I've been busy at work in the studio this month. Here are a few new designs for 2013:
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Sunday, September 9, 2012
A couple years ago, I wrote about the engraved initial necklace given to me by my grandmother. Since then, I've wanted to create an entire alphabet of etched handwritten initial necklaces but never found the time to do. I was thinking about this project again at the end of August and decided it was time. Tears came to my eyes when I realized that day 2 of this project, August 28, was my grandmother's birthday. How fitting since my initial series was very much inspired by the necklace my grandmother had given to me, which was given to her when she was born.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
A couple months ago at the Indiana Artisan Marketplace, a sweet customer asked if I would consider making an owl necklace. She loves owls and wanted a necklace with a cute little owl. I thought of her as I was sketching some new designs last week. What started out as a doodle turned into this tiny owl sitting on a branch. I thought he was rather cute (especially since for some reason he also reminds me of my cat, Rufus), and I said to myself "why not put him on a necklace?" I hope the customer who made the request checks out my shop and discovers him there. She did say she'd be watching for an owl, and I think she would be delighted with this little guy.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
This week I've been working on a special personal project, a necklace to honor the memory of my dog who died on March 23 at the old age of 16. We had been together since he was just 7-1/2 weeks old, and he had been a constant studio companion since I started my jewelry business. I am grateful for the time we shared together, and I miss him deeply.
For the necklace I created a sterling silver, locket-style piece with his photo etched inside a cupped pendant, to be worn close to the heart. A sterling disc nests within the cupped piece and bears a Native American sentiment that I've handwritten and etched into the metal: "We have walked together in the shadow of a rainbow." These words have special meaning for me and remind me of our years together.
Rest in peace, my sweet boy.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
While I've taken a bit of a break from blogging this year, I've been busy at work in the studio creating many new pieces. This weekend I'll be exhibiting at the Indiana Artisan Marketplace. If you are within an hour or two of Indianapolis, this event is well worth a road trip. It's a great opportunity to purchase some fantastic artwork from Indiana and Kentucky artists and sample and purchase edibles from the food artisans. Visit the website for details. I hope to see you there!
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
My final ring for the Ring A Week challenge features a 10mm cushion rose cut green amethyst that I've set in sterling silver. I've given the ring a brushed finish. I fell in love with this pale green stone.
Participating in the Ring A Week challenge has been an incredible experience. At times, with a full schedule, it was hard to keep up but I'm so glad I was able to finish in time. I've really enjoyed seeing the creations of other challenge participants. You can see the entire pool of Ring A Week rings on Flickr.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
This is my first attempt at a tension setting, in which the stone is held in place solely by spring tension. I formed the ring from square wire, allowing the two ends to bypass each other to hold a 3mm faceted peridot between them. The shape is not perfect, the band twists just a bit and does not flow quite as I would like, but I still think it looks nice on the finger, since the back of the band is not the focus. It was challenging to spread the two ends apart and insert the tiny peridot, yet incredibly satisfying to hear it snap into place. It seems very secure.