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Mixed Metal Teardrops

It’s easy to get frustrated when a design doesn’t go as planned, but if you push through, it almost always works itself out. I began these mixed metal teardrops with a completely different vision for the teardrop shape (I didn’t plan on a teardrop at all), but I think the end result turned out even […]

Back to the Jewelry Studio

I’m finding my way back to the jewelry studio. It felt great to finish a few pieces yesterday, just because I could. But I’m a little rusty. What you don’t see here is the other bangle on which I melted a “pebble” and soldered one on the wrong side, and some ear wires I managed […]

Alpharetta Arts Streetfest

This weekend I’ll be one of the participating jewelers at the Alpharetta Arts Streetfest.  More than any other fine arts show I’ve taken part in to date, I’m really looking forward to this one.  There will be sunny skies with flowers in bloom, it’s close to home, and in an ideal location for showing my […]

From Custom Order to Best Seller

Sometimes introducing a new jewelry design is scary: I don’t know what others will think of it.  Sometimes, others really don’t think much of a particular design.  But when I hit on something special, it’s a great feeling. That’s how I feel about this hammered copper rope ring.  It’s made from several strands of wire […]

Sterling Silver Heart Necklace

We’re just a few short weeks away from Valentine’s Day, and it occurred to me I hadn’t added any new heart designs to my shop.  How rude. 😉  What resulted was a tweak to one of my previous designs, the sterling silver double-hearts pendant with granule.  This time, I created a loop bail from thick […]

Verdigris Copper Patina

Lately I’m fascinated with the process of creating a blue, verdigris patina on copper.  The end result is always a surprise, never to be repeated again, that requires experimentation to achieve. I’m especially fond of the contrast between the aged, rustic finish and modern, geometric shapes.  Add sterling silver to the mix, and it’s a […]

Chastain Park Arts Festival

With a beautiful weekend in the forecast and a wonderful location, I really looked forward to participating in the Chastain Park Arts Festival.  This was to be my biggest show, with sunny skies.  What you may not know, however, is that when it came close to show time, I struggled over the decision to attend. […]

Copper Jewelry, Inspired

Taking a class to gain a new skill is a good way to fast-track your learning.  Watching a live person demonstrate new techniques, and being able to bounce ideas off him/her and your classmates, results in synergy you can’t experience on your own. It had been two years since my last metalsmith class.  Experimenting on […]