Sunday, April 27, 2008

finiuin ring. again.
Originally uploaded by Lunasa Designs

If this ring fit me, I would keep it.
I love how it turned out.... simple, yet still elegant - wrapped just so, around the finger (or in this case, my thumb).

This ring is made from Argentium sterling silver - Argentium® Silver is an anti-oxidizing, anti-fire scale Sterling alloy that is extremely tarnish resistant and is fairly new on the market.

Because there is no fire scale it makes beautiful fused rings! It can be fairly difficult to work with (breaks easily when under heat and soldering) but is a dream to finish!

I love making these fused rings because each one is completely different. Each one comes out as a total surprise (a lot like my children). I take a bunch of argentium silver wire, wrap it around my soldering ring mandrel and hit it with my torch.... from there I let the metal melt where it may, fusing together, balling up... I then put it on my forming mandrel and hammer it out - inspect it... see if it needs to be fused more... and then do it all over again. Sometimes adding more wire, sometimes adding a bezel to set a stone when it's all finished.

I love casting and melting metal but I don't have a set-up for casting in my studio right now - so this kind of controlled (yet random) melting will do for now.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Originally uploaded by Lunasa Designs

Oh, to be this young and carefree again!!

They are absolutely happy and content to toss their kite/glider up into the air.... watch it soar and crash...

Toss it into the air again....

Chase it, crash into each other, toss it up again...

These 3 boys bring me back to the reality of what life really is. The simple joys. The human need to scream and laugh and run.

Forgetting all else for a moment, I allow myself to watch and breathe and dream and remember...

The boys taking off
Originally uploaded by Lunasa Designs

It was a beautiful warm day... We grabbed the kites and headed out to the property where Scott had been hunting all morning for turkey (he didn't get one) and already had a fire going and dinner cooking.

The boys were on a mission to fly their kites and didn't care about much else....

Thursday, April 24, 2008


Originally uploaded by Lunasa Designs
It took some convincing on my part - but I finally got through to them that it was NOT a good idea to taste their concoction.

heh heh!

How's it coming?

How's it coming?
Originally uploaded by Lunasa Designs
In deep concentration... Putting the final touches on their "chocolate milk".

eye of newt, wart of toad...

Elijah and Sawyer are mixing something up in the purple pumpkin... I'd rather not know what it is. Thanks.

They tried to get me to drink it quite a few times.

I'm so happy that they're proud of their handiwork - but I still politely declined a taste.


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

These shoes are SO adorable from Shara Lambeth on etsy: or
Handmade stuff like this makes me wish I had a little girl to dres up!! Although these would be equally as cute on a baby boy - {sigh} I think Sawyer is just a bit too big for them now....

Turquoise Stack Rings

Originally uploaded by Lunasa Designs
Someone from Finland just ordered these as wedding rings... It was a bit nerve wracking making them, knowing that they would be so special to them! I never considered making wedding rings - because I mainly work in Sterling and just assumed everyone else in the world wants gold. I think I may have to reconsider that - especially since my own wedding ring is sterling! haha! Now why would I assume that there is no one else out there like me??

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Kissing those dirty lil baby cheeks!

Sawyer is SO excited to be playing outside in the dirt, and very annoyed at mommy for stopping him to kiss him!!

I just can't help kissing those chubby little cheeks!!

Dirty or not, they are adorable! :)

Sunny day

Originally uploaded by Lunasa Designs
Spring is finally here! My eyes look green here just like the grass and the leaves starting to come out....

With the warm weather it has been increasingly more difficult to work in my studio....

Maybe I should consider taking the summer off??