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Dipping My Toes back in

Blue Gem Turquoise Pendant

Dippin' My Toes

Blue Gem turquiose, fossilized coconut shell, sterling silver

 

In just a little over a week I'll be re-opening my jewelry studio for another season of creative playing.  I know I'm ready, because I've been collecting new stones that are inspiring me.  

By the Sea we go Two by Two

Artisan Earrings

Monterey

Lampwork by Bluehealer, vintage filigree stampings

 

Excerpt from Walt Whitman's Sea-drift:

Shine! shine! shine!

Pour down your warmth, great sun!

While we bask, we two together.

Two together!

Winds blow south, or winds blow north,

Day come white, or night come black,

Home, or rivers and mountains from home,

Singing all time, minding no time,

While we two keep together.

 

Seashell Earrings

She Sells Seashells

Lampwork and freshwater pearls

 

Angelfish Earrings

Angelfish Earrings

Amazonite, Lampwork by Alisha White

 

Artisan Earrings

Collector or Magpie or Hoarder

Artisan necklace

Shiny Objects

(Lampwork by Manuela Wutschke and That Bead Girl, Vintage beads and buttons)

 

The Inspiring Sea

Artisan Pendant

 

Briny Deep

(lampwork cabochon by Mikelene Reusse, Labradorite, Inspiration Mine Gem Silica, Freshwater Pearl - all set in Sterling Silver)

 

A Jelly-Fish

Marianne Moore, 1887 - 1972

Visible, invisible,
A fluctuating charm,
An amber-colored amethyst
Inhabits it; your arm
Approaches, and
It opens and
It closes;
You have meant
To catch it,
And it shrivels;
You abandon
Your intent—
It opens, and it
Closes and you
Reach for it—
The blue
Surrounding it
Grows cloudy, and
It floats away
From you.

Sea Pottery Jewelry

Mixed Media Jewelry

Broken Pieces

Sea Pottery, Vintage brass and copper, Swarovski crystal

 

In addition to sea glass one can find sea pottery shards along the beach especially if you're near an old dump.  Pottery shards can be as decorative as the ironstone plate piece as seen in my mixed media piece above and blue and white pendant below, or of a more utilitarian use like a redware bowl piece or white stoneware.

Be Fearless!

Bead Embroidered Pendant

Playing with Fire

(features Sonora Sunrise cabochon mined in Mexico, lampworked glass cabochon by Mikelene Reuss, turquoise, sterling silver, and Japanese glass seed beads.)

I fell in love with cabochons first.  Next I had to figure out how I was going to use them in jewelry.  Before my metals class that taught me how to play with fire and metal I bought books by Jamie Cloud Eakin and Heidi Kummli to learn how to capture cabochons with seed beads, something I had plenty of.  (I've included links below to these books.)

The World is My Oyster

Artisan Brooch

Fortunate One Brooch

Agate Concho, Pearl, Sterling Silver

(SOLD)

 

One of the most satisfying jewelry pieces I completed last summer was this brooch.  I took a sheet of sterling silver and my hammer and completed the vision I had in my head of an oyster with a most gorgeous blue pearl.  (a little more effort than that, but in a nutshell!)

Have a Heart for Valentine's Day

Rustic Red Heart Earrings

Rustic Red Heart Earrings

"He ran his hands over my past

- lingering over the dents and worn edges of my heart.

And when I thought he'd run away like the others had...

he told me I was a warrior,

and that I'd never fight another battle alone."  Alfa

 

Lapis Heart Earrings

Lapis and Pearl earrings

 

"If you carry joy in your heart, 

you can heal any moment."  Carlos Santana

 

Sea Pottery and Sterling Silver heart pendant

Sea Pottery and Sterling Silver heart pendant

 

"The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes,

Fire and Ice - when ceramic meets metal

Artisan pendant

Fire and Ice pendant

 

This is what can happen when I sit with my stash of MAKU ceramic goodies.  I adore her ceramics, because I adore raku colors and her rustic forms.  The sprinkles of silver just add to the magic and for me make them a natural for a silver setting.

 

artisan earrings

Fire and Ice earrings

 

Artisan pendant

Gothic Heart pendant

 

Here's one that doesn't have the silver, but oh how I love its shape and colors and how it adds so much to this Plume Agate pendant:

 

artisan pendant

Fireman's Talisman pendant

 

Celebrate Your Reason for the Season!

Happy Holidays!