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Monday, March 5, 2018

 Hi Folks. Been a while. I have found many things to keep me busy and I have felt bad about not posting for so long. Last May 26 I had a stroke which made my eyes work very poorly, not together. I had to retrain them to see well enough to read. I learned to walk with a walker for a while and still have balance and dizziness issues. And tremors. For a jewelry maker, the tremors are the most time consuming condition. I can spend a minute trying to close a jump ring. So to force that away I chose to start doing more beading. Crazy , right? But when I run into a challenge I work hard to work around it. And that has carried over into my photography. I found a new camera that has 5 way image stabilization. That suppresses the tremors quite well.
 I shot this Eagle in a tree near the nest. Handheld 600mm in a high wind. You can see the feathers in disarray on the eagle.
 Part of the practical application of my self therapy is making earrings. The challenge is to combine a few elements into an interesting presentation. To this end I have been shopping at https://www.bsueboutiques.com/ Where I can buy quality components from the B'sue by 1928 section. The pewter wings are from there. The beads also are from Bsue. You can find great quality and a massive selection of interesting components for your art.
I also mix natural stone beads with jeweled roundels and vintage glass pearls.
Pewter bunnies and Czech glass components make designing both fun and profitable.

I hope to post more often in the near future.
My collection of mostly one of a kind jewelry is available at


I also carry vintage components and antique dolls from around the world.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Creating from broken things,

 In addition to making jewelry I work in ceramics. One of my favorites is antique German dolls and figures. I recently acquired a box of Angels from Germany. They had been discarded in the 1800's at a ceramics factory. They were discovered and dug up and have come to me.
Each is a bit different . Some have heavy glazes that cover some details. Others have thin glaze and sharper details. As a mold is used they do lose detail. 
 These were Holy Water fonts but the bowls have been broken off. They do have holes on the back to hang them on a wall.
 Now what would you do with them? First you could re-purpose them and just hang the piece on the wall. Perhaps if you have a rotary tool with a diamond cutoff wheel you could remove the rough bottom to make them look better. How about making a mold? Find a Cardboard box that is 1-3 inches deep fill the bottom with non hardening oil clay and press the figure into the clay slightly. Spray the figure and the box with cooking spray and pour plaster of paris into the box. When it has set in an hour or overnight for more strength remove the box and clay and carefully pull the original. You can now use the mold to make reproductions. Those could be used for mixed media art. Or pour liquid clay slip into the mold and make a new piece.
I do that and fire the clay as Raku or use porcelain Precious metal clay could be pushed into the mold and you could create metal jewelry with the result.

Really so many things could be created. Even restored pieces could be made.

Of course you can find these for sale at my Etsy shop Oscarcrow. Come take a look


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Autumn Jewelry and Recent Sales

 These are some pieces that have found new homes in recent weeks Late September has been a good time to sell.This first piece is a ceramic piece I made. A bit Boho with a fabric necklace.
 This a copper wire with a Raku bead
 Shoulder duster earrings
 A fall necklace
 A bit more romantic
 This combines my sense of whimsy with an antique doll.
 More whimsy skull dancer is one of my faves.
 This to me is dream like 3d hand made backing hammered to fit
 Finally some simple little earrings.  Each piece comes with a little bit of my heart, born from my imagination and built with my hands. And now going to enhance some ones life. That is what it is all for. Creating to create a smile.
 Today I made a set of Old Rose Copper leaf jewelry. The components mostly come from https://www.bsueboutiques.com my favorite supplier. The leaves are connected by jump rings so there is movement in the pendant

 The necklace is pure copper 24 inches with a magnetic closure
 Earrings are hung on Niobium hooks, lightweight strong and non allergenic.
 I made this ring riveted with a 3/32 rivet and covered that with a small green cab of Czech glass
 That is the only spot of color in the set.
 The shank is a cigar band style adjustable size.
The bracelet is simply chain and leaf with a magnetic catch. The chain is non soldered links so it attaches just by opening the link and closing it after inserting the links through the opening in the leaf.
This is the whole set and all the tools required were a punch and pliers. Plus a riveter. Some times the easy projects are good ones.    This link will take you to my shop.                 https://www.etsy.com/listing/469102050/handmade-old-rose-ox-antique-copper

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Creating a backing for a framed doll necklace Basic hammer work.

