Sunday, January 18, 2015

2015 one-earring-a-day

Imagine making one earring a day for 365 days.  On the behest of Victoria Takahashi, that's what a group of crazy jewelers from all around the world are doing.  We started on January 1st.  Once a week, from here on out, I'll highlight some of the submissions.  You can visit our Facebook page to see more.

Here are some of my favorites from this last week:

Earring 18/365 -Single earring- sterling silver, brass,cubic zircon and freshwater pearl- EAD2015…/earring-18365-single-earring-sterling

Earring 17 of 365 EAD2015
Sterling silver antique lace, 18k gold, cultured pearl, Herkimer diamond; sand cast, hand forged

EAD2015 day 16 of 365 single earring etsymetal team labradorite sterling silver asymmetrical or pendant

Thursday, December 18, 2014


Some people don't like commissions.  They take a lot of extra time.  It's a lot of work...  I like them.  I get to explore ideas that I wouldn't necessarily think about without the input of another.  It's a wonderful opportunity to collaborate.  So much comes from a commission piece.  Relationships are built, new ideas are explored, old ideas are given voice.  It's so much fun!

For a very long time, I've been wanting to create a cedar frond pedant.  I've looked at the cedars on our property for mold making possibilities, but nothing ever worked out.  With the start of a new commission, I ventured off my property.  Yea!  I found an amazing cedar shrub at my new studio that was perfect for this project, and perfect for future projects.

I've learned new techniques with this commission project and past commissions.  It's so exciting to be given the opportunity to play and get paid for it.  Some might say that we aren't paid enough for commissions, but the skills learned from a commission are forever.  What price can you put on that?

Here are some views of the items I created with my experiments for this commission...

I am so happy with the work that has come out of this commission.  I feel like I have gained so much as a result!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Enamel Decal Examples

Today, in addition to getting packed for a show tomorrow, I finished those enamel decal pendants.  Here are a couple shots.  They came out great.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Enameling With Decals Update

I worked on a few more decals today for an upcoming show at Schack Arts Center.  It's this Friday from 12 to 6pm and Saturday from 10am - 5pm. There is a lot going on there!  Anyway, here a few process pictures...

Decal Sheet

As you can see, I made up a sheet with lots of duplicates.  I think this design will be popular!

Decal Soaking

You don't have to soak the decal for too long.  It is attached to the paper backing with some kind of adhesive.

Placing the Decal

Here I am sliding the decal off the paper backing onto the enamel disc.  It's pretty easy as long as you place a small bit of the decal on the enamel before removing the paper.  The decal plastic is very thin and likes to curl up on you.  Sliding it of of the paper with the disc immediately below it also minimizes bubbles and wrinkles.

Ready for Trimming
Now, you are ready for trimming.  Don't worry about a perfect trim.  You just want to get rid of most of the excess.  Once trimmed, recheck that you have no bubbles or wrinkles.


Now, this is the hard part...  Wait...  If you don't wait for the decals to dry overnight, you can have problems, like I mentioned in the previous post.

I'll share the finished product tomorrow...