I went to Rio Grande - the jewelry supply store in New Mexico in January to take a work shop with Blaine Lewis on Stone Setting. Wow! I have learned the proper way to flush set stones, prong set, bezel set and bead setting. Bead setting was the hardest of all. We had to use a jewelers loupe in one hand and cut the beads and seat with a graver in the other hand.
I met lots of new friends and had an amazing time. Now to keep practicing and get new pieces out for this year.
Thanks to all the people that help support me at the PEI Christmas Craft Show this past weekend. I really appreciate the support and all of your wonderful comments. Thanks.
Working hard to get ready for the Christmas shows. Lots of new and exciting things. Have a small Man Cave collection of hand forged brass & copper pendants that are etched for the hunting man.
Hand a wonderful time in New York this summer. I finally got to visit CJ Sales in downtown New York. The best store ever for vintage beads, chain and everything you can imagine. Can't wait to go back.
Hope to see everyone at the PEI Christmas Craft show Nov 8-10th 2013 and the Turners Christmas Show on Nov 22-24th 2013.
Working on some styles of beads. Some glass is very challenging to work with. This new bead I worked on today with purples is stunning with the transparent and opaque shades. I am working on some glass cabs to make some new jewellery with. Taking a workshop soon on metal clay. I love the brass, it is so rich in color.
As Christmas is over for another year and it was wonderful being surrounded with family, I am starting a new journey. Coming up with new designs for my jewelry, learning more about glass and I am going to take some online coursed on Gemology. I am really excited about this, as it is a whole other unknown world to me.
Bought some books to study some of the names and terms used in gemstones, they can be really technical at times. But I love the adventure. Gemstones of the world is a really good book. A local jewelry store recommended it to me.
Hoping to take some courses in stone setting and jewelry repair soon. Also trying to plan a trip to New York to take a look at the vintage side of jewelry. My favorite. I love vintage jewelry from the 20's - 60's. Costume jewelry back then is stunning.
I want to wish everyone a Happy 2013 Year and thanks for all of your support.
Last fall I was lucky enough to take a wax carving course with Kate Wolf. It was very hard at first. When you are making something you are always adding things. With wax carving you are always taking away. That took some getting used to. But this year I was able to make some rings and pendants in time for the shows. I was very happy with the results. Check them out.
I have also been taking some workshops in stone cutting. This is really fascinating, but hard. I am still working on getting all of the unforseen scratches out, but coming along nicely. Hopefully soon I will have some agate ready.
This weekend has been very busy. I want to thank everyone who has supported me at the PEI Christmas Craft Fair. I hope everyone enjoys their jewelry as much as I do. Thank you. I also want to thank a very kind couple who gave me their vintage jewelry so that I could make something with it. The pearl bracelets belonged to their Grandmother and Mother. It is very much appreciated.
Vintage jewelry is my passion. Love all aspects of it. It is like a treasure hunt for the perfect piece.