Though they may sparkle and shimmer, most gemstones lose all trace to their roots when they go from mine to marketplace. We might know an opal is from Australia. But we don’t know exactly where, because the story is missing. Nobody can tell us what it was like to drag this gem out of the […]

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Studio Notes: The warm days of rock hunting

Sigh. Summer is over, even though it won’t officially end until September 22. But the Labor Day weekend is usually the signal to get serious again about winterizing up here in Northern Michigan. I will miss this summer badly, because warm weather is always so perfect for rock hunting. In water. One highlight here is […]

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We all thought Mousse the cat was a boy. And boy, were we wrong. Through the magic of 3D scanning and printing, an Ann Arbor, MI, company produced three identical kittens about a half inch tall. Why is this important? These little guys will eventually be cast in sterling silver as multiples. Here’s how it […]

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My post, Metalsmithing: Traveling with Our Tools and Materials, was about being searched twice by a local TSA agent thanks to some jewelry-making tools. The post got tons of views and responses. (The culprit this particular trip was Fabulustre polishing compound in my carry on.) Lessons Learned: Include specific pages from jewelry making catalogs that […]

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I’ve applied for a $1,350 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs through Art in the Loft so I can take another class — this time in St. Louis. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes. But the course is the kind of thing that’s perfect for your own professional development […]

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