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My jewelry is not prescious. It is a combination of hand manufactured and hand assembled in my home in Canada.
Whatever your style, please make sure the jewelry you wear is created in an ethical manner using fair trade practices.
Several years ago, a couple of evening courses at ACAD (Alberta College of Art and Design) in basic silversmithing ignited something in me I never knew existed. Since then, I have taken additional silversmithing courses at Chinook Learning Centre. I continue to court wonders of mixed materials and design as they are unveiled to me. I strive to learn and improve. I value quality of workmanship, and enjoy the energy created with asymmetrical designs. My favorite materials to work with are virgin and reclaimed Sterling Silver, rough nuggets and my imagination.
I spend my afternoons with my dog, Chica, in my basement studio, trying to make sense in metal of the designs that present themselves to me. I love the flowing qualities of nature, the preciseness of...
| ||My bracelets emphasize fun.
I rarely make 2 similar ones back to back.
| ||These little items can be used to embellish something plain, bring some coordination to something that otherwise might look disjointed, or just stand out as statements on their own.
| ||I think of earrings as being sisters, but not necessarily identical twins. Some designs lend themselves to symmetry, which is how most people wear their earrings. That is, the left and right are identical.|
| ||Got a chain, but need a new look, just add one of these pendants!
Or, purchase a pendant with one of the ready made chains that I keep in stock.
| ||I am sometimes asked if I have a "set", that is, matching necklace, earrings, bracelet, etc. While I can make such a beast, I prefer not to. Life is too full of the easy way out......a big box store concept......just get everything to match and you are good to go.|
| ||I do like the challenge of making a customer's idea come to life.
Currently, I only work in Sterling Silver, Pure Silver, Argentium, Bronze or Brass and Copper.
Repairs : I will assess each repair on a piece by piece basis, and will be honest with you if something is beyond my scope.|
| ||This category is a gathering of my latest items, before they are categorized. |
BlogMuck and DustThere is an unusual mixture of muck on the ground and dust in the air in the disaster zones left by the floods in Calgary. I have learned that if you shake a can of soda and quickly drink it, you can blow all that dust out of your nostrils! Who knew!
So much to do, where to start?
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