Archives for November 2014


Tools for Metal Forming

Metal forming is a graceful art form.  I am finding that I love to form metal to make my jewelry.  And I love to acquire new tools.  Good tools help to get the job done.

Pictured is a Swanstrom disc cutter which I got at Rio Grande.  It is an awesome tool.  It cuts perfect circles and washers and really saves time fabricating new designs.

tools for making jewelry


I made these earrings using this tool.textured earrings

And I have several more designs on my bench that uses this circle punch.

Now they have other shapes to tempt me….   I’m making a list for Santa.

creating the desert in glass and metal

Dia de los Muertos – November 2

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in many cultures with a latino ethnic background. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration takes place on November 1–2, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts.

The Day of the Dead is also celebrated in areas of the United States, such as California, Texas, and Arizona. Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to a goddess called Mictecacihuatl.

Marigolds are a significant symbol for the Day of the Dead festivities and are known as the “flower of the dead”. Their scent is believed to “attract the souls and draw them back”. They are also a symbol for passion and creativity.


Artists capture dia de los Muertos in their work

Day of Dead Painting

by Susan Libby, Tucson AZ

day of the dead gabriella

by Gabriella


by Kim Fifield


day of the dead

wedding boutineers on etsy

day of dead bead

lampworked bead set by Louise Little