Thursday, August 13, 2015

Jade Jewelry in New Orleans

JUST GOT BACK FROM A 3 DAY TRIP TO THE "BIG EASY" NEW ORLEANS.  MY FRIEND AND I DID A LOT OF SHOPPING AND CAME AWAY WITH WHAT WE THOUGHT WERE A FEW GREAT ITEMS.  MY FAVORITE PIECE WAS A JADE AND GOLD ANTIQUE RING---WON'T TELL YOU THE PRICE.  ANYWAY FOUND A NUMBER OF LITTLE SHOPS DOWN IN THE FRENCH QUARTER.  SCORED MY RING AT "DAVIDS ANTIQUES AND JEWELRY"  IN THE 300 BLOCK OF ROYAL ST.  NEXT TIME YOU ARE IN NEW ORLEANS I WOULD RECOMMEND YOU CHECK OUT THE LITTLE SHOPS IN AND AROUND THE QUARTER!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Thanks to the visitors of Jade Necklaces

THANKS TO THE MANY VISITORS WHO HAVE GONE THROUGH THE LINKS ON THIS SITE FOR THE PAST 6 OR SO YEARS TO MAKE THEIR PURCHASES FROM AMAZON AND OTHER SPONSORS.  I HAVE NO WAY OF KNOWING WHO YOU ARE, BUT YOU HAVE BEEN A BLESSING TO THIS OLD RETIRED TEACHER.


DIDN'T FIND WHAT YOU WERE LOOKING FOR, THEN PLEASE USE THE AMAZON EXPANDED SEARCH WIDGET NEAR THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE THAT INCLUDES ALL DEPARTMENTS..  THANKS FOR SHOPPING AT AMAZON AND A SPECIAL THANKS FOR VISITING MY LITTLE SITE.
RON RUSSELL, Amazon associate since 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

MY JEWELRY PICKS FOR 2015



I'M CERTAINLY NO EXPERT ON JEWELRY, BUT MY WIFE HAS TOLD ME I DO HAVE AN EYE FOR GREAT LOOKING PIECES.  I SUPPOSE MY FAVORITE JEWELRY PIECES ARE THOSE MADE BY THE ZUNI INDIAN TRIBE.  THEY MAKE SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND UNIQUE ZUNI BRACELETS, RINGS, AND EARRINGS. IF YOU ARE INTO SOUTHWEST INDIAN JEWELRY I WOULD ALSO SUGGEST YOU LOOK AT PIECES MADE BY THE NAVAJO TRIBE AS THEIRS IS SECOND ONLY TO THE ZUNI.  HERE ARE SOME LINKS TO MY PICKS FOR NAVAJO RINGS EARRINGS, AND BRACELETS  VISIT MY AMAZON ZUNI JEWERLY STORE FOR HUNDREDS OF HAND-PICKED ZUNI AND NAVAJO PIECES.


DIDN'T FIND WHAT YOU WERE LOOKING FOR, THEN PLEASE USE THE AMAZON EXPANDED SEARCH WIDGET NEAR THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE THAT INCLUDES ALL DEPARTMENTS..  THANKS FOR SHOPPING AT AMAZON AND A SPECIAL THANKS FOR VISITING MY LITTLE SITE.
RON RUSSELL, Amazon associate since 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Making Faux Turquoise with Polymer Clay


THIS IS AN INTERESTING VIDEO AND ONE THAT SHOWS HOW EASILY FAUX TURQUOISE CAN BE PRODUCED.

The Making of Faux Jade


I make several versions of faux jade, depending on the application. The basic mixture is a very small amount of green into FIMO Art Translucent (00). This should be a very pale green -- it will intensify considerably after baking. Sometimes I add a small pinch of ground sage from the spice cabinet. Just a very small amount will do -- too much makes the color muddy.

To make the color more interesting, you can add small amounts of purple and orange. To do that, first mix the purple and orange (separately!) with Translucent clay. Then, you can just combine the mixtures with the green-tinted translucent, adding very small amounts of the orange and purple-tinted clay until you like the color. (You should bake a little sample to test your mixture, since the color will change after baking.)

Alternatively, you can go for more of a varigated effect with the purple and orange colors appearing to melt into the green in a natural way. First mix the orange or purple-tinted translucent with an equal amount of green-tinted translucent. Then 'bury' a ball of the orange or purple mixture off-center in a larger ball of the green-tinted translucent. Roll between your palms really well to get out any air bubbles, etc. Then, if you flatten the ball, mold, elongate, etc., the orange-tinted portion will show through in a natural-looking way. (Alternatively, you can apply the orange or purple-tinted mixture on the surface of a piece, feathering the edges to a micro-thinness to blend into the underlying clay.)

The next step is the tiny black inclusions you see in some jade pieces. The best way to do this is the method Tory Hughes recommends. Take a new package of black clay and break it in half. Rub the rough edges gently together over your work surface. Now take your almost-finished jade piece and roll over the work surface to pick up a few tiny bits of black that were grated off of your broken edges. The object should be very close to its finished shape before this is done.

The above image is an excellent example of faux jade.