Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
This is an incredible turquoise cabochon! To me, it looks like ridges of mountains in twilight. I surrounded the stone with sterling granulation, and soldered lots of sterling accents on the three quarter inch wide band. If you're interested in this beauty, the price is $275, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, November 5, 2012
On my drive back from Ohio the end of October, I passed a group of folk arty metal sculptures along a fence in Mullinville, Kansas. They were funky and fun and political and wonderful. I googled them upon my return, and apparently a Mr. M. T. Liggett is the creator of these whirlygigs, windmills and sculptures. Thank you Mr. Liggett, I loved them, and I hope to go back someday and meet you!
Thursday, November 1, 2012
I heard about Luna Parc a couple years ago, and was thrilled to visit during it's semi-annual open house while I was back in New Jersey. Luna Parc is an incredible, colorful, fantabulous wonderland of creative genius! Thank you, Ricky, I absolutely LOVED it, and look forward to returning soon! I hope you made it thru Hurricane Sandy unscathed...check it out at www.lunaparc.com Better yet, check it out at the next open house in June, it really needs to be experienced in person!
My mother and I went to New Jersey for my aunt's 90th birthday celebration, and we spent a day in New York City. So cool!!! I'd thought, country bumpkin that I am, that I'd be freaked out, but I surprised myself by loving it! My cousin Deb was a great guide, and we saw Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Trump Tower, and even the Broadway play "Warhorse", which was fabulous. It's hard to believe the devastation that Hurricane Sandy has wreaked upon New Jersey and NYC since we were there just 2 weeks ago. Best wishes to everyone back there, my mom and I will back as soon as we can!
Monday, September 17, 2012
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
I did a show in Los Alamos, New Mexico last weekend. This abandoned guardhouse was the first thing visitors would see upon visiting the lab back in the 40's. Part of the restaurant across the street from the tower was the guard barracks. In between was a toll-booth looking station where visitors were screened. The lab has since moved several miles away. Los Alamos has such an interesting history, and I'd like to go back someday and explore the town a bit more.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Both of these rings are orders, one for Miss Karen, who wears her big jewelry so well. The other is for a customer of Karen's from her Santa Fe Pony Express Gallery. Karen's beautiful horse paintings can be found in her darling gallery, which is in the Jackelope enclave.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
I was thrilled to obtain this gorgeous set of Sonoran Sunset recently--or Sonoran Sunrise, or even Cuprite, depending on who you talk to! These are some exceptional stones, with bright red cuprite, turquoise-colored chrysocolla, and black tenorite. This fabulous stone comes from Mexico, but the source is already depleted. These pieces are large and striking, with the pendant being 3 1/4 inches long, and the earrings almost 2 1/2 inches. One of my regular customers asked her mom to get this for her for a Christmas present--Merry Christmas, Tammy!
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
I was fortunate to obtain some really nice Mexican amber last fall, and am finally working with it. Of course, a lot of what I got was bigger pieces, so fun! This ring is approximately an inch and a half by an inch and a half, by almost an inch tall! This cab even has an insect in it! Mexican amber is fairly rare, and is highly prized for being clear and natural. Apparently Baltic amber is almost always treated, which is disappointing! So, I'm very glad to have this yummy, glowing, Mexican amber! I will have a good selection of amber jewelry at my shows this summer.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
I created and soldered all the sterling links in this bracelet, as well as the 9 heart and love sterling charms. The beads are amethyst, rose quartz, rhodonite and rhodochrosite, which are love stones, as well as tourmaline, sodalite, and a couple of glass beads for a bit of sparkle. This bracelet is $275.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Nacozari Turquoise was found in Mexico a few years ago, and is known for its bright blue color. Unfortunately, the mine is already depleted. This ring is an order for Jane from Texas, who says that
We have lovely spring weather here in the mountains, and maybe that's why I'm drawn to work with the bright green stone of gaspeite. Gaspeite was originally found on the Gaspe Penninsula in Canada, and then was found in Australia. Both mines are now depleted.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
It's so nice to be done with summer shows and have time to create over the winter! Especially since the link bracelets take so much time! Pietersite is one of my favorite stones, and this pietersite is top quality. Pietersite comes from Namibia, Africa, and is simply stunning with its brown, gold and blue tones and flashing chatoyancy.