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mold made from twig              constructed without a core               

     with metal clay, gypsy set round              using hand made supporting structures

     cubic zirconia, fired, patinated and          pearls added after patination

     gypsy set tanzanite after finishing                                

               

      constructed lentil beads drilled to            metalclay and enamel mixed for the bail

      overlap and nestle, fired with enamel       patinated metal clay disk and beads

      in recessed areas, patinated and             strung with labradorite

      strung with pyrite and labradorite

           

    mold made from twig elbow filled with        individual princess settings filed and

    metalclay, gypsy set round czs, prong         attached before firing. fine silver

    set marquise, mesh inserted and cold         satin brushed finish

    connected from back with sterling

    rivet.  patinated          

 

BronzClay™ two separate firings, inner dome was fired in coconut based activated carbon and the outer ring was fired in coal based. These were two mistakes that ended up as one piece. This is going to be fun.

 

BronzClay™ earrings fired in coal based activated carbon. The patina is right out of the kiln. The raised areas were burnished

 

 

Ring shank was changed to an adjustable one as my dearest friend Magy Caldwell was nearing the end of her life. She was shrinking so quickly the ring would always be too large for her. Unfortunately, Magy passed away the day before the ring was finished. Because of the bypass shank, I can now wear it in her memory.

 

 

 

Love and miss you Magy...

 

Stainless martini glass from Zaruba and Zaruba Gallery, the wrap and pick are BronzClay™. Those exciting colors are one of the magnificent properties of the coal firing medium. Fabulous arent they?

 

Silver coated lava rock fired and brushed strung with amazing peacock stick pearls and handmade silver embellishments to marry the elements. Can be worn as a 16 or 18 inch piece by adjusting the closure.

 

Origami isn't as easy as it looks. I used metal clay sheet to fold six-point lilies. The bud bases are also silver. The buds themselves are wonderful keshi pearls. I have so many different kinds I've been thinking of a bridal line. The center coin pearl here is a huge 22mm in diameter. Just amazing! This piece is included in
The Art and Design of Metal Clay Jewelry
2010 Calendar published by Holly Gage.

Varied texture adds interest to this woven pendant. Looks great on a man.

upper left:

                "Queen's Ransom" was a 2007 Saul Bell Design Award Competition finalist

   designed and created by Donna Lewis

 

I Took The Handmade Pledge! BuyHandmade.org

 
 
     
 

Lentil with reversible option

 

I love the symbolism here and keum boo is an excellent way to enhance it. This piece lives in the UK now.

 

Our Sonoran Desert cholla cactus skeletons are becoming more difficult to find with all the development. They do need some TLC before trying to make any molds. I whittle what will be a piece of jewelry later from the cactus itself. Watch out for splinters!

These were so much fun to make. More about them in Lark Books

30 MINUTE EARRINGS

I love simple, wide bands like this using the surface to create interest. Here the ring was brush finished in two different directions.

 

 


Custom earrings for a heart loving bride.

 
 
     
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