Sunday, December 19, 2010

Whiting and Davis Snake Bracelet

I've been updating  my website with lots of new pieces and I've expanded my Vintage jewelry selections a lot.   I posted a Whiting and Davis Scarf Necklace.   Check out the Whiting and Davis snake bracelet  -  http://www.dianakirkpatrick.com/item/Whiting-and-Davis-Coiled-Snake-Bracelet-359

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Largest Pearl

A friend sent me a link to this story about an amazing type of pearl that I have not heard about before.   I hope you enjoy reading about it.

Friday, December 17, 2010

I Had to Share This

I'm working hard on some website updates and my inventory, but when a friend sent me this YouTube video, I just had to take a break and share it.  The video puts in pictures my nightmares about setting up a holiday tree.


YouTube video

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Our Deep Freeze Continues

Our deep freeze continues, but a warm up is expected later this week.   Meanwhile, some great news - the Sandhill Cranes have returned!   I was doing a show last weekend near Paynes Prairie and watched a flock of cranes fly overhead.   You can't miss hearing them!


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Heavy Frosts in Florida

It's warm in my studio, but it's really cold (for Florida) outside.   There's a heavy frost on the ground this morning.   With these temperatures, there's a lot of concern about damage to our fruit and vegetable crops.   Keep your fingers crossed - this cold spell should be over by the time the weekend arrives.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Shows

Not a lot to say about recent shows - disappointing at best.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope that everyone and their families have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.   Don't eat too much turkey (or whatever!) and be careful on the roads if you're driving.

Diana

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

RIP Deja Blu

DEJA BLU - Deja and I have had a lot of adventures, but recently she has become too weak and arthritic to move around much.  Today I lost my beloved friend of 15 years.  I will be miss her a lot.













 

The Big Book of Cats (Big Book of . . . (Welcome Books))

Barrons Books What Cats Want Book

Off to Shows

 











 I'm posting some new jewelry photos.   I don't think I'll have them listed on the website until the end of November, after my shows are done for the month.

I used aqua chalcedony for some new necklaces and also sweet little star shaped pearls in several designs for the Holidays.

At the bottom of this page, I've added some links to new pieces that are up on the website already.  Look around while you're checking these out.





Tuesday, November 9, 2010

November Show Schedule

I have several shows this month:  The Local Artists Show at the Harn Museum on Sunday, November 14 from 1-5pm; the Merry Marketplace in Valdosta, GA November 19-21; and Christmas in the South in Jacksonville, FL November 26-28.   I'll hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Harn Artist Show

I'm excited to tell you that about an upcoming event in Gainesville:   I will be participating in the Harn Museum's Local Artist Trunk Show in the museum's Galleria.  The show is on Sunday, November 14 from 1-5pm.  

Saturday, October 23, 2010

I've Lost Track

 
 I've been working on a new design - it should be finished by the end of next week.  In the process, I've totally lost track of updating my website and my Etsy store.   I'll be adding new items this weekend - I've already done some updating.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Show at Trinity


This morning, I set up a display of some of my woven fiber and metal jewelry for the "All About Abstract" Show at Trinity Methodist here in Gainesville.   The Show opens on Sunday and runs until January 4, 2011.  Here are photos of some pieces, and a link to some others. 





You can see many of my fiber pieces at www.dianakirkpatrick.com/gallery.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thornebrook Festival

Set-up for the Thornebrook show is tomorrow afternoon in Gainesville.   There's an evening preview from 6-9pm.    I'm booth 122.   The show runs Saturday and Sunday from 10-5.

Here are links to a couple of pieces I'll be showing:   http://www.dianakirkpatrick.com/item/textured-copper-cuff-bracelet-317  and http://www.dianakirkpatrick.com/item/titanium-coated-heart-pendant-295.   There's a silver collar that matches the pendant at http://www.dianakirkpatrick.com/item/braided-silver-and-niobium-necklace-319

The Artisans Guild is holding a reception tomorrow evening from 6-9pm to celebrate their 40th anniversary.  Drop by the Guild if you are in the area -    http://www.artisansguildgallery.com/.   The Guild is only a block away from Thornebrook.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Golden Light

It rained here yesterday afternoon - in fact it poured!   A sizable "lake" formed out back and, after the rain stopped, the light turned absolutely golden in color.      I've only seen these light conditions once in a long time.   Very interesting and very different- I wish I knew what creates the right conditions.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Copper and Silver Jewelry

Here are some earrings and a cuff that are ready to go to shows.




