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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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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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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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Labradorite I

The LI Wiomen’s Expo is coming up next week and I have been busy!  I finished one piece today that I have been mulling over for months.  It started with a beautiful strand of labradorite – chunky, angular shapes with spectacular fire and shimmer in the gray stones.  It started there – and then sat.  […]

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S.A.V.E. Customer Service

To be successful in a less-than-ideal economy – actually, in ANY economy – my business needs to provide a beautiful product, good value and excellent customer service. Jay Goltz recently wrote a NY Times article that encapsulates  the heart of great customer service.  The author’s ideas are very much in line with mine – make […]

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A New Collection

Don’t get too excited, so far this new collection exists mostly in my mind. I made my daughter a small dragonfly charm, which she put on a necklace chain.  She liked it so much that she asked if I could make her another small charm, add a delicate chain and make a bracelet.  Sure, no […]

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A Special Piece of Jewelry – Part IV

We are down to our last component – the chain! I have to admit, I decided this part a long time ago.  What better to continue the military theme than ball chain?  This 2.5 mm ball chain is just a tad larger than the chain used by our Armed Forces for dog tags.  However, the […]

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