Jewelry by Starhill Designs

Location: Fairborn, Ohio, United States

Saturday, December 09, 2006

My favorite ring

OK, I know it's been a while since I've posted something! To those of you who were waited with baited breath for my next entry, I apologize! I've been busy with the pre-Christmas rush. I made lots of new things but just haven't had time (or the proper sunlight) for photos. Cha cha rings are so popular right now and this one is a beauty. A beautiful freshwater pearl surrounded by genuine aquamarine chips. It looks fabulous on my hand but I won't be keeping it for myself. I just put it up for sale on Etsy!


Friday, November 10, 2006

Pearls and Flowers

Here's a pretty little piece I put together with some colorful rainbow fluorite baby nuggets, freshwater pearls and a Hill Tribe Flower. The colors of the fluorite remind me of sea glass and the whole piece has a natural, organic look.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Just for me!

I've been working on this necklace for quite a while. It took me a long time to decide on the gemstones that I wanted. I was looking for a nice mix of blue and green stones; reminiscent of the colors of sea glass. I settled on some nice Amozonite nuggets, Aquamarine chips, Serpentine nuggets and a few really nice round freshwater pearls. Originally, I planned to use a Hill Tribe silver flower focal but it just didn't look right. So I did a little bit more shopping and found this toggle. I put the toggle in front as a focal but it could be worn in the back for a more simple look!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Simple and Elegant

Here's a simple necklace I made just for me. I bought some things to make an elaborate, formal necklace. I've got some pretty aquamarine chips, amazonite nuggets and small round, serpentine nuggets and some really nice round freshwater pearls. I'm still waiting for my Shiana findings to come in the mail so I can work on it. So in the meantime, I decided to put together a casual necklace with some of the same stones. This kind of reminds me of something you'd see in the Sundance catalog. I used suede cord, a PMC slider (made by moi), a large freshwater pearl and aquamarine chips. I'm very pleased with how this one turned out. The aquamarine is such a pretty sea blue color. And when paired with the pearl, it reminds me of something a mermaid would wear!

Saturday, July 29, 2006

A Bling Pinky Ring

This is a little something that I made this week with some leftover PMC. It's an open spiral ring since I didn't feel like measuring it for a specific size. Unfortunately, the open design was problematic. After the ring was fired, I tried ever so gently to adjust the ring. It snapped in two. So I pasted the two pieces back together with some more clay and refired the next day. You can still see my repair job on the left side. It's not pretty but you can't see it when I'm wearing the ring.

I'm not sure how well this ring will hold up in the long term. Oh well, I'll just chalk it up to experience!

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Serpentine and Citrine

OK, I haven't posted in a while. But frankly, I haven't made much lately. This bracelet was a gift. I used Serpentine nuggets with a cluster of citrine chips. It's accented with Hill Tribe silver beads and leaf charm. The leaf was put on as an afterthought. The finished piece reminded me of a wrist corsage so I thought the leaf made a nice finishing touch. This color combination was a little unusual for me but the Serpentine and Citrine compliment each other nicely.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Bee Mine

Some may think this necklace is corny but I think it's sweet. I got the idea for this piece from a cute greeting card. The pendants were made with PMC. I made a bunch of new PMC things this weekend and I'm in the process of listing them on Etsy.

I'm finding that PMC is much more time consuming than I ever anticipated. Molding the clay is fairly easy. But then you have to sand the pieces, fire them, polish and add a pantina. It's a lot of work which unfortunately drives the prices up. I just want people to understand that for the higher price, they get a completely original piece of art!