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Orange Mallow Pendant

A glowing rose cut carnelian graces this openwork silver pendant. This one-of-a-kind necklace was inspired by summer-loving orange globe mallow growing in the garden, with its vibrant orange petals and fuzzy silver leaves.  The flower itself is hand-sculpted from fine silver, then nestled into a freeform heavy hammered ring of square wire. The glowing gemstone is secured in a delicate prong setting to showcase all its reflective surfaces. Accented with a double ring bail and a bead chain in your choice of length.  Pendant is hand-fabricated in Argentium sterling silver with fine silver details, for tarnish resistance and minimal care. Both silver sources are 100% recycled - good for people and the planet!

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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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Daggers and Tanzanites and Inspiration

Inspiration is a great thing. Sometimes, it's the leftover components that have been sitting in a box in the studio for years, like the daggers that have been popping up in my earrings recently. Other times, it might be color or shape of stones, like the luscious blue-violet color that caused me to order ALL the rose cut tanzanites available from an Indian gem cutter that I'm testing out.    Yes, I ordered every size and shape available, with visions of earring after earring (and maybe even a few necklaces) popping into my head. I found myself feeling predatory - get 'em quick before somebody else snaps them up! That's how I know the muse is talking to me. I may...

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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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