgeous stone! Perfect setting! Another beautiful creation by Cynthia! Love it!! Thank You!!!

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ArtiCyn's HOmE WOrkShop, Materials and Technique

Articyns Jewelry is one-of-a-kind jewelry hand fabricated by me in my home workshop in Reno, NV.
MATERIALS include .925 sterling silver, 14k & 18k gold, and/or copper sheet procured from US supply companies. I also use a premium silver named Argentium® made with recycled material and a low copper alloy. Pieces made with Argentium® are stamped with the "winged unicorn" trademark that only Argentium Guild members can use. (visit http://Argentiumsilver.com for more information). My creations include colorful gemstones of Labradorite, Montana agate, Fire Agate, Turquoise, Smithsonite, pearls, Florida fossils and more. I purchase stone cabochons from lapidary artists in CA, NV, Utah, AZ, and TX including Jim Elquist (Battle Mountain "Blue Gem" Turquoise). Most lapidaries are independent miners and diggers themselves. I select each stone based on uniqueness for one-of-a-kind pieces and often design with simple settings to highlight the beauty of the stone in an elegant way.
TOOLS: Key tools include various forging and dapping hammers, found objects, picks, and sand papers used to create unique textures and finishes. I also use varied soldering torches, a kiln, flex shaft / drills and jeweler's saw. Each one-of-a-kind piece is hand forged and fabricated; never casted.
CREATIVE TECHNIQUE: I start each piece by drawing a sketch around the stone that I wish to set; brainstorming with textures and shapes until the design is final. The sketch is then used as a template to cut the piece out of sterling sheets with my jeweler’s saw. In some instances, I will use two or more layers of silver to create depth and dimension. Layers may be attached by soldering, rivets or wire. Soldering multiple layers of sterling is challenging because the silver can overheat or melt. Heating silver multiple times will make it brittle, causing the silver to crack when forged. As an alternative, rivets can be used like little nails to “cold connect” the layers together or attach gemstones for bits color. Another method of cold connecting is by drilling holes through each piece and literally stitching them together with gold, copper or fine silver wire. Wire curls and admonishments also add a twist to the design. Creative bezel settings are another way to add interest. Instead of using a flat bezel wire, I pinch the bezel at specific points around the stone to create a wavy floral or funky geometric setting. My pieces are also often identified by a window that is cut out of the metal under the stone. If the stone is beautiful on the bottom, why hide it? The window allows light to illuminate through the gem and makes the pendant look pretty underneath.
FINISHING: Once the pieces are cut, a texture is applied with my dapping tools. The bezel is attached and pieces assembled by solder or cold connection. Then, with a flower pendant for instance, I will soften the metal by annealing it with my torch, then bend the petals to give a sense of flutter and movement. The piece is then sanded with 3 different grits of paper followed by tumbling, giving it a brilliant professional shine. A patina may then be added to bring out the texture and wah-lah . . . it comes to life!

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  • Cynthia L. Green

    Owner, Designer

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Last updated on March 22, 2016
Thanks for visiting Articyn's and supporting the arts! All pieces are one of a kind and carefully crafted with attention to detail. All arrive in gift box with ribbon, ready for gift-giving.

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Domestic Ship USPS Insured mail 2-3 day delivery; 1-2 days to package - should arrive within 5 business days from purchase. FedEx/UPS available upon request.
Ex-US shipping is calculated when I ship - if I am able to get less expensive I will refund the difference. You can calculate your shipping prior to purchase on the Shipping tab of the item you wish.

I am happy to ship as gift to different address - please let me know in a comment at check out with any message detail you prefer.
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