Monthly Archives: August 2008

Rings Class

Today I had the wonderful opportunity to have a couple of friends over for a ring class. We made bezel set rings. It was so much fun to chat and enjoy each other’s company while doing what I love most, teaching and making jewelry.

These are the rings that were made today. Mine is in the upper left corner which is a carnelian and 16 gauge sterling silver. The middle one belongs to Kathy and features a green aventurine and 12 gauge square sterling silver. Judy made the ring on the right with 20 gauge sterling silver and black onyx.

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I have had a really busy week teaching four classes. It has been so much fun. I will try to post a couple of pictures from my other classes as soon as I can get them in a format that works.

Just got one:

This is a fantastic group of ladies that took my cold connections class on Thursday night. We made the mixed metals cuff. There is one student that is missing from the picture, but her cuff was just as glorious and she was just as much fun.

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Thank you so much to all that have been taking my classes. I really appreciate your continued support.


I have just finished a piece that is due today. It is part of an
assignment that was given to me at the end of the semester. My
instructor has curated a show that will travel to a couple of different
galleries. Starting this week it has come to the Mary Meyers School Of
Art Gallery. A few of us were selected and asked to make a piece while
it is here in the Akron area. I was one of those asked to participate.
We were given a bag of pearls (Freshwater and fake) and asked to make
something desirable with them. The name of the show is Desire. I have
used only 6 of the pearls given to me. This piece has taken FOREVER to
make. I had to hit the drawing board again several times during the
making of it. I was wondering if I would actually ever get this piece
done. It is made with Copper, Sterling Silver and Fresh Water Pearls.

Each link started out as a soldered sterling silver ring. I wrapped each one with copper wire while trapping one pearl within each one. I cut out  8 – 1″ circles and punched a hole in each one of them to create a window effect. Each ring was then assembled and stitched together, again with copper wire. I used SOOOO much copper wire on this piece. It is really heavy as well. The coper sheet used is 20 Gauge.

I really like the look of this piece and may make some more along the lines. Although I highly doubt I will make anything like this one again. It took me 2 solid days just to make this one. My fingers still aren’t back to normal this morning.

As always, comments and any feed back is greatly appreciated.


August Class Schedule

August Class Schedule:

Below is my August Schedule. If you are
interested in taking a class please call me and I can give you further
details.  All classes are taught in Norton, OH unless otherwise noted.

 Date   Time  Class  Cost
 8/16  10:30 – 4:00  Basic Soldering  – Norton (1 space left)  $100
 8/19  6:00 – 9:30  Making Metal Beads  $65
 8/21  6:00 – 9:30  Cold Connection Jewelry  $55
 8/23  10:30 – 4:00  Bezel Set Ring – Basic soldering Required First  $105
 8/28  6:00 – 9:30  Intro to Metals/Piercing  $65

Visit me on September 6th at The Cevasco Diamond Cafe in Tallmadge.

I will be showcasing my jewelry and giving jewelry making demos at the annual Cevasco Diamond Cafe ArtFest. They have all sorts of good food and even a wine tasting. There will be face painting, live music and someone that does caricatures. It should be a good time.

The event begins at 12:00 noon and ends at 9:00 that evening.

Cevasco Diamond Cafe
17 Metric Drive
Tallmadge, OH 44278

It is 1/4 mile East of the Tallmadge Circle.

Jewelry of the Day

I have been asked to participate in a new site called Jewelry Of the Day. net. It is limited to only a few artists and I am so honored to be asked to participate. Not only have I been asked to participate in this but I have the high honor of being the first featured artist. Each day the site will highlight a different artist and piece. That means we should see some great eye candy.

Today’s featured piece of mine is Blue Mist.

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This is one of my favorite pieces and I have finally placed it on my site for sale. I am so pleased with the construction of this piece and when anyone sees it they are simply amazed by it. It really is a stunning piece that I am so proud of.

Please take the time to visit the website.

