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Gemstone Love: Garnet

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Gemstone Love: Garnet

Birthstone month: JanuaryColor: Red, orange, pinkish orange, purplish red, green, gray, black, blueFamily: GarnetMoh's Hardness: 6.5-7.5Transparency: Transparent to semi-translucent (there are opaque varieties, though these are generally not considered gem quality)Garnet is a transparent to semi-translucent gemstone that comes in a wide range of colors, though it's most recognizable as a dark, brownish red. Rather than being a single, cohesive mineral, the garnet family is actually comprised of several types of closely related minerals. Red garnets are the most recognizable of their family, but color variations include orange, pinkish orange, purplish red, green, gray, black, and even blue! The garnet...

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His & His Hammered Cuff Bracelets

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His & His Hammered Cuff Bracelets

My client asked me to create a tough, hammered cuff bracelet as a Christmas gift for his boyfriend. To start this project, we examined and measured some of his boyfriend's bracelets to figure out the right size. I decided that it would be easiest and fastest to design the basic shape in CAD, mill it in wax, then carve a hammered texture in the wax. I used a large ball burr to mimic the texture marks that a planishing hammer would produce on the surface of the metal. After I laid out the hammered texture, my client reviewed the bracelet....

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New FAQ Section Added to the Site!

New FAQ Section Added to the Site!

I recently added a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section to my website. Check it out! If you have questions that I don't answer there, please send me a message. I'll keep updating that page with new information.  

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Styling Necklaces with a Winter Cardigan

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Styling Necklaces with a Winter Cardigan

It's been in the single digits lately, so I'm bundled up in several layers of shirts and a cozy cardigan every day. I've been doubling up on my necklaces, too. Here, I'm wearing the Darkling Spike Pendant Necklace and the Magnolia Leaf Pendant Necklace. As long as you're layering necklaces of different lengths, they'll work well together! Would you like to get blog updates right to your inbox? Sign up for the monthly newsletter! You'll hear from me once (and only once!) a month. xo,Christine

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Kuretake Watercolors

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Kuretake Watercolors

I've been swatching these Kuretake watercolors I received for Christmas. The colors are so rich! I'm really looking forward to working with these for wedding cards and calligraphy projects in 2018. xo, Christine

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