The Artisan

The Artisan
Kelly Oswalt

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Matching Earrings

  1. These are the matching earrings.

These are the matching earrings for the blue/green/silver cross stuff.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Zebra Cross Necklass

I still have to make the matching earrings to go with this, but thought I would post a pic of it anyway. My new cross creation.

Sunday, June 26, 2011


Does anyone else out there have grown children? You know, you never get to stop being a mom. My son called me with some disturbing news regarding his father and my daughter and yet he gets upset when I react to it. 1. If you don't want a reaction, then don't tell me someone has hurt one of my children. 2. Mom's react. Sometimes, we may even overreact. 3. I love my children so much that I would do anything and everything for them. I feel like I have to be mother and father to them because their dad turned into a ******** after our divorce. He has caused great emotional trauma to my daughter and still does so today and it's really hard for me to just sit back and watch it happen. We live 1,700 miles away with our daughter inbetween us. Even though she's 21, I still just want to rock her and hold her and tell her everything is okay. Of course, she won't let me. Very frustrating being a parent of grown children that are going through painful times and you can't do anything about it except just be available. Do you know what I mean?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Cowgirl Rodeo Cross Necklace

For some reason, this necklace looked like someone interested in rodeo's would wear. I love the color combinations and the cross is absolutely stunning in real life. I think it turned out pretty good and have received a lot of comments on it. What do you think? It took me about 3 hours to make and of course, as usual, I did it in the middle of the night. I usually make my jewelry sometime between 2 am and 6 am. I have chronic insomnia, so don't get much sleep. Here's the necklace:

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

For my sister - the Beach Comber!

My sister lives in Long Beach, WA and loves to walk along the beach picking up beach glass, shells, driftwood and everything else. She is quite talented in the craft area. She's starting to make windchimes with some of the seashells she's picked up over the years. She's also found a lot of agates on the beach. So, to cheer her up, I made her the beach comber's bracelet with a little bit of everything. Hope she likes it. It is pretty full and dangly.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Fixed the Comment Problem.

You can now comment on my posts. I fixed the problem. Thanks for reading.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Gem Fair

I don't think I've ever seen anything more crowded. So many things to look at and so many people in the way of getting to look at them. But oh, the feeling of running your fingers through a bowl of polished stones, awesome. Looking at all the glittering crystals, seeing stones you've never even heard of before, wonderful. Had a great time! Traffic from Irvine, CA to Santa Monica was sure terrible. Took forever to get there and forever to get back, but it was worth it. Note to self, next time - take cash. You weren't allowed to take any pictures or write anything down, but I don't blame them. You work hard on your designs and you don't want anyone else to steal them. I am quite fond of ladybugs, so the only thing I bought was a $2.00 Sapphire Blue Ladybug stretchy bracelet with some fire polished blue beads and beautiful Hawaiian flowers with yellow centers. I'll definitely be going to the one in October for beads. You should try going, it was fun.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Gem Fair here we come!

I'm really looking forward to going to the International Gem Fair in Santa Monica, CA today. My husband, my new partner in crime and I are all going. Then tomorrow afternoon it's off to a craft fair in the Orange County Great Park. Busy weekend. Wish I had more time to sleep. I'm finding that the only time I have to work on my jewelry is the middle of the night. I have had chronic insomnia for so many years now, I've learned to just accept it and work with it, kind of embrace it instead of fighting it. So I make good use of the middle of the night. That's when I make my jewelry. That's when it's quiet and my imagination can creep into the canyons in my brain. I used to hate the middle of the night, full of dark thoughts and fears. Now it is full of color and imagination.

It's kind of funny, I don't wear any jewelry at all, not even my wedding ring, but nothing gives me more pleasure then designing and creating it. I love the colors. I am a graphic designer and color is my passion. I love the vibrant colors the most. My work is progressing, I'm learning new things all the time. Now I want to start in on Chinese knotting and incorporate that into my pieces. Sold my first piece on Etsy! Yeah, never thought it would happen. Made my day. I've really been working at promoting my business. Takes a lot of time. to the fair. Have a great day all!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Custom made Jewelry

I make a wide variety of jewelry. If you would like something custom made, let me know. My prices are very reasonable. I shop wisely and get good prices. I love designing and creating jewelry. I'm going to start volunteering to work with disabled people to help them make beautiful pieces of art. My store will be donating the supplies so everything you purchase, you can know that part of that will go towards helping the disabled.

Deborah's Cross Necklace

Murano Glass Cross Necklace with Lampwork Beads

I made this one for one of my customer's who really liked the one I made for her earlier. She's giving 2 more away as gifts. These are the other ones I made for her.

New lower prices at my Etsy store. Check it out. The link is on the right sidebar of my blog.

Wall Art - Colorful Vase with glittered flowers surrounded by wired ribbon 12" x 12"

A lot of work went into this. I cut out each element by hand and positioned them so they would literally spring up off the page.

The flowers in this wall hanging literally spring out from the background. Gold, Auburn, Mauve colors are incorporated. The flowers are enhanced with glitter making the whole wall hanging sparkle. Surrounded by complimentary colored ribbon, this would lovely on anyone's wall. Custom wall hangings made to order. You can choose color, shape, size and wording. Email kelly4oswalt [!at] with information or let me work my magic with just a little information.

Necklace - Penguine Pendant on a Velvet Cord with lampwork beading.

22" Murano Glass Penguine Pendant with Black glass lampwork beads and Tibetan silver spacers strung on a black velvet cord. Magnetic clasp makes this necklace very easy to put on and take off. I think this guy is so cute. I've made this one for my daughter.

Blue and Copper Murano Glass Cross Necklace

Beautifully designed 22" copper and blue necklace with a Murano Glass cross pendant. Strung on strong copper wire with beautiful crackled glass beads and swarovski crystals intermingled and copper spacers. The colors incorporated are teal green, saphire blue, amber, champagne and copper. Lobster claw clasp, easy to put on and take off. The cross is what makes this necklace, it is a beautiful piece of art.