Making My Own Metal!

Metal clay is something I’ve been aching to put into production for years… And this past November, I did it! My gorgeous wee secondhand kiln was incredibly simple to use. Two half hour sessions at 1500 degrees and I’m well over the double rainbow with joy. This metal is solid, …

Inspiration & Buttons

A while back I was lucky enough to find and purchase this fantastic lot of vintage metal buttons online, and it has been a source of inspiration and new projects ever since. I immediately (as in, abandoned what I was doing when the package arrived) started smashing the crap outta …

Medallions & Evolution

There’s something always happening in my head – evolutions, adaptations, innovations – that keeps me constantly making changes to the art I produce. Every time I learn a new technique, see a new product, or play in a new medium, there’s a… a twist. I can always see how to connect the …

Watching Paint Dry – Lumiere Halo Paint Effects on Polymer Clay

Back when I was in Knoxville for one of my JTV appearances, I found a Hobby Lobby and managed to keep from dragging home the entire store. I did, however get some new carving material – it’s very thin and it was quite affordable, even with the ridiculous Canadian exchange rate. …

Beads in Paris

When I was in Paris (that sounds simultaneously super pretentious and fictional), my host and I took a stroll up Rue du Temple. We were looking for a specific list of bead shops – which we never actually found – and came across a whole street full of bead shops …

Jewelry Update

I felt like going through my photos for the past couple of months and compiling the bits of jewelry news and photos that I maybe didn’t already share, or only shared on Instagram or Facebook. For instance, some beautiful components I bought from B’Sue Boutiques (seriously, the greatest quality over there) and …

Teaspoon Jewellery

Everyone knows what you do with old teaspoons if you are a jeweller: you turn them into rings or bracelets by wrapping them around mandrels. Well. You know me. I can’t do anything the same as other people without developing an eye twitch. And I had this significantly-sized box of …

Metal & Flowers

I’ve been spending a LOT of time sort of… avoiding the studio. It’s messy in here, my fibro has been acting up so that all I do is SLEEP, and honestly the winter was DEPRESSINGly long and gray. But that didn’t stop me from buying ALL of the colourful supplies I …

Craftsy Class Giveaway!

Good gravy, I’ve filmed a class for Craftsy.com! The experience was absolutely divine. They sent someone to pick me up at the airport, I got to eat at a different downtown Denver restaurant at every meal, and best of all, every single person I interacted with at Craftsy was completely super. …

Wire Wrapping Tutorial Bundles

As part of the very slow shift in my business practices, I’ve happily begun bundling my wire tutorials with wire and beads or components from my own personal stash – giving you everything you need (but the tools) to create some of my most popular tutorials right away. Even better, you’ll …

Designing

Computer design has been a big part of what’s happening around here lately. Logo design, pattern design, font and brand exploration – it’s all giving me the tingly-fingers. I thought I’d show you some of what I’ve been up to instead of finishing ANY JEWELLERY EVER. Eep. Ahem. It’s still …