I'll have the photos on the website shortly.

Friday, September 17, 2010

What I'm Working on Right Now

Right now, I'm working on copper items - a whole new ballgame for me.   I should have some photos over the weekend.  Some of these pieces will be shown in the Artisans Guild Gallery.

I'm trying to get pieces ready for several upcoming shows and starting in October, a local church is hosting an invitational art show that will run through the end of this year.  Some of my woven pendants and necklaces (both fiber and metal) will be displayed in this show.   I have to decide whether I have enough display pieces to handle my show needs and also the art exhibit - I may have to get a few more.

Before starting on the copper pieces, I was finishing several new designs in freshwater pearls.  Here are a couple of freshwater pearl pieces that I completed recently.  

Friday, September 10, 2010

Mucho Angst

I've had nightmares recently.  For years, I backed up onto Zip disks and CDs.  Earlier this month I had a peripheral drive fail - the drive my backups were on.  Thankfully, the important info has been retrieved and I'll soon be current on everything, but this is a very real nightmare that I never thought I'd go through.  I'm back to a double set of backups on anything of importance.   Perhaps online backup is the way to go?  

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Redid My Etsy Shop

I redid my Etsy store this morning -take a look on the left.  On the right, there's another!

Getting ready for Fall Shows













I'm hard at work on jewelry pieces for my Fall Shows. The Thornebrook Show is October 2 & 3, here in Gainesville, FL. I'll have new items on display at the Artisans Guild Gallery, too.

Other shows are out of town events the last two weekends in November: Valdosta, GA and Jacksonville, FL

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Another Funky Pendant


I designed this freshwater pearl necklace and pendant for me!   I combined iridescent honey colored flat on one side pearls with some white potato pearls and added a funky pearl pendant.   The pendant can be removed so I can wear the lovely pearls alone.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

"Funky" Necklace

I made a couple of "funky" pearl necklaces.   "Funky" is the name attached to the pearl pendants by the supplier.   I have one on my website under Necklaces.   I'll post a photo of the other one tomorrow.


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Octagon Coffee Table Aquarium - OpulentItems.com

I have a friend who is really into aquariums big time.  I recently ran across the "perfect addition" to her present aquarium set up:
Octagon Coffee Table Aquarium - OpulentItems.com

While you're looking at the coffee table, be sure to check out this fantastic sink, too!
http://www.opulentitems.com/Aquarium-Sink_p_1105.html


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Asheville

I recently visited Asheville, North Carolina.  The first few days were hot, but it cooled off to nearly "normal".  Asheville is an arts center in the North Carolina mountains (along the Blue Ridge Parkway) with a fabulous local arts and crafts guild.  Watch for and attend the Southern Highlands Guild shows.  They are out of this world!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

M. Reda in Atlanta

I had a great time at the Mahmoud Reda dance workshop in Atlanta this past weekend!  Mr. Reda is a living legend and one of Egypt's artistic treasures.  The seminar and show were sponsored by Amani of Atlanta, who did a terrific job! 

People attended from around the country and there was at least one international participant, so I got to see a lot of friends who came especially for a chance to study with Mr. Reda.  The Saturday night show featured a large variety of dancers with contrasts in dance styling - older styles vs. styling currently popular.  At the end of the day Sunday, the vendors were interviewed as part of a potential upcoming segment on CNN.   Stay tuned and I'll try to let you know if this segment is going to be aired and when.

Needless to say, I'm still working on getting new photos up on the website.   Look for them this week.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Here's What I've been Doing

I've been having fun creating pendants and necklaces with some of the pearls I've acquired recently.  

Awhile back I posted a photo of flower I made from keshi pearls.  Here's the complete necklace.   I used the flower as the closure.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Sunday, July 25, 2010

A New Look for My Blog

I've totally redone my blog layout and color scheme.   I'm still working out a few "bugs," but I think I like the brighter colors.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

New Necklace and Earring Sets

Currently in the works -  new pieces, including bracelets, necklaces, and earrings.  I'm doing new pearl necklaces and earrings to replace ones that have sold.   I'm also doing more bracelets in coiled silver and some more memory wire bracelets made with an assortment  of beads.

