Sunday, November 22, 2015


Looking forward to enjoying the holiday season with family and friends. The Prom Plus Holiday Boutique was a well-attended, fun (and profitable) event. Thank you, friends, for coming to the show and supporting this artist!! Ornaments are one of my favorite things to make. Here are a few I had on display.

The Boho Ring class ended earlier this month and am looking forward to the next class, which will be on making cuffs. I'll post a link as soon as it becomes available in case any of you would like to join in the fun.

Sunday, November 8, 2015


I've been busy getting pieces ready for Saturday's Holiday Boutique. It should be fun. If you live near La Crescenta, CA, please come visit the show. It benefits Crescenta Valley High School's Prom Plus, providing safe venues to have fun after the prom. I will have a sampling of fused and stained glass, ceramics, gourds and some metal pieces .. everything except for jewelry. Apparently that category was already filled by the time I entered the show.

The last couple days I've been making Christmas ornaments. Here are a few.


Sunday, November 1, 2015


Yesterday I worked all day and happily finished my last two rings that had previously been soldered together. These two were the easiest .... they were completed in one process ... no stripping off everything and starting over! No melted parts. Easy peasy. No, it was still not easy, but all that practice over the last few weeks has definitely enabled me to complete a ring and have it look good!

The class ends today. Sad it is over, but another will start in December or January. I've loved the FB group interaction, seeing everyone's projects started and completed. And making new FB friends.

Here are my two rings, again BABY BOHO and BOHO!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


I have to share this recipe my friend made for our golf tournament last week. Our club members brought so many delicious salads and desserts, and we had platters of Subway sandwiches too. Great fun and great food.


1 box plain couscous ... general rule: 1 cup couscous takes 1 cup water to swell.

1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
Pepper, to taste
1 tsp. curry powder
3/4 cup orange juice

4-6 green onions, sliced diagonally
2-4 tbsp. Italian parsley, chopped
3/4 cup Craisins
Chopped dried apricots to taste

2-3 tbsp. olive oil
1 lemon, juiced
3/4 cup nuts (walnuts, pecans or almonds) toasted and chopped

In bowl, mix together couscous, salt, sugar, pepper, and curry powder. Bring required amount of water to a boil and pour over mixture. Add orange juice and stir once. Cover tightly and let stand a few minutes. Stir again and continue to let stand until liquid is completely absorbed, 5-10 minutes. Fluff up with fork and add remaining ingredients. Better served at room temperature.


Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Sadly, our Boho Ring class ends on November 1st, in just a few days, but I feel pretty confident in continuing to work with sterling silver again. It's been years since taking my jewelry classes at our local community college. Now we can all look forward to the next class with Leslie. She hasn't announced a date yet, maybe after the holidays, and I'm guessing it will be CUFFS.

I finished my sixth ring yesterday ... a smaller version of the regular size. Again it wasn't smooth sailing, but it turned out well. How boring this would be if it was easy! Here's a photo of it with the last ring I made. I used one of my own dichroic glass cabochons.


Sunday, October 25, 2015


I spent most of the week preparing lists, score cards and scoring sheets for a two-day golf tournament our club hosted. It was very successful, and the weather, golf course and food were all perfect.

So yesterday and today I was able to work on my fifth BOHO ring that was textured using the cupcake wrappers. The texture was so beautiful, I wanted to make this ring very simple. I domed two cut flower patterns and added silver balls in the center of each. And added a decorated flattened silver ball made in the Tucker Shot Plate to the shank. I love the stone, which is Chinese Blue Larimar .... from Cabtopia, an Etsy shop .... where I purchase all my stones. Will work on a smaller ring with a smaller 10mm stone next.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015


I just got a new tool that I used today for the first time. It's a bending tool from Potter USA. Actually, it's called the "Joni Bender". She demonstrates using it to form a bracelet in this video.

The bender has three aluminum tubes, the largest one for bracelets, the smallest for rings. The middle one? Smaller forms, I guess. Here's a photo of it in my cute little bench vise that swivels from Harbor Freight ..... another new tool I bought this past weekend.

I used the smallest tube for forming my BOHO rings today. I finished forming two rings in about 30 minutes ... from flat metal to fitting my finger. They were first formed in the Joni bender, the seams soldered, then reformed after soldering. What a time saver! The photo shows a scrap piece of copper in the slot you use. It'll be interesting to try a ring with an additional layer on top that previously took me 2 to 3 hours to bend! I know the Joni Bender will make it easier.

Saturday, October 17, 2015


It's always exciting to find a new texture to use with the rolling mill. I recently ordered some filigree cupcake wrappers from Amazon after seeing a post somewhere. I'll definitely be adding a few more patterns with my next order.
I don't quite understand how they are used with a real cupcake. You usually bake cupcakes in cupcake papers, right? ... so do you just wrap this wrapper around the cooled cupcake as an attractive way to present it? The paper is quite heavy so it would be reusable ... unless it got covered with frosting!! And it could probably be rolled through the rolling mill a second time too.

Thursday, October 15, 2015


I still have some finishing work to do on Ring #4, but it is looking good.
It was also looking pretty good a few days ago, all polished and ready for the stone setting. I had the stone in, formed the bezel wire around the stone, but one scallop on the bezel just would not sit right. There was only one thing I could do .... remove everything from the top of the ring and start over. YIKES! (I think I may have used another word at the time).

Here is the ring with the bead wire and bezel removed. The red stuff is yellow ochre which is mixed with water to form a paste that you brush on. The mixture prevents the solder from flowing in nearby areas. I also took off the two balls still showing.

I was able to work on the new additions yesterday and finished it this morning.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

BOHO Rings -- 3 Started, Waiting for Cabochons

I started three rings Friday and hope to get my new cabochons Monday or Tuesday so I can continue. I made a new template for the smaller ring and really like the way it fits. The regular sized one has a new addition, a second design layer on the top. Forming two layers into a narrow ring was a nightmare! It took several annealings, all the tools I have, and lots of pounding! Surprisingly, my bad shoulder still feels pretty good.

I made a second one the next day ... and for some reason it was easier, probably because I knew just what to expect.

Hope to show you finished rings later this week!