Butterfly and cocoons are often used as the symbolism of rebirth, transformation, and new beginning. An ambitious project for me. Elaborate and delicate, combining so many wire scrolls intertwined, twisted, bent, and flattened. This butterfly necklaces is featuring my signature cocoon beads. Get the tutorial at my shop.It started from a simple sketch. I didn't mean it to be so intricate but it evolved along the way. Rarely I followed a sketch as is, as it is what it is, a sketch; providing guidance but not absolute.I sketch my sketches using a ballpoint pen on a notebook and/or with my tablet pen in Photoshop.As with all of my creations, I don't l... » Read More
My latest attempt on Steampunk style Winged Heart pendant constructed in brass and copper. Riveted gears from vintage watch parts were added to the necklace and pendant for extra fun. The wing details on copper was etched after my hand drawing. A new transformation of Popnicute's signature heart series.As quoted from Wikipedia, "Steampunk is a genre that originated during the 1980s and early 1990s and incorporates elements of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, horror, and speculative fiction. It involves a setting where steam power is widely used—whether in an alternate history such as Victorian era Britain or "Wild West"-era United S... » Read More
I recently dabbled into metal etching. I etched copper sheet. I had been wanting to do it but somehow I thought it was far more complicated to do. A friendly fellow jeweler, Maureen Garber Bates, wrote me an instruction in text and I decided to try it. Amazingly simple to do. You just need to wear protective rubber gloves and lay some waterproof surface protection so your nice table doesn't get stained by the etchant solution.I used PCB Etchant Solution I got from the local RadioShack store. PS: The bottle is in white now.I found this interesting tutorial with photos for anyone who is interested on learning how to etch copper. Be careful when work... » Read More
I recently joined Color Combo Challenge Group in facebook. I thought this could be a good motivation to create new designs at least once a week. I have been swamped in commissions and it's nice to do art once in a while that is for me. A little me time.The color theme for Week 81 (my first!) was this bright purple, orange, and yellow color combination. Very summery!I came up with this design, Space Girl necklace. Focal piece is this unique conical Amethyst stone with drusy at the bottom. In an attempt of making my handmade jewelry more three dimensional looking, I found inspiration from Purified Bill's unique silver jewelry. I domed cut circled to... » Read More
Popnicute is proud to announce its new logo. I think it's a better representation of my jewelry style. Sophisticated yet playful. From now on you will see this new logo on my future pictures, signage, and documents.I just spent the last few days cleaning up and moving things around around the house with my husband. Finally my work table gets the proper placement, inside the work room. The room is less than perfect, the floor will need to be resurfaced and the walls will need to be painted but it works for now. I came to realize that I didn't need a perfect room to work on my handmade jewelry. So further cosmetic changes to the room will have to ... » Read More
I've been having fun designing with metal sheets. Now I know that brass sheet is harder than copper sheet which make brass harder to cut with metal shears. I've got no jeweler saw yet. That's still in my tool list to get among a lot of other things!
I've never done any animal jewelry until one day, a friend of my sister-in-law saw this Amber pendant bead in my stash and she sees an owl in it. She commissioned me to do it and giving me a lot of artistic liberty. She made sure that it didn't have to look exactly like an owl, just do whatever I think best. But of course my realist mind wouldn't steer away from the actual thing. So I browsed googl... » Read More
This was my second time trading my jewelry for MelissaBeads' gorgeous lampwork beads. Melissa Vess handmade these beads especially for me and in return, she would like a similar ring to my Golden Compass ring which was made also with her handmade lampwork bead.
I felt like making the same design was not challenging enough so I came up with another design that still uses the same basic as Golden Compass ring as part of Popnicute's Metal Ribbons collection.
This is the ring for Melissa. I called it Girlie Ring because it resembles the shape of a girl's head. Very cute isn't it. I'm satisfied with this design! This ring is made of a combination... » Read More
My latest custom order from a returned client. A custom Butterfly Labradorite necklace to accompany Butterfly Labradorite earrings that are for sale in my shop, Popnicute. It flutters my heart when a customer is so trusting and happy with my work of art. Labradorite is one of my favorite stones to work with. Each of them is different with flashy multicolor chatoyance. Just finished these last night and now they're on their way to a new home.
