Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sunday, February 7, 2010

"Carrier Pigeon" Cuff Links

I've been working on several sets of cuff links that are meant to resemble the vials that would be attached to carrier pigeons. Each cuff link is a small, tubular box that opens to reveal a compartment to hold messages. Heavy-walled sterling tubing is the base, with a patterned band of sterling, and square sterling wire wrapped around the tube.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Sorry it has been so quiet here lately at "Notes from the Bench" -- my hobbies are getting in the way of my hobbies! Despite having 4800+ photos from a vacation this fall that still need to be edited, I have ignored them in favor of working away at the bench on holiday gifts for family, friends and customers. I've actually missed the hands-on, tactile, griminess of jewelry fabrication -- as I was reminded last evening as I was brushing large amounts of black polishing compound out of my hair and scrubbing the dust off most of my exposed skin.

As you can see above, I am rolling out new branding and packaging. I had wanted a cleaner logo for years, and finally took the time to mock something up. A new website will be rolling out early in the new year.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Fire Agate Ring

Finally! I finally finished something new. I wasn't happy with the inital setting for this fire agate, so I dismantled the ring and made a new setting. This time I used 22k bezels, 22k gold balls, and added a trillion cut peridot. The Argentium mokume gane ring band is the same one I used for the early version of this ring.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Say cheese

While on the Worldwide Photo Walk yesterday, the counter rolled over on my camera (much like an odometer does). That means that I have taken 10,000+ photos in the past year. That's an average of 27 shots a day.

Looking back at my post from last year, I guess I am well on my way to becoming "that person" again.

(This is from today in my parking lot garden.)

Saturday, June 27, 2009


I find I'm always more excited to get to work if I have a clean workspace waiting for me. Unfortunately, I'm much better at generating clutter than I am at consistent cleaning. Today was a day to put all the tools back where they belong and scrub all the surface down. I keep the table to the left of my bench covered in paper (old pages from my Stendig calendar work well). The is the area where I do all my polishing and use the flexshaft. When I have made a gigantic, dusty, grimy mess polishing, I simply replace the paper for easy clean up.

I cleaned off my soldering area as well. Somehow, everything manages to get covered in dried flux after a while. Periodically, I like to scrub down the kiln shelf and get rid of all the grime.
Now it's time to actually finish a piece of jewelry . . .

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Creating Space

My mother came to visit recently, and upon looking at some wasted space next to my deck, she asked "why don't you do something with that?" What a wonderful question! I had carved out a garden when I lived on the other side of this warehouse complex -- but that was space with actual earth. This was a corner of a paved parking lot.

So, following Mom's great idea, I have transformed this:

Into this:

31 planters full of 57 plants. Vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers -- you name it! The only drawback is that I have been spending so much time in my new 'garden space' that I haven't been inside to work on any jewelry!