Saturday, January 15, 2011

THaW 1: A Tribute To Art Smith

So this is a little out of order, but here is my first THaW project of 2011.

My Cuff:

I made this BIG cuff bracelet as a tribute to Art Smith, and his amazing work. I saw a photo of his modern bracelet from 1948 ages ago....and it stuck. I've spent hours looking up his work and hoping, dreaming and preying that someday I'll be this good!! He was an amazing man.... sculpter, jewelry artist, jazz expert. He passed in the early 1980's, but his work lives on....the Brooklyn Museum has a long term exibit on his work "From the Village to Vogue" commenting on how this man from humble beginings landed in the pages of Vogue, Harper's and The New Yorker.

Art's Cuff and the photo that inspired it all:

Detail shots of my cuff:

Above you can see the tiny 2mm stones I set in the tubes on top of the cuff.

There are 6 of them in total.

Many you know how much I love my little "hidden" gems.

Here is a view of the back of the bracelet.

You can see how I cut the tubes on an angle to add some extra interest.

Here are some links if you are interested in learning more about this wonderful Modern Jewelry Artist!!

New Family Heirlooms (RAW and THaW)

Last post I told you about the new challenge groups I was part of. I’m also part of an Etsy team called “The Aspiring Metalsmiths”. These groups collide wonderfully sometimes.
Every month The Aspiring Metalsmiths have a design challenge… the members of the group each make something that fits the rules for the challenge, then we all vote on them. Whoever wins gets to pick the next challenge. It can be very exciting, nerve wracking, and awesome!! The December/January challenge was picked by Heather of Misty Ridge Designs ( ). She wanted us to make some jewelry that reflects our family history. I started out with visions of the Royal jewels we *Should* have. But I ended up using some very old family photos. Here's the link to our team blog, so you can see all the entries!

RAW 1/52 is a ring that shows my great grandmother Ivy’s big sister Myrtle Atkinson. Set under a magnifying glass cabochon in sterling silver, and marked with both “Myrtle” and “RAW 1-52”.
On the back of the original photo was written in Grandma Ivy’s hand “the best sister one ever had – Ivy”. She was a lovely girl. In this photo she looks so innocent and demure.

RAW 2/52 is a ring that shows great grandma Ivy herself. Set under a magnifying glass cabochon in sterling silver, and marked on the back “Ivy” and “RAW 2-52”.

I think she must have been around 18 months old when this photo was taken. Nobody knows the story now, but she is in the woods…standing on an animal fur of some sort. She looks like a cross between Cupid and a fairy from Midsummer Night’s Dream! I’m assuming that her big sister Myrtle probably “styled” this photo.

THaW 2 is a pendant that shows a broken photo of the Atkinson family, long before Grandma Ivy was born. I set this in sterling silver under a flat pane of glass and marked the back “Family Divided Reunited”.

When I was going through some old family photos, I found the first half. I thought that was awfully sad. The family was split down the middle. I set it aside and kept going through boxes. Many hours later, in another pile of photos, I found the other half of the family! YEAH! You can still see the dividing line in the photo, the rough edges where it was broken. In the photo, left to right, are: Mrs. Robert Atkinson, children Myrtle, Keith, Florence and Mr. Robert Atkinson.

I’m really proud of these new “Heirlooms”. I love the idea of wearing a little family history, rather than letting it molder in a box somewhere. I have plans for a few more pieces in this series, and am on the hunt for interesting photos of the other side of my family.

I would also be excited to take on someone else’s family photos!! How fun would that be? Contact me if you’ve got some treasures you’d like rescued from the box!!

If you’ve found my entries interesting you’ve got to check out these pieces!!

RAW group:



THaW group: http://http//


New Year...New Challenges...New Work!!

So, I’ve been MIA lately. The wedding planning is coming along. There’s just so much to do! But that’s not the point of this entry….Jewelry is!

Last year I ran across a group on Flickr…. Ring A Day. I was both in awe of the productivity of these folks and of the amazing designs they put together. I mean really! 365 rings in one year?!?! It’s mind boggling.

This year, I’ve decided to dip my toe into that pool….with the “Ring A Week” group, and with the “Thing A Week” group. So that will make for up to 104 new designs by the end of the year. I’m pretty excited. I have a few of the items done and posted to their respective groups and will be adding blog posts for each as I get caught up. Here are the links to the Flickr pages….check out the amazing artistry these wonderful folks are capable of!!

The THaW group:

The RAW group: http://

And keep your eyes open for new posts about my new work!!