The necklace in the lower photo is made with Biwa stick pearls and Swarovski crystal.   The necklace in the top photo was created with potato pearls (shaped like a potato) and accented with blister pearls.  Blister pearls form attached to the shell of the mollusk so they look interestingly different from a pearl that has formed within the soft part of the mollusk.  










Some interesting books:

River and the Road: Journal of a Freshwater Pearl-fisher

Friday, July 23, 2010

Thornebrook Festival

I'll be doing the Thornebrook Festival here in Gainesville the first weekend in October.   My booth number is 122.  I'm really looking forward to it.

Friday, July 16, 2010

New Jewelry Photos

I've just added several new necklaces to the website. Take a look. On the left is a photo for another necklace I've just finished.

I'm doing a show in Tallahassee this weekend and I wanted to get some new items on the website before I left.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Where to Find Me


I'm going to be attending a couple of bellydance shows in July and August.   The July event is Saturday the 17th in Tallahassee and the August event is the first weekend in August in Atlanta, Ga.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Another Squidoo Lens!

I am fascinated with New Mexico, especially with the northern part of the state.  I'm constantly amazed that you can drive 100 miles in any direction and find yourself in a totally new geographic region - a place that doesn't look at all like where you came from. 

Although I've been visiting New Mexico for several years, I had never driven north from Santa Fe to the Abiquiu area.   This spring, I made that trip and as we drove along I realized that I could literally see Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings everywhere around me.   After making this trip, I decided to create a Squidoo lens about this fascinating woman and artist.

If you'd like to read more about O'Keeffe, here are some informative choices:






























Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Fourth of July!

It's been a cloudy and rainy day here.   Gainesville had fireworks last night - looks like tonight may be a washout for any areas around here that planned to celebrate tonight.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Website Updates in Progress

I've been doing design updates to my website in addition to adding a lot of new jewelry.  Take a look.  I'd like to hear what you think.   I'm still working on additional phases, so the website will be a work in progress for awhile longer.

I've added a number of braclets, like the one shown here, plus new rings along with some great necklaces and earrings.

Friday, June 25, 2010

New Photos - Finally


I finally have some new photos on the website - look at the last couple of entries on both the Necklaces and the Earrings sections. 

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Ailing Kitties

Photos are coming.  Right now I have two ailing kitties to care for.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Traveling

I was traveling recently - an RV trek.  We started to take some jewelry pictures at one point only to discover that wind gusts shook things so much we couldn't get an in focus shot!  Somehow, we never go things set up again to take the photos, but this weekend I actually should have some photos ready to post here and on my website - a number of new things to look at.

I found a new book recently that I think I will like a lot.   The topic is micro-macrame.  As one of the many people who made knotted plant hangers at one time,  I have to tell you that this is not the macrame we all remember!   You really can produce lovely delicate jewelry using newer materials.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Santa Fe

I spent several weeks in Santa Fe, NM this spring. The weather was fascinating and I enjoyed watching the sky and the clouds and the storms that come up in the afternoon and evening. It’s fascinating to see the changes in the clouds – first in one area and then another, interrupted by periods of sunshine. Mostly, none of this lasts very long before changing to something else. Our RV was parked atop a hill with a 360 degree view: mountains in two directions with incredible views of storms rolling in. Most of the storms seemed to hang over the mountains, but sometimes it rains over a larger area in the afternoon – with thunder and lightning, too. It was windy during our stay. Spring is generally windy in the Santa Fe area, but it’s usually in March that the winds blow and blow. This year the winds have continued for weeks beyond the normal period.

As always, when I’m in Santa Fe, I spent quite a while wandering through a couple of the “artsy” areas. The older area is known as “Canyon Road”. Canyon Road runs for a considerable distance and much of the lower part of the street is lined with shops and galleries. The newer art site is outside of town - a refurbished railroad yard area known as Railroad Square. Although Railroad Square has been in existence for a long time with a variety of small galleries and shops, it’s now a mixed development of stores, galleries, and apartments.

This time I found the studio of a fantastic photographer named David Brookover. His work is absolutely incredible. Much of Brookover’s work is reminiscent of Ansel Adams large scale B&W photos. I dream of having a large copy of his photo of the White House in Canyon des Chelly.

