My studio will be closed for winter shutdown and will open the first week of February. I WILL BE UNABLE TO SHIP OR RECIEVE any packages from now until then. Any online orders placed while I am away will be shipped the first week in February.
I hope all of you are enjoying a beautiful fall! Just a reminder that my studio will be closed from Thanksgiving until about February 7th. Anything shipped to my studio will be held at our small post office. I'm designing new work for my winter shows when I get back:
February 28-March1st CAREFREE (Phoenix suburb) Fine Art Festival
March 5-8th LA QUINTA ART FESTIVAL (Palm Springs, CA area)
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Over the weekend I was busy designing the earrings, pendants, and bracelets which I hope to bring to Arizona and California in a couple of weeks. The sketches serve as working drawings. After they are complete, I trace the outline of each component of the piece in graphite on frosted acetate. Next, I "pick" each tracing up with transparent tape and tape it to the sheet metal. I was able to tape down all of the pieces to the sterling silver sheet by 9pm, but still have the more difficult task of laying out the extremely tiny 18k gold trim pieces. The material is expensive, and they need to be fitted carefully to prevent waste.
On Febuary 28th, in a few short weeks, I'll be leaving for my Arizona and California art shows. Yesterday, I got back from the Tucson gem show with new colored stones and fossils that I am pretty excited about. I'll be blogging, hopefully daily, until I leave in order to show you my design process.
Today I had all my stone trays out and was choosing stone combinations for both my new Prismacolor drawing cabachons and the gem cabachons. In the center picture, I have combined an Indonesian "grape agate" with gem spinels and iolite. This will be a pendant. On the right is one of the Prismacolor cabs with a gem silica chrysocolla and other small accent stones. I got the bezel finished before I left, and started work on the pendant bale.
Tonight I will come up with a schedule for the steps:
Step 2: Making bezels
Step 3: Drawing the designs/ working drawings
Step 4: Tracing and laying out the patterns for cutting the sterling silver sheet and 18k gold trim
Step 5: Cutting out (piercing) the sheet metal
Step 6: Bagging the parts and removing tape
Step 7: Soldering the bezels and 18k gold trim pieces onto the bases
Step 8: Trimming and filing
Step 9: Laying out the designs for internal piercing work
Step 10: Drilling and piercing the cutout designs
Step 11: Final fabrication; riveting, soldering
Step 12: Initial sanding and preliminary stone setting
Step 13: Initial polishing and final stone setting
Step 14: Texturing and final polishing
Step 15: Photography, pricing, and website upload
New designs are making their way onto paper, my spring show schedule is starting to take shape, and I'm getting started back on the bench. I know many of you are looking for a rare stone to match a piece of mine you already own, or for a stone you just like but have not been able to find. After a few years away, I'll be making my way down to the Tucson Gem show in a couple of weeks. Please send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a picture of what you are trying to match, and I'll be sure to look for it. I can even text pictures from the show. My next two shows are in Phoenix (Carefree) the first weekend in March, and in La Quinta, CA on the second. I'll put a more comprehensive schedule up on my show page soon.
I just finished uploading my new designs, click on "Shop" to check them out! I'm getting ready to go visit family and then to Art On the Square in Belleville, IL on May 18th and then the Denver Art Festival the following weekend. Be the first to own a brand new one-of-a-kind piece, and I'll ship it by May 9th. It will be difficult to ship once I am on the road.
We lost Mike on December 22nd. After a couple of difficult months, I began to try to heal myself in my studio. I did the La Quinta Art Fair in March, and have been busy making new bracelets, pendants, and earrings for the spring season. I published a few dozen new pieces yesterday, and will get more up in the next week or so. After a Mother's Day trip with family, I'm off to do the Belleville, IL Art in the Square show followed by the Denver Art Festival on Memorial Day weekend.