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I’ve started to cut my own stones!

I’ve started to cut my own stones!

I am very excited about this new venture. I have been making my own jewelry for over 25 years now and I have finally moved on to the next logical step. Learning to cut my own stones that I will be using in my jewelry! I took a lapidary class at the local rock club last month and learned how. My instructor was excellent and I learned a lot from him. He was such a good teacher that one of my stones won a blue ribbon with a score of 99 out of 100 in the rock club’s annual competition!  Not too bad for a beginner!

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some of the stones I have cut

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my stoneMy Birdseye Rhyolite stone

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It’s been a while….

It’s been a while….

It’s been a while since I have posted here but that doesn’t mean I don’t have anything to say…. Check out my facebook and instagram pages as well as my Etsy Shop to see all the new things I have been working on!

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

It’s been a while since I have posted so I have lots to say today! I am starting off the new year with a new Jewelry Challenge…an earring a day for 365 days. Yes that is correct. 1 earring a day. They will be listed in my Etsy shop and sold as single earrings. Other members of Etsy Metal as well as non members will be doing the same thing. You can buy them as single earrings or mix and match them with other earrings listed in my shop or other participants shops. What a great way to support artists as well as make yourself a great asymmetrical earring set! Everyone participating will post updates on the 2015 one earring a day facebook page so keep checking to see what has been made! I am hoping to get started today later or tomorrow with the photos…..

I also have added lots of new work (and lots sale items…up to 60% off) to my Etsy shop…. Out with old, in with the new! I have lots of new ideas for new work this year and need to clean out my studio in order to make the new pieces so its a win, win for everyone!

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Etsy Metal Charm Swap 14 – step by step how I made my charms

Etsy Metal Charm Swap 14 – step by step how I made my charms

We’ve Gone Batty! Twice a year Etsy Metal, which I have been a member for quite a few years now, has a charm swap. This is my 7th charm swap since joining this amazing group of metal smiths from all over the world. The way the swap works is that 20 members sign up and all volunteer to make 22 charms each. When the charms are complete they send all 22 of the finished charms to whoever volunteers to collect and sort them. That person sends one of each charm back to each member who participated so we get 20 different charms back, one from each person who participated,  while the 2 extra charms go to the Etsy Metal team shop. 1 gets sold as a charm and the other is put on a charm bracelet with all the other charms and the bracelet is then sold. The money from the sale of the bracelet is then donated to different childrens art organizations all over the world. Here are the charms I made for the most recent swap (I went with a Halloween theme since it is October) and a short photo version of how I made them…..

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New work!

New work!

I’ve been working on few new pieces…I just love Labradorite and how pretty it looks when the light hits it just right to produce the lovely blue color flash in the stone and I’ve been playing with some CopprClay lately too (the heart and wings in the last photo are made from CopprClay). I am loving all the detail you can get with it plus I am trying to come up with an idea for a CopprClay workshop that I would like to offer at some point this year. Below are some of the new pieces I have made this month….And of course they all incorporate wire in one way or another as well!

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