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These new pieces will be hitting the shop throughout the day and this evening!

Things have been a bit slow in the studio for various reasons. Now that the icy shores I’ve recently planted myself on are starting to show signs of life again, so will the shops! I’ll be finishing up commissions (don’t I always say that?), and creating more items for BOTH shops. YES, that means plugs too!

For now, here are new offerings:

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^Old Grounds earrings, a made to order offering of dark silver, pyrite fool’s gold, and deer hide straight from my annual powwow.

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^WEAVER rings, all featuring a ring band with a textile/weaved patterning.

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^new Cave Stack set with Fox mine turquoise. Size 7.5.

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^Bangle bracelet with copper, bronze, molten silver, and natural Kingman mine turquoise.

These old lovelies will be hitting the shop again as a made to order item:

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That’s it for now folks!

xx Stray Arrow

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Giveaway and News!

Well folks, it’s the first of the month. I think it’s time to bring back the Rock Appreciation Days, what about you? Today VARISCITE will be highlighted. See the feature and photo examples of current and past jewelry pieces using variscite at the END of this post.

For now, I’d like to update you all. Studio access has been slightly limited in the recent past due to construction on the building. A big thank you to all who have placed orders for your immense patience during this time! The studio is now at full speed again and any work in my space has finished. Due to the slower production speed I have solely been keeping up with “made to order” items and custom items. I will finally be updating the main Etsy shop with new items next week. To stay posted on exactly when you can follow any of my social media seen at the right side bar.

In more exciting news,

I will be going to the Tucson Gem Show! 

This is a big deal for me, because it is absolutely huge and spanning a month’s time, and I wasn’t able to go last year. I will be gone from February 9-13th. Please note that I will keep both Etsy shops open during this time, but some “made to order’ items may be deactivated. All orders will ship upon my return. As I am shopping for rocks, I’m giving you all an opportunity to weigh in. What kinds of stones would you like me to use more? Have a custom piece in mind with a specific kind of stone you want me to hunt for? If you have a serious hankering, please list your desires in the comment section below. I’ll be adding it to my ‘treasure hunt’ list. When I return all new scores will be photographed and posted here. For the most up to date Gem Show experience you can follow my Instagram: @thestrayarrow.

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GIVEAWAY NEWS

This giveaway will primarily be for Instagram. Any comments below on THIS post will also be included into the giveaway! Comment with stone opinions! Win the Feathered Band with Arrow Vane below, in your size. Winner will be chosen Feb. 14th.

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On a more serious note…

I want to bring up something that often goes unsaid by most jewelers. It goes unsaid because of backlash. Because of people getting defensive. Because you take something that is “fun” and “aesthetically pleasing” to the general public and shed light on a negative aspect of the industry. That’s right. Industry. This is a trade, not a hobby. I’ve mentioned this before and I want to mention it again. Creative rights are constantly being infringed upon. It is not okay, and should not be supported. It is morally bankrupt. Yes, there are others out there with technical skills, no, they do not have my mind, or the mind of a peer. If you see something that you *immediately associate with my work or think is mine initially* chances are fair that my creative toes are being stepped on. If you see someone using ALL of my main themes I’ve been working hard to curate for years-

(turquoise.wampum.myth.literature.Native American.Nordic.)

then yes. There’s no respect being shown, and my hard work is being stolen. Unfortunately there is little to be done, and speaking with people who clearly have no respect for others OR respect for themselves is most often a dead end. Again. This is a message for you to be aware. Not to dictate whom you should be buying from. When folks purchase my work along with that of my peers I get excited customers enjoy our work all around. There are wonderful, talented, respectful artists out there with some true integrity. They spend years creating work that evolves into a personal aesthetic. I will always fight for my creative rights and the rights of my peers. Please be respectful of the creative rights of other artists. Please be aware of what you’re looking at and who you are supporting. Lastly, please take this message as a celebration of those who know themselves and stay true.

ROCK APPRECIATION DAY

[DISCLAIMER: I am not a lapidary (stone) artist, gemologist, mine owner, or any other kind of authority on gems, stones, or minerals. I am simply an enthusiast who likes to share the information I’ve gathered in my goal to attain the perfect rocks for my jewelry pieces].

VARISCITE.

