|Chem Lab 2.0|
I wasn't at all surprised when my daughter - who inspired my very first tab set pendant, dubbed the "chem lab" - said she wanted one of her own. So, I made a second one - and learned (although I should have realized) - that you can never replicate a handmade piece exactly! She's very pleased with it - and likes telling folks her mom made it for her. I've now made versions 3.0 and 4.0 - it is far and away my most popular design (to date)!
|Lapis and Sterling|
Not too long after I finished my Fabrication 101 class and started working in open studio, I was out with one of my dearest friends, wearing my first non-class project, this Lapis pendant. She admired it and asked, could I make one for her. I said of course, and set about finding a blue stone for my very first commissioned piece!
It didn't take too long to find a lovely sodalite. Because I had continued to work every week in open studio, my skills had improved, so her piece is a little more refined than my original. Done in argentium rather than sterling, with a smaller backplate and more embellished bail.
|Sodalite and Argentium|
|Amethyst and Sterling|
Since then I have delivered three commissioned pieces - and have more in the queue!
|Labradorite and Argentium.|
For this beautiful labradorite, I sat down with the buyer and talked about what she wanted. I had a selection of stones, and she chose one, then I drew sketches for her. After a discussion about bezel styles and embellishments, she decided that sometimes less is more, and the result is this simple pendant.
|Sterling and Citrine hollow form|
I'm so excited - and humbled - that people have asked me to make jewelry for them, or someone important to them. I look forward to putting more of my work, and myself, out there one piece at a time.
Until next time.