Art has been my passion all my life. As a child, I used to build dollhouses with real wallpaper and carpet scraps, design and sew doll clothes, make pottery out of the clay from the creek that ran along our house. I supported my hobby earning money for ironing and polishing shoes…no one could leave my house without polished shoes!
The reality of life put me into a corporate career which took up most of my time, but with every free moment, you’d find me in my home stained glass studio producing custom designed pieces.
A few years ago, my husband started a Lapidary business which we would show at numerous Gem and Mineral Events in the southern half of Florida. Being around all those beads at the shows soon had me snagged and my interest in glass morphed into making jewelry.
I dare say, my designs are a bit different than most. I use re-purposed beads for the most part and shop for them at thrift stores and antique malls. My materials are a vast assortment of glass, clay, scrap metals, leather, feathers, snakeskin, shells, computer circuit boards, and even gutted electrical wire. The necklaces are a one of a kind with themes ranging from whimsical to predictable. Due to the sourcing of materials, you’ll find that they sell at an affordable price.
Hope you enjoy this crazy collection only half as much as I.
Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts
I am truly honored to have a collection of my jewelry in the gift shop of the WMODA in Dania Beach, Florida. A trip to this incredible place is a must! Put it on your calendar now! WMODA is a huge gallery of art to include stunning glass works by Lalique and Chihuly, as well as the Ardmore ceramic work was done by student artists in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa…and the list goes on and on.
The pieces of jewelry they chose for their shop all have re-purposed objects as the center focus. One is a cabochon of Fordite. For years the paint built up on the walls in the paint room of the Ford automotive production plant. When they replaced their painting technique with a more automated system, they chipped the chunks of built-up paint off the walls. Some artists got their hands on this trash and found they could sand down the bumps to expose the inner layers of color…creating a psychedelic effect. It’s rare and very hard to find so I was fortunate to get several pieces.
Another necklace is made out of a chunk of Slag. Slag is a glassy by-product produced when metal ores are melted. The chunk I found was in a pile of discard at a gem and mineral shop. It is a beautiful pink and white with traces of black…a work of art by itself. I added some beads and this hunk of trash became a beautiful conversation piece for the wearer.
The Primrose Treasures & Tea Room
I have a vintage collection at a great little shop in Limon, Colorado called The Primrose Treasures & Tea Room. There is a great story about the dream that a group of friends had for an antique and vintage shop which would also offer catering on site for weddings and other family celebrations. They bought a beautiful old building and created this shop which is a wonderful trip back in time.
I go to flea markets to find interesting but badly damaged, vintage jewelry. I disassemble and restore the parts to produce new-but-old vintage pieces.
You will notice that throughout my website I frequently reference using nature as a guide for color coordination and design. Flowers and birds and butterflies are incredible sources for ideas. Some of my best work has come together using nature’s discard – shells, driftwood, coconuts, pearls, and even cow horns! But I’ve left out one important source…ROCKS!
Over millions of years, this planet has combined intense heat and pressure and minerals to create incredibly colorful rock formations. My husband has a lapidary business which is the cutting and polishing of these gifts of nature. So I decided to re-purpose this material and produce a collection of jewelry using these beautiful cabochons.
The lapidary process is three stages:
1) cutting the rock into 3/8″ thick slices using a saw similar to a wet saw that cuts tile, only this one use oil instead of water
2) shaping this slice into a round or triangle or oval, using a smaller machine where you perfect the shape
3) polishing the shape into a cabochon, using a grinder with 6 wheels of descending grid.
I have added to the website the necklaces that were developed using these underground treasures. For additional information on “the world of rocks” check out the website for The Florida Gold Coast Gem & Mineral Society of Ft Lauderdale www.fgcgms.com
My husband , The Art of Stone, will be exhibiting his cabochons and my necklaces at the numerous gem and mineral shows throughout Florida when the season begins again this fall. I will post dates soon in Upcoming Events.