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RAIN

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Compared to the rest of the USA or other countries, our winter weather has been mild and easy. But there has been an unduly amount of rain, even for us..fortunately my favorite escape from endless grey is to lose myself in the studio. It’s better than a trip to Hawaii-even though I am sure Sadie Thompson might disagree with me on that!

There have been some bright spots to start the new year. Jeffro made an incredible display bench for my studio. He salvaged the maple top from the beach in front of my house. The support pieces are from a ship wreck on nearby Washaway Beach.

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I can’t even express how much I love it-made by a good friend and truly one of a kind.

Another friend, photo journalist Erika Langley, stopped by the weekend this bench was delivered. It also happened to be Super bowl Sunday. In Washington state this was a HUGE deal. (BTW: The Seattle Seahawks won.) Erika and I took advantage of the completely empty beach-not even any footprints in the sand- to take some artist shots.

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photos by Erika Langley

Without realizing it, she took a series of shots that formed a narrative of place- the source of artist inspiration, the artist at work and finished jewelry pieces.

Since I dislike having my picture taken, (unless there is wine and a fedora involved) I was trying to relax and forget about the camera. Erika made that easy. I have recently had another birthday and am now in my mid fifties. Okay I said it! Recently I have been giving thought to the aging process. There have not been a lot of widely publicized role models or mentors for women until recently for this time in life. I have decided to embrace it. Be nicer to myself. Enjoy  the little and the big things. Ditch the rules. Dream big.

On that note, I now must share a few pictures of my pet project. The restoration of my 1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia.

I bought this car four years ago from a local fisherman. It was barely running and pretty much in shreds. My ex husband, Tom, got it into running order and did a lot of interior restoration. After saving up money and a  search to find the right body and paint man, the project started in January 2014. With any luck at all it should be drive- able by June.

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This is the color it is going to be-it’s called Seaside. The job is being done by Three Crows Garage in nearby Westport, WA.

Back to the studio…

Here are some action shots from our Superbowl Sunday Shoot:

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And a piece of finished work. These are wedding rings for  Rachel and Nick of Portland Oregon. They will be getting married on the summer solstice 2014. Their rings feature Victorian era sea glass from the coast of England set in 22KT gold with reticulated silver bands.

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And now for some shots of recent pieces:

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All of these feature English sea glass. Did I mention that I have recently renewed my passport? I am hoping to take a trip to the NE coast of England in later summer to visit the beaches where this sea glass is found. One of the people I buy it from has very kindly invited me to visit her and her family. (and also the working man’s club!) I am a firm believer in planting seeds for whatever you want to manifest. So taking the action to get the passport renewed was step one.

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 photo by Erika Langley   http://www.erikalangley.com/

Hope this scattered sharing of some of the past month’s highlights has been of interest and not too rambling…Until next time, I remind you that even though it is still winter for another six weeks or so, it’s time to plant the seeds for whatever you want to manifest your life.

In the immortal ad copy of Fredericks of Hollywood (and the Rocky Horror Picture Show):

Don’t dream it-be it.”

Custom Summer

 

It has been a great summer spent close to home. Enjoying the easy living of warm temperatures, long hours of daylight, visits from friends and family, camp outs and back yard barbeques.

Instead of setting up a booth at outdoor festivals this year, I have been keeping busy developing new designs and working on commissions from old and new customers. Also in early July, I  opened an Etsy storefront too…(Thank you Sophia for your computer and jewelry modeling skills!)

What follows is a look at some recently created custom work… all photos by yours truly unless otherwise credited.

Wedding Rings

john and dianne photo by Marcy Merrill

John and Dianne visited my studio last April during our annual Tokeland Art Studio tour. They were planning a late August beach- front wedding on the Oregon coast and were looking for wedding rings that reflected their love of nature-especially the beach. Dianne found her ring that day in my studio-orange sea glass with a diamond. They commissioned a band for John that related to the textures of Dianne’s ring adding a diamond that had belonged to Dianne’s grandmother.

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idea2lifestyle commission: Horse coin cuff

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ideacuffphoto by Gerald Chen

Idea2lifestyle is one of my favorite indie clothing designers. Located in Shanghai, they consist of a tightly knit design team, creating free spirited and poetic fashion. I made this copper cuff with an ancient Sicilian horse coin by request for a fashion shoot-you can see more designs  at their Etsy.com shop:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/idea2lifestyle?ref=listing-shop-header-item-count

Jane’s Ginger Amulet

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This piece is made of Victorian era sea glass, from the NE coast of England. It was commissioned by Jane, (a returning customer) from Olympia, WA.  Especially cool is the secret  “horizon line” in the glass, visible only  when held to the light. The double chain allows it to be worn at two lengths, making it a versatile go-to necklace.

