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”

Branch Handfasting Rings

These rings were so much fun to make! I made them for an amazing couple’s handfasting recently. The stones are citrine (yellow, his birthstone) and peridot (green, her birthstone). They decided to swap the stones so that she would wear his birthstone and he would wear her birthstone. What a beautiful idea! They wanted them to bothContinue reading “Branch Handfasting Rings”

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”

Combining Passions

I have always had more passions than time in a day. So whenever I find a way to combine my passions into a single project I get really excited. With this project I get to meld my love of metals with my joy of making comics, which has me really excited! The process for thisContinue reading “Combining Passions”

How to Say Goodbye to a Project and Start Something Fantastic

Alright, you may be wondering what happened to the tea set. There is one hard truth about making art: Not every project works out. Sometimes a project breaks.  Sometimes you realize you were off track from the beginning and it isn’t going to turn into one of those happy mistakes.  Sometimes forces conspire to sapContinue reading “How to Say Goodbye to a Project and Start Something Fantastic”

A Short Comic and an Update on the New Tea Set

Sometimes the lifespan of a project goes like this.  I’m somewhere between three and twelve weeks now.  Nothing quite looks like anything at this point.  Which is how projects always seem to start. Mostly there has been an awful lot of hammering. It’s amazing that not long ago the two domes above were once flat circlesContinue reading “A Short Comic and an Update on the New Tea Set”

My Big Metals Project for Spring Semester

Do you ever get those ideas that grow and grow in your mind and on paper until sketching them out is not enough?  And then you have no choice but to make those ideas exist in the real world, no matter how hard or time consuming?  I had my idea for my spring jewelry andContinue reading “My Big Metals Project for Spring Semester”

A comic page from pencil to color

One of my favorite things is seeing a project transform from the first sketch into the final colorful object.  I love getting lost in the process from beginning to end! This comic page started with the Doodle a Day Challenge at The Wanderers (the fantastic Facebook page of Theresa Williams where she chronicles her ideas forContinue reading “A comic page from pencil to color”