Coming to Fogcon
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I'm getting ready for Fogcon and thought I'd post photos of a couple of the designs I'll have with me that are fossils.

Pendant is amber with insect inclusions from 50 - 100 million year ago. Setting is sterling silver.


Close up of bug.

Large opal is a fossilized clam shell.


Both designs are about 2 " wide. I love designing with fossils.

Jade Fish
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Now that I'm OK, I'm working on several things.

Doing final work on a group of commissions that were delayed in finishing because of the flu.  They are cast in metal and need final metal work and setting.

And I'm also been working on a lily pad pendant with Chinese jade fish.  The fish are antique and a stunning green.

There should be lots of photos as each design is done.

Mostly it just feels good to be making art again.



Extra Fogcon Membership for Sale.
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I have an extra membership to Fogcon that I’d like to sell. Cost is $55 (currently $80).

Let me know if you’re interested.  I’m really looking forward to the convention.

Valentine's Day Sale on Our Photography Books
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Deb and I posted this on Body Impolitic.


As our regular readers know, we don’t usually use this blog as a vehicle to sell our books, and we very rarely hold sales. But this was a good moment to make it easy to give a gift of beauty in hard times.

Familiar Men Gallery and Women En Large Gallery.


So: our Valentine's Day sale, from February 5 to February 28 half-price on Women En Large: Images of Fat Nudes and Familiar Men: A Book of Nudes.

Enjoy!

Jade and Sapphire Water Sprite
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I'm making a patchwork chain for this jade and sapphire water sprite pendant. It will be made of different kinds of chain (some of them antique), semi-precious and antique beads and sea weed links in sterling. I'll put up a photo of it when it's done.




Size is about 2.5 inches. It's sterling with a stunning Burmese jade cut by Lloyd Eshbach and a _very_ dark blue sapphire. The silver seaweed links are going to look beautiful with it. I mostly don't show this big but I wanted folks to see the detail. From the collection of Bayla Fine.

I think I'm finally able to polish so there should be more new work up pretty soon.


Opal and Pearl Wing
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I'm finally almost better. It's been a long month! Still have a bit of a cough so I can't polish yet.

But I am back working in wax. It feels great. Still moving a bit slowly

Photos are of a pearl and an opal I'm thinking about designs for.


Pearl will makee a baeutiful wing for a bird. Shape is perfect. It changes a lot in different lights so thephoto is just catching it in a moment. Its about 2" long

Opal in matrix is Ethiopian. I could have the opal part cut into a finished stone but iI like the way the matrix and the opal work together. Colors are even more brilliant.

It feels really good to be back in the world and making art.

Artist's Sabbatical - Not At Boskone This February
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I’m taking an artists sabbatical this winter, so unfortunately I won't be at
Boskone this February.

I will  be there as usual in 2018.

I'll very much miss seeing everyone this year but I’ll look forward to seeing you next year!
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Opal Engagement Ring
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Opal Engagement Ring

I’ve been getting over a bronchial bug for the last few weeks. (It seems to be going around everywhere.)

I’ve been resting and working on getting over it, and not working on jewelry so I haven’t been posting here.

This engagement ring of Joanna Lowenstein’s is the last piece I finished before my holiday break.

The boulder opal pendant/ sculpture and the Fordite design are cast in silver and as soon as I’m completely OK I’ll be polishing them.

Have lots of design work going on in my head.  Hope to be back to posting regularly soon.



Finishing New Work
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I’m finishing the miniature of the Irish setter puppy. It’s very detailed and I keep doing a little more work.

And I’m also doing more work on an opal pendant/sculpture that I thought was done but now I want to put a few last touches on it.

The photo is of the opal for that pendant/sculpture. It’s 2 inches high and simply stunning.  I’ll put of a photo of the finished design.

Goethite and Lots of Wax Carving
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I’ve been working on a very painterly piece of Fordite that’s going to be a large tack (pin). I’m doing very subtle patterns in the wax that will set off the vivid colors in silver.

And I’ve finished the next to final version of a  7-section abstract asymmetrical silver and diamond necklace. Now I need to let it sit for a while before I make the final changes.

And I'm working on a major pendant/sculpture with a stunning opal.

The photograph is of a pendant set with rock crystal that has goethite inclusions. Only goethite would have the red flashes. (The white in the photo is a lamp reflection.) It’s about 1 inch high and the design is in silver.

Goethite (FeO(OH)), (pronunciation: /ˈɡɜːrtaɪt/ gur-tite) named after the German polymath and poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832), an iron bearing hydroxide mineral of the diaspore group, is found in soil and other low-temperature environments. Goethite has been well known since ancient times for its use as a pigment (brown ochre). Evidence has been found of its use in paint pigment samples taken from the caves of Lascaux in France. It was first described in 1806 based on samples found in the Hollertszug Mine.

This is from Wikepedia. I had no idea that the stone was named after Goethe.



I love the red flashes.

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