Sapphires – what a lovely blue

I had some beautiful 4mm sapphires so I used them to accent this necklace.  The large “stone” is a glass cabochon – made in the flame by me.  The teardrop links are sterling silver with a dark patina applied.

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A great piece to wear everyday or for that special occasion.

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sterling silver chain necklace – Jane

This necklace might be unadorned, but it is anything but plain. 

The fabulous Jane necklace – interlocking teardrops of sterling silver. 

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Reminiscent of a solitary raindrop or a shining bead of morning dew

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Mittens and Rings

Well, believe it or not it has gotten a little chilly here in Tucson.  In fact there was a layer of frost on the chaise lounge this morning.  And I think we might even have a freeze as temps are predicted to fall to the high 20’s at night this week.

Which brings me to “Mittens and Rings”.

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I knitted these!!!!

I love fingerless mittens because they allow me to wear my rings, show them off and still stay warm.

This pair was a kit from Knit-Purl in Portland Oregon.

They are cashmere and really luxurious.

 

The ring is turquoise and silver. 

From this collection last January…

 

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I have been busy designing a new collection – recherche

I’m supposed to be designing my spring collection….   well it’s designed, so I just have to get out there and make what is on paper. 

But in the meantime…. I have these exquisite glass cabochons that I make

and a bunch of them have been sitting there on the bench… for about a year now. 

I originally was going to make lots and lots of rings, but I decided to go with some necklaces. 

And more importantly a necklace at a price point that is affordable for an every day piece.  A “go to” piece. 

One that you would wear with your jeans or whatever you wear to hang out at home. 

Of course these pieces would also look good with your workday outfit if getting up and going to the office is your daily activity. 

I even tried one out at the gym.

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Definition of recherché

 exquisite, choice
 exotic, rare
I think these are exquisite.  They are bold yet minimal at the same time.
And the “stone” is a glass cab – so no 2 will ever be exactly the same…. therefore rare
The glass used in this cab is a black glass from Italy that is loaded with silver so when you work it in the flame all sorts of gorgeous colors appear.  And the glass gets a matte finish…. sometimes.  
This one is over the top beautiful.
I am going to try to get a better photo of just the glass.
The chain is sterling silver in a nice heavy gauge
It’s a tear drop shape.
I plan to make ovals and rounds and even squares
but I chose the tear drop to start because of it’s special meaning to me.
There is even a plain one – to layer.
 
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Flash

Flash

A sudden outburst of bright light.

The druzy is gorgeous.  The piece is embellished with 23K gold.

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Glint

Glint – a cold glancing light

This is a second pendant in the druzy series.  It is a teardrop shape which I have been in love with lately.  It is embellished with a beautiful 4mm blue topaz.

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Watch it glint in the video………..

 

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Glisten

It’s December. 

Wow another year coming to a close.

It’s time for reflection. 

And it’s a time to look ahead.

It’s a time of joy

and it’s a time of melancholy.

But this year – for sure – more joy….

And….  a little sparkle really brings me joy

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Glisten: a soft sparkle

I just finished a series of pendants.  Last year I found some druzy at the gem and jewelry shows.

(Druzy is the glittering effect of tiny crystals over top a colorful mineral.)

If you didn’t know…..the desert glistens.

I found this photograph on the internet (credit: Jacob W Frank) and find it unbelievably beautiful.

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The druzy that I used in these pendants is not dyed.  It is natural – which I think makes it even more beautiful.  And it looks just like this night sky.  The still photos don’t show the sparkle – make sure to watch the video

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Chicago – a weekend getaway to the windy city

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Cold and crisp

The sun isn’t shining but the lake is beautiful. Right now we are on an architectural tour.

We are here for a long weekend.

A dose of the big city.

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Shopping on Michigan Avenue also known as the Magnificent Mile.

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Eating at some fine fine restaurants

Visiting with old friends.

And lucky to have tickets to Hamilton.

Plus a visit to the SOFA show.  No it’s not sofa’s for your living room.

It’s the  Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design show.

Also a visit to the Art Museum and possibly a walk around Hyde Park where we used to live ages ago.

Really having fun

Vacation and the Guggenheim – Bilboa – the museum building is art itself

Vacation in Basque Country 

and a visit to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao

I just came back from a wonderful vacation aboard the National Geographic Orion.  The trip was titled Cultural and Culinary Adventure in Basque Country….    and it did not disappoint.  We ate and drank our way along the coastline of France, Spain, and Portugal while learning about the culture of the area.  And for me the highlight of the trip was our private morning tour of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.  You cannot take photographs inside of the museum except in the foyer.  So I will just dazzle you with some photos of the outside….

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Bridge over the Nervion River, Bilbao Spain

 

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Elevator, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain

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Tulip Sculpture, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain

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me, taking a closeup photo of the tulip sculpture reflection

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Steam Experience at the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain

These are just a few of the photos I took.  You can walk all around the perimeter of the museum and each angle of the building is more beautiful than the last.  And the last photo shows steam being released.  It hangs over the water and creates quite an atmosphere…..  What an experience.

But I am back in Tucson now and the studio is calling

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Cactus Bloom Pendant

A Cactus Bloom is my inspiration

One of the first lampworked beads I made was my rendition of a desert bloom or cactus bloom.  Boy I loved making those beads.

Well, a cactus bloom is still on my mind, but I am approaching this inspiration a little differently now.  

This summer I took a class with Robert Lopez.  If you are not familiar with Robert’s work check him out here.  I love his quirky style and wanted to incorporate the feeling into my work.  I was really smitten with some pendants that he made.  You can see one in the upper right of this collage.inspiration Robert Lopez

 

He collaborated with a metal clay artist for the embossed medallions in the pieces, but what I liked about the pieces was the airy garden feeling, and of course the asymmetry. 

I thought my glass cabochons would set off the idea perfectly.

Most of Robert’s pieces use titanium and Argentium silver.  I decided to stick with sterling silver for my creation.

 

 

So I just finished my first piece.  And I am about 90% happy with it.  Of course I learned a lot and the next one is going to be spectacular.  I would like to have a few in the shop by the end of October.  Anyway, since I use sterling silver I had to solder all of my silver together.  With Argentium silver you can fuse some pieces.  I am very happy with the glass cabochon.  And I am extremely happy with the tube set stones.  The major flaw is a design flaw.  The tube settings are sitting too close to the bezel of the cabochon which made it quite difficult to push the bezel near the tube.  But the glass is in there very securely and will not fall out.  However I would not be happy selling this piece.  The next one will be much improved.  It’s a pendant but I am thinking some brooches too.

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