Although I only participated in a few art festivals during 2020, I tried to maintain a decent level of creative production. The most fun was experimenting with Sterling Metal Clay, sculpting leaf pendants using tiny garden foliage imprints.
My kilns work overtime firing glass, pottery and Metal Clay. These are a few of my violet leaves, forever transformed into Sterling jewelry, displayed in one of my handmade glass bowls.
Warm wishes for a wonderful new year filled with hope and good health. Looking forward….
Although I have no shows scheduled for the foreseeable future, I feel inspired each day to continue creating.
One of my favorite new discoveries is called MetalMagic- a truly fun way to transform garden leaves into wearable Sterling silver pendants.
Small leaves pressed onto the thinly rolled clay are kiln-fired to 1600 degrees Fahrenheit for 60-90 minutes. This allows the binder to burn away, leaving the silver, which is .960 pure -slightly higher than Sterling. Upon removal from the cooled kiln, I clean, oxidize, and polish the silver leaves.
It’s no secret that one of the best ways to showcase vintage and antique Sterling jewelry is to simply give it a thorough cleaning!
I have been diving headlong into the Rs this past year and plan on continuing this joyful journey for awhile. My Rs include repairing, restoring, and re-purposing Sterling.
Adding my personal touch to these neglected (yet brilliantly designed) pieces gives me tremendous pleasure and sense of accomplishment. I adore the sheer weight and impeccable quality these solid beauties possess!
These gorgeous Danecraft, Beau, and Jewelart Sterling items were created to be cherished, worn, and passed on through the generations. My hope is to share them with others, so they too, can appreciate these fine pieces of metallic art.
But first, they need a bath!
PS: My first shows of the year are in March- full spring schedule available soon!
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(Open to all for shopping amazing local artisans- please see their site for brunch reservation info!)
As a local artist, I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude & let you know how much your support means to me…