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Variscite is an aluminum phosphate mineral, ranking about a 3.5-4.5 on the MOH’s hardness scale. It is often confused with turquoise, although more often than not much greener. It is another popular southwestern stone for jewelry use. The most popular can be found in Lucin and Fairfield, Utah, and Esmeralda and Lander counties in Nevada. It also hails from Australia, Brazil, Spain, Poland and Germany. Many kinds of variscite, especially from the USA, can have host rock webbing in them again making it easy to confuse with turquoise.

Below are pieces I’ve made with different varieties of variscite:

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variscite sea ring

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That’s it folks!

Have a good weekend~

xx The Stray Arrow

Giveaway Results, New Item Preview, New Rocks…

LET’S GET RIGHT TO IT, SHALL WE?

For both giveaways I made a list of the names entered with numbers next to the names. The drawing for the Koroit Dirt Drop Necklace was out of 24 names, the Buffalo out of 64. I used a random number generator to choose the winners:

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WINNER of Koroit Necklace:

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SARAH HAYWARD.

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WINNER of Buffalo:

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LAUREN PROPER.

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Congrats to Lauren & Sarah! You’ll be contacted to confirm shipping info. Thank you so much to everyone who participated! Grazie Mille for the comments, compliments, shard stories, quotes, lyrics, and little diddys. We’ll have to see what I come up with next December!

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If you all didn’t notice, both shops are currently on VACATION. I had some panic last time that folks couldn’t “find” my shop on Etsy and thought I had been lost forever, so DON’T PANIC. They’ll reopen next week! Meanwhile I’m out on the road to see some good ol’Bluegrass banjo music. Speaking of banjos…..

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I’ve always liked some nice twang. While I listen to many, many different “genres” of music, I adore old Appalachian Folk, Bluegrass, Delta Blues, and old Country. Banjos in general are just neat. So, I’ve been bangin’ out some 5 string banjo-shaped pieces for keychains and little necklaces. They are out of thick copper and bronze in two different sizes. Each has my maker’s mark on the back, and a CUSTOM song quote or tittle on the front. There will also be a standard set of quotes to choose from. The key chains will be great for guys and gals alike, the necklaces shall veer slightly towards a steampunk fashion with antique watch faces for the banjo body, reading, “BANJO TIME”, on the back. These will be up in the shop for sale next week as a “first draft”at this new concept.

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These new goodies will also be in the shop next week:

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Also new will be one of a kind stacking ring sets, “The Cave Stack”. Each will feature two pieces of natural turquoise from a collectable mine. Each will have 4 rings in the stack total, often spur of the moment made stackers. These may be one shot items. They’ll all be patina rustic, echoing your inner cave dweller. The Cave Stack below features Castle Dome turquoise from the Southwest in a size 7.5. A set featuring Damele mine turquoise is also made up in a size 6, and a #8 Mine Cave Stack is currently in production in a size 8.5. These can also be custom made!

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NOW ON TO ROCKS.

Some sad news is I *WON’T* be heading to the fun and fruitful Tucson Gem Show this coming year. After getting slightly more organized this year, I’ve realized that I do have an extensive rock inventory that really does need to be used up before I buy oodles more. Because of this, I just snagged a HUGE, MASSIVE amount of natural old stock turquoise stones from a secret source of mine. In addition I’ve formed a couple of other selective sources for primo quality natural turquoise. A few days before I picked these out, the man I acquired them from had just had a mini summit of sorts with 5-7 different Mine *owners*, so this is pretty great stuff straight from their respective sources. Most are currently up for grabs for any custom orders (great for Cave stacking sets!). Feel free to inquire about any sizes, or custom ideas!

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^ABOVE FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: rough Manassa, rough Damele, Skyline Mine, Snowville Variscite from Utah.

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That’s it! Hope everyone has had a Happy Holiday season, whether you’re celebrating Channukah, Christmas, Yule/Solstice, or what have you. See you all January First for Rock Appreciation Day!

xx Stray Arrow

“The Wind-God Frowns In The Murky Skies…”

It has been a little while since my last post, and I’ve had some amazing travels. It has also been raining the past few days, and I have been loving it. This is going to be a fairly long post. I have news to share, recent custom orders to show you, new pieces that’ll be added to the main Etsy shop tomorrow and Tuesday, as well as new stones!

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I’ve traveled before and left the Etsy shops open, but then it is never a true vacation. I always feel the need to respond to conversations immediately or think about all the sold items to wrap when I return. So, last week, I switched both shops to vacation mode. Thank you all for bearing with me!

