Monthly archive for ‘ February, 2011 ’

unfounded inspiration…

25th February 2011 | 0 Comments

Since moving back to San Francisco, I’ve rediscovered my enjoyment of drowning in my ipod and just walking all over the concrete jungle. There are days I enjoy it more than others, but I still find the right song to fit the mood and to fit the walk. I tend to not think much while […]

Cabochon wrappings

24th February 2011 | 0 Comments

Tonight’s article is all about cabochon wrapping and cabochon pendants.  Cabochons are smooth stones with at least one flat side and typically a rounded side. Most of my cabochon wrappings/pendants are done in sterling silver however, occasionally, I do something a bit different and create something like what is on the left. That piece is […]

career changes

22nd February 2011 | 0 Comments

On average a teacher stays in a school for 3 years. On average people change careers 5 times in their lives. I’m currently on the eve of starting career number 3. My first was teaching, lasting just over 3 years–but I was in one school for 3 years so for that I’m average and have […]


20th February 2011 | 0 Comments

As promised, I’ve got several people I work with at CityArt gallery. This is Jane Henri. She’s a very entertaining woman who started to devote more time to her art and after a decent amount of learning and honing her skills she became a CityArt artist. In her own words: I paint because can not […]

a special type of earring

18th February 2011 | 0 Comments

This post is all about earrings. There are so many different types of earrings out there, we’ve got hoops, chandeliers, french hooks, posts, and so many others. The earrings I’m going to talk about are threaders. These are among the more interesting earrings to wear of my creations. Threader earrings are just as the name […]

my old basics

16th February 2011 | 0 Comments

Something I have done since I first started making jewelry is to make chandelier earrings.  What defines chandelier earrings is simply multiple drops on a single base or center. Usually chandelier earrings have a ‘curtain’ look to them when the drops are more than one bead in length. Above are images of several different styles […]

more on anodized aluminum

16th February 2011 | 0 Comments

More on anodized aluminum…it’s colorful, light, and an interesting material to work with.I don’t use these rings as often as I spin and cut steel and copper rings for several reasons. I have to use taped pliers to work with these (teeth in pliers dig into the aluminum easily leaving marks and scratches) and they […]

missed a few days

14th February 2011 | 0 Comments

Most who read this blog have (or at least should) noticed that I have a habit of updating on a daily/every other daily basis.  However, recently, I haven’t been updating. Here’s an insight as to why. Holidays make me crazy.  St. Valentine’s day is no exception to the rule that holidays make me crazy. All […]

a word or two on holidays

9th February 2011 | 0 Comments

Gift giving comes up during holidays. Holidays are some of my favorite excuses for a party.  Some of my pieces are made exclusively for holidays-as holiday jewelry. Some of my pieces are made for casual wear. And then again, some of my pieces are made for black tie. These are a decent mix of the […]

Methods to the madness

8th February 2011 | 0 Comments

I’m a chainmailler. I spin and cut my own rings. This is a process that is the most time consuming part of making chainmaille. I take a spool of wire (steel and copper) that you can get at just about any hardware store (sterling silver-I’ve actually got to order) and spin the wire around a […]