Thursday, July 19, 2018

Sun Earrings

I made these sun earrings a few years ago, one of a series of 5 or 6, each set a little different. Different size, different metals, different stones. I first started my infatuation with sun shapes doodling on the edge of note paper in boring junior high school classes about 62 years ago or so. My love of the sun motif has led me to use it in drawings, paintings, larger metal work and jewelry since then. I wear a sunburst pin most of the time when I'm out in the world and I have sold dozens, maybe hundreds of pieces of jewelry that incorporate it into the design over the last 50 years. I don't get tired of making variations of it and people don't get tired of buying it. These earrings are made of copper and silver with black onyx tear drops and fresh water pearls.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Carlie's New Button Necklace

Quite a few years ago Carlie did a series of necklaces with coat buttons made of shell as part of the center piece with metal domes in the center with prongs that go through the button's holes. This is the first one she has done in probably 15 years or more. The button is about 2 inches in diameter. It is also set with gray moonstones and a fresh water button pearl. It's made of silver, copper, brass and little bits of gold. We hope it finds a home at our upcoming Kings Mountain art fair on Labor Day weekend.
We are now looking here and there, at thrift stores, antique stores, sewing shops and so forth for the button for her next one.

Thursday, May 10, 2018


I started drawing mandala forms back in the mid 1960's and later got into painting them, the largest one was about 8 feet in diameter on the side of a building in Ventura, California in 1970 or so. It was only natural that when I got into jewelry making that the mandala form would
spring up. This one was a pin/pendant made of silver riveted over copper. The bluish color on part of the copper is created by heating with a torch. It's set with a fresh water pearl in the center. It was about 2 1/2 inches in diamter.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Another Direction for Circle Wave Pendants

 This is a developmental series of circle wave pendants in which I set a cabachon behind so that I can do metal work over it. I started out doing patterned agates but have in recent time mostly used black onyx. I started this series maybe 25 years ago and it still continues. Each one of the series is at least a little different. It's  more interesting that way. I'm not certain how many I've made but I would guess at least 60 to 80. They all share genetic material like cousins. The scale varies from 3/4's of an inch in diameter to 2 inches. This series will continue as they have all found homes except the one that I just made.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

The next step in Circle Wave Pendants Evolution

I get infatuated with spiral forms sometimes so it seemed a natural step to incorporate them into my circle wave pendant designs. I started doing variations of this particular design in 2013 I think and am still doing them currently. Each one is a little different, different scale, different metal combinations, adding textures, different stones. That's a lot more fun than making them the same.

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.