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SurfingSilver's Etsy shop proudly supports a team on Temecula Youth Baseball, thank you to all my customers who make this possible.

I am a wife and mother of 4.
I was born in So California and lived here all my life except for a brief stint in Hawaii. As a child and adolescent in So Cal I lived in a house where we could see the ocean all day, everyday. Having a houseboat at Lake Powell allows me to live on the water for a time each year. Being an artist I have always been fascinated with water and especially moving water. I have studied the movement of water for years. When I first started working with PMC all of my other art immediately went on hold and my paints have been put aside for now. I never thought I would get into 3D sculpture, but I have found that carving has become my favorite thing now, and my pieces are taking on a sculptural quality. I am constantly…

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  • Born on July 14
  • Joined November 28, 2009

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SurfingSilver's Etsy shop proudly supports a team on Temecula Youth Baseball, thank you to all my customers who make this possible.

I am a wife and mother of 4.
I was born in So California and lived here all my life except for a brief stint in Hawaii. As a child and adolescent in So Cal I lived in a house where we could see the ocean all day, everyday. Having a houseboat at Lake Powell allows me to live on the water for a time each year. Being an artist I have always been fascinated with water and especially moving water. I have studied the movement of water for years. When I first started working with PMC all of my other art immediately went on hold and my paints have been put aside for now. I never thought I would get into 3D sculpture, but I have found that carving has become my favorite thing now, and my pieces are taking on a sculptural quality. I am constantly evolving so I'll just have to see where this takes me. I was trained by the world famous metal smith and international author Tim McCreight and I am guild certified in PMC techniques by RioGrande. I belonged to the PMC Guild until it disbanded in 2012. I also teach PMC classes.

In 2012, Surfingsilver expanded with the popularity of my "Memorial" items. In 2009 I had been the first to put "your own handwriting" silver items on the market and when I added "Memorial Jewelry from the actual writing of your lost loved ones" my shop went crazy and exploded with more orders than I could handle on my own. There was no way for me to provide for the 100's of requests I was getting each day so I hired an assistant named Annie.

CARRIE - Carrie has been with me since 2010, she does our photoshopping. I foundCarrie through the old (now discontinued) Etsy Alchemy system; or maybe I should say she found me. She had put in a bid on the request I made, and she has been there for me ever since. At that time Carrie was a professional photo editor and photoshop teacher who lived in front of her computer screen. In early 2013 she branched out doing other things and has even been in a couple of movies!


About PMC; To explain what PMC Fine Silver is lets first learn a little bit about sterling silver. Sterling silver is 92.5 silver with the 7.5 content being made up of copper and tin. Fine Silver is 99.999 silver with the .001 content accounting for trace metals, which may possibly be present but not surely present. Fine silver will eventually tarnish, but not as harshly as sterling because of the lack of added copper and tin, because of this its color is closer to the color of Tiffany's silver; but it can easily and safely be given a patina to match sterling, pewter or other metals. Oxidizing with rock sulphur has become very popular and fun for the artist because of it being uncontrollable, there is the surpise element when the silver becomes the color it wants to be. So, now you know why sterling silver is stamped .925 and fine silver is stamped .999 to show their content in compliance to the standards set by the ISO which stands for the International Standardization Organization. PMC stands for Precious Metal Clay it comes in gold, silver, copper or bronze. It starts out in a clay like form, after it is fired the small amount of water and binder is burned out leaving it pure metal. The clay like material has 3 ingredients, the silver pmc has silver in its purest form, binder and water. The silver is in microscopic particles until the firing where they sinter and become joined. Think of wheat that is ground into flour. The flour is tiny particles of wheat, wheat powder. PMC is like silver powder held together with a tiny bit of water and binder until it is fired into pure metal.

He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands, his head and his heart is an artist.
-St.Francis of Assisi

I begin with an idea
and then it becomes something else,
~Pablo Picasso

Thanks to all the blogs, magazines, TV feature and and other features. These are the ones I'm aware of:

April 5, 2016
http://www.yourmodernfamily.com/10-ways-turn-kid-drawings-jewelry/

Feb 2016: www.indulgy.com

Jan. 31, 2016 at the very end of the article
Mommyobsessed.blogspot:
http://mommyobsessed.blogspot.com
http://mommyobsessed.blogspot.com/search?q=jewelry

Dec 29, 2015 -Skinny Ninja Mom:
http://skinnyninjamom.com/20-products-you-should-already-have-in-your-wishlist/

