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Year of Jewelry 2015 Week 15: Story of Me

The double infinity bracelet is my all time best seller, and its success is what gave me the confidence to take my hobby and make it into a business.  It has also been copied dozens upon dozens of times, which discouraged me from sharing my ideas for a time.  In the end, I took a lesson from Elsa and "let it go."  My style is evolving away from simple wire shapes and I don't make many of these anymore. 
When I first started out, I tried anything and everything.  Now that I have some experience, I am more confident of my "artistic identity."  Through my journey, I've met some extremely talented jewelry artists.  They are my mentors and friends, not my competition.  If you have a particular concept for custom design, please let me know.  There are many, many different techniques- more than any one person can master in a lifetime.  If it's not something in my "wheel house," I am more than happy to refer you to another highly skilled artist!

Year of Jewelry 2015 Week 5: Squares

This week's theme was "squares."  I don't typically use squares, as I prefer to design around freeform shapes.  However, I did have this fabulous, square shaped labradorite with lots of flash BEGGING to be made into something.  :)

Bonus- since this stone is a lot larger than most pieces of sea glass, the backplate is large enough to try some fancy cut out work.   What do you think- does it look like a mermaid?

Year of Jewelry 2015 Week 4: Hammer It!

This week's theme was to "hammer it."  I use a hammer to texture most of my designs because it adds dimension to the piece and also work hardens the metal.  :)  Most of my earring designs are understated, but adding a small hoop looks great on women with longer hair and balances the face without being trashy. 

Whereas the narrow, dangly earrings elongate your neck, hoop earrings (or anything that is heavier at the bottom) draws the eye to the bottom of your face and gives a more youthful appearance.  (Think about it... the facial features of children and cute animals are all concentrated at the lower part of the face.)

So while you may not want to wear hoops to a corporate meeting, they are great for wine tasting with the bff's or a day at the ball park.

Year of Jewelry 2015 Week 3: Try a Tutorial

It took me a few a while to get through Week 2's project.  Week 3's theme was "Try a Tutorial."  There are tons of jewelry making tutorials on the web. I get a lot of "brain pickers" at art shows- people who are either "competitors" (their perspective, not mine) or do-it-yourselfers.  For some things, I gladly refer them to You Tube or various websites.  When it comes to metal work, however, I highly encourage people to pay for live instruction.  You really should have experienced supervision when starting out with torches and power tools.

Ok, so now that I've advised caution to anyone who might be a complete newbie, here's the tutorial I selected for this week's project:  Inside Out Pearl Ring (Part I and Part II) by Soham Harrison.  Mr. Harrison has dozens of terrific video tutorials on his You Tube Channel that don't require really expensive, high end equipment.  (I suppose "expensive" is a relative term.  Traditional jewelers like you'd find in a store typically have access to things like laser welders, high end computerized engravers, etc.  Handmade jewelry artists can still easily spend thousands of dollars on hammers, saws, punches, pliers, mandrels, etc.)

This particular piece was made using half round sterling wire, sterling sheet and a freshwater pearl.  I didn't follow the exact directions, but love the result!  It reminds me of a lotus seed pod.  I love lotus blossoms for a number of reasons, but mostly because they start out in mud, then grow their way to the surface, where they bloom magnificently! 

What's your favorite flower and why?