We did a little exploring outside of Santa Fe, too. North and slightly west of Santa Fe is Abiquiu. We had not been in this part of New Mexico before and we were blown away by the scenery. You can literally see Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings as you drive along from slightly south of Abiquiu heading northward. We were headed for the Ghost Ranch where Georgia O’Keeffe visited and later lived. It’s really amazing to see the changes in scenery/geology in this distance (around 100 miles). The scenery is totally unlike the area around Santa Fe, but very dramatic and compelling in its own way. It was fascinating to see the changes in relatively narrowly defined areas – distinct geography and geology, all from the bottom of an ancient sea.

We made a second trip to Ghost Ranch with camera and lenses. The anthropology and paleontology museums at Ghost Ranch are fascinating – ancient peoples and very early very small dinosaurs. A few miles make all the difference in the scenery. Shortly after we left Abiquiui and headed north, we came to Echo Amphitheater, an awesome natural amphitheater. Not far beyond Echo, we found ourselves in an area where it looked as if somebody had emptied out their leftover cement on top of every mesa and peak. This region lasted for a relatively short distance and from this point northward, northern New Mexico begins to look more and more like southern Colorado with traditional mountain/valley scenery and lot of pines.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Cleaning Jewelry

Silver, even fine silver, will eventually tarnish.  The tarnish that forms on silver pieces is silver sulfide, which is black. A thin coating of silver sulfide on silver will darken the silver surface. Cleaning the silver using most cleaning methods removes the silver sulfide coating, but polishing and most jewelry cleaners also remove some silver during the cleaning process. Here’s an approach to cleaning that does not remove any silver, but converts the tarnish back to silver.


The chemical reaction between the silver sulfide and the aluminum only occurs when the two are in contact while in the baking soda solution, so the silver has to touch the aluminum foil. The silver sulfide is converted back to silver and the sulfur is deposited on the aluminum either as yellow flecks of sulfur or as aluminum sulfide. Warming the water speeds up the reaction and the solution carries the sulfur from the silver to the aluminum. Tarnish will begin to disappear within a few minutes. You may need to repeat the process for badly tarnished pieces, reheating the baking soda and water mixture.

You will need a container lined with aluminum foil. The container should be large enough to totally immerse the silver you want to clean. Heat the water and mix in the baking soda at the rate of a cup of baking soda to a gallon of water (adjust the amount of water to the size of your container and silver piece, then add the correct amount of baking soda for the amount of water used). Place the jewelry directly on top of the aluminum foil and add the water and baking soda solution. Some bubbling may occur during this reaction, so you might want to place your container in a larger pan or somewhere where some overflow won’t matter.

Caution is needed when cleaning jewelry set with stones. Some stones are porous and should not be immersed in water or any cleaner. Examples are opals, turquoise, malachite, lapis, or pearls.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

New BookFind!

Something different today for everyone who has aches and pains from hours spent making jewelry:   A friend recently put me on to a book that is absolutely wonderful.  The title is "Listen to Your Pain"and the author is Ben E. Benjamin. 

The book opens with a discussion of pain and how to evaluate an injury.  In the second part of the book there's a lengthy section on finding your injury (don't laugh, pain is often referred to other areas than the actual injury site), followed by information on rehabilitation.  The book is filled with detailed sketches and diagrams of analyzing injury and then treating it.  This book is available in paperback from Amazon and it's an amazing resource.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Cleaning and Storing Your Jewelry

Your jewelry needs to be clean to look its best. Jade, turquoise, malachite, tourmaline, pearls, opals, and lapis are among softer and more porous stones that should not be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner or soaked in jewelry cleaner solutions – just wipe off with damp soft cloth and air dry. In fact, it’s not a good idea to soak your jewelry regardless of the metal or stones involved. Stones such as the ones listed above require extra careful treatment. You should avoid using hot water on these stones, too. If more cleaning is required try wiping off with soapy water on a soft cloth. Dry thoroughly.


Avoid exposure to household cleaners and chemicals that can damage your jewelry. Remove your jewelry before dealing with chemicals. Pearls and other porous stones can obviously be damaged by the chemicals, but even karat gold can be discolored by chemical exposure (chlorine, for example), even something like a soak in a hot tub. Use rubbing alcohol to remove grease from karat gold. Remove earrings when you have your hair done, especially if you are having it colored.

