I love creating.
I always have a design emerging in my mind. I am fortunate to have spent most of my work life in a creative environment. But I spend a great deal of time in front of a computer so when my eyes need a break from the screen I turn to my jewelry.
Much of the metal I work with is repurposed.
So whether it's a penny, a piece of wire or a vintage silver tray, you are buying a unique piece of jewelry and supporting repurposing and upcycling. On this website are a few of my current pieces and they are all available for purchase. Or if you are on Pender Island on Saturday morning, please come to the farmers market (located at the Community Hall) to say hello.
Introducing brass and silver into my work.
For many years I worked exclusively with copper. It is a beautiful metal to work with. Not only do I love it's colour and shaping abilities but it is believed to have healing powers, both spiritually and physically.
I have had many people admire my work, but some have commented on the fact that they don't wear copper (which seems outrageous to me :) so I decided to introduce brass and silver into my creations. And my favourite part - mixing the metals in one piece.
Caring for copper and brass.
I get asked "does copper (or brass) tarnish?" and the answer is yes. But it is very easy to keep it bright. Simply clean it with ketchup (yes, ketchup - it is the combination of ingredients like vinegar and salt that do the job).
In the photo below, I took pictures of a necklace of mine that I let tarnish for a number of weeks. A blob of ketchup is applied and let sit for a couple of minutes (time varies depending on how tarnished your jewelry is), and then rinse in warm water. Dry with a soft cloth and polish with a polishing cloth and voila - like new!
Photo: Tarnished (left) / Necklace covered in ketchup (middle) / Cleaned (right)