Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Extra Bling

28mm by 7mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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I would like to announce that I have a number of workshops coming up in the USA in the fall,  both on the West Coast, and in a couple of places out East. Most are mosaic jewelry workshops, which is a great way to increase your precision cutting abilities even if you have little desire to create jewelry. In two locations, I'll also be teaching my "Building Better Backgrounds" workshop, a meaty, highly useful one day workshop. You can check out the workshops on my website.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Great Red Spot - SOLD

30mm by 15mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver

Some great new images of Jupiter have been sent back to Earth this summer by the Juno probe. I was quite fascinated by astronomy as a kid, and at one time thought I might be an astronomer one day, and Jupiter has always been one of my favourite planets. (Still feel bad for you, Pluto). However, this is not the first time I have represented Jupiter. Here is a very early work of mine:

I was absolutely thrilled when it was purchased by an astronomer.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Plum-age - SOLD

28m by 7mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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My aunt is a major collector of my jewelry, which I greatly appreciate. A number of years back, she received an early piece of my jewelry from my family to mark a significant birthday, and recently she asked me to make some earrings to go with the earlier pendant. The lapsed time, however, means that some of the materials I used back then aren't still in my current stock. Luckily, she indicated that she would be fine if the earrings don't match the pendant perfectly. Hope they work for you, Alice!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Test Drive

20mm diameter- Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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A friend of mine requested a special commission but we weren't sure if the colours she was interested in would work. So I made this "test run" to try it out and see. I really like it! It's very dramatic, and very "mosaic-y".

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Gotta Match! - NFS

18mm by 13mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver

Most days, my man wears more jewelry than I do. Yes, really, and I generally wear a lot. But also, he has to match. He like sets, which I never wear. So after an appropriate amount of whining, I had to make a ring to match the "Weirdo" pendant I recently posted. It's been a challenge to find bases that are masculine, but this one is really great, and I've really been enjoying that my jewelry is going to men more often than in the past. 

Sunday, August 21, 2016


20mm diameter - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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As many of you know, I take my inspiration from my life: the things I see, the people I'm with, the mood I'm in. Well, for the past two weeks, I have been massively inspired by the Olympics. I love how every two years, the world comes together to celebrate amazing human achievement, dedication, and perseverance. So in honour of that event that is finishing today, I have created my version of the Olympic medals. Congratulations to all athletes who participated in Rio. I can't even begin to fathom what it takes to get there.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Austin Sunset - SOLD

30mm diameter- Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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I recently had a very interesting commission request, wherein I was asked to make something that was inspired from someone else's photo. As you know, I am often inspired by things that I see and the photos that I take. So for someone to send me a photo to use for inspiration was really cool! Admittedly, she gave me some guidelines of what she was hoping for, but sent the photo in addition. It was really fun to interpret someone else's photo in my art. 

So, if anyone would like me to make a piece of jewelry inspired by a photo you have taken in your life's journey, let me know! I love collaborating. 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Peyto Blues - SOLD

45mm by 15mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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Remember that incredible glacial lake I showed you last week? Well, as beautiful as Lake Louise is, I think the beauty and colours of Peyto Lake just can't be beat. It's a longish, narrow, sinewy lake, but the real wonder is that nature can can produce that incredible colour. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Pick a Beach - SOLD

12mm by 12mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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On Santorini, we have such amazing geology. One such amazing feature is that you can choose your beach colour. In addition to the black sand beaches which feature all over the island, we also have a Red Beach, with stunning red cliff back drop and sand, and White Beach, with white cliff back drop and greyish sand. This piece celebrates having a choice of beach colour. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016


16mm by 16mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver

Some of you may know, or may have just figured out from my blog, that one of the reasons I keep coming back to Santorini is because I have a certain special weirdo here (his words).   To also paraphrase him, he can be a bit of a bugger at times, but he sure does make me laugh. Love you, Heyes. 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Desert Glow - SOLD

14mm by 10mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver

On Friday I wrote about a dear friend, and today I'd like to write about another one. These earrings were commissioned, along with last Monday's pendant, by Liz, with whom I became fast friends with in a seeming blink of an eye about a year ago. What's even stranger is that we did this without having met in person! It's amazing what long emails can inspire and produce. Over that year, Liz has supported me in myriad ways, been an amazing cheerleader, and has enriched my life immeasurably. By the way Liz, you owe me an email. :)