Thursday, March 27, 2014


Better is the enemy of good - Voltaire

Confession time. I sometimes can be a perfectionist to the point of driving myself and my loved ones crazy. I think it comes from needing to control this out of control world around me. Did I fold that towel perfectly? Or polish the sink until it shines? Did I run enough time on the treadmill? I can't stop. I have tried. I'm guilty of beating myself up or listening to negative people.
My studio allows me to escape though. When I am there designing I can embrace the beauty of imperfection. I am free of the chaos around me and I am allowed to just let my creative juices flow. It feels so liberating at times and I am grateful for every moment.
This necklace was created in one of those special moments. I love dragonflies because they remind me of the ever constant state of change. We all have the option to grow and become better individuals or to continue to be stuck in fear. Dragonflies remind us to live with joy and lightness of being. A beautiful dragonfly visited me while making this necklace. It reminded me to be adaptable and always look for ways to change and grow.

My Transcend necklace is currently being showcased at Harris Center Art Gallery.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Doing more of what makes me happy

I know I have been radio silent of late. I am still here. Learning more techniques and making more jewelry. This is one of my latest creations. The necklace is made with a copper backing, a frame of bronze and set in a fine silver bezel. The stone is a kaleidoscope jasper and the cabochon is handmade by me.

I wanted to learn the art of lapidary and about stone properties so I joined the El Dorado County Mineral and Gem Society.
Here are the basic steps. Start with a rock. Clamp the rock inside a slab saw. The saw has a diamond blade and cuts very slowly. 
Here is the rock cut open. How cool right??
Now you keep the rock in the slab saw and just move it over with a hand crank to cut a slab. Here is an example of one I purchased at a gem show. It's called Lavic siding jasper.
Now once you have your slab ready, you use a template and a permanent sharpie to draw your shape. In this picture I have already drawn the shape, cut the stone with a trim saw and attached it to a dop stick.
 I have also started rounding it with an arbor. The wheels of the arbor have different diamond grits, and you keep going up in grits like sandpaper.

Here you see a pro at work. Tony is finishing up a turquoise cab and getting it ready to be polished.
Some more of my finished cabs.

This weekend we are going on a field trip to hunt for smokey quartz crystals! 
Oh no. It's official, I have turned into my mom! Whatever, who cares when you are having this much fun right?

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

My first ring!

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I want to wish everyone a happy new year! 

For the past few weeks I have been busy in the studio creating new jewelry. One piece I wanted to share is a new ring design. I love the way the black onyx contrasts with the sterling silver.

This Lotus ring is a talisman for me to the changes I wish to make this year. Over the next few weeks I will be listing new designs to my website. I will also be converting my Etsy store to sandblasted supplies, including sandblasted new cabochons. I'm looking forward to this year!

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