New make and takes coming...

After a long hiatus on Brookdale for street renovation, we will be resuming our Thursday night group again, and I am taking a suggestion for make and takes as well. I haven't had a whole lot of time to devote to it, but do have an earring and bracelet design that we will have to work on....

 Our Amhara Earring, as shown above, will include two simple wraps and connections, and is composed of vintage chandelier findings in silver, paired with Ethiopian faceted brass beads...

Love our Ananda Bracelet, with lots of little wrap and ring connections, using less than a dozen rondelle beads, two vintage ball chain segments, and the opportunity to use up lots of little 'orphans' in your stash!

Stay tuned for Open Studio dates for these two projects, and we look forward to seeing you again soon! Check in on Facebook for details and availability online for these projects!


In the studio...

I was so happy to be in my studio this weekend, and though I spent most of my time cleaning and doing some production work, I was pleased to have this bracelet finish up so nicely. I am inordinately fond of mixed metal work, and had been wanting to create some pieces with contrasting metals. Since we have now produced our castings in blonde and bronze tone finishes, I took a few home with me and picked up a hammered cuff I had already had clad in sterling.

The castings, made of lead free pewter here in the US, have substance but are easily riveted to a base. You can see the tiny rivets near the top and bottom of the cross shown here. The cuff itself had already picked up some patina through natural oxidation, so only the crosses needed a little dip in our brown solution. A little polishing afterward yielded just the result I was after. I am so pleased with the look that I am popping some cuff bases in a box this afternoon for the sterling overlay!

What's on your table?


Korean Seasoned Tofu

A Facebook friend requested my recipe for this, a favorite dish in our home. This is a great way to integrate tofu into your diet, and if you like spicy dishes, you will love this!