For all those who don’t know, I love to drive. I mean truly. If I am behind the wheel, I’ll go anywhere. I spent around 23 hours driving in a span of 6 days and it was AMAZING. Thanks to my friend, who never asked to take the wheel. We drove all around the New England and Tri-State areas following one band around. Who needs a fancy vacation when you have good music? We spent all of Saturday at their festival in Portland, ME listening to new bands, and songs of other’s we could sing along with. Through heat stroke, blistered feet, frizzy hair, hot and humid weather, the worst sun burn I’ve ever had, and most importantly a serious lack of caffeine-we had the time of our lives. 

We plan to do it again.

~Pictures of the voyage at the end of this post~

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Now I know I missed “Rock Appreciation Day” this month, but don’t worry! I’ll be doing TWO rock/gem types next month on the 1st!

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Some of the more recent commissions I have finished and adored:

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BELOW:

All the new goodies coming to the shop tomorrow and Tuesday, plus a few others that are still in the works! Some of these pieces include some beautiful quality stones and gems for extreme Statement pieces. Check the main shop tomorrow to see descriptions, prices, sizes, and more pictures of these new jewels! http://www.TheStrayArrow.Etsy.com

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Although I am *not taking* any custom orders for this month, I do have new stones to share! These can be reserved for custom orders which will resume next month.

In order of the photos below:

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MARY ELLEN JASPER

FOURTH PHOTO FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:  WHITE BUFFALO TURQUOISE HEART, WATER WEBBED NACOZARI, PRUDENT MAN PLUME AGATE (already in use for a ring!)

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A peek of our travels…. Some new pieces shall emerge by the end of the month inspired by all that is Folk music, mainly old traditional Appalachian Folk ballads.

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*our night after an ADDITIONAL 4 hours of NYC traffic piled on to my 4 hour drive.

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*happy feet! A little leaf leaped into my shoe to join in our trek. I left him in there.

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A very nice gentleman was able to take two seconds of his time for a picture.

It is my one photo memento of the full week of music my friend and I shared.

Everyone we met were exceptional, sweet, generous, and all around great folks.

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Well I am now back in the studio at full steam! Prepare to see a lot of new pieces in BOTH shops in the near future. I wish you all the great luck bestowed upon my friend and I.

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xx Stray Arrow

Preview and Past Customs

This past month I’ve been working on mainly custom orders as well as some new goodies for the shops. Below are pics of the custom pieces I’ve been creating in the past few weeks, and after…a preview of the new jewels before they hit the main shop!

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Hitting the shop over the next couple of days, we have iolite gemstone ‘Starry Night’ earrings that are screw backs for those with no ear piercings~

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For the fingers, we have fresh additions to the Petals theme and the White Sands-White Buffalo Turquoise. A crinoid fossil ring of silver and gold will be joining them~

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Now for my favourite new addition. Hand sawed of bronze and silver, turquoise flower hair pins and braid ends! These hair adornments can double as hair ties, or can be slipped onto a bobby pin. Sold in singles and pairs, below are examples of custom orders~

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That’s it for now! Also in the works are new goods for the Gauged by Stasia shop, and ever so slowly, the RUNES line is becoming fully realized…

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PEER VENTURE:

In other news, fellow artist Tory Novikova has released a new line of spritely summer bags in her Etsy shop! As many artists, we each agreed to a trade-a turquoise hair tie for my very own FOX bag. These are 100% cotton, slightly sheer, and EVER so much more sturdy than you could possibly imagine. It is now my staple “going to the Post” tote, and can take a great amount of weight. The antique faded colour palettes of these three designs (FOX, POLAR BEAR, and OWL), make these the perfect beach bag. The adorable subtle tags on the inside give them an extra level of professionalism and class. I also hear that a fairy&mushroom theme will be forthcoming! These make spectacular gifts. Behold the lovely artist and her newest creation!

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find them in her shop @ ToryNova.Etsy.com

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Check back to the Etsy shops over the next couple of days for these new creations to emerge, in the meantime, why not take a peak at my new Facebook page? You can now find studio pics, custom creation pics, and more at http://www.Facebook.com/TheStrayArrowJewelry. Also now posting on Instagram under thestrayarrow. 

 

xx Stray Arrow

Digit Adornments and New Stones…

Its preview night time! The new goodies below will hit the Etsy shops at various times on Friday…

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First, a ring featuring a beautiful watery variscite from Australia (Not Utah!). The lovely gem features a bubbled white pattern that, when paired with the gold fill bezel, gives off a nice and dreamy tropical feel….

