Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A request to contact me!

I have made a gorgeous silver viking knit bracelet for a lady that was requested at Gruene Market days on Sunday Oct. 18.
The email I am trying to send is coming back as undeliverable, so I am trying this way to reach out.
If you read this, please contact me!!!!

Update: Within even hours of me posting the request I was contacted and the gorgeous bracelet is now with it's happy new owner :)

Monday, October 26, 2015

Dia de los Muertos

I have changed the date for the New Braunfels Farmers Market from November 7 to October 31.
Kruse Art will participate in the day of the dead themed contest.
A lot of the vendors will decorate their booth and there are prices to win for both the vendors and the public!
Come out and celebrate the fond memories of our loved ones that passed before us.
Here at the Kruse Art studio we are working hard to make the celebration a beautiful one!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Some more soldering work

I have the pleasure to be able to get stones from a local lapidarist I know.
Funny thing is we bumped into each other again, after not seeing one another for several years and she found out I am making jewelry and so then she told me she actually polishes free form cabs!!!
So of course I had to visit and got myself several gorgeous rocks to work with.

I immediately knew what to do with the Crazy Lace Agate!
A free form bezel setting, always wanted to try that so I set to work with that one right away.

Setting this stone made me realize there were certain tools of the trade I really needed to have before I could venture out more into soldering.
For example I did not have the right underground to work on and it made making this piece even harder.

Now I have the right tools to work with I hope to make more new pieces soon.
I worked on learning how to make a prong setting next.

This first stone is a Bouquet Agate, with rocks this beautiful you want to try to cover as little as possible, so you make a base lining the back of the stone and solder prongs on that hold the rock in place.

I made a similar setting for the Banded Agate, again did not want to cover the stone since it would take away from the amazing detail in the stone.

Thanks for looking!! :-)