Thursday, December 9, 2010

I'm Featured on Muses Gallery

I was invited to sell on Muses Gallery a little while ago. The pages are up and look great! I fell honored to be included with a group of very talented artist. I've given Muses and exclusive on my Fairy sculpture.

Check it out:

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Dragonfly Sculpture Sold Before It Was Finsihed

Dragonfly Sculpture Sold Before It Was Finished

I  managed to sell this piece before I even finished it. I had a visitor who saw the unfinished piece and wanted it as soon as I could finish it, how cool is that! Its not usually that easy but I'm not complaining.

I also had my butterfly sculpture "The Gathering" featured in a very cool recent artfire collection.

Meanwhile, my 25% Off Sale continues on artfire and etsy

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

How I make what I make

A visitor to my booth at a recent art show looked at my jewelry and asked if I cut the stones as well as forming the metal. When I responded in the afirmative he said he was totally amazed that I could make these items from raw materials and asked, "But how?"
The following is the condensed version:
Turritella Rough
I start with a piece of rough stone.
This is a Turritella rough. Turritella is a fossil, a type of shell
Cutting Rough Slab
First I cut through the stone, the next cut will be a thin slab
marked slab
After I've cut the slabs I mark the material to cut on the trim saw, These pieces will end up being cabochons
trim saw cuts
Cutting out the cabochons
trim cut cabochons
I wet the little trim slabs with water to get an idea how the finished cabs will look
grinding the cabs
I grind the cabochons on a disk grinder using a finer grit disk at each of several stages
finished cabs
Here are the finished cabochons
fitting bezel
Next I start preparing the silver
Stamping my jewelrs mark and .925 Sterling stamp
soldering cavity
Soldering bezel to the backing plate
making pieces
 Some parts, it's starting to look like jewelry, a little bit anyway
I file and pre-polish areas where parts wil be soldered together
soldering again
Soldering the pieces together
setting stones
After final soldering, the silver is pickled in acid, then I set the stones
Polishing the silver, It's very nearly done
finished pieces
Some finished pieces. I hope you were looking at the jewelry insted of the mess  :0)
You can see more of my jewelry and sculpture too at my web site: 

And also at my etsy shop (where I'm currently having a 25% OFF Sale):

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Dancers Giclee Print

This is a digital collage I created and coned my brother into printing a giclee print for me.

I wanted to find out if the image quality was good enough to make a fairly large print. He's made the print at 17" x 22" and said it looks really good. He's sent it to me, I can't wait to see the actual print.

I'm not sure if I'll try to market this as a limited edition print. I'd love to get some reaction to the image.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Fairy & Flower Sculpture

Fairy & Flower Sculpture

Handcrafted Copper and Cholla Cactus Wood Butterfly Sculpture on Oak Base; approximately 9-1/2" high, x 2-1/2" x 7". Fairy and flower are hand forged from top quality copper stock. My art is usually inspired by nature but sometimes it takes a flight into fantasy. I visualized the size and movements of fairies, then let my imagination take over. I left the flower unpolished as I did with Paisley Butterfly. 

I just finished this latest piece. It provided new challenges, but I welcome that. I'm pretty pleased with the result. Each sculpture I create is a unique work which allows me to grow as an artist.

To view larger pictures of this work follow the link below

My 25% OFF Jewelry Sale continues on my Etsy and Artfire shops:
These pieces are real bargains considering how much silver has gone up in price. 


I haven't made a decision about my next sculpture but I feel compelled to do one of these with a hummingbird at some point. I'm sure that I will encounter a new set of challenges with that project.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Dragonflies Sculpture

 Dragonflies Sculpture

I just finished this piece yesterday. The dragonflies were a challenge, but I'm pleased with the way they turned out.

Handcrafted Copper and Cholla Cactus Wood Dragonfly Sculpture on Maple Base; approximately 9-1/2" high, x 7-1/2" x 7-1/2". Each Dragonfly is hand forged from top quality copper, bottom figure has textured wings. Next to butterflies I like dragonflies best of all flying insects. Their flight pattern reminds me of heliocopters. Any preditor that eats mosquitos can't be all bad.

To see a couple more views, previous pieces,  and larger pictures visit my web site: 

My next sculpture will have fairies. I've started work on it but it is very much in the infant stage.

My Jewelry sale at 25% Off continues on etsy:

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Moody Rings

Moody Rings
I'm still working on my dragonfly sculpture. It should be finished in a day or two. In the meantime, just for fun, I made these rings. I can't call them Mood Rings™ since that is trademarked, so I am thinking of calling them Moody Rings. I think that's OK but I'll have to check. They don't change color with your mood like the rings from the '70s. They just have a mood of their own.