This Butterfly Labradorite necklace is one of a kind as I no longer have the teardrop shaped stone anymore (in that size anyway). But I have bigger and different shapes of Laradorite stones still in my st... » Read More
Short after I promoted this Valentine Bow Pendant made of Polymer Clay ribbons among my friends in Plurk, Diana of NightMaiden, asked me if I could do this in Four Leaf Clover shape for St. Patrick's Day. I said yes!
This is the result for the Four Leaf Clover Pendant for St. Patrick's Day made in Popnicute's polymer clay ribbon style. I loved it! I think it's quite adorable :D This multidimensional clover has a little stalk made of copper and a pronged Swarovski Crystal in the middle. Very sparkly like a diamond! I dusted gold and pearl mica powder for added glamorous look even though the clay itself already possessed some mica powder in it.
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I found this gorgeous Agate geode slice but it was broken in half. I loved the mint green color on this Agate and how it was translucent with many characteristics inside the stone. I decided I had to make something with this stone. Using my new copper sheet, I made this fold formed "bail" for the geode. Since I couldn't solder yet, cold connection it is!
I decorated the front edge with ruffles created using my new Fretz hammer! It's light weight with small heads made it easy to control. Love it! I textured the rest of the plate with my texture hammer. Then I punched holes on the sides and stitched it to close the bail. At first I was going to l... » Read More
Tree of Life Origin
The Tree of Life is a very famous tree. A classical tale in the bible mentioned that by eating its fruit, you will have the knowledge of good and evil. The biblical account states that Adam
and Eve were exiled from the Garden of Eden after eating from the
tree of the knowledge of good and evil to prevent them from eating from
the tree of life:
" (Genesis 3:22)
By questioning God's word and authority, the serpent, who is regarded in Christianity
but not by Jews, initially tempted Eve into eating fruit from the tree
of the knowledge of good and evil, an act explicitl... » Read More
Third time's a charm! I finally succeeded in making this Six Peas in A Pod pin back brooch for my grandma. My grandma just recently underwent a hip replacement surgery because she broke hers tripping in the bathroom. She celebrated New Year in the hospital. Thankfully, according to the latest news from my family in Indonesia, she seems to recover just fine.
My cousin passed me the message that she wants something like my Peas in A Pod pendant () with six peas, with the names of her 6 children inscribed on it, but made into a brooch. I could just make her a metal version like what I had but thinking that she's a fine dresser, the weight of the m... » Read More
I've always fond of hearts. I like drawing hearts and all that. I guess I'm just too hopeless romantic not to like hearts. But not many heart jewelry that I liked. Most of them that I came across were either too girly, too elegant for my taste, too small. As a former(? probably still is) tomboy, I like things that aren't too feminine but still pretty. So as a jeweler I created my own heart jewelry.
My heart pendants have this tough look. They have thick frames, net weave, and bail design. Not too feminine and very substantial. They look good both as a choker and as a long necklace. Look their best when worn with plain top. Ruffles may bury it.... » Read More
I mentioned in my previous post that I got commissioned for three necklaces from a loyal client. I have completed all three of them last night. My client didn't have anything specific in mind regarding the design but she trusted me completely to make nice designs that would suit her taste in Copper. She picked three stones from my stash, two of them being Labradorite in two different color flashes, and the other one was Rutilated Quartz. This Rutilated Quartz was bought specially for her because she wanted a similar design done as the necklace my aunt bought from me a couple months ago. She's her BFF.
So here I presented you, three wire wrapped... » Read More
Introducing: The Twelve Angels of Christmas in Birthstone colors! :D These are the new collection from Popnicute, my handmade jewelry line.
On a sunny, lazy day of late October, I got the idea of making these angels after a failed attempt of making a pair of earrings in Angel's wing shapes. I didn't like the result as much as I thought I would. I was this close to scrap the idea and moved on to another project. But I had this nagging feeling that I could make this design work! So my next thought was to turn the wings into an angel pendant. I started digging my bead stash for some briolette shape beads that might be suitable f... » Read More
I love it when idea hits me in the middle of the night! lol.
My aunt from America liked my jewelry but she had something specific in mind that I didn't have in my stash. So she commissioned me to make her a small red pendant in oxidized sterling silver a night before her flight back to the USA. Being a substantial jewelry lover, this was quite a challenge to me. We went back and forth chatting through e-mails to find her the perfect red color. Finally I suggested this CZ red briolette and she agreed. What I had in mind didn't work out as well as the sketch so I scrapped that idea. I didn't make anything for months because my aunt p... » Read More