Visit me at the Old Cutler Arts & Crafts Festival!

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I’m so happy to announce that in November 2, 2013 I will be participating at the OCPC Arts & Crafts Show! Woot, Woot! Its is very exciting news for Always With Love as it is our first major outdoor event and I can’t wait to show off my jewelry!

So, please save the date for November 2, 2013 and come visit me! I will have jewelry from every price range, perfect time to get started on your Christmas shopping.

Hope to see you there!
Adriana

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Bubble Earring and Ring Set

Here are some pictures (taken with my iPhone) that show you how I made my latest jewelry set. The pictures demonstrate how I made the earrings first, and then the ring. The fabrication process required many steps and here I show you the most important ones.

The order of pictures goes from left to right.

Oh, my Jewelry Photographer is out of town which means that the final earrings pic will come soon! For now, enjoy the process and the finished ring pic professionally shot by Pixeltoaster Studios!

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Always With Love - Silver Bubbles ring

Facebook Milestone: 1000 Likes!!

I am THRILLED to announce that my Facebook Page just made it to 1000 Fans! Woot! I am so happy thankful for every single one of my fans/likers/followers and everyone who entered the cash giveaway.

I would like to give something back, the best way I know how. So… shipping is on me! Yay! Promo code expires 8/31/2013. Enjoy!

Adriana

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Men’s Cut Out Ring

End of may means one thing for me. Gotta get ready and make father’s day items!

In honor of all cool jewelry wearing dads, I made a cut-out ring that looks like two ring bands in one. I love the jeweler’s saw and instead of making two rings and soldering them together I cut them. Let me show you.

1. Gather your tools.

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some tools used

•Jeweler’s Saw •Precision Square •220 & 400 Sandpaper Stick •Automatic Hole Puncher •Flat hand file • Scribe •Inside ring sanding mandrel • Drill bit •3m Sanding Wheels •Divider •Digital Caliper

2.  To make a size 11 men’s ring cut a 16 gauge sterling sheet 64.6mm X 11mm with the saw. File the sides flat, checking for angles and evenness with the square. Open the divider to 3.68mm and trace a line on all 4 sides. Find the center and trace two perpendicular lines 8mm wide. Drill holes in the center lines. I color the metal with a Sharpie marker to remind me where not to cut.

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measure, scribe and drill

3. Once cut, file and sand the metal. It should look like this:

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after cutting and sanding

4. Before bending the ring, we need to anneal it with the torch to make the metal soft. Wide rings can be hard to shape if you skip this step, not to mention you may crack the metal. Quench, pickle, rinse, and dry.

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anneal your metal

5. Bend the ring and make sure the ends meet without gaps. Ring is ready to flux, solder, quench, pickle, rinse, and dry.

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bend and join ends for soldering. pretty comes later.

6. Place ring in the ring mandrel and with a rawhide hammer, give it its beautiful round shape. File, sand polish… and don’t forget the stamp!

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after shaping, sanding, and polishing.

handmade jewelry by always with love

handmade jewelry by always with love

And done.