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Just a Thought About Light

A thought for the day

Adding  some bright white, some lightness to the darker shades, of a day is something all of us can do.  Brighten your day, and you can bring the light to someone else who may not know how to do it for themselves.


How Does A Design for a Fine Silver Pendant Develop?

ShareOften I am asked how a handcrafted design is born in my Silver Pendants.  I suppose my answer is similar to the response of other Artisan Jewelry Makers- the muse speaks to me, the design just appears to me, or I have seen a pattern I would like to duplicate.

For me, I am not certain of the Muse, but I can say that Nature speaks to me in the natural lines that are available from flowers, insects, and other facets of our external world. 

Sometimes I must admit that the internal world where the Muse resides prompts me through a sudden thought, then directs me to start a project and lets the design form itself.

A Little Bit About Ancient Glass Beads

The glass seed beads, referred to as trade beads, played an important in the early colonies North America.  Columbus' first trade with the people of the Americas was done with the use of trade beads to gain the confidence and admiration of the native people. October 12, 1492, Columbus recorded in his logbook that the natives of San Salvador Island were given red caps and glass beads. This is the earliest written record of glass beads in the Americas. I believe a promise was made on a previous blog regarding a discussion about ancient glass beads.

The Beauty of Handmade Artisan Jewelry

Handmade Jewelry has always appealed to me. I have always admired the craftsmanship of the art jewelry that I sought out in galleries as I traveled around the United States.  From the South West to the North East you can find some very unique designs in silver and gold along with some very traditional silver work of the Indians who were indeed the first Americans.

Beautiful Beadwork also abounds in artisan jewelry. Handmade Lampwork beads, tiny beads woven with stitches, and again, with the influence of the American Indians.