Lemons into Lemonade

WOW…it has been a long time since I posted and a great deal has happened since that last April Fools Day post. On April 4th I was diagnosed with breast cancer and my focus has been wrapping my head around the diagnosis and treatment. The prognosis is excellent and my doctor tells me I am doing exceptionally well. Side effects have been minimal and I am finally back in the studio…so far nothing worth sharing.

Shortly before my chemo started, I received fabulous news from Belle Armoire Jewelry that my spoke bracelet is the summer issue cover. The issue also includes a beautifully photographed article, which includes 7 pages of instructions and step out photos.

No promises…but I hope to post at least once a month. Besides, I have a new phone that I want to ‘play’ with…maybe even a video or two. Alice Stroppel assures me I can do video…!!!!!!!!!!

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Spring…Kiawah Style!!!

There hasn’t been much new activity in my studio for the past few weeks…mainly production work for the Charleston Crafts Gallery.

But…outside there is a great deal of activity. This video from one of the Kiawah Island golf courses created a great deal of interest during the week. It is alligator mating season and this little guy is out for a stroll to visit his girlfriend in a lagoon down the fairway.


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AHHH…Spring Colors!!!


It is time to clear out the rust and gold of fall and move into red, orange & purple. Several sheets of this combination are in the process of becoming earrings. Another sheet combines turquoise, periwinkle and magenta…sunny colors all!!!

As I continue to experiment with the Sennelier pastels, there is always a surprise when the pieces are removed from the oven…some good…others NOT SO MUCH…but more about that in another post.



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Off to the Publisher-Chapter 2


The last post featured 5 bracelets that were submitted to Belle Armoire Jewelry for the Summer 2017 issue. Hooray…they were accepted!!! But, be careful ‘what you wish for’. Writing a technique based article for 5 bracelets turned into a rather daunting task.

Well…WHEW…the completed article is finally off to the publisher this morning and now I can focus on new items for the gallery…and possibly cleaning my house.

While, I am excited about all of the bracelets in the article, the finish on the tile bracelet looks very similar to terra cotta. LOVE IT!!!

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Off to the Publisher


My latest blog post was postponed because of the holidays and a January 15th deadline for the summer issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry. While I can’t reveal the specifics, the photo is a sneak preview of the items that were submitted.

I hope to have some great photos for the next post from my week in Florida with Alice Stropel, Julie Eakes, Dayle Doroshow, and Meisha Barbee.  We are planning another challenge using some of the Winter 2017 collection from Nunn Designs. Our 2015 challenge was featured in the Fall issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry that year.

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Live Does Interfere!!!

YIKES!!! Since we last met, there has been a hurricane, foot surgery, the fall show and Thanksgiving. While there has been plenty going on in the studio, I just couldn’t wrap my head around blogging…sorry!!!

Pastels seem to be the rage this year. When presented with the challenge of selecting a range of Pan Pastels colors, my mind shut down. As a substitute, I found a package of 40 half stick soft pastels from Sennelier…beautiful colors and not outrageously expensive.


In the feature photo, I used the pad of my finger to apply various colors to a raw sheet of textured gold Kato clay and than ran the sheet through the pasta machine until smooth. One pleasant surprise, it appears that the binder in the pastels bond with the clay during baking.


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A Little Help from Here…There…Everywhere!!!

swirl-pendants2The last few posts have featured work in process using Anna Oriona’s Mokume Gane technique.

As a finished item, the pendant has created the most interest. While, I thought the colors were a bit summery, fiber artist, LuAnn Rosenzweig’s, eyes lit up when I brought it to the Charleston Crafts gallery last week.

She also commented on the fact that I finished the sides and the back. Thank you to Debbie Jackson for her admonition to finish all sides of a piece. In addition, thank you to Melanie Muir for her Craftcast video showing the finishing technique and to Jan Montarsi...through Syndee Holt, for the wonderful hidden bail.

WHEW…I think that is enough name dropping for one post!!!

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