Blogosphere, the Jewelry Axis of Evil has a new member. Today, opals join silver, my camera, and white gold on the list of Stuff I Really Hate. White gold moves up a spot on the list, because I was using it in combination with the opal. My camera jumps two spots, because it’s very frustrating to … Continue reading Jewelry Axis of Evil: new member
Monsterbling time! Yes, yes, I know. I haven’t posted pics of the pendant, and I will. Cripes. Nagging naggers. For those of you riddled with self-doubt, let me go all Art Mommy on you for a moment. Ready? Close your eyes and picture me holding a plate of brownies and wearing an apron. In person … Continue reading Monster time!
Look! Look at the new pretty! A 1.52 ct SI Ruby, set in a slightly Etruscan-looking handforged setting. I’m not sure “Ruby” should be capitalized, but I’ve decided that’s how we’re going to roll at Vaka Design. Rubies deserve it. Beautiful Rubies glow. That, with their color, is what they are prized for (is there … Continue reading New Ruby pendant
This is what I often look like by the end of the day, especially if I have a lot of polishing to do. The red all over my face is polishing rouge, and it sprays everywhere when you use it. After you’ve used it for a few minutes the spray turns blackish, and so I end up … Continue reading Art is glamorous
I’d pulled on a tank top (the first of the season) for my walk, and was looking in the mirror to put on my lipstick. Yes, I wear lipstick on my walks. I wear lipstick all the time. Lipstick is a little tube of happiness I can always keep with me. Lipstick is one of the top … Continue reading Mutant freak: Eleven inches
I’m working with a young couple from halfway around the world, creating a custom engagement ring. I’m absolutely smitten with these two. When Heather first contacted me she was on a reconnaissance mission; her fiance is an adorable procrastinator, and when he was ready to move on this engagement ring she wanted to have all the information he … Continue reading Custom love story
One of my professors (OK, I dated him, too, if I’m being honest) once told me that the only difference between established artists and student artists is the amount of failures they have behind them. I must have been having a moment, because his pep-talk also included comments on how we are only learning when we’re … Continue reading Let’s look at my mess
Years ago I was at a cocktail party when a man and his date came in and were introduced all around. A few minutes later they approached me, and he asked me if I was Irish. I told him I was Irish on my mother’s side. “You look Irish, ” he said. “He loves Irish … Continue reading And you’ll like it
Silver and I have decided to date, but it’s not serious. I’m totally seeing other metals. What I came up with: A wide silver band, flared top and bottom to form a shallow concave channel which holds a gold ring with five gold granules. I tried finishing the silver several different ways before resting on … Continue reading Gold and Silver Orbit Ring
Actually, I’m going to talk about gold, too. But, my goodness, all I had to do was say the word “silver,” and everyone had a jewelry orgasm on the spot, now didn’t you? I think you’re better than that. OK. I hear you. Do you have any idea how many hits that last post had, and … Continue reading Silver, again.