Apply all of your cosmetics, make-up, hair spray, and perfume before putting on your jewelry. Remove bracelets and rings before applying hand lotions and creams. Remember that you should remove your jewelry before working in the garden or engaging in other physical labor, exercising, swimming, bathing, etc.

Don’t just toss your jewelry into a jewelry box or drawer - your pieces will scratch each other. Jewelry often comes in a protective bag or box and you should store your jewelry in these boxes and bags or flat in a plastic bag in a clean dark dry place. Store pearls in soft bags away from other jewelry which might scratch the pearl’s surface. Store your silver jewelry in tarnish resistant bags.



Saturday, May 8, 2010

Camera Equipment - At Last!

At long last - the wait is nearly over.  The final piece of camera equipment we need should be here Monday.   I have several new jewelry designs lined up to be photographed a.s.a.p!

One of my new designs for the year is this necklace, which I've already photographed.  As soon I  can get the photos done I'll have matching earrings to show with it.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Photos on Copper Wire Jewelry

I've just uploaded some photos to my CopperWireJewelrymagazine site.   Just click on the link: http://copperwirejewelers.ning.com/profile/DianaKirkpatrick.

You can see larger shots of these pieces on my website  -  http://www.dianakirkpatrick.com/


I'm waiting for a new piece of photo equipment which should be here on Monday, then I'll get photos of new rings and other pieces on the website.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Working

I've completed several rings and a pendant.   I have the entires on the website for the rings already.  I really will try to get photos taken as soon as I finish two woven pendants that I'm curremtly working on. 

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Miscellany

I've been wrapping the shanks of rings today and my hands and arms are tired. I guess I'll take a break for a while.

Here's something that I'd like to share with everyone who has an aging kitty with health issues. My oldest cat is 14 and has had allergies and asthma for some time. The asthma has gradually gotten worse despite the air filters, etc., that we're using constantly. My vet suggested using a tiny mask on the cat to administer medication from an inhaler, but I was never able to get the cat to adapt to having the mask on her face.
Several months ago I did a web search on feline asthma. Among the things I came up with as a result was a "breathing chamber" idea. After discussing it with the vet, I decided to try it. I have a small flexible clear plastic file box with a lid (the cat is very small). I took a long time to introduce the cat to being in the box - there's a blanket in the bottom and several little cat toys. She doesn't mind being in the chamber and she can see out. My other kitties have also investigated the chamber and played with the toys, so it smells like her and her friends.

The vet helped me choose and acquire a nebulizer pump system. The prescription medication goes into a cup connected to a pump and a fine mist of medication is pumped into the chamber. The cat is much improved. Although this obviously doesn't cure anything, a couple of daily treatments have made a big difference - much less coughing and a more active cat.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Direct link to my Wishpot site

Here's a direct link to my wishpot site where you can create a wishlist for items from my website or my etsy store.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Expanded Wishpot

I'm expanding my activities on Wishpot.com to include regular blogging.   I'll have more info soon.   You can see lots of my jewelry there as well as on my website

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Taking a Break

I recently had an opportunity to take a break from work and spend a couple of days in New Orleans.   I took a river cruise and discovered that the view from the water was both interesting and revealing in many ways.  I learned a lot about the city and thoroughly enjoyed my visit.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Planning Your Reception-Find the Perfect Place

Your wedding reception is a very important part of your Special Day and you want to be able to relax, enjoy your guests, and have fun at your reception. Planning out all the details in advance is crucial. Here are some initial questions to answer about your reception:

- Will it be a morning, afternoon, or an evening event? Is your wedding formal, casual, or somewhere in between? The “tone” of your reception is connected to that of your wedding. If your wedding will be formal, your reception will probably be a formal affair.

- Will you be getting married in the summer, fall, winter, or spring?

- How many guests will attend?

- What is your budget for the wedding and the reception?

Once you’ve answered these questions you are ready to look at potential reception locations. Start your search well in advance. Lots of locations are booked months in advance.

Finding the ideal location for your reception is important. There are many choices – at a church, in a hotel, in a hall, in a restaurant, or at the country club. You can even choose a museum or a historic building. Each venue will provide an ambiance all its own and the costs of each of these sites will vary. Do you want an indoor or outdoor setting? Outdoor weddings and receptions take a lot of planning and can involve much more work than something held indoors and you need to be sure you’ve secured an alternate site in case of bad weather.

