Not much into hearts, but have made a few in the years past.
Looking into my slide folders (remember those?), I just re-discovered a full selection of them, earrings and pins and pendant and necklaces...Played around a bit with a cheap slide scanning app on my phone and here's a couple of shots, all sold long ago.
And then there is this one, possibly the most precious of them all.
Sister to the copper one above and the only one left from my hearts experiments, this is a stunning necklace with strong impact.
It has a heart pierced in sterling silver, it has that bite in warm yellow 18k gold to accentuate the piece with memory, and it all hangs from a sterling silver snake chain, with a sterling silver toggle&bar clasp for no-fuss wearing.
Picking up from an older project, almost a year from today.
Woke up in the middle of the night recently, eyes wide open, like something calling from afar and, all of a sudden, I saw this:
Notes and scribblings on copper to remind me of thing to make, sooner or later...
My hands are itching to explore, a fresh push for new beginnings...
Try and play and dare a bit!
We made it to the end of another year, dense, intense, complicated, so stressful at times...
So now we play: lots of fun with these Play Rings!
Showing off your unique style continues this month with this coiled fun on the lapel of your winter coat.
Or a hat. Either way, you are sure to impress!
Gotta say thees are really fun to wear, they are sculptural, big and light to sport on a coat, a warm thick scarf, or a cozy hat!
A bold jewelry statement for these current twisted times, pick yours on my online store, various finishes available.
Don't skip a beat, as always...
October is the month to hold on to your hats!
These minimal and colorful pins are perfect for the job!
You can pin one or two on a scarf, a hat, play with different sizes (you can choose from 2), and have fun this month! Head to my online store to see them all!
Went up the mountains the other day for a walk, hiking over ridges and under huge sunburned rocks, wind twirling through cottonwood falling leaves, stark simplicity and in tune with the turquoise sky.
A Bar Neckwire for Fall, conveying essence in simple lines of color.
These are very simple and minimal necklaces on a sterling silver cable, a perfect colorful pairing to a changing season, and an optimal piece of jewelry that impresses even on a winter and fall outfit.
See all the available color options on my online store!
I sat at the bench for a few hours this week and made a ring.
Nothing fancy, just experiments in simple designs to add to my twisted and wires collection, but I did lose myself in all the possibilities, making rings has always been one of my favorite pieces to make.
And then lost myself even further when I got a picture of this ring below, and and couldn't resist a little dip into memory lane...
This ring is long gone. A dear collector from Arizona took it home with her years ago...
As far as the new experiments in simple ring-making, stay tuned!
As I was talking to someone the other day, the phrase 'the future is uncertain, and the end is always near' - Jim Morrison's words, came to mind.
But it always, and in almost any circumstance, brings back the attention to what in life that stays, what goes.
Nothing deep in an everyday object like a simple bangle, and yet...it could be another one of those keepers.
Got to admit: have been stalling on the showroom front.
Dazed and confused by all the things that always seem to be there, ready to get in the way...
The showroom will happen, but we are probably looking at sometime in early fall.
In any case, while rummaging through boxes of experimental work, this necklace came out and I took a shot at it:
Re-discovered it wrapped up and safely protected in an old wine wooden box, a 'self-power' collection of wearable pieces I made in 1995.
Acetate, drift wood, copper, steel, charcoal, oil pigments, desert sand, human hair, and coated wire make a grouping of a necklace, three rings, and a rattle (not in the box, whereabouts unknown, possibly had give it to my daughter to play with at the time?)
Anyway, and in the meantime, will keep you posted on the showroom and whatever else I find...
There has been some steady progress on the showroom space over the last few weeks, albeit some derailments on the path and completely unexpected events - my jeep currently at the mechanic with a starter problem, towed it to shop, then walked 4 miles back to studio with 2 dogs through busy, hot and dusty roads two days ago... but this is another story.
In the showroom, nonetheless, the new curtains are up at the entrance door and ready to be pulled open, sometime before late summer, possibly.
Things are very unpredictable these times, and changing even faster than usual.
Keeping them open, even if a bit out of focus.
On a different note, but quite relevant right now: the planet is burning and we humans are not doing much to help her cool down.
Looking into my work this past week, I rounded up my vermeil inventory and made the hard-thought decision to discontinue it. For good.
The vermeil process - a thick 18-24 karat gold-plating over sterling silver, requires high safety measures and produces toxic fumes, all of which goes out into the atmosphere and into the air we breathe.
I use a professional plater for my vermeil gold-plating, and am sure their processes are safe for their work environment and up to standard, but I am taking the step to discontinue this popular finish as a very small personal and professional contribution to doing something to relieve the burden on an over taxed and overwhelmed planet.
So, I came up with a closeout sale.
There are quite a few best-sellers in this finish still available, and they will ALL carry a good discount to move them fast on their way to their happy people...
Putting the sale on a roll for next week...whatever is left.
jewelry notes from the bench
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