Aluminum Pour from September 2015

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Blog, Metal | Leave a comment

Last September I had the opportunity to play with aluminum at the Milwaukee Maker Faire.  I didn’t pour the molten metal myself, just carved out the designs in the sand mold.




Something similar will be going on right here in Madison the first weekend in February.  Come check out the Pour’n Your Heart Out Community Iron Pour!

A lesson in recycling

Posted by on Apr 26, 2015 in Blog, Metal | Leave a comment

I had always been taught to use a container at my jeweler’s desk to catch metal filings, so I could melt those little bits and make more things…. but I never really took that seriously since I was working on things that seemed so small as to be inconsequential.  Well guess what.  Even though small, it adds up!  See those 10 little balls of silver near the top-middle of this picture?  Those are were made from  the metal filings from the other silver shown (like, literally I collected all the bits I filed off of all those circles shown in this picture).  HOLY MOLY.  What didn’t look like a very big pile of metal dust turned into something I use on other jewelry with almost no work on my part, other than to be a little more diligent about where my dust falls.






I can’t believe how much silver I’ve wasted up til now.



Keumboo – making some progress

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Blog, Jewelry, Metal | Leave a comment











Bezel setting and dapped disks

Posted by on Mar 21, 2015 in Blog, Jewelry, Metal | Leave a comment

Playing with silver in February:



Now to figure out what to call it.  Any ideas?

Trying something new

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Blog, Jewelry, Metal | Leave a comment

Took a class this summer to learn a new technique. Here are some of the results of that class —- I’ve yet to spend much time on my own doing this at home. I guess I sort of got distracted by all the other fun things one can do in the summertime.

Keumboo First Try



I have so so many ideas of what else to try with this technique that I almost don’t want to post this, just because i KNOW I can do better. Perhaps putting this up here is a way to egg myself on to DO this, not just occasionally think about it.

Metal Owls

Posted by on Aug 24, 2013 in Jewelry, Metal | Leave a comment

Much much earlier this year, I started playing around with owls.  I have plans for these things, just….. need to make time to finish them 🙂

Proof of concept…. Wood + metal + Latvian designs

Posted by on Jun 14, 2012 in Metal, Mixed media | Leave a comment

Here are two examples of the new idea made into actual physical real life objects….

Three newest pendants

Posted by on Jun 6, 2012 in Jewelry, Metal | Leave a comment

Today’s efforts after work yielded these! #27, #28, & #29 in a series of fifty. I am 58% finished with my bezel setting challenge! Yea!

A new pattern

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Jewelry, Metal | Leave a comment

Here are a couple new pendants that I’ve been excited about:

Ooooh! Shiny!

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Jewelry, Metal | Leave a comment

I’ve been playing around with a new technique: polishing stuff in a rock tumbler. Initial results? WOW!!! Sooooo shiny!

And there’s an extra bonus, too. Yesterday I found out that half an hour is enough to polish the silver BUT LEAVES MY DICHRO ALONE… Which is awesome because that means I can polish all of my glass bezel pendant without dealing with the buffer!