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Being self taught in the design, creation and marketing of handcrafted jewelry, I have now been in the business for over 20 years. My marketing endeavors began in 1985 when I exhibited in my first juried art show. Since then and until 2000, I exhibited in approximately 20-30 juried art shows per year. Since 1999 I have focused on marketing via the internet and found this to be a more effective method of exposing my work to people from all parts of the country and the world. By being a current member of Etsy I hope to even further advance that exposure.

During the 15 year span of exhibiting in art shows, I was honored with a number of awards in design and craftsmanship including "best of show", "honorary achievement", "gallery" and "top 10 artists" awards. My jewelry has been featured in publications including "Collectible Silver Jewelry", "Goodfellow's Catalog of Wonderful Things" and…

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  • Joined July 19, 2010

Favorite materials

silver, bronze, copper, turquoise

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About

Being self taught in the design, creation and marketing of handcrafted jewelry, I have now been in the business for over 20 years. My marketing endeavors began in 1985 when I exhibited in my first juried art show. Since then and until 2000, I exhibited in approximately 20-30 juried art shows per year. Since 1999 I have focused on marketing via the internet and found this to be a more effective method of exposing my work to people from all parts of the country and the world. By being a current member of Etsy I hope to even further advance that exposure.

During the 15 year span of exhibiting in art shows, I was honored with a number of awards in design and craftsmanship including "best of show", "honorary achievement", "gallery" and "top 10 artists" awards. My jewelry has been featured in publications including "Collectible Silver Jewelry", "Goodfellow's Catalog of Wonderful Things" and "New Mexico Magazine" to name a few.

Living and working in New Mexico has been a rewarding and motivating experience. Many of my handcrafted jewelry designs are inspired by the natural beauty and splendor of the "Land of Enchantment". Inspiration has come from the beautiful colors of our sunsets, the magnificence of our mountain regions and forests and the rich cultural diversity of our native people. New Mexico is blessed with some of the most outstanding fine artists and jewelry makers in the country.

My specialty is in the area of lapidary and inlay work. I also (as time permits) enjoy creating a variety of strung neck pieces and earrings, favoring designs using turquoise nuggets and other semi-precious stones. All of my jewelry designs (except those pieces created by lost wax casting) are fabricated one at a time and by hand. I try to be very conscious of design and quality of craftsmanship in every jewelry piece that I create.

My favorite metals which form the base or foundation of my jewelry are as follows:

Sterling Silver: Composition of 92.5% Silver and 7.5% Copper.
German Silver: Composition of 65% Copper, 18% Nickel and 17% Zinc.
Jewelers Bronze: Composition of 85% Copper and 15% Zinc.
Copper: 99.9% pure Copper.

Many times I will combine two or more of these metals to give the jewelry design a richer and more unique appearance. The metal or metals used in each piece of my jewelry will be stated in the description of each individual item. All sterling silver jewelry will be stamped "sterling" or possibly "925" or "ster" if space is tight.
The finishes on my jewelry will vary from a high and lustrous polish to a brushed or matte type finish.

To maintain the finish nothing more is required then a jewelry polishing cloth or a good quality liquid or paste jewelry cleaner. My personal favorite is a liquid polish manufactured by 3M called Tarni-Shield. It works well on any metal and it provides an anti-tarnish protection to keep your jewelry nice and shiny. It is always a good idea to store your jewelry (when not being worn) in a zip-lock plastic bag or a velvet jewelry pouch. This storage process will help prevent any tarnishing that might occur otherwise.

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