A very special Angel – Just the beginning

A little while back I was asked by the current director of the Pre-eclampsia Foundation if I would be willing to make a piece to be auctioned off for the annual fund raiser. I have fretted and stewed over this piece for many months. Not knowing which direction to go and yes, I have actually lost a little sleep for it as well.

Most of you that read my posts know that I have 3 children. Riley is 8 and Kate is 2. Those are the two that you hear about and will see pictures of from time to time. However, I do have a third, Kelsi. Kelsi was born at 24 weeks into my pregnancy with her because I developed severe pre-eclampsia, a life threatening disease that can happen during pregnancy. Kelsi was born weighing only 13 oz. Yup, less than a pound. She was only 8 1/2″ long. Aside from a doll, she is the smallest baby I have ever seen in my life. You can read more about her if you would like on her website. Kelsi’s Webiste : Kelsi lived for 2 1/2 days before she passed away in my hands. It was difficult, but we have had so many great experiences because of her short life. She continues to bless us and I honestly believe that she had a very large helping hand in this next piece.

Have you ever been working on something so hard, nothing comes to you at all, and then all of the sudden without knowing it, it is right there in front of you. Well, that is exactly what happened with this piece. I had my piece drawn out on paper and then I played with a combination of stones for about 2 hours, just laying stones on the drawing trying to figure out which would work best. All the proportions were wrong. Then for the longest time the angel looked like a butterfly. A butterfly would have been okay too since they are often associated with the death of a child also.  But I really wanted an angel.

As I was putting the design wires into the wings I was inspired to change them a little and low and behold, I ended up with an Angel. I am so proud of this piece. It isn’t finished yet. The stones haven’t been set as I am still working out the bail and necklace that it will hang from. But I must say, I do believe this is my very best piece yet.

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Open House Success And New Class Schedule

Well, I had my open house on July 18 & 19th and it was a fantastic success. There weren’t many people, but those that came were fabulous. I was busy the entire time. I was able to meet with some new people and I was able to visit with many of my friends (THE VERY BEST PART!!!!!)

There has been so much happening that I figure I will update.

My sweet baby Kate has just turned 2! It is crazy to think that my first baby (Riley) will be entering the 3rd grade this year. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?!?!?!?! I cannot believe how big they get so stinking fast. here are a couple of pictures of Kate’s Second Birthday party. We were very fortunate and my parents were here. They didn’t stay nearly long enough though.

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A friend from church had a birthday and her daughters had me make this necklace and pendant for her. It is made with Botswana Agate and 14K gold-filled wire. It turned out so pretty. I am glad to report that she LOVES the piece.

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The next two pieces are another custom order. After making the previous two Sirius Black pendants I was requested to make another set of Sirius Jewelry. This has been a fun one and I have had the good fortune of developing a fantastic friendship through the process. Mary, I hope you enjoy these pieces, and I look forward to when we finally get to meet in person and I can see them on you!!!


August Classes:

Below is my August Schedule. If you are interested in taking a class please call me and I can give you further details.  All classes are taught in Norton, OH unless otherwise noted.

 Date  Time  Class  Cost
 8/5  4:30 – 8:00 Wire Wrapped Pendants  $65
 8/8  6:30 – 9:30  Intro to Wire II  $45
 8/9  11:00 – 4:00 Basic Soldering – Grand River Beads, Rocky River  $100
 8/12  6:00 – 9:30  Working With Resin  $55
 8/14  6:00 – 9:30  Intro to Etching  $60
 8/16  10:30 – 4:00  Basic Soldering  – Norton (1 space left)  $100
 8/19  6:00 – 9:30  Making Metal Beads  $65
 8/21  6:00 – 9:30  Cold Connection Jewelry  $55
 8/23  10:30 – 4:00  Bezel Set Ring – Basic soldering Required First  $105
 8/28  6:00 – 9:30  Intro to Metals/Piercing  $65

Art Jewelry Magazine:

I got my September issue of Art Jewelry magazine this past week. As I was looking through it I was very surprised to see a picture of my Winter Lily in there. It is on page 86 and is used as the “teaser” picture for the next (November) issue of the magazine. It is kind of exciting.