To help compare locations, create a list of the features and services that you want a reception site to have. Try to include everything you can think of. Prioritize your list so the things you think are the most important are right up front. Take your list along when you visit reception sites.

Some things to consider when visiting reception sites:

- Consider the services offered by a facility - large hotels or restaurants can provide everything you’ll need. You might also find a garden setting for an outdoor wedding and reception at a hotel or restaurant. Costs for services at this type of facility are generally priced on a per person basis.

- How far is a reception site from the wedding site? Is there adequate parking at the reception site? Your guests shouldn’t have to travel far between the wedding and the reception and there shouldn’t be a problem parking at the reception.

- Is the room large enough for the number of guests and the activities planned? If you plan to dance, is the floor suitable for dancing and is there enough room? You don’t want your guests in a crowded space.

- Do you like the d├ęcor of the room? What about decorating?

- If there will be other events planned the same day as yours, determine how these events (and services being provided to them) might impact your reception. Will your guests and your event have a private setting?

- Private halls and other facilities may offer nothing other than the room itself. You will have to arrange for everything else.

Careful planning of every detail will help to assure that everything goes smoothly on your Special Day. You may want to consider the services of a wedding planner. A professional wedding planner might actually save you some money (and spare you a lot of headaches).



Sunday, March 21, 2010

New Piece - Old Techniques

I love making art jewelry and my website displays a lot of different approaches from beads to wire.  This elegant necklace reflects the years I spent involved in Middle East Dance as a creator and vendor of costumes and jewelry. 

I love collars and similar designs and a number of my necklaces are variations on that theme, like this one with ruby Swarovski crystals and a lab ruby set in sterling silver. 

I'm also interested in polishing some of my skills from several years back and that's what I've been doing this year.  Earlier I posted a photo of a heart pendant featuring texture and patina and set with a rhodonite cabochon.   

As an example of what else I'm working on, here's a photo of  a pendant in sterling silver set with two larimar cabochons.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

International Guild of Wire Jewelry Artists

I'm really excited!   I'm now a juried member of the International Guild of Wire Jewelry Artists. You'll see their logo on my website shortly.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Handmade Silver Art Jewelry by Diana Kirkpatrick



In the coming months I'll be concentrating on a slightly new direction for my handmade silver art jewelry designs.  My newest designs in sterling silver art jewelry combine shapes cut from sheets of silver metal with silver wire used in a variety of forms.

To make some of the new pieces, I select sheet silver in an appropriate thickness, trace my design onto the metal, and cut it out. Once the silver has been cut, I begin to sand and polish my handmade piece of silver art jewelry.

In one design I’ve combined textured pieces of sterling silver with a prong set cabochon. Each piece of silver has been carefully cut and shaped. I’m experimenting with rivets for joining some of my silver pieces as an alternative to soldering everything. As with everything else in these designs, the rivets are silver and are all handmade. One heart-shaped silver pendant has a prong-set cabochon in the center of the heart. The outer edge has been textured and has a patina applied.

Another of my new handmade silver art jewelry designs is a two part pendant set with larimar cabochons. First I select the silver I want to use and cut out the design with a saw. Then I file and sand to shape and smooth the design. Once I’ve done most of the polishing, I solder the bezels to hold the stones. For this particular pendant, I also drilled holes in each piece and connected everything with handmade silver jump rings. Some of my new pieces have a lot of texturing of the metal, but this particular pendant has a shiny finish like a mirror.

To increase strength and stability for my woven fine silver pendants and earrings, I’m creating soldered frames for my metal weaving. This construction approach will allow me to design more detailed art jewelry pieces that combine bezel set stones with woven silver elements. All these pieces are handmade from cutting out the various metal shapes through the assembly of all the pieces of the design.

An art jewelry bracelet design that I’m particularly proud of uses large square sterling silver wire which has been coiled into flat spiral elements. I’ve made each spiral a little different and linked them together with silver jump rings made from the same large square wire. I also made earrings to match the bracelet.

Contact me directly for more details and an appointment to see my work.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Taking Pictures

Here's a shot of a practice design that employs texturing and rivets.




In order to be able to take some pictures when DH is not around, I'm learning to use a small Canon camera.  My photography skills don't match his, so please bear with me.