How I Create Collections

Whenever I am asked how I create my collections I sort of scratch my head on how to answer. It isn’t a set process. But here is what generally happens and how the collection I am working on right now came to be. First let me say that collections are what I see most of...

Do I need a Flex-Shaft?

This is a question I hear quite often in my metal smithing classes. Well, actually it usually goes more like: I have a Dremel, do I need to get a Flex-Shaft? My answer is usually it depends. It depends on how much you will use it. It depends on the type of work you...

What do you do when your mind goes blank?

Yep, that is how I have been feeling. I am blaming it on the smoke. Sounds like a good excuse. Maybe it is the stress of this fire season. Maybe it is just one of the cyclic things that happens when you are trying to create. Maybe I am just flat out tired. Or maybe it...

Just Anneal It

If you have taken one of my metal smithing classes you have heard me talk about annealing and work hardening. And I usually try to beat it into your brain to remember to anneal your metal when it doesn’t want to easily move. Recently I was dealing with an old...

Fire Anniversary

I have to admit August tends to be my least favorite month of the year. I am not really a summer person. Yes, I like the longer days and the warmer evenings, but I don’t do well in the heat, and let’s not even talk about humidity. And then there are the fires in...

Unpredictability

I have to admit August is my least favorite month of the year. I am not a hot weather person, and I really don’t like fire season. This month is the 10th anniversary of the big Joko Lake fire that went through our property, and again we are surrounded by fires...

Long Necklaces

I love long necklaces. I always have. Some of my all time favorites that I use to wear daily were in the 30 – 36 inch range. They look good with blazers, sweaters and jackets. They look good over turtle necks or a tank top. So this past month I added a few long...

Clean Solder Joins

Most people struggle with the look of their solder joins while mastering soldering. So what is the secret to getting them to blend in seamlessly? Taking that extra time to make sure everything is the best we can make it helps. Close just isn’t good enough when...

Designing Your Work

One of the hardest things to do when we first start creating jewelry is to create a cohesive look in our work. We get ideas from all over and we are too busy trying them out, trying to find out own voice. It takes a while for designers to get a “look”....