Silver Clay Pendants: How I Make Them

This was my little fundraising project a couple of months ago when I was raising money for El Hogar, the organization I worked with when I brought my students to Honduras for a volunteering trip in February. They’re made of silver clay, and my wonderful friends stepped up to support the cause. My ‘customers’, or rather Facebook friends who put up with my fundraising statuses … Continue reading Silver Clay Pendants: How I Make Them

2015 Prediction Comes True: 3D Printed Jewelry Was, In Fact, In My Immediate Future

In my 2014 round-up post I predicted that 3D printed jewelry was in my immediate future, and I was right! Ok, it’s true that as the person actually planning to make the 3D printed jewelry, I did have some insider information…so don’t go recommending me to friends seeking a future-predicting oracle. Unless, of course, they’re gullible and have lots of money. As part of a … Continue reading 2015 Prediction Comes True: 3D Printed Jewelry Was, In Fact, In My Immediate Future

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2014: A Year of Living Creatively

Was 2014 a creative year for you? A handful of years ago I remember making a list of what I thought were the primary areas in life that were important for happiness & well being. Something like this: Relationship/Marriage Family Friends/Social Life Health Career Creativity Learning Spirituality (although I’m not a religious person, I still consider spirituality to be an important factor) … There were … Continue reading 2014: A Year of Living Creatively

Thanks, I made it! Cast Silver Ring with Black and White Pearls

I’m feeling pretty chuffed with myself at the moment: I made this pearl ring from scratch and I think it turned out pretty well! I made the ring using the lost wax casting method: carve the shape from wax; create a mold of ‘investment’ around the wax — sort of like immersing the wax in plaster of paris; heat the plaster mold up in a … Continue reading Thanks, I made it! Cast Silver Ring with Black and White Pearls

Enameling Class

I can’t keep myself away from my neighbourhood jewelry studio! I’ve taken a few classes at Jewel Envy: Introductory Fabrication, Introductory Casting, Intermediate Fabrication, and recently I completed an 8-week course on enameling. I must admit, the look of enameled jewelry is not really my first choice for pieces I’d like to wear, but I just love being in the studio and learning new techniques … Continue reading Enameling Class

Fabrication class: creating hollow shapes with die forms

I’m taking an Intermediate Fabrication class at Jewel Envy. In the last class we learned how to make a die form to create hollow-form shapes. After 3 hours of intense, focused work, I brought my work home to show my husband. “Want to see what it took me all goddam class to make?” I asked as I walked through the door. THIS: “That’s…it?” said Dave. … Continue reading Fabrication class: creating hollow shapes with die forms