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To me, the human capacity to make things with our hands and mind is magic. The way a stone, bit of metal, a twig, shell, or even a piece of trash can be transformed into something useful, beautiful, meaningful; that is real alchemy. It is this power that draws me to making things.

I am an industrial designer by profession, and jewelry work is my outlet for exploration outside of mass production. I was never satisfied with the jewelry I saw in stores. They never expressed what I wanted to say about me or the people I was buying for, so I started creating my own designs. I have played with various techniques over the years, but recently two things have pushed me into more serious work. One is that I discovered the technique of crocheting beaded rope, and the other is precious metal clay. Metal clay is powdered silver or gold suspended in a polymer base that can be worked like clay when wet, shaped…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 17
  • Joined October 2, 2009

Favorite materials

Silver, stones, tiny beads, pearls, copper, natural forms, water, birds, turtles, fish, simplicity, geometry, okay these are not materials but I like them

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About

To me, the human capacity to make things with our hands and mind is magic. The way a stone, bit of metal, a twig, shell, or even a piece of trash can be transformed into something useful, beautiful, meaningful; that is real alchemy. It is this power that draws me to making things.

I am an industrial designer by profession, and jewelry work is my outlet for exploration outside of mass production. I was never satisfied with the jewelry I saw in stores. They never expressed what I wanted to say about me or the people I was buying for, so I started creating my own designs. I have played with various techniques over the years, but recently two things have pushed me into more serious work. One is that I discovered the technique of crocheting beaded rope, and the other is precious metal clay. Metal clay is powdered silver or gold suspended in a polymer base that can be worked like clay when wet, shaped like a soft stone when dry, and is pure metal after it is fired. I’ve added traditional silversmithing and stone cutting to my skills to give me more ways to create the forms I dream up. I am having a lot of fun experimenting with these processes and I hope you find them interesting and unique.

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