New Mother ring

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Ross from NYC commissioned this ring as a gift for his wife, Thanh. She has very recently given birth to a beautiful baby girl. The ring is water like in color and form, with sea glass set in 22KT gold and an ocean blue sapphire.

Moonstone ring

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Ann lives by the beach in Westport Washington. She has been collecting moonstones on her daily dog walks for years. Moonstones are pretty rare here-local beachcombers call them “Westport diamonds”. In their natural state they are frosty and translucent, resembling a piece of white sea glass. Ann polished her moonstones in a rock tumbler, resulting in transparently clear stones, each one like a droplet of water.

She came to my studio with a small bag of moonstones and we discussed design possibilities for a ring. I loved the serene clarity of the stone she chose for her ring. It seemed destined for an ancient style ring shank. Set in 22KT gold, it is flanked by two small diamonds that twinkle like sun (or moon) on water,

Later, Ann surprised me with an amazing gift-a  cloth pouch filled with tumbled moonstones, the result of about nine years of beach combing. I felt treasured by her generosity. In appreciation I surprised her with this pair  of earrings.

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Pegasus ring

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Chris from Vancouver, BC  has loved ancient Greek mythology since childhood, He was interested in having an ancient coin ring made to wear at his twenty fifth high school reunion. I sent him some photos and info about the  ancient Greek coins in my collection. Chris selected a  Late 4th century B.C. silver coin  from Corinth, Greece. The obverse side features the goddess Aphrodite, the reverse side shows the winged horse, Pegasus.

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Festus Cuff

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Tom from Texas wanted to purchase a cuff from my website for his wife’s birthday gift. The piece he was interested in had sold, but I was able to make a bracelet  with the same elements-an etched silver anticlasstic formed cuff with ancient Roman coin of the same type and era as that of the original cuff. Better yet, it was in her size.

Very pleased with the cuff, they placed a custom order for their eleven year old son, Blake. He really liked the warrior ring on my Etsy.com page, and selected a similar coin dating back to Constantine ll. It was made into a pendant showcasing the two Roman soldier guarding the camp gate. I hope this inspires him to continue his interest in ancient history!

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Salt Water Ring

Dan, from So Cal wanted to have a ring made for his girlfriend Tania. They had a one year anniversary coming up and the ring seemed like a great way to commemorate. We decided on a Salt Water ring substiuting the 18kt gold accent for a diamond….

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Salt Water Ring classic (above) Salt Water Ring custom (below)

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Rings for Christine and Jim

Well, there is still more work on the bench to do, but I am going to end this post with pictures of rings created for two of my favorite customers from North Carolina.
Enjoy the rest of the summer!

 

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 Bonus Shot: Sandra’s Ring

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Sandra fell in love with this piece of cat’s eye green sea glass on my work bench…and the rest, as they say, is history…

 

Something Old and Something New

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Wedding rings are a great example of jewelry with meaning. Chosen with care to represent both individuals and their union to each other, it is always a great honor for me to work with a couple to custom design the rings that will signify their commitment  and love.

Recently I made the wedding rings for my friends Herb and Bill, from Astoria, Oregon. They have been together for nearly twenty years. On March 4, 2004, they were legally married in the state of Oregon. The rings they used in that ceremony  were made by a  Hopi silver smith, purchased on a previous trip to Sedona,  Arizona.

Eight months after they were married, same sex marriage was repealed in Oregon. It will go back on the ballots in November 2014. Although same sex marriage is now legal in nearby Washington state (yay!) they choose not to get re- married there.They are going to wait for it to pass ( again) in their home state.

Herb and Bill asked me to design some new rings for them, using parts of their original wedding bands. They really liked the organic texture and form of my reticulated silver bands.The idea was to incorporate a piece from each of their rings into the design. Herb’s ring had four bear paw prints across the top, in gold. The bear symbolizes healing, protection, power and strength. Bill’s ring had a four part  wave motif in gold. The wave symbolizes continuous life and love.

I started preparing the metal during a full moon in April. Lots of positive thought and intention went into the process. It was a bit of a challenge to work with elements that were not completely of my own making. I really hoped that the stylized and polished Hopi designs would mesh with my funky free form organic silver bands….

When the rings were finished, I called Bill and Herb.

They planned a trip up to my studio in Tokeland. (Coincidentally, it was during another full moon.)

They were more than delighted with the look and fit of their new wedding bands! We drank a champagne toast to their new rings and continued happiness together…something old and something new.

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Making it a romantic weekend, they stayed at the historic Tokeland Hotel. Built in 1885, it is the oldest resort hotel in Washington state. They invited me to be their guest for diner that night. We enjoyed a delicious dinner and great company, in the rustically charming dining room, wood stove blazing brightly as the rain came down outside.

 

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Here’s to you Herb and Bill, all the best and many thanks!!!