We will be at the next Modesto Metaphysical Faire on Nov. 18th!

We will be having a booth at the Modesto Metaphysical Faire on Saturday, Nov 18th, 2017 from 10am to 6:00 pm!!

We will have lots of wonderful pieces of jewelry and some of my prints of my artwork available for you to choose to purchase!

Modesto Metaphysical Fair

Date: November 18, 2017
Location: 516 15th St., Modesto, CA
Time: 10am to 6:00pm
Admission: Free Admission!

 

So come by and check out the Metaphysical Fair and stop by and see us! 🙂

Modesto Metaphysical Fair

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Fourth of July Sale!

We are going to have a sale on selected items this 4th of July – so keep your eyes peeled for that! We will be putting out a post on the 4th, but the sale will actually go into effect on July 3rd and will end on July 8th!

If you see something that you like and it’s not listed for sale, contact us and we will see what we can do for you!

Many things can be personalized and customized! We are willing to consider various custom commissions – if we can create the item – we’d be more than happy to do so! At this time we work primarily in copper and silvers – but are starting to add in gold-fill and rose gold-fill accents into some of our pieces to add visual or textural contrasts and nuances.

If you’d like to have a discussion on a customized piece, you can contact us at:
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Modesto Metaphysical Faire

We had a wonderful time at the faire! Saw some old, beloved friends and got to meet and hang out with some great and interesting people!

Our table

Modesto Metaphysical Fair : May 2017

One of our display cases showing off some works in progress and prototypes.

Modesto Metaphysical Fair : May 2017

Some of our earrings and pendants on display …

   Modesto Metaphysical Fair : May 2017

We also sell ring multisizers and sunshine polishing cloths as well!!

It was a very nice show and we will be looking
forward to doing it again in November 2017!! 🙂

At long last! It is finished!!

At long last! It is finished!!

So I have been sitting on this pendant for literally just a little over a year now – every so often, taking it out, fiddling with it and then stuffing it back into a bag or drawer for months on end.

I am happy to say that at long last, I have finally finished it!

This is a sterling silver hand stamped pendant with a glorious Tiffany Stone cabochon.

I am rather loving it right at the moment! <3

I thought it might be fun and interesting to see how this piece progressed for those that might have missed me posting it here and there on our Facebook page or our Instagram page!

 

It all started with the Beast Rock ….

Quite the glorious thing, isn’t she?

So this piece really started in December 2015, when I first came across the beast rock of Tiffany Stone that I made this cabochon from. In fact, this is the very first cab that I did from this particular material! But yes, as I was checking out a closing rock shop, I was allowed into the old building and against a back wall, in a cobwebbed and dusty glass cabinet sat this beauty of a rock. It was love at first sight.

After obsessing over the thing and debating on whether or not to buy it as I had never seen Tiffany Stone in person before and I couldn’t actually touch the rock or even get much closer to it than in the above picture to see for sure what it was, if it was fractured or not or even if it was good quality because it was SO massive and heavy that they were NOT moving it unless it sold first … I finally caved and scooped that beast rock up. They got it into the truck for me and this is my first look at it with a spritz of water …

The rock flipped upside down – note the milk crates
and the 5 gallon blue bucket for scale.

So then we had to find a bit to break off as she was far too big to fit into one of the SMS rock saws. So we took her down to the Stockton rock club as they have a wide selection of saws (plus it’s always like going “home” when I go there <3 ) and they helped us break off a small chunk and then slab it up …

Shaazam!

It’s just really beautiful material! LOTS of drama and visual interest. I have been really enjoying working the little bits of this material that I have worked so far.

Once we got the chunk slabbed up, we gave some pieces away for others to enjoy working, sold a couple, donated a few to some raffles at the various clubs and then, yes, we started working on some ourselves.

Tiffany Stone SlabsTiffany Stone slabs

Pretty stuff, isn’t it? Lots and lots of action and drama going on in that stone! I just am in utter love with it, through and through!

Pretty cab! <3

So here is the first cabochon I wound up making in February 2016, I chose a section of the slab that had the deepest, darkest, gemmy-ist (is that even a word? LOL!) purple, but with some lighter aspect and a few lighter veins winding through it for visual interest. It’s REALLY hard to get a good pic of it because it polished up SO nicely!!

And then in April I decided I needed to think about setting this fabulous cabochon! So I doodled up some designs and this is the one I ultimately decided to pursue …

Doodling designs

You see, I had recently fallen in love with metal stamping the summer and fall of 2015, and had been putting off trying it in a serious attempt so far, and I decided this cabochon deserved a super nice setting!

The back I decided I wanted to cut out because the cabochon is just so pretty on the back as well!

