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Easier with practice

Here is the final piece from my studio last weekend – a large, stunning labradorite cabochon. I learned the prong setting from an online course by Lucy Walker Jewelry. This setting technique has gotten quicker ...

Sparkling clouds

It seems that I prefer to work very large or very small. This weekend I did a little bit of both. I just love the depth and sparkle of this small cloud-shaped moss kyanite. I ...

Winter white

I usually think of turquoise of a summery stone … but this one sings of winter to me. I’m absolutely smitten with this White Lavender turquoise. I’m really enjoying the new Liver of Sulphur I ...

Alcohol inks

I’m starting to think about holiday cards again, which seems as good an excuse as any to try new craft supplies. There has been a flurry of activity in the craft community about alcohol ink, ...

12 gauge

I am getting ready to try flush settings again, this time with a 4 mm stone. In order to avoid having to layer sheet metal, I bought one thicker sheet. 12 gauge is heavy – ...

Fall splendor

Due to Covid-19, I spend most of my life in the house. I get a feeling for the change of seasons mostly from the shop – short sleeves and doors open in Summer, bundled up ...

Clean & prep day

I didn’t metalsmith last weekend, and my shop was a bit of an explosion when I went out there today. I put some music on and cleaned up my workbench, and then I decided to ...

New hammer & shotplates

I think I may have a tool addiction. Send help?! Check out this yumminess from @buffalo_rutland_co , which arrived in the mail today. This a new hammer along with some shot plates, which I want ...

Fall treasures

I started the weekend with no clear projects in mind, so I did a little sawing of copper shapes again. I can’t believe how quickly the year has gone – the passing of the seasons ...

Prong setting – done!

Gotta love the amazing blue flash in the labradorite. This attempt went more quickly – and was definitely much easier – when I followed the instructions! I learned a ton of new techniques for both ...

Octopus setting ring

The ‘octopus setting’ is basically a series of textured jump rings (little circles of wire) sitting on top of the ring band. Every jump ring has to be made the correct size for the gems, ...