Thursday, June 21, 2012

Hand Sculpted Sea Shell Ring - Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver Sea Shell Ring - And I LOVE THIS RING!

It is soooo me, I guess that's why I made it. It's awesome on the middle finger but you can wear it on the ring finger just as well, it just sits there on my finger as if it lived there.

While visiting Charleston, SC, between Art Shows, Don & I went shopping on Kings Street down by the water, and they had shells galore (...and Truffles), anyway...I was picking them up for the cool lumps & bumps until I saw this shell...I put it on my finger and said, now that's a ring. It took me a while to figure out how to sculpt it but after a month of staring at this little shell, it came to me. One week later of melting, scraping & dripping wax...this is what I have created.

If your noticing the oval holes in the back, this is part of my Signature Design called FUSION Ocean Jewelry Collection. It represents Fan Coral that has fused itself into the shell. I do not cast the actual shells, corals, twigs, or flowers in my work, I am a lost wax artist. I sculpt wax to make a model and then cast the model in either Sterling Silver, Gold or Bronze. There is no wax left, it melts out in our Investment, so what your seeing is 100% Sterling Silver.

Size: Total height on the finger is 1/5" x 1 1/3" wide (widest point)

Materials: Sterling Silver

Price: $239.00

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Note: Please allow 3 weeks to make your ring based on your ring size, so please make sure you specify size when you check out.

Thanks for looking, I hope you enjoy my art.
Dawn Vertrees Jewelry Designer

Monday, June 18, 2012

Personalized Twig & Flower Name


Personalized Name and Flower Necklace, a One of a Kind Custom Name Necklace

As a special request from my daughter, I have created a special Custom Name Pendant with a little twist, a cute little flower. It was the perfect Dot for the "I" in my daughters name. She loved it so much, we've decided to share this adorable necklace with you.

Materials: Solid 92.5 Sterling Silver with Non-Tarnishing Rhodium Plated (Polished)
Flower: Solid 92.5 Sterling Silver with 14k Yellow Gold Plated (Highly Polished)
Chain: Custom length in either Sterling Silver or Gold Plated

To start the process on yours,

Tree Frog Jewelry - Coupon SALE this week.

DawnVertrees' Shop Announcement

COUPON SALE! This week, it's Tree Frog Mania. I just completed several new Tree Frog Pendants including some with little semi-precious stones on their backs and a few with enameling. The sale will start on Tuesday for Pendants Only.
A Coupon Code "TREEFROG10" will give you an additional 10% off all Tree Frog Pendants. This sale does not include our Tree Frog rings due to sizing but, if your ring size is available as may add the 10% OFF Coupon.


Thanks again,

Dawn Vertrees Jewelry Designer/Sculptor

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Ocean Reef Dog Tags

A little play on the Dog Tag idea...

...I was working on a Ocean Reef project when this popped into my head,
I just couldn't move forward until I sculpted this piece.

In's pretty cool.
I plan on casting this one which will be available in Sterling Silver and then by sculpting different Corals, Starfish or adding a stone, each Ocean Tag will be unique.

Available for pre-ordering on my online shop.


Size: Overal Height 2" high by 7/8" wide
Materials: Solid Sterling Silver
Free shipping & tracking as always.
Chain not included.

Note: Available to ship July 31, 2012

Friday, June 1, 2012

Andre Christine Gallery Opening June 9th

June 9th Saturday  6-9pm
Come Join us for the reception at the Andre Christine Gallery for wine tasting,
and live music with "Grassroots" a Jazz ensemble.
DATE: June 9th
TIME: 6-9pm
LOCATION: 148 Ervin Rd. Mooresville, N.C. 28117

Monday, May 28, 2012

My little Plumeria Necklace

Plumeria Necklace
I hand sculpted this plumeria with a blue topaz in the center along with the plumeria leaves and stems. I wanted to see the plumeria in it's nature form so I sculpted the leaves with texture and then added a high polish finish to my plumeria flower once casting was complete.

The Blue Topaz is a natural round 5mm Swiss Blue Topaz Cabochon
The Plumeria, Leaves and Stems are 925 Sterling Silver
The Chain and pendant length is 171/4" which include the clasp and is Sterling Silver as well.

I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoyed sculpting it. -Dawn

Twig Cuff Concept

Quick (3 days) of sculpting out the
rounded cuff concept with three flowers as a visual.

Planting the first cosmos flower on the wax twigs

Cosmos Flower Sculpted in Wax

Cosmos Flower InformationThe Cosmos flower is native to Mexico to Brazil. The Cosmos genus includes the species Cosmos bipinnatus. It is commonly referred to as the Mexican Aster. Cosmos sulphureus, the Yellow Cosmos and Cosmos astrosanguineus, the Chocolate Cosmos are the other members of the genus. The chocolate cosmos is so-called, due to its fragrance that is similar to chocolate.

The Cosmos flowers are produced in capitulum that is surrounded by a ring of broad ray florets and central disc florets. The Cosmos flowers come in varied bright colors like white, pink, orange, yellow and scarlet colors. They can be single or double colored flowers. The flowers are about 2 - 4 inches in diameter.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

New Twig Project

I'm in the process of starting a month long sculpting project called "Twig" at this time.
This project will be a-one-of-a-kind which will include a necklace, two cuffs, two earrings (post & hoop style) wedding ring set, wide band, etc.

There will be small flowers incorporated into the design which may consist of Gold and/or enameling. Everyday, I'll update the status of my project. I hope you'll enjoy seeing how this project comes together.
So this is where it starts...
...and this is what I'm staring at...
...and several times a day, I'll show you where I get to.

Well after about two hours this is where I'm at, I'm laying out the design.
Although you can see the depth of the wax, it's very 3-deminsional.
Twigs don't grow flat so some of the twigs are actually
coming towards me as I sculpt them.
I want stones on the tips of some of the twigs while other tips will have buds, so I'll have to make sure I can flutter my stones evenly while sculpting the wax.
...OK, back at it.
hmmm... was missing a twig.

Now is a good time to walk away for a while and start on the twig chain...I want to follow through on all the way to the back. So I will be sclpting the chain to match the twig. Once that's completed, I'll go back and work on the necklace twiggie texture and buds.

I know I'm going to add flowers...what kind is going to be fun.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

My last Oncidium Jiuhbao Gold ‘Tainan’ AM/AOS Pendant

Oncidium Jiuhbao Gold ‘Tainan’ AM/AOS
American Orchid Society (AOS) asked me to re-create Oncidium Jiuhbao Gold ‘Tainan’ AM/AOS which was featured on their 50th Year Poster in 2009. Needless to say...I was nervous! I tried very hard to mimic the different flips and curls in my wax model as shown in the poster.

I've decided to part with last Sterling Silver Pendant, if interested you can find out more on my Etsy site.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Fan Coral & Starfish Pendant

Fan Coral Pendant

This is a pretty awesome piece because when I sculpted the wax, I really tried to get the depth and the texture into the fan coral plus a little sculpted Starfish just laying on the coral.

I love texture on jewelry, this is why I choose to be a lost wax artist...the wax allows me to mimic what nature gives me before I cast my jewelry.
Materials: Solid 14k Yellow Gold Starfish, Sterling Silver Fan Coral
Pendant Size: Fan Coral - 1 3/4" High