My Sketchbook

Friday, March 27, 2009

Amorphous Ring

free-form ring
Originally uploaded by Cynthia Del Giudice
I've created this ring with scrap copper I melted into an unpredictable, free-form shape, hammered flat, and then slightly domed it. The result is an environmentally friendly ring (because the copper didn't go to waste) with an organic shape. The band is a 14 gauge (1.5mm) sterling silver round wire.

This ring and other handmade organic jewelry can be found at my Etsy shop.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Foldformed ring

Foldformed ring
Originally uploaded by Cynthia Del Giudice
Part of my foldformed pieces. This ring is made with 0.5mm copper sheet which I've annealed, folded, hammered, annealed and unfolded many times to create this shape. The green you see is a verdigris patina. The band is sterling silver.

I'm having a great time experimenting with this technique.

This ring and earrings, along with my other handmade jewelry may be found at my Etsy shop.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Beer Bread - a recipe

I just feel so excited about this recipe. It is one of Jacquie's secret recipe that she was nice enough to share with me during my vacation at her place. It is so easy to make and so delicious it is insane.


3 cups self rising flour
1/2 cup of sugar
1 can of beer

  • Stir ingredients till lightly mixed
  • bake in muffin molds at 375º till almost golden
  • melt 1/4 cup butter and pour equal amounts on top of each
  • return to oven an extra 10 minutes till golden

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Fused plastic Lariat - A new design

Part of my Fused Plastic Jewelry Collection. Made with fused plastic grocery bags and sterling silver.

I love lariats. They are such beautiful necklaces. I designed one a while back using my fused plastic flowers, but was not completely satisfied with the results because necklaces, and especially lariats need to have a certain weight to them in order to feel right. Since fused plastic is very light, I was not getting the results I was looking for. I finally decided to add a few quartz beads, and I am quite pleased with the results. They not only give a little extra weight to the lariat, but also add sparkle and interest to the gaps in between the fused plastic flowers, and since they are transparent, they don't take attention away from the piece itself, but enhance it instead. You can find this lariat along with many other of my handmade jewelry pieces available for purchasing here.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Foldformed Leaves

I am still pretty much playing around and experimenting on foldforming, and I am having a blast. I worked on quite a few leaves last night, and today I decided to make them into a lariat, and a pair of earrings. They are available at my shop as part of my Botanica handmade jewelry collection.


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