Metalsmith -Instructor- Jewlery Artist

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Base Metal Pmc and powders!

Oh so much to say, and still so much to Learn!  There are stainless steel , white bronze, Goldie bronze (wowza!!!) 
powder formulas and they are amazing!  While silver is the easiest to fire, the others require a sintering process in charcoal and some kiln temperature experimenting us necessary- the possibilities are endless. I'm defiantly moving forward to Learn more skills in this medium. Here are some of the fun pieces made with base metal powders in my kiln. Hope they inspire you! 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Copper anyone?

I don't usually work in copper, but its great to practice on.  I was making a practice pair and fell in love with the look of these hoops!  Hope they inspire you!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Earrings !

Shifting gears to the earlobes! Working like a busy bee..are your ears itching for adornment? 

Friday, September 27, 2013


It feels so great to be back on my feet!  First on my list was  ART IS YOU classes ~  JOY!!!!!!!
Spending two fun filled days with art sisters from around the world was like 2 days in heaven!  I made a beautful sterling rings and charms from PMC. Even mastered some stone setting:)  I'll be going back next year for sure!  What a lovely group of artists I met! Back to doing what I love ..making da jewelry!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Half way through!!!

God is so faithful and carried me through very successful 12 weeks of chemo, i kept all my hair thanks to cold caps-Hurray!   It sucked, steroids and drugs caused weight gain stomach troubles and major fatigue along with  numbness well,  need i go on? but I'm bouncing back!  The chemo was so effective it melted the tumor no mastectomy!  Just some minor breast surgery and ill be on my road to making things again!  Managed to make this piece for my chemo buddy who took me for 10 wks and took care of me..soon it will all be behind me.  Here is the piece I made for her followed by me surviving chemo with all my hair;)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Are you a Believer?

When i was a child I loved a song by Monkees the called I'm a Believer.  Maybe you remember it too, if your my age.  Believing in something is a powerful thing.  Having great faith that someone, or something, such a promise will come to fruition.  As I continue to fight my battle against breast cancer i know that I am a believer in the promise of God's word to deliver me. Psalm 103:3 He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. A few months ago I posted about making a stick bezel and turning it into a beautiful piece of jewelry.  Well today its day has finally come.  It bonded with resin, and paired with sterling silver and blue lapis and a proclamation of faith.  Hope it inspires you!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Simplicity with 10 gauge silver

Recently at my metalsmith class our teacher gave us a project requiring 10 gauge sterling silver.  Why waiting for my sterling order to arrive I did the project in 12 gauge bronze for practice ( see circle cuff below) It looked so much better in 12 gauge and was certainly more practical.  I was wondering what I would now do with the thick sterling I had already paid for.  I simply made it into bangles and i just love them :)  .. The weight of the heavy silver looks rich and fabulous with all my rings.  All turned out alright :)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Finally moved to decorating the wrist this week :)  This Circle cuff bracelet was a really learning experience.  Should I add some bezel set gemstones in side the circles or jsut enjoy the simplicity of it as is?   Hmmmm.  

Sunday, March 24, 2013

More citrine's, resin and mixed media.

This piece is inspired by Psalm 34:7
"The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, and delivers them".

Thursday, March 21, 2013

My Pendant du Jour, The French Church Pendant!

Another bezel set in resin with some beautiful garnet briolets and gemstones! The focal on this piece is a large one around 3" but looks fabulous on this 18" short gemstone chain. I seriously need to work on something besides pendants, but i'm on a creative roll and really enjoying it. 

Hebrews 4:12 metal-resin-gemstones united:)

This one has several elements all put to together! My golden angel wings which I sawed from a piece of bronze with my trusty jewelers saw & sent off to be coated in 18k gold, holding a knobbed bezel with one of my favorite verses  (quoted at the bottom and it's reversable too) All suspended on a chain made from peridot gemstones, and faceted moon stone chlacedony gemstones.  I just love this mixed media piece, because it represents all my love and talents for mixed media, stones and metal all in one.

