My first pieces of jewelry were not sold but bartered. A girl who was selling trade beads in a little general store told me what she wanted made and that I could keep the rest of her beads as payment. No real sales until our Etsy shop opened in 2011.
Craig and I are both so generous that we would give you anything you wanted!!
|Necklace of Sun-Kissed Stones, Crystals and Copper|
I grew up an avid rock hound and received a rock hammer and cold chisel for my 8th birthday. It was my absolute favorite gift! I gravitated to the artists in my circle of family, friends and neighbors.
I'm incredibly sentimental about pieces of jewelry that hold happy memories of loved ones. Example, a gorgeous hand drilled turquoise nugget that my grandma bought me when I was about 4 years old. We got off of the train in Yuma Arizona where an old Navajo artist had his silver jewelry displayed on a blanket spread out on the platform. The memory is so vivid.
|Happy Hearts Necklace Celebration of Dia de los Muertos|
I began making unglazed stoneware beads to use in macrame and free form crochet necklaces in my late teens. My good friend was a potter and her mother was a fiber artist so the "Crazy Bead" necklace was born!
Puka shell necklaces were next- my Hawaiian sister in-law and I collected the shells on remote stretches of the Kona coast
Then - African trade beads, I love them to this day!! I learned my earliest techniques from helpful
|Anasazi Earrings Emerald Valley Turquoise and Sterling Silver|
Craig and I have taken two silver classes from Nicole Valentine of Victoria Canada.
I'm especially fond of silver and opaque stones like turquoise, malachite, coral and lapis.
Love, love color changing stones- opals especially. It is probably obvious that my favorite material is the one that has most recently caught my eye!
|Fire Opal in Wide Sterling Band|
Craig likes to make rings! I like to make necklaces most of all. I wear something around my neck every single day even if I'll be in the woods. That's my thing!
|Botswana Agate Sterling Ring Generous Oval|
Both Craig and I draw from our travels and a shared interest in diverse cultures for design inspiration. We often start with a classic design and give it a rustic or contemporary twist.
We especially like to custom design a piece with the recipient's preferences in mind, translating a little information into a One Of A Kind piece of jewelry!
Our favorite tools have to be our Smith torches. I can't do without the round nose pliers of course.
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We're always learning new techniques.
The latest thing I've learned is to add household ammonia to liver of sulfur solution for a very black patina on silver.
I plan to begin making lampwork beads and working with precious metal clays.
I also want to work with gold.
I need a sponsor!
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photographers, home remodelers- we have lots of interests and we're avid about them all!!
Love our bulldogs Sitting Bull and Mucho Gusto and the parrots Poppers, Archie and Zsa-zsa.
We have a supplies shop but I have not really launched it. I have been working on tutorials to feature in this shop. The photos and editing required are what is slowing me down in getting more supplies listed. Here it is: www.etsy.com/shop/LoveStoneArtsDIY
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