Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Built from Scratch

All the elements, made by me (except commercial chain!), all stones cabbed by me.... man, I feel like a WOMAN!

Let's go into details, shall we?

This is a wee Coyamito Agate, with an opaque light caramel center and banding reminiscent of cinnamon and persimmon... orange, tan, simple and elegant.

My signature swinging bail has a tiny twig and leaf bouquet: this piece is entitled "Ahh" and has that word along with a few hammered granules of sterling on the back.

Doesn't it feel like relaxation just looking at it?

This is the collector Laguna Agate cab I created last week and I KNEW it was going to turn out to be a doozy when I set it. I blended the swing bail and a simple jump ring setting for an asymmetrical treat.

This is heirloom stuff, thick and heavy silver with a stone the likes of which I may not see again - what a wonder!!

The chain is patterned cable, left oxidized for contrast and a bit of operatic drama!

All of my vine designs are an offshoot of this amazing new phase of my life: plants I purchase are surviving and even thriving in my studio, on my porch and in my belly (basil, parsley, spearmint, sage, lavender, lemon balm and peppermint) - I couldn't be happier with this turn of events, as a reformed black thumb.

Seriously, I had a knack for house plant homicide.

Look: even my string of pearls is sprouting!!

Start to Finish pieces will be in the Metal Shop shortly!!


MrsLittleJeans said...

That agate is stunning, and the other so soothing...I am glad plants are safe with you now : )


Sunny Rising Leather said...

MLJ: Me too, my dear!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Man, those are gorgeous! I love the swinging bails, and the Laguna agate is just amazing.

susie said...

Woman, you rock! (I so can't pass up the opportunity for a pun, no matter how lame it is, sorry). That laguna is amazing, really love all the details. Just beautiful.

p.s. I just planted a string of pearls by our kitchen sink, love them.