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My love for art and crafts can be attributed to my mother. As a young girl, my sister and I used to help Mom make those favors for her weekly bridge group. We were always creating things like wreaths for Christmas out of folded IBM cards (oops, giving up my age) and spraying them gold or making resin molds to make those coffee table grape clusters or the mosaic clowns for wall décor and the list goes on. I know some of you remember those things.

My formal art training is in Precious Metal Clay and Photography. I had my ten minutes of fame having had one of my photographs published in a popular photo magazine. I have worked in stained glass, fiber arts (quilting, knitting) basket weaving, faux painting, gardening, and now I design and make my own jewelry. Growing up in the Arizona desert, being exposed as a young girl to the beautiful Indian Jewelry that abounds in that…

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  • Born on October 31
  • Joined August 12, 2010

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Love love love silver, gems, pearls, paper, fiber and ribbons

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About

My love for art and crafts can be attributed to my mother. As a young girl, my sister and I used to help Mom make those favors for her weekly bridge group. We were always creating things like wreaths for Christmas out of folded IBM cards (oops, giving up my age) and spraying them gold or making resin molds to make those coffee table grape clusters or the mosaic clowns for wall décor and the list goes on. I know some of you remember those things.

My formal art training is in Precious Metal Clay and Photography. I had my ten minutes of fame having had one of my photographs published in a popular photo magazine. I have worked in stained glass, fiber arts (quilting, knitting) basket weaving, faux painting, gardening, and now I design and make my own jewelry. Growing up in the Arizona desert, being exposed as a young girl to the beautiful Indian Jewelry that abounds in that area, instilled in me a love for silver and stone.

I have spent most of my adult life traveling, experiencing other cultures, which has helped me in the design process. This exposure and love of jewelry has led me to study this new medium of Precious Metal Clay and incorporate it into my designs.

Precious Metal Clay (PMC)

Precious Metal Clay is a revolutionary material developed and patented by Mitsubishi Materials of Japan. Tiny particles of pure silver or gold are suspended in an organic binder to create a material that can be worked like modeling clay. Pieces are fired in a kiln to 900 degrees centigrade or (1650 degrees F) to burn off the binder and fuse the material. The result is a solid 100% pure silver object.

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