Eventually, it happens to everyone who pursues an art or craft: the dreaded Creative Rut. Every time you sit down to make something new, every idea that comes into your head seems stale, or it's something you've made before, or it just...
September 12, 2019
  This is a quick pictorial I put together while playing with the modified soumak weave I use most often. It's basically just graduated lines of the weave, separated by short coiled lengths, and the end result is a pretty pattern that looks...
August 21, 2019
I’m always surprised, in the various wire art forums I participate in, that there is so little emphasis on critique. There are groups aplenty, and most of them are geared toward learning. But very rarely is a true critique--one that’s more...
June 21, 2018
This is the chain portion of the Aveline Bracelet Tutorial, compressed into a pictorial. Very versatile and useful. Enjoy!
May 20, 2018
  Quite a while back, I wrote a little blog post about using graph paper while I'm working. But really, I use a notebook for a lot more than just keeping track of the specifics of a project while I'm working on it. I use it to plan projects...
May 8, 2018
The very first gemstone I could name when I was little was garnet. My family lived at the end of a long gravel drive, and if you were willing to search through piles of random pebbles, you could find little grains of garnet. I spent a fair number of...
January 8, 2018
I spend a lot of time on line. I mean, A LOT. I do a lot of my business in Facebook auction groups, and most of my marketing is done through social media, which means I interact with many, many talented jewelry artists, and I see some absolutely jaw-...
October 13, 2017
Everybody's life gets messy. You get sick, or someone you love does. Or maybe it's as simple as trying to finish a commission while planning your kid's birthday party, and your friend wants you to sing at her wedding, and it's all...
September 23, 2017
When you work with your hands, whether it’s in mechanics, woodworking, metal, or anything else, your tools become incredibly important to you; even when I was writing a lot, I had favorite a couple of favorite pens, and if I had to use a different...
May 16, 2017
I've been finding myself a little stymied lately.  I have plenty of ideas. But somewhere between concept and execution, the idea gets out of control.  How can I make it bigger, more intricate, more impressive? It's not competition,...
November 2, 2016