Special Orders

Jewelry special orders…something I both love and don’t like.  When it works out the way the person wanted, it’s great.  But, sometimes , the person  can’t tell you much about what they want.  Usually it is a meaningful stone that they have had sitting in a drawer for years, always wished they could wear it, but never figured out how it should be done.

Here is the stone:

Heart Sutra Stone
Heart Sutra Stone
Finished Heart Sutra
Finished Heart Sutra

I think it is a piece of soapstone.  She bought from a man who hand painted the Heart Sutra onto the stone.  He wrote her name on the back of the stone while she was watching.  The letters are very small! The whole piece is about 2″ tall.

She wanted in wrapped in gold filled wire. I usually start with a general idea of how the wire should go, but at the end, I just doodle and see what happens. This is what I came up with!

I’ve also made some new waterfall earrings.

Red Waterfall earrings
Red Waterfall earrings

Silver Waterfall Earrings
Silver Waterfall Earrings

Rain!

With this never ending rain, I’ve had more time for jewelry making.

Pendant in Progress
Pendant in Progress

This lovely glass stone is a vintage Swarovski that is no longer being made.  I am making the bail, and finishing up the side weaving.

Here is the finished pendant. The color is amazing!

Finished Pendant
Finished Pendant

My History with Urbana Market at the Square

I started selling jewelry at the Market in 1998.  Wow, that was a long time ago!  Over the years it has become a giant, diverse, amazing force of it’s own that people love to attend every week.  There are of course, farmers, but also, food trucks, bakers, jelly, candy, flowers, and every imaginable art and craft.  If you have never been there, it’s time to get yourself up on Saturday morning from 7-12 and head on over.  It’s in the Lincoln Square parking lot in Urbana. You can find the map HERE:  I am always in spots #61 and #62.

I find that I go through phases in my jewelry design, as well as other parts of my creative life.  I have learned to weave, but don’t like being stuck at the loom, so I incorporated wire weaving into my jewelry, totally portable!  Here are a few of my latest pendants.

Woven crystal pendantPaua ShellTurquoisePaua Shell

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Cecropia Wings Doodle Earrings
Cecropia Wings Doodle Earrings

I started making “Doodle Earrings” last year, and have been working on some new designs.  Here is one from last week, inspired by Cepropia wings.

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Om Doodle Earrings

This one is a prototype for the om mystical sound, sacred and important in various Dharmic religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.