Saturday, October 20, 2007

Charms Tutorial Published

I am thrilled to see a tutorial that I wrote about a year ago finally in print :) I am honored to be a part of Katherine Duncan Aimone's Beading with Charms, published by Lark Books. Katherine is wonderful and made the entire experience fantastic. My tutorial is the "Olde World" charm necklace (2nd pic). My hope is that this tutorial encourages the beginner metalsmith to cut, file, drill and polish sheet metal.

Seeing this tutorial in print reminded me of other charm-focused pieces I have made, like my Onyx Briolette necklace (3rd pic). I plan on creating a couple of stellar charm designs for the holidays - who needs to sleep anyway? LOL

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Obsessed with Weaving Gems!

Lately, I have been fascinated with weaving little gemmy beads into sterling silver for a little punch of color. My designs generally have very clean lines with little ornamentation so I love the look of a simple row of little dots of color for embellishment. Here are some of the more recent creations. I have oxidized the metal for some of the designs in order to bring out the color of the gems. I will be adding more bangles (similar to my bangles tutorial that was published in Contemporary Bead & Wire Jewelry (Lark Books)) in the next few weeks.
All of the designs pictured are available at both and for purchase. I hope that you love viewing these necklaces and earrings as much as I loved making them!