December 2017


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Started off in September thinking I was going to break all kinds of bloggy records. Lots of entries,lots of little tidbits,until suddenly,the brakes screech. Nothing. And still,October 13 now,nothing. Can’t explain this inertia. I have been working on entries for the Earth Arts Fall Salon –coming up this weekend […]

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Etsy and so many things related to our present digital age are truly amazing. Wouldn’t I have just dropped my jaw 4o years ago to have thought how globally we can now share our art and how immediately we can have access to artists in far away lands?

My new ‘discovery’of the day is […]


Design etched on a piece of brass

Tried several options,and have just come up with a nicely etched piece of metal (brass).  Documenting here so as not to forget.

A few things did not work –rubber stamp with ink (the ink never dried) and drawing directly onto the metal with marker (would probably work fine,but I wanted more detail […]


It can be –learning new things. Just like this prickly little mama ambling along the hiking path at Jay Cooke State Park in MN.

The soldering and bezel making techniques I’m learning in the online metalsmithing class mentioned in my last post are definitely challenging. The round bezels have worked out pretty well,[…]

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The second batch - much better!

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make,the better.”–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Went into experiment mode while working on a new technique that was introduced in an online metalsmithing class I’m taking with Stephanie Lee,author of Semiprecious Salvage. The technique,called flooding,calls for using a torch to ‘flood’a […]