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Constructing Jewelry

Kate McKinnon is a remarkable woman who has written an inspiring book, Sculptural Metal Clay Jewelry.  She thinks like an engineer and I like that about her.  Reading the book was like a revelation to me – her techniques incorporate sound metallurgical practice, as applied to silver jewelry.  I finished the book last week and […]

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In the Works

Just a few things I’m still working on, for the Women’s Expo on Thursday.  These are all set to go in the kiln – 2 hours, 1650° F.  After firing, the clay pieces will be fine silver, .999 purity.  That’s purer than Ivory Soap™!

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The Story of the Perky’s Paw Necklace

This is little Miss Perky, a beautiful Labrador Retriever puppy I raised for the Guide Dog Foundation (GDF.)  She was about four months old in October 2008, when this photo was taken.  One day, that same October, we happened to be at the GDF for a class.  After class we bumped into Melissa, one of […]

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Metallurgical Thoughts

As some of you may know, my original degree was in metallurgical engineering – the use of metals in construction and other applications. So I am probably more interested in the behavior of metal than the average jewelry designer. But there are some things that the average consumer should know too. Here’s a bit about […]

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Green to Silver

After two hours in the kiln the green ware leaf from the previous post was transformed into a leaf of fine silver, with the word “wisdom” on the reverse. The silver leaf was cooled, filed and sanded, dipped in a liver of sulfur bath and then polished. The chain was attached and the leaf was […]

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Green

Before taking time off for Christmas, I had one final custom commission.  The order was for a bracelet in my “Leaf a Message” Collection.  The mold I used was one of the last remaining leaves from the butterfly bush in my backyard – buddleia, for those of you who know your plants!  Lucky thing I […]

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Casting

In the case of my Perky’s Paw charm, I created between 40 and 50 models to get it just the way I liked.  To repeat this process for each necklace would not only make me crazy, but would be prohibitively expensive.  Casting was my solution. Casting is the process where a model is used to […]

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Polymer Clay

I spent many days designing my Perky’s Paw charm.  I should have kept better track, but I’d say I made 40-50 models – possibly more!  At first I was making them out of silver clay, which was getting kind of pricey. Then, Judi Weers, a kind soul from a metal clay group* I belong to, […]

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Labradorite II

Well,  in my last post you saw a dramatic, chunky, labradorite necklace.  Today we have a different take on labradorite, with small faceted labradorite stones, faceted onyx accented with a fine silver floral charm and clasp.  I love the delicate scrolling on the clasp – nice detail you don’t see everyday.  I am happy to […]

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