Owl: Birth of a Pendant

Owl:  Birth of a Pendant

I think that my love for birds is pretty well-established now. (For those of you who just chuckled and said "um, I think she means obsession", I heard you, and I know you are.Love OK... and fine... you're not wrong.) One of the great things about birds is that their variety is seemingly endless. This is absolutely fabulous for those of us who use them as inspiration. We can rest pretty assured that we will never run out of subject matter.

Having utilized a few traditional bird shapes in my pieces already, it was time to add something slightly different...

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On Social Media (or Why I Love Pinterest)

On Social Media (or Why I Love Pinterest)

In the "real" world, chances are that if someone has a pulse, and some ability to communicate, I can usually figure out a way to engage them in a conversation. Though I won't wear a lampshade or swing from a chandelier, I do enjoy socializing.

So… social media and I should be bosom buddies right? Think again. I had to be dragged kicking, screaming, and crying for my mama, to the ubiquitous presence that is Facebook. I didn't want to know the first thing about Foursquare, Twitter, YouTube channels, Instagram, etc. Heck, I even melodramatically sigh at the thought of text messaging. But the new reality of the world is that you can't contemplate doing business without...

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What a Life (or… Finally the website is done!)

What a Life (or… Finally the website is done!)

I have been terribly remiss...

... two thirty-plus consecutive hour stretches sitting in front of a computer trying to manipulate code, and countless ten to twelve hour stretches, I'm thinking that those animals' lives sound pretty cushy right now. Think about it... no rent or mortgage, in fact never having to pay a bill of any kind, not having to carry ID, not having to do dishes or laundry, no alarm clocks to set ... are you getting the idea? It's pretty much this....

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A Harbinger of Winter

A Harbinger of Winter

A few weeks ago I noticed a new visitor to my birdfeeders or, more specifically, the ground beneath my feeders. It was a cute, little, charcoal gray and white bird with a little pale beak. At first I assumed I was imagining the color... maybe I was just looking at a common sparrow with a dark shadow being cast along its back. Then I realized that it was a perfectly sunny day, and a perfectly sunny spot, and nothing else in the surrounding area was being darkened by a shadow.

Well, I'm pretty sure you know what happened next...

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A Little Courage

A Little Courage

Over the years I've enjoyed hearing customers' stories about my jewelry once purchased. I've heard about countries in which people have worn my work (would you believe Iceland? No, really!) I've been shown many pictures of brides and bridal parties wearing earrings and necklaces bought from me. I've heard about countless responses from the recipients of the jewelry customers have bought as gifts. But recently I heard the story that will undoubtedly go down as one of the sweetest I've ever heard...

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More “Squirrely” Affection

More “Squirrely” Affection

After posting the completed squirrel pendant which was inspired by the critters in my yard (see Immortalized Squirrel ), I found myself checking out a couple more of the pictures I'd taken. It's really hard not to smile at these little faces, so I thought I'd share them with you before getting back to work...

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Immortalized Squirrel

Immortalized Squirrel

In a previous post I confessed my affection for squirrels and I ended by sharing a sketch for a planned pendant honoring the little furry balls of mischief. (See Squirrel Love) The piece is now finished...

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Bird Discrimination (or The Grackle Invasion)

Bird Discrimination (or The Grackle Invasion)

As a woman of color this is going to be a shameful post to write. I mean really, I should just know better ... but the truth is that earlier this year I was a true blue, dyed-in-the-wool, full-blown bird discriminator. "What," you say, "how can this be... you... discriminating??" Well, let me explain...

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Building a layered pendant

Building a layered pendant

People frequently ask about the steps involved in making some of the silver pieces in my collection. Are they cast? Do I buy molds? Do I solder pieces together? Where do I get the parts? First of all I use a medium known as metal clay (I use a precious metal version made with fine silver.) This "clay" consists of pure silver (a.k.a. fine silver) in powder form, an organic binder, and water. Together these three ingredients behave like clay (a very fast drying clay, by the way, so I have to work pretty quickly.)

In order to make pendants like the one shown ...

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Why I haven’t made a dog

Why I haven’t made a dog

If you visit my jewelry booth at a show or market, and check out my silver pendants, you'll see several bird options, a few cat options, and a smattering of other animals (more coming soon) ... but you won't see a dog. Now, to anyone who knows me, that's got to seem odd because I LOVE dogs (in a "stop what I'm doing to pet every one that I see" and "want to bring every lost puppy to my home" sort of way). In the cat vs. dog debate, I'd have to say that my flag is pretty much planted in the dog camp.

So, why do I make four or five different cat pendants but no dog?

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