Grackle and suet

Grackle and suet

A short video showing a grackle analyzing his access to food.  To watch it, visit the Video Gallery or, better yet, read the full post here (the video’s there too): Bird Discrimination Enjoy!

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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