In other news, I have a Petrified Palm Wood pendant currently featured in an Artfire collection:

My 25% Off  Jewelry Sale continues on Etsy:

And I set up a Mini Site at Handmade Spark:

Handmade Spark - Lunar Skies Jewelry and Fine Art - silver and cabochon jewelry and butterfly sculpture

Handmade Spark - Lunar Skies Jewelry and Fine Art - silver and cabochon jewelry and butterfly sculpture

Monday, October 25, 2010

Jumbo the Petoskey Stone Elephant

Jumbo the Petoskey Stone Elephant

 In between my latest sculptures I found some time to finish this huge pendant I started a while ago (2.4" wide x 2.6" high x .2" thick).

The body is Petoskey Stone which is fossil coral found on the shores of Lake Michigan. She is standing in a mossy pool of water (actually Amethyst Sage Moss Agate) and her eye is Black Onyx.

This must be my whimsical animal period or something. I haven't put this on my web site yet but I'll leave the link anyway:

And my 25% Off Jewelry Sale continues on Etsy:

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Paisley Butterfly Sculpture

Paisley Butterfly Sculpture

Handcrafted Copper and Cholla Cactus Wood Butterfly Sculpture on Maple Base; approximately 21-3/4" high, base is approximately 4" x 7-1/4". Butterfly is hand cut with paisley wings, forged from top quality copper stock. Being a child of the Sixties, I never outgrew some of the fashions. The flower is unpolished, the heat from soldering accelerated the oxidation process crating a very nice patina.  The flower is a bit fanciful, it looks like a poppy with a rose stem to me. But then, I never really saw a paisley butterfly either.

I am having a great time creating these sculptures. New ideas are coming faster than I can make them; dragonflies, bees, hummingbirds, and more.

Meanwhile my 25% Off Jewelry continues on Etsy

To see more picture of this sculpture go to

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Butterfly Duet Sculpture

This is the latest in my Butterfly Sculpture Series. This piece is called "Butterfly Duet".

Handcrafted Copper and Cholla Cactus Wood Butterfly Sculpture on Birch Base; approximately 8" high, x 2-1/2" wide x 2-3/8" deep. Both butterflies are hand cut and forged from top quality copper stock. Inspired by butterfly movement and a desire to create a wall piece in a price range that is affordable for almost any collector.

Visit my web site to see more pictures

Meanwhile my jewelry sale (25% Off) continues on etsy

As usual I've got more pieces in the works including a Paisley Butterfly sculpture and an Elephant Pendant. I'm trying to focus on creating more unique pieces, if not as contemporary as most of the jewelry I've made lately.

I want to thank everyone who has commented on my posts for their invaluable feedback.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Butterfly Sculpture from Lunar Skies

My jewelry sales haven't been burning up the web so I decided on a two pronged program; Market & Diversify. I'm having a Jewelry Sale in my Etsy store (25% off). These are great prices considering that silver is now more than $23.00 an ounce. Here's the link to my store

And now for the exciting news, at least it's exciting for me. I've started creating a sculpture line. I just finished the first piece two days ago. It's called "The Gathering" and I feel like a new Papa. Included are thumbnail pics and here is a link to my fine art site

Here's a little info about the piece: Handcrafted Copper and Cholla Cactus Wood Butterfly Sculpture on Oak Base; approximately 28-1/2" high, base is approximately 5-1/4" x 9-1/2". Each butterfly is hand cut and forged from top quality copper stock. I was inspired to create this work from watching butterflies gather at the eucalyptus groves on the Central Coast of California and also at Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona. I believe I have captured the feeling of freedom butterflies inspire.

I'm working an two other sculptures in the meantime, and will post them soon.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

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While you're at it check out my Artfire Store at or my web site at

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Lunar Skies First Blog

I'm Quentin Eckman and this is my first attempt at blogging. I create hand crafted silver and cabochon jewelry which can be seen at
I've been cutting most of the cabochons I use in my jewelry and have recently added a link to sell cabochons to other jewelers. There are several reasons for this: cutting my own stones provides an economical resource for unique materials and at the same time provides artistic freedom since I decide the cut of the stone for the piece I will design, If I cut stones to tumble (my tumbler holds 4-1/2 lbs. of stones) I end up with more stones than I can use. The image shown here is some of my jewelry using Picture Jasper gemstones (one of my favorites). I cut and use a variety of stones, I like so many different types. I like to keep the silver work simple and elegant, and let the gemstones tell the story.