Fireflies: A Photo Journal of the Making Process

This commission started with the luxurious image of fireflies dancing around cattails and a pond on a moonlit night. A pretty piece of prasiolite (green quartz) was to be used to signify the pond and little 3mm round peridot cabochons were to be made into fireflies. I fell in love with the serenity of thisContinue reading “Fireflies: A Photo Journal of the Making Process”

Release the Kraken

I had a fantastic commission for a kraken pendant recently and thought it would be a good example to show what goes into the process of making a layered pendant. So I took a lot of pictures! Let’s get started! After the initial sketch the first step is to get all the layers cut out.Continue reading “Release the Kraken”

How Do Commissions Work?

I get a lot of people asking about how, exactly, commissions work. So here are the ins and outs and a few tips about commission me and other artists to do work! It all starts with a sketch I cannot speak to the process used by other artists, but for me it almost always startsContinue reading “How Do Commissions Work?”

Jewelry and Gemstone Party!

I’m having a jewelry and gemstone party this Thursday evening! Come to My Daily Grind Coffeehouse from 7-9 pm and see some beautiful natural gemstones, pick some out and have me draw a design for a specially made commissioned jewelry piece just for you! Plus enjoy some coffee of course! Jewelry and Gemstone Party Thursday,Continue reading “Jewelry and Gemstone Party!”

5 New Listings in my Etsy Shop

I’ve been working hard at updating my Etsy Shop lately! There are so many new things to check out including a couple new rings, a new one of a kind wrap mala bracelet and the all new custom gemstone pendant settings where you choose your setting and your stones! Honey Drop Ring Sterling silver, citrineContinue reading “5 New Listings in my Etsy Shop”

Jewelry Class: Advanced Wire Wrapped Pendant

Looking to grow your jewelry making skills? Join me for this class and take home a beautiful wire wrapped pendant necklace! Students will learn how to how to work with more advanced wire bending and weaving techniques. It is recommended that you have already taken one of the beginner courses or have previous experience workingContinue reading “Jewelry Class: Advanced Wire Wrapped Pendant”

Growing Copper Gerber Daisies

One of my favorite flowers has always been Gerber daisies. So when I was asked to make a layered Gerber pendant I was super excited! The client wanted it done similarly to the tree pendant which was precisely the way I wanted to do it as well. So after designing I started with cutting out theContinue reading “Growing Copper Gerber Daisies”

Making the Dahlia

Making the Dahlia pendant was a blast from start to finish! My client wanted this particular glass cabochon and a dahlia flower. Beyond that I was able to do what I wanted! First I sketched it out by hand and then I redrew it in the computer to make it more precise.    Then IContinue reading “Making the Dahlia”

Honey Bee Pendant and Happy Artists

I just finished a new little pendant (only an inch across and not much taller!) and, honestly, it just makes me smile.  It is definitely my new favorite layered pendant. I know, as an artist, I am (as a stereotype) supposed to be perpetually dissatisfied with my work.  This is supposed to be part ofContinue reading “Honey Bee Pendant and Happy Artists”

Making Jewelry to Sell: Some Ideas on Choosing What to Make

I did it!  Over the last few weeks I’ve spent most of my time (when I wasn’t working at my day job, riding my bike or hanging out with friends – it’s a full life!) making four pieces to offer to Artforms, A Perrysburg Gallery.  And they took all four of them!  So my work is nowContinue reading “Making Jewelry to Sell: Some Ideas on Choosing What to Make”