 This doll fragment is about 100 years old from Germany. When I saw her I knew that a frame would create a great necklace.
 After placing her into the opening and gluing her down with E-6000. The back protrudes about 1/2 of an inch.
Her arm is also proud of the surface about 1/4 inch.
 I cut out a piece of 28 gauge copper sheet for the backing. I could have made a box form but having too much depth behind the figure seemed clumsy.
 So I decided to hammer form a depression into the metal. This is 28 gauge which is about 1/2 mm and must be stretched slowly with a lot of annealing. First step is to locate the point that will be deepest and mark it with a single hammer blow.
 The metal is placed over a depression in the dapping block and light blows begin to form the cup.
 8-10 light blows or taps will result in a rough depression. Anneal the metal and repeat.
 The cup will form and the surrounding will wrinkle a bit. After more annealing and work on both top and bottom the metal will become close to what is needed.
 Next I outlined the area to accommodate the dolls arm with a pencil.
 More annealing and hammer work gives a good depth.
 Many light blows later and the form is complete.
 I placed the frame on the background and loosely traced the shape.
 More trimming and it is almost ready.
 I added a name stamp to the corner.
 The backing was trimmed more and pickled. Then heat was applied to make the color dull a bit. I spread E-6000 around the edges and clamped it together.
 The glue was left to set overnight.
 I added a rivet center top and a chain.
 The result is a pleasing and unique art necklace.
 The back is smooth and trademarked with the Oscarcrow label.  I used a tiny magnetic catch.
 Total time is about an hour of actual work. She will be listed in my Etsy shop for sale   https://www.etsy.com/listing/275461112/handmade-doll-emerging-from-a-frame
I hope you liked this simple tutorial .  It is easy to use sheet metal in you own pieces. Sometimes I find beating metal is just fun. Give it a try.

Friday, September 25, 2015

 For this blog hop I decided to use the necktie form. While my version is a bit tongue in cheek it is never the less a serious attempt at pulling together vintage pieces and style with a creative spirit.  It is titled   "Looking for Love in Cupid's Garden".
The vintage cupid is riveted to the tie form as is the crown mount at the top.
 The neckline is patterned after a squash blossom necklace but made with Czech glass and caged pearls
From top to bottom it is filled with elements similar to the 1960-70 era. Rhinestones both vintage and new provide the sparkle and a doll eye from 1865 tops off this eclectic piece.
List for Blog Hop September 25, 2015
Brenda Sue Lansdowne
Jewelry Making Outside the Box
Mary Deis
The Rose Sword
Jann Tague
Clever Designs
Lori Beekman
Renee Hong
Fine and Dandy Jewelry
Cynthia Wainscott
Exotic Peru Jewelry
Dana Hickey
Magpie Approved
Mary Beth Quigley-Spiker
Q Settings
Karen Eaton
KJewelry Creations
Shari Gardner
SLG Jewelry Designs
Alison Huie
Ally's Baubles
Pamela Anger
Novegatti Designs
Carole Carlson
Cindy Peterson
Howling Dog Jewelry
Marcia Tuzzolino
Aurora Designs
Charlotte Smothers
Sea Horse Ranch Life
Catherine Shattuck
Victorian Rose Boutique
Clare Wells Nemeth
Papercrafting Magic
Erin Whitacre
Shattered Time
Lynda O'Mara
Lomara Creative
Ginger Hammond
Lynn Leigh Designs
Ingrid Anderson
Lilis Gems Artisan Jewelry
Deb Beechy
Harry Wood
Oscar Crow
Delyssa Maxwell
Past Time Fancies
Paula Gaskill
Lovely Layla Bugs
Irene Hoffman
Heart's Dezire by Irene
Alexandra Sefton
Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art
Leslie Carver
Adorn Divine Designs