Free Casting Aluminum into an Ant Hill

Ever wonder what an ant colony looks like under ground? This professor uses free casting of aluminum to make a casting of the ants tunnels. So amazing.
My TV Debut!

I made my tv debut recently on a local show here in Louisville called Great Day Live.
I was terrified! I am a very nervous public speaker - It is my biggest fear actually.
I am teaching a class at our new Artist Co-op called "Etsy Success" about tips and tricks to be a better Etsy seller.
They wanted to do a segment specifically on Selling on Etsy and the class so I was the go to. Its really great PR for the Co-op so I couldn't bring myself to say no.
My family teased me about being the next youtube sensation if I vomited on live tv, but I made it though and discovered it wasn't as hard as I thought. I just have to learn to not talk with my hands. I don't know if that is possible.
Here is the link to watch for yourself :

Ps - I'm the redhead.
Custom Wedding Set

A custom wedding set, made with a lab created emerald in a sterling silver "cake" ring.
Wedding band made with hammered sterling  center and 14kt yellow gold rolled edge. 
The cake rings are available in my etsy shop with a variety of different gemstones.

Custom Work

I've been keeping busy with custom work lately, which I love to do. Its an exercise in problem solving and stretches my creative imagination. 
The princess shaped rings were part of a birthstone series for a really fabulous customer. 
Lab created alexandrite and citrine were used. The alex was so dreamy in its color I didn't want to send it away when it was finished.

This juicy peridot was damaged near one of the edges and sentimental to the customer, so we decided on a bezel that would hide the damage
and protect the stone also.
The bright silver really shows off the brightness of this stone.

Busy, Busy, Busy

It has been awhile since I've posted, I am sorry. Life just takes over and my blog gets forgotten. I keep telling myself I need to get better at this, but like exercise its all too easy to procrastinate this task until tomorrow.

I have been busy, June is a big month here. Two birthdays, a graduation, everyone home for the summer. Trips to state parks, garage sales, picnics and new jewelry to make for wedding season.

I just thought I would post a few pictures of the new pieces, some have been posted to the Etsy shop, some not yet.

This is the new big white topaz "Let them Eat Cake" ring & the new swirl wedding band, both in sterling silver bright finish. Listed Here

The new white topaz three stone ring, bright finish, round faceted stones. Sterling silver patterned band. Listed Here

I have had these beautiful heart shaped blue topaz stones forever, but they were just waiting for the right inspiration.

A three stone ring with a center of white topaz 6mm, and two 5mm he…

New Gemstones

Gem Shows

When I lived in Florida I was lucky enough to live where the local Gem & Mineral Society had a huge gem show each year. I could go there and find amazing stones, and buy enough to tide me over (well almost) until the next year. Moving to a new state, I've had to relearn a lot of things I already had figured out. One of those is whether or not there is a local gem show where I can interact with vendors to get great prices on quality stones. I try really hard to keep my jewelry affordable to regular folks & getting the gemstones sourced from reliable dealers is a big part of that. Besides it is great fun & a bit of an addiction.
This past weekend there was a small show across the bridge & while there was only one vendor with loose gemstones that were not just beads, I did score some lovelies.
Sometimes it pays off to be the only one buying loose stones at a show too. One of the best scores of the day is a beautiful 4.5 ct Ruby Cabochon. I'll have to save th…