Unknown date
Pagingfunmums.com
http://pagingfunmums.com/2015/02/27/turn-your-childrens-art-into-precious-keepsakes/

May 2015-The Organized Life at:
www.the-organized-life.com/personalized-mothers-day-gift-ideas/

April. 2015 - TheDatingDivas.com
scroll to #61 on the list here:
http://www.thedatingdivas.com/becca/128-great-graduation-ideas/

Feb. 2015 -
http://pagingfunmums.com/2015/02/27/turn-your-childrens-art-into-precious-keepsakes/

Nov 2014 BUZZFEED:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/incredibly-meaningful-gifts-you-can-give-your-kids?sub=3491955_4114526

Oct 2014 Grant County Library’s Online Catalog
http://www.grantcolib.info/preserve-your-childs-art-2/

2014 Olympic News - I made this medal !
http://www.jrn.com/tmj4/wi-sports/winter-games/Womens-hockey-goalie-from-Wisconsin-gets-special-medal-245239921.html

I am so honored to have been commissioned to make a pendant for Olympic Women's Hockey Goalie Jessie Vetter. I thought it would be too personal for me to post what was made for US Women's Olympic Hockey Goalie Jessie Vetter, but then I was sent this link, since it has been posted on the internet, I thought it would be okay to share what her mother had me make for her, use this url to see the article:
http://t.co/vXgd1H6zph

SurfingSilver was featured on TV! 4/3/2013
http://twincitieslive.com/article/stories/s2985541.shtml?cat=10698

Nov 2013
Southern Weddings Magazine
Volume 6
page 32

US Weekly Magazine,

10/3/2013
www.dirtandnoise.com/2013/09/3770.html

9/6/2013 www.Inspiredwives.com
scroll down to wedding bouquet charms
http://www.inspiredwives.com/search?q=memorial

8/2013
http://memento-designs.com/diy/happy-weekend/#comments

8/26/2013
mikalane.com/2013/08/25/style-a-clever-gift-from-etsy/

1.13.2013
www.evolutionvtg.blogspot.com/2013/01/get-lippy.html?m=1
(scroll down to see the kiss print keychain)

10/3/2012
birthingme.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-necklace-to-remember.html

4/30/2012 Mommy Bracelet
http://www.agapelovedesigns.com/2012/04/mothers-day-gift-guide.html

EtsyStalker,
http://etsystalker.com/2011/03/07/surfing-silver-solo-exhibit-with-giveaway/

abellajoya,

ginalouisadesigns,

waterwaif

mommy'smiddleground,
http://mommysmiddleground.blogspot.com/search?q=surfingsilver

http://jojoebi.blogspot.com/search?q=surfingsilver

edgeof thewoodsstudio,

mainelyhome,

Feb 2011:

12/2011 Penguin Love Necklace
http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/the+penguin+blog

11/14/2011
http://www.bellasugar.com/Prettiest-Perfume-Lockets-From-Etsy-20378703

September 8, 2011 In the U.K.
Jeri’s Organizing & Decluttering News
http://jdorganizer.blogspot.com/search?q=surfingsilver

9/8/2011
http://jdorganizer.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150138202908500

http://jojoebi.blogspot.com/2011/03/mothers-
day-love.html

mrsprincesspookie.
http://jojoebi.blogspot.com/search?q=bracelet (again) 4/2011

rarebirdfinds.typepad.com

kmrcrafts

Featured 6/2
http://www.stylebakerymom.com/2011/06/personalized-fathers-day-gift-ideas-for-the-doting-dad.html

Featured 8//8/2011 in Sweden:
http://minnamarie.blogg.se/2011/august/surfingsilver-your-actual-kiss.html

Featured 5/2011 In "What's Hot Now" Kaboodle.com front page slide show

Featured 5/2011:
http://daisysretro.blogspot.com/

5/2011 Fussy.org

Featured 4/18/2011
kmrcrafts.blogspot.com/2011/04/elenas-vervain-filled-locket.html

March 2011:
http://rarebirdfinds.typepad.com/rare_bird_finds/2011/03/your-actual-kiss-image-in-fine-silver.html

Feb 2011:
http://pinterest.com/pin/3747015/

Featured 2/2011 in Dstripped Magazine- here is a link to the article:
http://www.dstrippedmagazine.com/dstripped/article/waters-run-dee9

11/2010
that'sitmommy,
http://thatsitmommy.com/2010/11/it-holiday-gift-guide-review-your-childs-artwork-in-silver/

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http://www.surfingsilver.etsy.com

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