Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Glowing Remarks

One of my students from this past weekend wrote a post of here blog. It was overly glowing, thank you Melissa. It means a great deal to me to know that my students learn and have a great time. I love sharing what I know. Here is a link to Melissa's blog and what she had to say about our class.

Bangle and Rings workshop

This past weekend I held a Bangles and Rings workshop in my studio. Melissa and Rachel were amazing.As you can see from the photos how hard they worked. They came with having no experience and walked away with three bangles and 1 bezel set ring each. That is so incredible I could not believe how much they picked up in such a short time. Thank ladies it was a load of fun teaching you.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Meeting another Jeweler

This past week I got a chance to meet and befriend a fellow jeweler. It was great, and they are local!! It was amazing to meet another like minded person here. Mark Horenstien is an amazing craftsmen who works in gold and also does lapidary work. Above are some the raw stone that he let me chose from, and not only that but he is going to let me use and learn his lapidary equipment. I am overjoyed but this. He was so generous and this opportunity to be in his space and to get to know another jeweler is fabulous. I can not wait to get started. Thank you so much Mark!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Studio Improvements

I have a couple of students coming to take a workshop this weekend. Bangles Rings and Things. It is going to be a blast. I am very excited. So Steve has been working very hard putting some improvements in the studio for me. We have air conditioning. Wha ho!!! And he built and installed a new two person bench for me. It looks amazing. Thank you so much Steve. Love you.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Finished Project and a New One

The top two photos are a pendant that I just finished. The top stone is a labradorite and the bottom hollow for has this light lovely textured that I created using the rolling mill and burlap, of all things. It is a fabulous texture. The bottom two pictures are of a project that I have started today. The top hollow will have a high polish like a mirror. The bottom pieces will all dangle and move. I am unsure if these are the pieces that I will be using. So far there are fresh water pearls, black onyx, citrine, and of course a few more hollow forms with textures. I am liking the idea of the movement and the layering, I think that this will look amazing when it is finished. I am hoping to get in tomorrow morning to work on it. I think that I will hang it from a double strand of black rubber cord. Any thoughts?

Thursday, July 5, 2012

My bench and the heat

Here are a couple of projects in the works and my bench. I miss being in my studio. But with all this heat and having no air condtioning it makes way to hot with the torch and bieing in a small space. Next is looking like it will drop to in the 80's so hopefully I will be able to get in there to work without melting and risking heat stroke.