Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Orient Express

Orient Express frames my Oriental Coin pieces, and embellishes them with Vermielle, brass, and fresh water pearls. 24k Gold accentuates the pieces themselves, highlighting the texture. The pendant is 2 3/4"long x 1 3/4" wide, with the earrings being 2" long x 1 1/4" wide.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Fossil Sand Dollar

Something about Fossil Sand Dollars is intriguing. That they resemble scrimshaw, an ancient map, or an engraving, draws me in to create one of a kind pieces. This one is surrounded by stamped, HP formed sterling, with pearl & citron accents on a forged neck ring.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Variation on a Theme: The Boat

Crossing Over is a variation on the Boat theme. This piece is stamped, formed in a hydraulic press, sterling, with faceted iolite briolettes shimmering like water. The boat has become such a powerful symbol for me on so many levels. It's a way to flow through life, as well as a symbol connecting other worlds. The blue-purples of the iolite are fascinating to me. They are also untreated, which is another draw.

The Garden

I bought this incredible piece of Chinese Turquoise in Santa Fe one summer. The flower shapes within it, drew me in to create tree like figures above, and toumaline bead blooms to echo the natural design of the turquoise. I hope I've done justice to the stone itself.