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
For a long, long time, as I might have mentioned elsewhere in this blog, I concentrated my creative energy on words and writing.  So it's a little ironic that I'm SO BAD about neglecting my blog.  Seriously, every time I sit down to...
October 31, 2016
Sometimes I find myself doing the same thing in my work over and over, like minor variations on a theme. And while browsing gorgeous art jewelry on Pinterest and Etsy and the like can sometimes spur my mind into some fun new directions, I always worry...
September 5, 2016