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Some inherit math skills or musical talent. I got hand/eye coordination and a love of design. Even as a child I was very creative. Always thrilled with arts and crafts projects in school and coming up with my own projects at home. Maybe that comes from being an only child and having to keep myself entertained. Who knows? Whatever it was that got me started on the creative path I sure am thankful for it! I have enjoyed a lifetime of creating beautiful art and refining my skills and techniques. I am mostly self-taught in the area of jewelry making. I've been at it for over 25 years. I did intern one summer in Santa Barbara with jewelry-maker Thoi Vo whose gorgeous work sells in Sundance Catalog. She taught me how to refine my technique and work with speed and accuracy.

Everything in my shop is handcrafted by me. I make all of my pieces with attention to detail. I also use customized…

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  • Female
  • Born on July 18
  • Joined October 2, 2008

Favorite materials

vintage mah jong tiles, sterling silver, gemstones, semi precious gemstones, gold filled components

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Some inherit math skills or musical talent. I got hand/eye coordination and a love of design. Even as a child I was very creative. Always thrilled with arts and crafts projects in school and coming up with my own projects at home. Maybe that comes from being an only child and having to keep myself entertained. Who knows? Whatever it was that got me started on the creative path I sure am thankful for it! I have enjoyed a lifetime of creating beautiful art and refining my skills and techniques. I am mostly self-taught in the area of jewelry making. I've been at it for over 25 years. I did intern one summer in Santa Barbara with jewelry-maker Thoi Vo whose gorgeous work sells in Sundance Catalog. She taught me how to refine my technique and work with speed and accuracy.

Everything in my shop is handcrafted by me. I make all of my pieces with attention to detail. I also use customized tools to create some of the tiniest wire-work out there. All of the wire ends are tamped down and knots are pulled inside of beads for a smooth finish. My wire-work is dainty and precise. I take great pride in my skill - for this is what I am able to offer after having "practiced" for over 25 years.

I started making mah jong jewelry back in the early 1990's in NY. A friend's very elegant mother wore a Bakelite Mah Jong tile bracelet to dinner one night and as soon as I set eyes on it I knew I had to have one. That weekend I found one at the 26th Street Flea Market in Manhattan and very soon after that I was making my own,

I only use orphaned tiles or tiles from sets missing too many tiles to replace. I would never poach from an intact vintage set. I also use brand new tiles straight from the factory for variety of colors and a lower price point. I use quality beads and semi-precious gemstones to mix with the tiles. Some of my pieces are offered in the gift shop at The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

As for the colorful record bowls - I received one of these as a holiday gift one year from a friend. I loved it so much I talked him into revealing his secrets to me and began making them myself. I love the variety of colors and the shiny semi-translucent finish. They lend a pop of color and whimsy to any room.

Well, that's a wrap. Enjoy browsing the shop. Thanks for your interest.

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