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Musings

Talking Stones

Most people, like most rocks, fall somewhere in between treasure and paper weight. All of which keeps me coming back for more, whether it’s rocks or people.

Keum Boo

The ancient Koreans believed gold had healing properties. The wealthy would have eating utensils made out of gold so when the food touched the gold, the health qualities would be passed on to the diner.

Why I Make Jewelry

Periodically, I get asked why I make jewelry. That’s not a simple question. The answer is many-faceted. (Get it, ‘faceted’? Well, I thought it was funny.) Let me try to explain.

Jewelry As Art

We’ve all heard the saying “Art Imitates Life.” I think that’s a very true statement no matter what the art or what the medium. All art is really from nature and so as artists we’re really just trying to imitating the handiwork of God, the original artist.

Stuff vs. Meaning

I wear a lot of jewelry, a lot of the time. I’ve made every piece I wear (except my wedding ring) and each piece has its own meaning to me. I always wear the second ring I ever made. Why? Because I made it for me, because I wanted a silver and turquoise ring and after making the first one, I discovered I could make one that I would wear. It symbolizes to me that I can do this, I can make something that measures up.

Windows

Windows come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, materials, colors and functions. Some windows open from the top, some the bottom. Some open sided to side and some don’t open at all. Windows can be made from vinyl, wood, steel, aluminum and even brass.

Hold On Loosely

I LOVE this ring! There are so many reasons why. First, it’s well-made and I know it will stand up under the daily wear and tear of a ring that you never take off. But beyond that, there are some deeper qualities that I want to talk about.

Filing Away at LIfe

Whenever you are making jewelry, there is filing involved. You have to remove the unwanted material. I don’t love filing, and I don’t hate it. It’s just a part of jewelry making.

Timeless Bolo Ties

I’m really into bolo ties right now, probably for a lot of reasons. When I was a kid, my step-dad had all these fabulous bolo ties which he would wear just about everywhere. About the only place he wouldn’t wear one was to a formal event. (He would have, but my mom would have killed him!)