Hebrews 4:12 "for the word of God is alive, is powerful and stronger that a two edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit"...

Garnets and stick bezels oh my!

I'm just in love with the addition of gemstone chains into my mixed media pieces, they are pricey but really complete a stunning look to my bezels! I just love keeping the elements of my faith in each piece.. here I used garnets to represent the covering we have by the blood of Jesus, this one is called simply:  In love with the Holy Spirit...

Sunday, March 17, 2013

stick bezels :)

It so rewarding to make my bezels.  I'll take you on my journey from start to finish minus any frustration.. it all begins with a piece od 22 ga sterling sheet & some 16 ga wire. Add a nice hot flame and some solder and a little flux and here ya go!   These little beauties will be filled with resin and embelished later... :)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

RINGS RINGS RINGS...We'll I hate to admit it but I'm loving me some sterling silver.  I was recently blessed by the sweetest woman I met in my art class who was selling a lot of her supplies.  Today I sorted though the bags of beautiful beads and silver findings and was almost moved to tears at her generosity as I kept finding little treasures in every bag I opened!  I certainly got a good deal, but there is something so special about going through somone's "collection"of things.  I have always prefered yellow metals but now that I have some silver I'm really enjoying the simplicity of it.  It's really nice to work with. It melts and solders so nice!   Here are my latest pieces.  lots of rings..

Friday, January 18, 2013

Valentine bracelets?

I'm bored with pendants this week and chose to make some bracelets for Valentines day.  Using my fat swarovski crystals, brass bezel strips, and resin.. oh resin.. I can get lost in resin. The anticipation of waiting to see the finished result of each pour is a trip in its self!  It took me 5 days of just poring layers of resin, paint and epherma on top of each other to create a textured 3'd look.  If anyone tells you "resin is a crafting skill not an art", They are very mistaken!  Especially if there is depth and detail involved.  Paint, ink, paper..oh yes, there are so many little secrets inside my treasured little heart charm:)

Monday, January 7, 2013

It's a new year..Whew

2012 is gone.. I can barely believe how fast it went!  For me, it was a year of discovery as I began making jewelry exactly one year ago this month.  Last year I was diagnosed with agressive breast cancer.  I did not accept the recommended treatment of chemo and radiation.  I knew I would not survive it.  I started juicing carrots, fruits and greens, had few lumpectomies. and a LOT of prayer.  I believe in the power of prayer, and the awesome promises of God.  My faith is bullet proof now :)  It's a year later, I'm still here no signs of cancer, and I feel healthy.  If anyone wants to know details I'd love to share them with you, just leave a comment and I'll be sure to reply and open a dialouge.
Now then, back to why I'm still here!  So last year  I had a journey to find my gifting or talents given by God.  Mine has always been all things art, but for some reason I did everything but art!  Now I'm learning everything I can and working my way through it.   I'm not a purist by any means :) I'm more eclectic.  My house is not stark, it's full of color! I love the wild an whimsical, as long as it's tasteful ..and as far as jewelry goes,  can be warn with any of my Hermes cuffs.  (beautiful gifts from hubby over the years). I can hardly wait to see what this new year has in store for me.  Anyway this is my first creation of 2013,  a beaded choker . I hope it inspires you!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Heart to Heart

I'm all about my family. Taking care of my husband, son and my two furry Shih Tzu's keeps me from most things that involve time away form home. But today I made an awesome decision to attend a 3 day Art retreat this May.  I'm really looking forward to spending 3 days with some art sisters totally immersed in jewelry making projects.  (If any of you follow Diana Frey, she has a Petite retreat in may of 2013 in her studio in California which you can find here I just love her work and this time I'll be learning bronze metal clay, something I can't wait to try.  Here are some pieces that Diana's classes and her work have inspired me to make from her Heart to Heart class.