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The bezel has a high polish, while the band remains stamped, patinaed, and sanded for a nice satin flash. 

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Next, another take on the “Dark Water Ring”. This ring is in the same style as the previous Royston Mine Turquoise Dark Water Ring, with a larger stone set in a horizontal oval position. The sterling has been patina darkened, with a polished flash around the bezel to frame the stone. The ring band is stamped with feathers, glazing the surface of dark waters…

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The following are two of my current favourites. I adore green turquoise, and solid green colours are hard to come by! These two lovelies are of a set of 3 green turquoise stone rings that will hit the shop Friday, all in different sizes. First off, the “Turquoise Home” ring, featuring a ribbon cut Royston Mine stone shaped like a house!

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This fatty has a very wide band and is extremely comfy to wear. 

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The second green turquoise ring holds a very high quality stone I have been hoarding for a few years from the Crow Springs Mine. The colour is a very intense grass green, thus the name, “Green Grasses Ring”. The molten rose gold fill droplets on the ring shank and intentional rose fire scale on the ring band combined with the green have me longing for spring….when the weather is still cold before the blooming period sets in…

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With all of this love of turquoise and stones going on, I recently realized all I have been wearing lately are silver bands. Sometimes, all someone wants is a little unique spin on an everyday piece. With that in mind, I’ve started making little cigar band sterling rings. These lovelies are called “Friendship Rings”. Crossed arrows are a symbol of friendship, so these make the perfect gifts  and have a vintage feel to them. Soon available in darkly oxidized or oxidized and sanded patinas. 

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For the Gauged Folk…

Why not spread the vintage inspired love?

Made to order, in any gauge size…

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Of course, more turquoise! These babies are FACETED. YES. THEY ACTUALLY FLASH AND SPARKLE. I am enamoured with these faceted *stabilized* turquoise from Arizona. Currently made in a 0 gauge, I have one more pair of these that can be made into any other size…

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That’s all for now. Coming soon in the near future (in the new year!) we have more turquoise plugs, gemstone plugs, and dangles for tunnels (gagagagold!) on the way.

For the main jewel shop we have turtles, more turquoise drop stackers, and a couple very ornate Romantics line pieces in the works.

Have a grand New Year (if this is the New Years you celebrate). Check back to the Shops Friday!

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xx Stray Arrow

For The Ear and Finger…

New earrings in normal and gauged wear along with new fancies for the fingers…

Rings made of recycled pure molten silver and gemstones, in darkened rustic and bright white light silver!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New ~*Turquoise Crown*~ ring

The Turquoise Crown ring features a lovely *natural* turquoise stone from the rare and collectable Southwest turquoise Mine called “Crow Springs”. It is joined by a sweet 6mm faceted rose cut labradorite gemstone with some serious light green flashes to it (matching the turquoise). The back of the ring is stamped:
“A crown for a Queen” followed by my trademark, .925 for sterling, and the year (2011!).
Perfect for a queen, or just a gal wanting to be treated like one~see more info or grab it in my Etsy store! (link in upper right of my blog)~

 

 

New leaf shape stacking rings in sterling silver with little bronze leaves~sets of 3~

and *JUST MADE* Snowy Meadow Prairie Ring with dendritic jasper stone in rustic sterling setting~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Turquoise Ring~ “Said The Spider To The Fly”~ a ring with quotes from Mary Howitt’s poem “The Spider and The Fly” which starts with the line…“Will You Walk Into My Parlour, Said The Spider To The Fly”. This ring features a beautiful natural stone from the Kingman Turquoise Mine with the quote stamped around it in sterling…

 

 

 

New Earrings~

~Black Lava Silver Molten Studs, made of recycled pure silver and back with sweet little sterling earring backings.

~Moonstone Teardrop Dangles, little rainbow moonstone gemstones in blackened silver dangles

~Rustic Silver Leaf Posts, hand sawed of sterling and stamped with leaf designs, oxidized

 

 

 

 

Bronze Leaf dangles in gauges and for normal pierced ears…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~*JUST MADE*~ Bronze Tribal Dangles in 14 Gauge Silver,

and Wilting Flower Tunnel Gauges in bright silver and rustic darkened silver…

~*COMING SOON*~

~huge Spider ring featuring Mary Howitt’s quote

~Bronze Tribal Gauges in various designs