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A New Collection

I’m enjoying working on a new collection that doesn’t bear my trademark dark patina. It’s more light and delicate, and feels somehow appropriate for spring, now sliding into summer. The work is very meditative. I carefully twist heavy square wire into freeform rings, oval or round or teardrop shaped, but perfectly imperfect. I delicately hammer texture the metal to catch the light. Then I add small hand-sculpted components from my stash – leaves and flowers, birds and insects – to artfully dance across the open ring. Finally, I add a few other details – granules, tiny tube-set stones, larger rose cut gems in bezels or prong settings, as well as the necessary handmade ear wires or posts or jump rings...

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More Dagger Earrings

"Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen." - John Steinbeck Every morning I write in my journal and do a little design sketch work before heading out to the studio. Based on the recent dagger/ sticks&stones earrings, I've been riffing on that theme. How can I use up all those dagger drops? I find that if I just draw a handful, something will inspire me to go try it in metal.   

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