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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Dharma Two & Ebony Inlay Ring

I'm posting a few pictures of two new pieces I have finished.  I haven't posted them to Etsy yet, but will get on that this week.

I had lots of fun working on the copper pendant, I really like forging the large bales and will incorporate them into future works. 

I also find working with wood, inlay another great opportunity for future new creations.  I'll be making more wooden jewelry and incorporating sapphires into my work too.
Sterling Silver ~ Ebony Wood with Sapphire
Ready For Christmas

Saturday, October 8, 2011

A Work In The Works

Profile Hollow Art Ring
Inside of Ring
This is where the stone or silver disk will go

Band (Made using Fretz)

This really big ring was inspired by my son who wants a Green Lantern Ring, once I've figured out how I want to proceed he's next on the list .  For now this one is for my fun and experimenting so the skies the limit!  I have a few ideas, I was working on a beauteous Tire Eye cabochon, but not sure that's what I really want to do.  Maybe some radically blue sodalite, or even a forged silver piece.   I'll be back with the final picture.  Hindsight, I should have taken a few photos of the process.    Happy Thanksgiving Folks ~ Cheers Grace\

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fretz Is A Real Tool!

Dharma Pendant - Copper and Jasper

Well, you have to like Fretz Metalsmith Hammers, one of the most versatile tools in the shop in my opinion.    From the start of this piece I envisioned the bale curve outward, aka concave, how to achieve this?  Get the Fretz and shape to my hearts content.  

Voila! This is the top of the bale where all the Fretz work was done on this piece.

Another pendant in which the Fretz forming stakes were used.  

Copper Pendant, deep bezel in Fretz'ed foundation
 Back of Pendant feathered using Fretz steaks and hammer

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Shop Shoes

"Shop Shoes" There's a tongue twister, say that like 15 times fast! 
There's no place like home!

I picked this sweet ride up for wearin' only in the shop.  I need close toed shoes, and I wasn't about to start sporting runner just to keep my orthodics happy.  This is the lesser of all evils, they don't really require socks (unless I knit myself a pair of silver shop socks...) hey there's another tongue twister, say that one 5 times fast, damn I'm quipy tonight!  They are sort of orthotics, cuz they are called Orthaheals!  Anyway, they are the best shop shoes I've found so far, with the exception of a cute pair of Birkenstock "Mary Jane's" which are way outta my range right now.  I've worn them twice and so far so good, if I could change anything, I would have gotten a half size smaller. 

Here's to ma' Orthaheals, Do you think that make me sound too old?  Orthaheals?


Friday, September 9, 2011

Blood, Sweat and Dharma

 I had a special order for a ring that stretched my ability to concentrate, and found myself trying to harvest more patience than I thought I had.  My Blog title says it all!  Yes there was blood involved, and a few lost finger nails.  There was sweat, lots of that too!  The best part was the Dharma.  Day two I thought I had it figured out, I wasn't going to worry about time,  taking my time was the goal.  This I thought would give me the focus and problem solving focus I required to finish the job.  Nope!  Nadda.... no no no.  The harder I focused the more I over-analyzed each step in the process, something I normally don't give a second thought.

The Ring!

My cell phone became my Dharma talk for the afternoon.  I logged into The Plum Village website and loaded a podcast "Peaceful Mind, Open Heart Retreat"  As much as I thought I was doing a good job of not letting past attempts interfere with this chance to get it right, somewhere deep inside I was creating a barrier.  Below are are two of my favourite mantras, hearing them in the Dharma Talk on my wee cell phone was more than helpful.  I had a wonderful afternoon catching up on Dharma Talks by Thich Nhat Hanh and just leaving the shop when I was done.  I left it all behind.

Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.
Thich Nhat Hanh

The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.
Thich Nhat Hanh 


Women's Art Festival

Copper Spiral Pendant

A few pictures from the Women's Art Festival.  It was a blustery, lots of rain kinda day. Not exactly outdoor festival weather, but even with a few challenges, ok many more than just a few obstacles my daughter and I managed to get set up in the pouring rain, and even make a few sales.

I'm looking forward to next years event, and this time I'll think ahead and let mother nature know ahead of time we don't really need any rain this time, so'k.

Rings Set In Rice

A Display I Created Using An Old Typeset Drawer
Hats, Hats And More Hats

Here's to next year!

Friday, July 29, 2011



I'm set up on Facebook as "The Eclectic Bohemian"  Not sure how this part figures into everything, but I do have a few networks that are communing over yonder and I'd like to check in and read up when I have a chance.  Rather than set up a personal account Facebook offers a Facebook professional page which suits me just fine.

My profile picture is set with my tree mama for now until my DS returns with the hard drive... evil child, umm I meant cute kid with the valuable hard drive ;)