Once in a Blue Moon

NO joke!!! It’s been literally FOREVER since I touched base with my blog followers and fans!

We purchased and closed on our first home the end of May 2016, and I’ve been so busy settling in, getting my studio set up and tweaking things to where I want it. With an unfinished basement, and hubby changing jobs in the middle of all of this to a ‘work from home’ AWESOME position, we’ve had to learn to work around eachother, and get busy on on home improvement projects! We also had to get the backyard put in before winter last fall – we installed everything ourselves….sprinkler system, sod, rock….it saved dollars, but took a lot of time. Home ownership is fantastic – no worrying about landlords, etc, and we do so enjoy the projects! But I’ve let my writing fall by the wayside, for which I am sorry!!! πŸ™‚

My most recent accomplishment in my jewelry metal smithing has been my MOON Collection~ I gifted myself with a brand new Swanstrom disk cutter for Christmas, and I’ve been having SO much fun with it, cutting disks, and crescent moons, and creating with them! The collection is now complete, for the time being. It’s time to move on to whatever I’m inspired to create next – no, I don’t know what that looks like yet, I just ‘know’ it will popping up before long!

Here’s some photos of my MOON Collection!! Simply CLICK HEREΒ Β to be transported to my website where you can browse the FULL collection, and purchase the piece(s) you fall in love with!!! πŸ™‚


On this note – it’s time for lunch, and little bit more house cleaning!!! I promise I’ll be writing a bit more often!!

~Heidi @ Azteca Designs BoutiqueΒ 


Recycling Your Scrap Silver

I have finally accumulated enough scrap silver from my work that I decided to try melting it down into something I could use! I’ve been wanting some little silver balls to use as embellishments on my work, so I decided to try and make some. I put a tiny pile of scraps and shavings on my charcoal block, and set another block behind it. Then I turned the torch up, and heated the pile by moving the torch in small circles. The silver, once hot enough, began to melt. With continued heat, it pulled together, and formed a ball, all on it’s own! Now, backing up a step, I recommend creating a little divot in your block for the ball to form and rest in….I did not do this at first, and the first ball I made ended up rolling around on the block in its very hot – almost liquid – state. It very easily could have rolled off Β – yikes! To view the video I created, visit my facebook fan page HERE!

The balls that form are round on the top, but semi flat on the bottom. This is perfect for me, as it makes it easier to solder onto flat surfaces! I also made a pair of shiny 6mm stud earrings with a pair of closely matched balls – who doesn’t need a pair of these simple beauties!

These little studs will be available during my online trunk show this (late) Saturday night (7th) through Monday evening (9th) in the facebook group Jewelry Designers Open Market!

Feel free to leave a comment and tell me how you use YOUR silver scrap!!!

Stay Creative, Be Inspired~

Heidi @ Azteca Designs Boutique



Yep That’s Me!

Oh my gosh, did I really post this?! Β Well good morning to you! I did a very quick, impromptu video demo yesterday, complete with poor lighting, no makeup, and crazy hair – I bet it will make you feel a heck of a lot better today! πŸ˜‰ I’m including it here, just in case you missed it yesterday on my facebook page. If you were wondering how ‘made from scratch’ my feather headpins are….well, here ya go. They start out as a blank sheet of solid copper, and I go from there! I create my own patterns, and each feather is hand cut, notched (the video shows this part of the process), hand stamped, soldered, tumbled, and then my magic patina concoctions are applied and that whole process begins. There is so much time and so many steps to creating one gorgeous little feather – but it is so worth every bit of effort!!!

Reminder: My big sale/auction will be kicking off Friday October 16 and running through Saturday October 17 in my components group!!! Join now, so you don’t miss out!!! Azteca Designs Jewelry Components by Heidi

Have another cup of coffee, take a stroll, run your hand over your furry (or feathered?) friend….all said to be calming and stress-relieving, right? Have a fabulous day, my friends, I will see you around!

Stay creative, be inspired


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