Monday, November 26, 2007

The Holidays are here!

We had an awesome Thanksgiving!!! I got to see several of my cousins and that is always great to catch up on what is happening in every one's life.

Our next big event is the Studio Open House, Gordon and I decided Saturday December 8 is to be the day. More information to come shortly. We hope to see many of our friend there.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Link Bracelet made with Doomed Silver

This is another bracelet that I have been working on and I am pleased with how it turned out. It still needs some more clean up and polishing, but you can see the over all effect. I really like the leaf texture on this and even have the texture on the circle of the toggle clasp.

Some design ideas I worked out in copper

I tried a few variations on the cuff bracelets I make. I've been texturing them with the leaf texture I've developed and then forming the bracelets. On the top image I did the texture, used my jewelers saw to cut out the inserts, then formed the bracelet. I like the way this one turned out the best.

The middle image I cut out the "circles and then formed the bracelet - the "circles" are now ovals. Obviously there is some distortion and moving of metal when forming the bracelet.

The bottom image I soldered the circles on to the bracelet while it was still flat and then formed the bracelet. Which may not seem like a big deal until you try soldering on a curved surface - very tricky, things tend to move around. The circles had minimal distortion and still look good on this bracelet.

My thoughts on these bracelets is that I wanted to see the results of how adding metal and taking away metal would affect the bracelets when they were formed. Overall I'm pleased with the results and will move forward and create some similar bracelets in argentium silver.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


My next event is this weekend, Friday November 16 (7-9 pm), Saturday November 17 (1-8 pm), Sunday November 18, 2007 (11am-6pm) at the Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther Drive, Dallas, TX 75218. It should be a great event, its an intimate setting and you can check out the future events, exhibits, plays and such. The Bath House is a cultural jewel set in a great area, its right on White Rock Lake in Dallas. Come on Friday evening for the Preview Reception!

Monday, November 12, 2007

My Faithful Friend

Here's a photo of Xena our border collie. She is the most awesome dog, always faithfully waiting when I am out in the studio. She loves the fall here in Texas as its cool enough for her to truly enjoy being outdoors.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007


I've posted some wonderful new copper earrings to my Etsy store. I think these would be great for gifts or to treat yourself to a new fashion statement for the fall season. Here's the link ilenekay or just search Etsy by my name. These earrings are my favorites today. I just love the leaf texture on these and the fall colors.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

I'm working on new bracelet designs and hope to have photos to post later this week. Its amazing how much there is to do these days. I have to get ready for my studio holiday open house and really want to have the bracelets ready for that.

bye for now