Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Changing Circle wave Pendants

One of the next steps in the evolution of our circle wave pendants was to add double wave shapes that we cut out of sheet metal to the lines of copper and silver wire in the designs. Jima made the one on the left and Carlie the one on the right.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

The Evolution of Circle Wave Pendants

I started making this series of jewels which I call circle wave pendants back in the 1980's when we were living on some property that we bought on the San Juan Ridge north of Nevada City in the hills just south of the Middle Fork of the Yuba River. We lived without being connected to the electricity grid for a number of years, at first making jewelry either in daylight or when working at night using the light of kerosene lamps. I did buy a generator to run the polishing motor and other electric tools but a lot of our work didn't take electricity. Later I put up some solar panels to power lights and built a studio with skylights. It was an interesting time. After we moved to the Mendocino coast in 1997 we spent a lot of time at the ocean and I saw even more wave forms beginning to find their way into our designs
These three pendants pictured are characteristic of some of the first wave of
this series although a lot at the beginning were even simpler than these. They have continued to evolve and change up to this day and have become a very integral part of our successful jewelry business. The series continues to develop and change which is typical of the way I make jewelry. I'll make a design and am happy with it but will then think about how I can make the next one at least a little different. Different metals, different stones, different bail, different size,  change the lines, add new elements. This keeps it interesting for me as opposed to making pieces that are the same and it also lets previous customers find something different the next time that they see our work at an art show. At most shows that we do, up to 90% of our sales are to people who have purchased from us before so it's vital that we have new designs and variations. In the next few days I'll post more images to show how this series has evolved over the last 35 plus years.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Multi Dangle Pendants

Sometime midway through last year Carlie started making some of these hanger pendants, playing with some of the ideas she had developed in making a series of asymmetrical earrings for the last couple of years. As often happens in our work, we play with each others ideas, throwing them back and forth between side by side work benches like we have for over 40 years. Carlie made the pendant on the right here. I made the one on the left. I didn't have a complete idea when I started, the design grew a little at a time, Changing several times in the process. Both are mixtures of silver, copper and gold, Carlie's with garnet and pearl, mine with pearl & carnelian agate.

Another hanger pendant by Carlie on the left with black onyx and pearl, mine on the right set with pearl, Mendocino abalone and a small green chrome diopside. We expect this design series idea to be in play for some time and it will be interesting to see where it leads us.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Spirals & Textures

Along with my fascination with texture goes an infinity of spirals which I've used in a great number of the pieces I've made. I suppose I'm infatuated with them. The piece on the left is silver and copper with a black onyx. The copper inlaid pieces are sheet metal that I have roller printed to get the texture using a sheet of nickel silver that I stamped a design on. I've made about 20 or 30 of these design sheets and always have several in the works since they take time to make. I think I'm working on three currently. Carlie uses these plates also in  her work. This piece is one of a kind at this point. The piece on the right is part of a series, number three at this point. Each one a little different as I like to make them. Sometimes the series will go on for years, but I only make one at a time. Unlike most of my current work this piece is all silver although the ball shapes are argentium silver, an alloy that I like to use for making balls because they come out perfect and smooth with no pits as sometimes happens when you melt sterling silver. Argentium is the best metal I have found for fusing also, one has a lot of control in the process.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Textured Metal Pendant

Jima made this pendant. I've always had a fascination with texture, both in my drawing and in my jewelry work. I'm continually looking for and trying to develop new textures and combinations of textures. The textures here on the top layer were directly stamped with a variety of steel stamps, some of which I made. The little copper circles are rivets. The back layer is brass, a roller printed sheet that also has a scratched texture. It was about 2 1/2 inches high.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Hinged Bracelet

Carlie made this hinged bracelet back in 2008. Starting in 2004 or 2005 we made these kinds of bracelets with interlocking jump ring chains for 6 or 7 years. We really got into playing with chain patterns and various hinged designs to help the bracelet fit right on the wrist. One year when we were on the road doing March art fairs in Arizona and the Palm Springs area I made 6 feet of this kind of chain. It was one of the few productive things that I could make while on the road.
This one is made of silver & gold with a little bit of copper, set with black onyx, holly blue agate from Oregon, fresh water pearl, garnet and lapis lazuli.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Scenic Jasper Pendant

I've been collecting various scenic and picture jaspers for many years, 40 or more. They fascinate me. It's sometimes difficult for me to set them in jewelry because when I do and they sell I don't get to look at them any more. Pretty weird I guess for someone who makes their living making and selling jewelry. But there it is. This looked like a desert landscape to me so I used a diamond drill to bore a hole in it and riveted on the copper sun shape. At the top is a fresh water pearl. Metals are silver, copper and 14k gold. The jasper is owyhee picture jasper from Oregon which is a treasure land of diverse gemstones.