I've been designing beaded jewelry for years and earlier this year decided to take the next step . . . my first (but definitely not last!) silversmith class. What a fabulous experience! Starting with a flat piece of silver and building the piece from the ground up . . . cutting, texturing, soldering, filing, setting stones and polishing.
Since many of my pieces are in the old Southwestern design I decided to give my pieces the look of old slightly tarnished silver . . . "well-worn and well-loved". Also following the traditions of some of the old Native American jewelers . . . each piece has a tiny nick or unnoticable flaw, to let any evil spirits escape.
Please visit my NEW Silver Collection pages. I hope you enjoy wearing these pieces as much as I've enjoyed making them.
I've always had a "project" by my side, needlepoint, counted cross-stitch, folk art painting and even leatherwork. One day, many years ago, I admired a beaded watch on a girlfriend's wrist and she said, "Oh, you can do it, I'll show you how!" Much to my husband's chagrin, that started it for me. I'm a self-taught jewelry artist, although I've taken a few classes here and there and have several more on my "to do" list.
My favorite designs are southwestern . . . using Turquoise, Coral, Gaspeite, Spiny Oyster, Jaspers, Jet and Onyx . . . with a few pearls thrown in.
I've always felt a connection towards the culture of the Native Americans and especially those from the Southwest. Their reverence for God's creations, family and life itself is a worthy goal to strive for. My husband is of Cherokee descent but I'm basically German and English, although I was once told I was an Osage Indian in a prior life. Who knows, maybe that's where part of my connection comes from.