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We All Start Somewhere

wirework jewelry

 

Some time in my early teens I apparently found wire as a possible material for jewelry making!

 

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Finding Beauty in the Positive and Negative

lace shawl

Sunset Shawl

(Brie pattern by Justyna Lorkowska)

 

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My First Pierced and Sawn Metalwork brooch

Copper brooch - pierced metal

 

While doing some cleaning of my studio I came across my first pierced and sawn piece from copper sheet.  I remember Dawn Nakanishi assigning the project in the beginning metalworks class at Cabrillo College in Aptos.  Every assignment would set my heart racing as I was out of my comfort zone of materials, fiber and seed beads, and hoped I'd be able to do as well as all the young students around me.  It was SO MUCH FUN!

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Honey in the Hive

Sensario

Field of Light at Sensario by Bruce Munro

 

Although I think about this nearly every day, it's been awhile since I've done a post.  Hope you all have lots to be grateful for in 2020!

Here's today's list:

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Beaches Inspire Earrings

Boho earrings

St Tropez

SOLD

 

Why not?  One can be inspired by anything.  I have a fascination with beaches as they're different wherever your toes touch down.  It can be rocky or soft as powder.  It can be pink, white, tan, black or all the colors of the rainbow.  It can be just big ole rocks or tiny pebbles and shells.  I have a collection of many of the beaches I've traveled in my life and store them in glass bottles.  I wanted to share that with you, but they have not yet been unpacked.  Another post some day I guess.

 

Boho earrings

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Earrings to Wear Alone or with Statement Necklaces

Amber Globe Earrings

Banana Beach Earrings

 

While creating the series of statement necklaces inspired by Japanese fishing floats I started setting aside some lampwork and other interesting beads to use in earrings.  My usual rule of thumb when wearing statement jewelry is to have one piece be the focal and if you wear other jewelry have them play supporting roles.  In other words, if you wear a necklace that is telling a significant story wear earrings that don't steal the narrative and visa versa.

Depending on your style these earrings can stand alone too.

 

copper ring earrings

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Joy and Peace to All!

Focus brings Thought, Depth, and Curation

Artisan Necklace

Hope Floats No. 4

 

I learned a lot by creating in a series rather than one-offs.  By focusing on one idea or element I was able to broaden my thought, deepen my meaning, and curate a collection.

In this next set of mixed media pendants and necklaces I expanded beyond talisman to story telling which is my favorite kind of art.

 

tunic length artisan pendant

Hope Floats No. 5

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Optimist Published in Belle Armoire Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think my Chicken and Egg pendant was destined for greatness.  I named her Optimist after all.  She was a few years in the making as I described in an earlier post.  She'll always be one of my favorite pendants of all time.

Belle Armoire Magazine did it again and created a lovely page for my pendant.  Isn't she adorable?!

 

artisan pendant

Optimist

SOLD

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