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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

SOLD

 

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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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What Came First? Chicken or the Egg?

 

In this case the chicken!  As a lifelong creator and learner I've taken quite a few workshops in my life.  I like to experiment and try new things.  The older I get the more time I have to do so and the greater benefit to my brain and art I think.  Years ago I took a class on electroforming and promptly came home and took some small plastic chickens and gave them a coating of copper.  Then they found themselves in a jar since I had no idea what I was going to do with them, but they made me smile every time they caught my eye.

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Charmed, I'm sure

Artisan Pendant

Wind Dancer (SOLD)

(glass cab by Mikelene Reuss)

 

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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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,

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