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    My Love of Jewelry Design

    As my life changed dramatically a decade ago, I wondered how I could get back to who I really was before I defined myself by "sister", "daughter", "mother", and "boss".  In searching, I found the artist I put aside in my late 20's as I chose to go in the direction of raising a family.

    That artist, who has been slumbering for  many years, is alive again and exploring a new world. Perhaps I have the dexterity of my Father's hands, along with the soft and feminine touch of my Mother. However, I believe it goes back even farther to my great-grandmother, Sophia, a writer and painter who died at age 26 but left a legacy of strong women behind her.  She is my inspiration and my muse.

    It is certainly a gift from God that I have been blessed with these skills from generations past to fold into generations future.  My designs, like me, are marked by where I have been and where I am going.  I hope you will enjoy.                                              


    Individually Designed Fine Silver

    My fine silver pieces are individually designed and sculpted by hand with Precious Metal Clay (PMC).  PMC was developed in the early 1990's in Japan by a metallurgist.  Metal clay is a crafting medium consisting of very small particles of metal such as silver, gold, bronze, or copper mixed with the binder and water for use in making jewelry and small sculptures.  Metal clay can be shaped just like any soft clay, by hand or using molds.  After drying, the clay can be fired in a kiln or with a handheld gas torch.  The binder burns away, leaving the pure metal.  Shrinkage of between 8 to 30 percent occurs, depending on the product used.

    Repurposed Vintage Jewelry

    My other most LOVED jewelry is vintage re-purposed.  For most of my life, I have saved pieces of jewelry...earrings with no mate, childhood jewelry, pins, bracelets or necklaces worn by my Mother or Grandmothers. 

    Over the last several years, I have developed a method of fashioning vintage jewelry into contemporary pieces that match the style of the woman who owns it now while respecting the woman who originally owned it.   Some of the greatest, and most cherished, pieces of jewelry can be created this way.

    I have helped many customers transform some old treasures into new ones.  Please let me hear from you if I can help you transform a treasure for you.  It would be my honor to do that with you.

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