Friday, April 30, 2010

Hey, What's up?

Sorry I've been gone, I got sick Thursday morning and got sent home from school. I was totally bummed to miss out on my last two days of engraving class. We had a great teacher, Jason Marchiafava, come from Pennsylvania to teach us some basics of engraving. He has been engraving for I believe 10 years. Above is one of his knives; he also engraves guns and jewelry and you must go see his website. Jason's passion for engraving is visible in his work. I really enjoyed engraving class so far and will practice it once I get home to my studio.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Love this bracelet!

Great use of tabs on this bracelet! The inner golden strip snaps into place once the outer parts are assembled. This makes the bracelet more flexible. This piece was made by Portfolio Metalwork.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Laurie Kaiser

I saw some of Laurie Kaiser's beautiful jewelry on the Jewelry Business Guru Blog. Laurie has beautiful tapestry and iron work inspired jewelry.

Flush set Princess Cuts

Last week we worked on flush setting princess cuts in a row. I love the look of it but I do need to work on my graver work in the corners. Good thing we're doing Engraving this week! We started yesterday so hopefully tonight I'll have something beautiful to share.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Todd Reed

I just saw a great video from Veranda Magazine's The Art of Design Awards on Todd Reed and what inspires his raw diamond jewelry. It's really nice to hear from an artist in his own words.


My computer is back up and running and I wanted to quickly share my pave ring! I don't necessarily love the ring but this is what we practiced with. The pave turned out great! All my little beads that hold the stones in are the same size. I love it!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Bright Color

I love the leather used as links in this bracelet created by K. Lamberti Design. She combines all types of fabrics with metal and the two complement each other so well.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Golden Leaves

I love this piece called Rustling Leaves by Ben Dyer Jewelry. It feels like the necklace is growing with leaves pointing in every direction.

This is from the Bamboo Leaf Series.

Flower Ladies Pin/Pendant

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Flow and Movement

Flow and Movement are Nora Dougherty's goals when she creates her work. Her inspiration? Sandstone rocks carved by the ocean.

Here jewelry makes me drool, that's how much I love it! So the past two weeks have been pretty crazy, my computer sort of works, so I can post already drafted blog posts but I can't add new photos. I have so many pieces of work I want to share with you! We've been setting lots of stones and next week the engraving teacher is coming. I'm excited! I love going to the New Approach School, we're making wearable, beautiful jewelry.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Jewelry in Space!

Or what jewelry would look like if inspired by space. I love the spacey work of Angie Erickson.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Carrie Gustafson

I think the most beautiful of colors can be found in glass. The work of Carrie Gustafson is a great example. I love the pattern and color of the piece above. Friends of mine once let me make a paper weight, lets just say there's a good reason I'm not posting a picture of that. ; )

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Side Table I NEED

I'm in love with this Voodoo side table by Nathan Hunter. It looks dangerous like some of my jewelry. Don't trip and fall at my house.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Twists of Gold

Sarah Herriot creates her jewelry using Rhino 3D. I love the twist of the ring above and the texture of the metal. She has more fantastic rinks on her website that you need to see!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Virginia Beach Gem Show

We went to the Virginia Beach Gem Show this weekend. I actually went twice, it's a dangerous place for a jeweler to go! You could easily go way over your budget. Pictured above is tsavorite garnet, I bought two today for a platinum 3 stone ring we'll be making in class. They will be the side stones in my ring. As of yet I don't have a center stone, we found a beautiful deep blue sapphire that went great but the price was way beyond the money I had. What can I say, I have great taste. : ) Tsavorite was very rare until 1967 when a British gem prospector and gemologist, Campbell R. Bridges, found a deposit in north east Tanzania. Tiffany & Co helped name and promote this gemstone. The picture above is from Gem Select, my camera wouldn't have taken as nice of a picture. Hope you had a great weekend!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Fishy jewelry

'Crown Fish' is the name of this brooch made with ocean jasper, tourmaline, amethyst, gold and silver. Yumi Ueno creates expressive fun piece of jewelry, go check out more!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Amy Ambroult

I really like this ring by Amy Ambroult. The little half jump rings create a neat pattern/texture. And I love that there is one on the side of the ring, as though it's escaping! Check out her etsy shop.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

3 Stone Ring from Scratch

Over the coarse of 6 days we learned how to build a 3 stone ring out of sheet and wire sterling silver. We built the heads out of two pieces of sheet metal.

Here is a back view.

Now we've added the prongs to the head.

We created a shank out of wire and cut two throats in it to match the galleries.

Here is the ring after I soldered on the shank and cleaned it up some.

Another view of the ring. It's amazing that we could make this. We made this ring at the New Approach School for Jewelers. You may ask why not buy the heads and shank and save yourself the time. But in some cases you'll have a larger middle stone or a stone that is a different shape and you'll have to custom make a ring. It's great to know how to build this, it helps me look at jewelry and figure out how to make it brick by brick.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Love the sculpture of Rob Glebe

I've seen Rob Glebe's work several times in person. Besides loving the vessels he creates, I'm even more in love with the fantastic shadows! Think of how you light your work, it can make an amazing difference.

Zen Garden

This piece by Donna Hiebert Design was designed after an 'A-Un' Zen garden constructed in 1502. The pendant is made of 18k palladium white gold and creates a mesmerizing impression of the sweep of sand in a Zen garden.

Monday, April 5, 2010

A piece from the AGTA Spectrum Awards

I think, I love this piece by Thom Harman. I found this entry on the AGTA Spectrum Award Website. To me it seems as though he created a new religion with a sideways cross, cresent moon, and charm that magically hangs the wrong way. It's magical.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Can this be my next sketch book?

Don't you love this book from Natalie As Is, it's so yummy!
The binding detail is just beautiful.
And I loved it so much I had to buy it, right off of the Etsy front page! I will draw beautiful things in this book.

Happy Easter!

A lovely flower arrangement made by my Mom.

My sister Kelly holding the arrangement in my Grandparents yard.

Me & Kelly.

Me & Kelly looking relaxed!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Kite Surfing

Sadly that is not me kite surfing, though I think it is too cold right now. Even with a wet suit on. Sunday I was hanging out at the beach in Virginia Beach and saw a bunch of guys kite surfing, it looked awesome!
It was amazing to watch how fast they were moving down the water. I also looked up some kite surfing videos on YouTube, it looks like you can get really hurt if you don't know what you are doing! Maybe once I've built up more muscle (I've been working out every other day for an hour) I'll give this sport a try.

Ruby Pendant

Here is another class project from last week (New Approach School). We set all eight of these synthetic rubies and then destroyed the prongs by filing them. Three of my stones then fell out. Next we had to redo the prongs as though they were new. It was a great project and I think I did well redoing all of the prongs.


I love the gemstones Petra Class uses in her jewelry, wonderful networks of gemstones.