Friday, January 29, 2010
That's what we had last week. As a food network fans, I once saw heating up tortilla right on top of the stove. Sound simple and fun.
So, that's what we did. But.... as we heated the tortilla, we were not keeping a close eye on them... and it turned out to be an interesting object....
Don't you think so?
And the winner for guessing the picture right is Gaby M. You won handmade wire bookmark. Thank you for participating...
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
New... the Big Dipper pendant is now comes in a smaller size... It's made from sterling silver disk, domed, brushed finish. It's just the right size to use it as a pendant or as a charm.
Surely it's a gift for stargazers....
To learn more about this listing, please visit my http://bigib.etsy.com
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
It's made from sterling silver spacers, charm and findings, fresh water pearls, Swarvoski pearls and crystals and 14/20 gold filled beads. The size is 6" plus 1" extender and ends with lobster clasp and sterling silver cross charm. It's surely a precious item.
This silent auction is to help support Christian Formation program. Tickets are $30. To learn about this program, please contact Christian Formation office at 691-9170. To learn more about my pieces, please visit http://bigib.etsy.com
Saturday, January 16, 2010
On Tuesday, January 12, a fierce, 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti near the capitol, affecting millions of people.
You can make a difference. Here are a few ways you can support the recovery efforts and help victims rebuild their lives and communities:
You can make cash and in-kind donations on the following sites:
Doctors Without Borders, Red Cross, UNICEF (1-800-4UNICEF), Direct Relief, Yele Haiti, Partners in Health, World Food Program, Mercy Corps (1-888-256-1900), Save the Children, World Vision, Lambi Fund, Heifer, The International Rescue Committee, and Care.
The following organizations are accepting SMS text message donations in the US only (which will be added to your phone bill):
- In your SMS text, type message "HAITI" and send to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts
- In your SMS text, type message "YELE" and send to 501501 to Donate $5 to Yele Haiti’s Earthquake Relief efforts
Thursday, January 7, 2010
This past Christmas, I decided to make a surprise ring for my mom. She has a gold ring in Ruby, similar to the the picture, but she would like to have it in Sapphire.
First, I wasn't sure if I could do it as it looks so complicated. Then after some discussion with my teacher, I decided I would like to attempt it.
It's a challenging design for me as I have never make a cup bezel with prong setting from scratch... may be I should say, I have never done a prong setting.
I decided to approach it from engineering point of view. The basic shape of the cup bezel is a cone. The diameter of the stone is 10mm. Circumference of the stone would be 3.14X10mm=31.4 mm. I need a quarter of a circle to make the cone. One full circle would be 125.6 mm. The radius would be 20 mm. Then I have to divide to even 4 part2 (22.5 degree angle) to make prongs. Cut it, shape it and it should be done... right? Well... almost.
I did 3 trial and errors until I finalized the pattern. Then, the "flower" parts needs to be cut and shape. And then the "ring" part needs to be cut. Those three parts needs to be assembled to make a ring. Then the moment of truth... putting the Sapphire in the prong setting.
I should say with God blessings, everything went well as planned in a timely manner. It's probably not so quite perfect piece but it's very close. The best part is because I made it myself. It is truly the best gift that I ever given to my mom. Wouldn't you agree?
PS: If you would like to see the "behind the scene" pictures, please visit my facebook " Bigib Art Jewelry "
Monday, January 4, 2010
Today at the Cathedral Milwaukee, we witness the Archbishop Listecki installation mass. Not only that,... we were in the ceremony and was televised. We brought offertory gift from our culture for the Archbishop. There are represents from Africa, Hmong, India, Indonesia, Irish, Korea, Mexico to mention a few...
After the mass, we gather for a group picture.
It's been a wonderful, unforgettable experience for me... I thought I ought to share it...Congratulations Archbishop Listecki... Shall we dance?