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New Enamel And Copper Leaf Studs And Something Nice For Me

All of the enamel studs I had on my website have found a new home in Australia so it was lucky I'd made a start on a few new pairs a couple of weeks ago to replace them.
I mixed up some new opaque colour blends which I've christened rather grandly Apple, Denim and Amethyst. I've only just come up with the name for the purple mix - it was formerly just called "the purple one". Sounds a bit like Prince.☺

I also made some copper leaf studs using a leaf stamp design that I etched onto the copper then cut round and soldered sterling silver posts to the back.

Very simple but cute. These and the enamel studs are soon to be appearing in my Etsy shop and website.

As it's my birthday next Friday (17th) I decided to treat myself to some new rings. I used 2mm square sterling wire for the first time ever and I really like the look of it. I'm now thinking of making some silver bangles using the square wire........

I used a lovely labradorite cab for one of the rings. It's a milestone birthday and I am quite shocked when I say the number out loud. I can't bring myself to actually type it yet but let's just say it's not 40. Luckily most people don't think I look as "old" as I am!

I've been dithering over what to buy as a birthday present to myself and have now decided to get a Foredom Flexshaft. I've managed pretty well with my Dremel but it does have a mind of it's own when it comes to what speed it's going to go at and it does mean you need one hand free to switch it on and off. The thought of a flex shaft with a foot pedal and slim handpiece seems like bliss after holding a heavy Dremel all this time.
 I shall be ordering one very soon.


  1. As always.... Gorgeous! I'm still using a rechargeable dremel... Lol but, I could never afford the materials to need anything more. Love to see your post.

    1. Thanks Shelly! It is a bit of a splurge buying a foredom but I so want one!

  2. Happy birthday for next week week, Tracy. Love the square wire rings, very clean line minimal. I have work tool envy, sounds like a good treat for you.! Vicki

  3. Awesome and nice rings! Happy early birthday. Nice that you are going to get yourself a Foredom. I have one and we are pretty tight. I'm thinking about switching out the plastic foot pedal for a more sturdy one. A friend of mine says you get better control although I still have pretty good control of the speed with the plastic one. Yay! I need to start thinking about what I'm going to buy for my 46th birthday. :)

    1. Thanks Kalaya. I've no idea if the one I'm going to buy has a plastic foot pedal but it's going to be better than no foot pedal!

  4. Wishing you an advance happy birthday Tracy!! They say "Count your age, not by the years you have lived but by the friends you have made in those years" so I wish you many many good friends, including the new flex shaft :D

  5. The earring stud are great! I love the names you gave them. The rings are beautiful. I love the stacked look! Happy early birthday. I understand the milestone thing. I turned 40 back in April and don't feel it at all. Like you, I have good genetics and don't look it. :)

  6. Just remember it's not the years in your life but the life in your years!
    That's what I keep reminding myself.

    1. Thank you! I have had quite a lot of life in my years so far :D

  7. Wishing you a very happy birthday for next week! I'm another believer that it's how you feel that matters, not the number you are :)
    Hope your gift to yourself is as good as it sounds.
    I do love square wire myself, it has a wonderful simplicity and those rings look beautiful - as do the enameled earrings, especially the amethyst one!

  8. Sei troppo brava!
    Buon compleanno Tracy!

  9. ... e comunque, anche io sono ben oltre i 40!

    1. Grazie Monica, che mi fa sentire meglio . Ho usato Google per tradurre questo, spero che ha senso !

  10. Happy Birthday Tracy! You deserve to treat yourself. As for me, I have already started working on my Christmas Wish List to give my husband and daughter ; ) I only want tools this year!

  11. Happy birthday and many more.
    The studs are stunning. They will really add nice detail to an outfit.

  12. Nice post Tracy, specially I fall in love with labradorite ring.
    Wishing you belated happy birthday and I would say "Age is just a number" :)


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