And so it begins! My very first stamped back plate! Definitely not perfect, but I enjoy seeing the artist’s hand in handmade pieces so I’m okay when mine show up in the work that I do. 🙂


Then following my drawn design, I drew out my outlines until my eyes said “Enough! CUT IT OUT ALREADY!” (cuz I will tinker for literally years with things lol)

And so a month or so later, I obeyed the muses and my eyes and cut it out.


In hindsight – I could have done better with the symmetry, but there you go! 😉 The most important thing was that I *did* it!

But … I didn’t like it much. So it sat. For almost a year! I would pull it out, look at it and think about it and almost decide to set the cabochon and then went, yeah nope. Ain’t happy with it yet, and put it away.

And then in April 2017 the muses had me drag it back out and fiddle with it, I stamped a bunch more stuff on it, and then cut out around the stampings more to give it more visual impact and then gave it a nice oxide bath and then polished the heck out of the thing!

And this is where I found myself at:


Pretty, yes? I think so! And the muses were for the most part quieted and humming contentedly so I figured yes! It is DONE!

A preview of what it looked like before setting whilst in the setting …


Some mistakes were made but I do not care, I am HAPPY with it! It is good for me to finish things that sit a long time.

And then once again, the final result once finally set …


I think overall it was a great learning experience and that I enjoyed it immensely and that ultimately the final result was a finished piece of jewelry that *I* like and can be proud of and that I think someone will be proud to own.

And until then, I will happily babysit her until her owner finds her and takes her away. 🙂

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Mark your calendars for the Modesto Metaphysical Faire!

Mark your calendars for the Modesto Metaphysical Faire!

We will be having a booth at the Modesto Metaphysical Faire on Saturday, May 13th, 2017 from 10am to 6:00 pm!!

We should have many beautiful pieces of jewelry for you to choose to purchase available!

Modesto Metaphysical Fair

Date: May 13, 2017
Location: 516 15th St., Modesto, CA
Time: 10am to 6:00pm
Admission: Free Admission!

 

So come by and check out the Metaphysical Fair and stop by and see us! 🙂

Modesto Metaphysical Fair

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Personalized Heart Necklaces Now Available!

Personalized Heart Necklaces Now Available!

Well this Christmas we launched a new item, a lovely and delicate sterling silver heart that can be personalized with either an initial from the larger fonts, or a short name with the smaller fonts.

Heart Initial Necklaces

It’s a lovely way to show someone that you care about exactly how special they are to you.

We will be adding more fonts and more ways to personalize jewelry – if you do not find what you are seeking here, contact us! We will be more than happy to talk more in depth with you about your jewelry needs and it is possible that we can create what you are looking for.

We would love for the chance to make you a special piece of jewelry for yourself, a friend, or a loved one

Additional options are available – wing charms, heart charms, birthstones, additional charms, let us know what you are thinking about and we can work with you to create something that reflects who you are and what you want to say.

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Give a gift that is personalized and unique this year!

Give a gift that is personalized and unique this year!

We can do a lot of personalized jewelry – so if you are looking for a personal, unique gift for the holidays … maybe think of something personal done in copper or silver or both! It’s actually one of the most affordable things that we can do and we have a few decent fonts on hand. It can be a message, a love note, initials, coordinates, birth dates, a declaration, or a favorite quote!

Let us help you design and create a personal, wonderful moment that your loved ones will treasure forever! Let us know what you have in mind and we will see what we can do for you!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Well, it is a good time of year to sit back and think of all we should be grateful for, though I think that is something we should be doing every day!

I am grateful for this life and being able to fall in love with an entirely new art form – making jewelry and working in metal and rocks (gemstones).

I love that I get to connect with my family as I work at my bench and use the same tools – several of which at least two prior generations have held in their hands. My family is around me every time I work and it is a soothing and peaceful feeling that I adore.

In thanks for being able to come as far as I have – I am going to have a small sale for Black Friday – though I tend to avoid ALL consumerism as a personal rule on this day – I thought that I might participate as a shop owner and extend my gratitude to those that have helped me come as far as I have in this craft so far.

So thank you for supporting small business owners and craftspeople of all trades – if you are going to shop today – support the small business owners and craftsmen and the mom & pop joints, because we WILL be thankful of your support and you and your business DO matter to us!

May this holiday season find all your homes light in spirit and in heart, with laughter and joy and the beauty of a messy, busy, boisterous, healthy circle of family and friends! <3 And here are some images of my latest creative chaos (ie my bench) so you can get a small peek at my messy bench! LOL!

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Site Launch

Well, we’ve had the domain for a while and finally got irritated at the way one of the online venues was behaving so decided to just bite the bullet and do something a little different.

We should be getting new things listed in the next couple of weeks so please keep checking back! 🙂