The Gift

December 22, 2009

I think that I’ve made as much jewelry this last 2 months as I have all year. Working 18 hour stretches at the bench, forgetting to eat, and having to stop every six hours to put all of the tools back so that I can find them when I need them has become par for […]

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Tis the Season to Hollow Form

December 21, 2009

Hollow forming presents all sorts of engineering challenges for the jeweler.  Using the correct gauged sheet, drilling holes in strategic places to allow gases to escape while building, and engineering the inner structure to allow the stresses without collapsing or denting the metals, such as the pressure of setting a stone and polishing, are a […]

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Order of the Dragonfly Revisited

December 12, 2009

This is my third work in which I use the sculpted dragonfly.  I think that I am attracted to these water loving bugs out of respect for their audacious manner of flying right in your face and hovering.  They can be very intimidating, until you realize that they are practically harmless.  But, they are beautiful […]

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The Green Goddess and the Goddess of Garnets

November 25, 2009

I have always been fascinated with the symbolic representation of the goddess in abstract.  From as far back as drawing pictures of my mom in grade school to asking girls to model nude for me in my college dorm room, the female form has held me in reverence on many different levels.   The goddess can […]

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Why is Sometimes Harder Than How

October 27, 2009

In my last blog I ranted a tad about inspirations and muses. Then I started searching out other blogs on the subject. A photographer friend of mine friend had posted a blog where she discussed how she created her beautiful works, and she mentioned that it was easier to discuss how she did it, rather […]

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The Moon Muses, revisited

October 25, 2009

Women have inspired songs in the hearts of men since the dawn of creation.  We’ve sang of goddesses, mothers, whores, love lost and gained.  We’ve sang of their beauty, their ugliness, their love, and their scorn.  This is why the ancient myths tell us that the muses of men are female, that inspire us men […]

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Lost in Space

October 18, 2009

This is a hinged, sectional neck piece with a hollow-formed center section built up from a spiral around a section of copper tube.  The center piece depicts a space ship spiraling in to the empty negative space, maybe a black hole.  And, within the spiral are patterns with an almost tribal look to them.  Also, […]

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Still is Still Moving to Me

August 6, 2009

“Still is still moving to me. And, I swim like a fish in the sea all the time. But if that’s what it takes to be free I don’t mind. Still is still moving to me.” Willie Nelson This bracelet was first inspired by the kabamba cabochons cut by George Ingraham (aka TaoGem).  Kabamba contains […]

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Ode to the Lapidary

June 8, 2009

I met George Ingraham through these blogs and then on Twitter.  The first thing I noticed about his work was the sets that he made and then the uniqueness of his stones.  The lapidary is the unsung hero of the jewelry world.  We tend to just select a stone and then make something taking all […]

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Vesica Pisces Cuff

June 3, 2009

This cuff was hand forged from wires of sterling into the basic shape that I laid out with the mount for the amethyst built up first.  Then I used the rolling mill to impress a slight texture into the sterling.  I pierced out the paisley design, and added another layer of paisleys on top.  Then […]

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