Distracted by something shiny.

Many of my jewelry creations start out by picking up a rock. Gemstones are a wonder of nature and each seems to be unique in its own way. When distracted by a rough gemstone, I will  pick up the stone and study it. Then I will try to figure out the best way to cut it and shape it. I usually let the stone itself determine its final shape, let it become what it wants to be.

As I write this blog, I will add some of my thoughts about the art of jewelry making, as well as tutorials and tips.

I first started experimenting with silversmithing around 1980, inspired at the time by a book by Oscar Y. Branson, Indian Jewelry Making. Over the years I learned other techniques in classes or from books.

I enjoy lapidary work, finding my stones rock hunting or just searching local rock shop's piles of rough. I tumble a lot of material for free-form shapes. I also cut cabochons, mostly free-form, letting the stone itself determine the final shape, as I mentioned above.

I probably do more wire-wrap work currently, but from time to time, I will get an idea for a piece that can only be done with fabrication or metal clay. The metal clay I use is Art Clay because it uses recycled silver to make its clay.

Because I have a kiln, purchased for firing metal clay with some gemstones, I also experiment with glass fusing. A lot of my fusing uses dichroic or art glass, but I am also experimenting with recycling wine bottles.

What I may work on from day to day will change, depending on what shiny idea has me distracted at that time. Hence my name, SomethingShinyArt.


Moonstone cat's eye, wrapped with sterling silver wire.

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