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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 – ...