Finding the Right Round Nose Pliers for Jewelry Making

Round nose pliers

Thee brands of round nose jewelry pliers tested. From left to right: Beadsmith, Lindstrom, Beadalon.

I have been searching for the perfect pair of round nose pliers for my jewelry making.  That’s not the reason I’ve neglected this blog, and you, my dear readers, for over two months.  But the two things are not unrelated.  You see, I moved in the spring and am just now getting back to my jewelry making. Continue reading

We’re All Ears Design Challenge: Patchwork Earrings

Fat Quarters earringsEach month Erin Prais-Hintz chooses a theme and challenges us to design earrings inspired by it.  The theme for this month’s We’re All Ears earring design challenge was “patchwork.”  I’ve noticed a bit of patchwork showing up in clothing fashion lately and had been pondering how to create some earrings in that style.  The images Erin shared for this design challenge were exactly the push my muse needed. Continue reading

Dragon Design Challenge for Art Elements

Flower dragon box top viewHere there be Dragons! The theme for the winter design challenge from the Art Elements team is dragons. I love dragons. Love! So naturally I signed up to participate. I usually make jewelry for these design challenges. But, since Art Jewelry Elements became Art Elements, I did not have to limit myself to jewelry or jewelry components. However, I stayed in the general vicinity of jewelry, by making jewelry boxes. Continue reading

Introducing the ‘Of a Feather’ Jewelry Collection

assorted feather focals

These are all the polymer clay feather focals I carved, molded, and colored for my new jewelry collection.

I’m so excited to introduce my new jewelry collection – Of a Feather – featuring my hand-carved feather focals.  I’ve been working on this new jewelry collection for quite a few months, making the feathers in batches according to color and finish.  I’ve got aged and distressed metals, faux ceramics, metallics, and even some inspired by real birds. Continue reading

Art Jewelry Elements Headpin Challenge

vase filled with headpinsWhen the team at Art Jewelry Elements announced “art headpins” as the challenge theme for August I was fairly certain I would join in.  But I did wait a few weeks before signing up, because I wanted to be sure I would actually have some headpins to show on reveal day.  The challenge is to create art headpins in any medium, or use art headpins in jewelry designs.  Continue reading

We’re All Ears Earring Challenge: Campfires


Campfire. Photo credit : Luke Porter | Unsplash

The theme for this month’s We’re All Ears earring design challenge was campfires. I haven’t been camping in a very long time.  My family took quite a few camping trips when I was growing up. My favorites trips were the ones near alpine lakes and meadows. I love the smell of pine forest covered in morning dew.  Of course, I also love the smell of smoldering mesquite wood, which is what we used to build our fires when camping in riverine canyons. Continue reading