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Bronze settings

On my bench from this weekend … I experimented creating a bronze bezel for this pink opal cab with bronze from The Family Stone. Really liking this look – interested to see where it goes!

Maker’s Mark

My vacation passed in a flash – it is such a such a joy to be back in the studio again! My only regret is that I spent more time in front of my computer ...

Heart of the Maker

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in a real-time, virtual class called Heart of the Maker, with Lesley McKeown and Francesca Watson of The Makery. The premise of the class is to help intermediate-level students move beyond simple construction, find their own creative voice and style. It’s been a wonderful experience – one I am hoping to repeat – that has both expanded my technical skills and helped me think differently about the design of jewelry.

Launch video

Meg Harrop at Lemon & Birch put together this launch video for us to share on Instagram. I love this little window into our collaboration, her creative process, and the wonderful outcomes we achieved together.

Faeriewigs – live!

As I mentioned in my earlier post, I have been working with Meg Harrop at Lemon & Birch to develop a brand identity for my jewelry-making business. I really enjoyed the process of completing her ...

Assembling

Sneak peek! I am really excited to see all the pieces coming together. Click through to the full post to see all the pieces in process.

Turquoise treasures

Turquoise treasures – finished! At top is Autumn Creek Turquoise, at left is Treasure Mountain, and at bottom right is Bamboo Mountain. They’ll be available in my shop when it opens – soon!

Tempting turquoise

I am just getting back into the swing of things in my workshop. Today I was *so* excited to dig through all my cabochons again! For whatever reason I was super inspired by the amazing ...

Silversheen obsidian

Late last year I snagged a couple of pieces of this carved silversheen obsidian. I thought it would be good to practice my prong-setting again, as a way to keep this piece lightweight and easy ...

Early Spring details

One of the fun parts of creating a collection is establishing a theme, and then coming out with small details that distinguish each piece in the collection. For early spring, I’ve been thinking about buds, ...

Early Spring pattern

Here is the pattern I used on all the pieces in this Early Spring collection. We have had some warm days in the past few weeks, but this still feels more spring-y than Chicago does ...

Early Spring collection

In the late Fall last year, I decided that I wanted to start selling some of what I’ve been making. I have purchased so many beautiful stones, and I have a million ideas about pieces ...

Poetry

This macrame bracelet kit is another piece I started years ago, and just finished. It is called Poetry, by Janice Parsons.

So much snow …

It snowed multiple times this week, and this is the most accumulation we’ve had since moving to Chicagoland ten years ago. It is really peaceful and beautiful, in spite of the cold. Though it feels ...

Candies from Lucy

It’s been two months since the winter weather hit Chicagoland in earnest, and I am really starting to feel the pang of not being able to get into my workshop to metalsmith. What a pleasure ...

Peanut rope

More beadie projects. This one is a RAW (right angle weave) rope made with peanut beads. It is four feet long, but it worked up pretty quickly. I think I would like it better with ...

Flowery cuff

It’s been too cold for metalsmithing in the garage, so I’ve been working my way through some UFOs (unfinished objects). This is a piece I started with a group of beadie ladies, who I used ...