Last week's undecided focal piece is part of this week's copper cuff.  It was going to be a pendant for awhile but seemed better suited to the wrist.  The disk is attached to the cuff with 18 gauge fine silver rivets, and the colors are flame painted with a torch.

And whoa, look at that!  When did Weebly add columns to their blog software!  Thank goodness-- it drove me crazy not having them.

Now that we're almost to February, I've been thinking about doing another March One-A-Day challenge.  Last year I made and posted a new piece every day of March, including weekends.  It was challenging and time-consuming, but really got me working on new skills and design ideas.  If you click on March 2011 under Archives (scroll down the right column) OR if you watch this short video, you'll see it's really obvious that I used the time to learn new things.  That's when I made my first fold forming pieces and developed the design for my tree of life pendants.

So I haven't decided yet to do another One-a-day, but really leaning in that direction.
This copper fold formed disk is about 1.75" wide, and I haven't decided its destiny yet.  Doesn't it look like some kind of alien moon in the blackness of outer space?   
What will it be?  I'll figure it out and post the finished piece next week.   Ideas welcome if you want to post or email me

Meanwhile please take a look at this new video showing my fold form jewelry from 2011.  It's just over two minutes and the song is good too, so turn it up  :)

Stop back next week, I'm ramping back up for 2012!
This is my first project since mid December.  I've been wanting to try buttons, and these are my first.  I think I'm hooked... lots of fun.
Happy New Year, everyone!

Since I am still on a short jewelry-making break, I thought it would be fun to show you some Christmas ornaments I made years ago.  These were for my first tree in my first house, and many of them were made while I was expecting Michelle, my first child. 

I wasn't making jewelry yet, but these ornaments definitely helped set me on a path leading to jewelry design.
I realize it's after Christmas, BUT the reason it's perfect to share on New Year's Day is because I photographed them WHILE PUTTING THEM AWAY.  Yes, Christmas got packed up today at my house.  Good start for a couple of my top 2012 New Year's resolutions... get organized and don't procrastinate!
__They are styrofoam balls are covered with fabric, trims, pinned beads, and my favorite magic ingredient -- vintage jewelry parts.  Vintage WAY back then, so triple vintage now.  The kids all had their various favorites, but they all agreed on one thing -- the WORST one.  Scroll down to the very last ball, the one affectionately named "DorfBall" by my sweet little children.  Every year we would hang our ornaments together, and they would trick the littlest sister into hanging the DorfBall... the one no one else wanted to hang. With four sisters, they all got their turn before wising up.

Over the years, the kids and I have made lots of different ornaments for our tree.  We only hang candy canes and handmade ornaments.  It's been a fun rule.  These are some that the kids made:
And these are two that Michelle made for me later, when she was older.  Pretty sweet.
This is my Wednesday post a couple days early.  Everyone have a wonderful 2012!!