Featuring New Designs

Ok, everyone! You all have been super quiet! I haven’t heard from anyone in forever! Please leave a comment sometime and let me know how its going!

Today’s post is all about my resounding success with my new patina solutions, and the integration of lampwork beads into my designs!

Patina: I ordered MIDAS patina solutions from Rio Grande jewelry supply in green for copper, brass, and bronze, and the black oxidizing solution for silver. I have had great success with them, and LOVE how they enhance and add to my designs! A little secret: I also use the black oxidizing solution on copper, and it gives it an awesome antiqued look after polishing – I’ve had lots of compliments on the color! These patinas have really given my rustic, earthy designs the boost they needed! 

Lampwork: Now you all know that as a general rule, I am partial to genuine and natural stones and gems – I almost solely design using the real deal. However, one day while browsing Facebook, I came across a lampwork bead auction by Julie DeFeo Designs. Her beads were created in fantastic southwest colors, perfectly matching my style! I couldn’t resist. I made earrings from all five pairs of beads, using my patina solutions as well, and they literally flew off the shelves! I am now in love with lampwork, and Julie’s lampwork in particular. I still use gems and stones in my work, but Julie’s beads will be a huge part of my designs now!

As always, feel free to shop my zibbet store at www.zibbet.com/AztecaDesignsBoutique, or find my business page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AztecaDesignsBoutique where I always have lots of photos of my work posted! You may also find an auction listing of mine in the group Artisan Designers Jewelry Buy and Sell on Facebook. You will need to request to become a member before you can bid on any items! Feel free to contact me for assistance, or if you have any questions!

 Enjoy a couple of photos of my most recent work:

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Patinas Here I Come!!!

So hello world! In my efforts to not bore you to death with TOO many blog posts, I’ve over compensated and neglected to post often enough!! I’m so sorry! As my husband often informs me, I am one extreme or the other – middle ground is hard to come by!!! (laughs out loud)

Firstly, I need to inform you that the Zibbet relaunch is HAPPENING!!! My Zibbet website will be off-line July 26 – July 28 while they migrate everything over to the new site, so if you can’t find me during that time, that’s why! My website address will NOT change however, so after July 28 you will be able to continue shopping at www.zibbet.com/AztecaDesignsBoutique. Please remember that you can always shop here on my blog, OR on my facebook business page www.facebook.com/AztecaDesignsBoutique at ANY time!!! For these purchases, I simply send a PayPal invoice to your e-mail address, which you can pay either with your credit card, OR PayPal balance if you have an account! It’s extremely easy, and a safe way to do business! I also periodically list pieces for auction in a Facebook group called Artisan Designers Jewelry Buy and Sell. You will find not only my work, but a large variety of work from other very talented artisans!!! I urge you to come check us out! To participate in the group, simply follow the link above (or type the name into your search bar on facebook), click ‘join group’, and wait to be added as a member. Once you have been added, agree to the rules pinned at the top of the group page. All done? Now you are good to go browse the myriad of talented artists and their gorgeous works of wearable art, bid on those pieces you can’t live without, and become one of many enjoying and wearing artisan crafted jewelry!!! Enjoy! 

So what else is new at Azteca Designs Boutique? Well, I have just invested a fair amount of cash into Rio Grande for LOTS of supplies, including bronze, brass, sterling silver, and Argentium Silver wire, a small amount of findings (I make most of my own findings), and PATINAS!!!! I am SOOoooooo very excited (can you tell?!) about my new venture with patinas. They change the look of your metals so drastically, and give it such a ‘yummy’ appearance! There are many colors available, but I am trying the green patina for bronze, copper, and brass, and the black patina for silver. I also purchased a couple of tins of Gilder’s Paste, which will be a BLAST to experiment with!!! So here is where I want YOUR input! Lots of you out there have experience with patinas and Gilder’s Paste…what advise do you have for me in starting my new venture? What is the number one thing you would say NOT to do when working with patinas? Please leave me your comments!!!  Each one is appreciated!!!

Ok, GO!!!!!!!!!!!!

Artisan Crafted in the USA

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