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March

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This is a (poor) picture of a beautiful commissioned piece I finished recently – the client had some silver wire, and asked me to make it into chain for her. She came over, we designed it together, and incorporated some of her gorgeous Tahitian black pearls – to represent each of her three children. The chain incorporates her own silver wire and some goldfill wire of mine – the “pendant” of chain and pearls is removeable, and on either side of the necklace you can see 2 pr of earrings, one shorter for more options. She seemed very happy, and...

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February - all about Argentium

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So, there’s this new product (well, it’s been around since 1996, but it’s new to me!) on the market that you will be hearing a lot about. The short story is that Argentium silver is tarnish resistant and firescale-free, meaning it is easier to keep clean and it stays shiny longer. The long, involved and incredibly interesting story is that Peter Johns, a professor of silversmithing at England’s Middlesex University, invented Argentium sterling silver in response to a request from a manufacturer who asked that someone figure out how to use their byproduct germanium. Mr. Johns replaced a small percentage...

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January 2010

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Hi all! Was your holiday season as strenous as mine was? I’d say I couldn’t wait to pack it all away, but in point of fact my cards are awaiting pen yet, so…the tree is down, the wrapping paper is packed away, but I still have Christmas cards yelling at me. After I send out a “post holiday letter”, THEN the holidays will be over for me. Is that a sign of getting older, that the holiday season more resembles a marathon than a wonder-filled treat? I suspect that’s EXACTLY what it is. Eh, so I’m getting older. Only smart...

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Orbit Cuff

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This is a cuff I created for my first project in a jewelry class. I learned a lot, and turned out fairly happy with the end result, although the lessons learned made me happier. The idea was to reticulate some silver, but I didn’t realize reticulation silver is different from sterling – Lesson #1. I took some bench dust and balls of silver, fused them to the sterling, then ran them through the rolling mill to flatten for the “moonscape” effect. (Lesson #2 – I NEED a rolling mill – what a super cool tool!!) Then I domed the silver...

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October

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Why is it that the days fly by faster towards the end of the year? Is it just that the days are shorter, or that there’s more to do w/ school starting, holidays approaching, or is it just the nature of things? I have a feeling it mimicks age – the older we get, the faster the years fly by – that’s how it seems to me. Well, the days ARE shorter – I had no idea that holiday fairs and festivals fill up by March, so I have less to do than I’d hoped – a lesson for next...

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