2009 Recap #4: Jewelry Sketches

Note: This post was originally published on February 16, 2009 I don’t normally do much in the way of sketching when it comes to designing my jewelry.  And when I say “normally,” I actually mean never.  This year, however, I… Continue Reading

2009 Recap #3: Ralph Goldstein, Master Jeweler

Note: This post was originally published on May 19, 2009 UCLA Extension did a profile of my jewelry teacher a few months ago and they finally finished the video: Ralph is teaching us handmade jewelry making techniques that are dying… Continue Reading

2009 Recap #1: Secrets of the Samarai Sword

Note: This post was originally published on July 25, 2009 My husband and I just watched a program on PBS called Secrets of the Samarai Sword. It’s available to watch on the internet, and I recommend it. There are several… Continue Reading

Birthday Ring

I made this ring in the jewelry studio on Tuesday as a birthday gift for my friend Ruth. It is sterling silver and rose quartz set in a bezel with the typical “Holly West” ball ornamentation on the sides. It’s… Continue Reading

Charming ID Bracelet

Don’t ask me why, but I suddenly had the urge to make an ID bracelet for myself.  This was my project for Tuesday’s jewelry studio time: It’s a very delicate bracelet, with not much in the way of bells and… Continue Reading

Tutorial: How to Make a Pair of Earrings with French Earwires

I had some time left over in the jewelry studio today and I decided to take some photos for a tutorial on how to make a simple pair of earrings with french wires.

London Blue Topaz Ring

I love those days when I’m not feeling at all creative and I end up making something fantastic.  It was raining hard this morning, and all I wanted to do was curl up with a novel instead of going out… Continue Reading

18k and Tourmaline Ring

I made this in my jewelry studio yesterday: It is 18k gold and tourmaline.  I’d bought the stone quite awhile (two of them) intending to make a pair of stud earrings.  Unfortunately, both stones got nicked somehow (this is a… Continue Reading

A Special Birthday Present

A few months ago, my friend Julie gave me a pair of clip on earrings that had belonged to her grandmother.  They were unusual, but so tarnished it was hard to see what they were.  After cleaning them up a… Continue Reading