Monthly Archives: July 2014

No Sushi at the Company Picnic

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Playing with Wild Plant Friends

Hit snooze on the coyote alarm at 4am, still halfway in a dream where I didn’t get any sushi at the company picnic because I was busy cooking corn for everyone (and funny that one of the things I plan to do today is cook lots of corn). I listened to the joyous wild song and then rolled over and went back to bed. When I wandered into the chaparral a while later with my coffee I saw why the tarantula crossed the road; tarantula hawks the size of hummingbirds are everywhere with their iridescent blue/black wings. One walked along the sand and when she got to my foot she flew away. I think of all the things I have learned and done this month, dying wool with tea (Thelesperma megapotamicum), helping make Yucca baskets, making a cradleboard from desert willow (Chilopsis linearis) and Gooding’s willow (Salix gooddingii). Returning from…

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Botanical Mixed Metal Pendant


I just finished this and shipped it off to one of my galleries. The botanical portion is made from BronzClay (Metal Adventures brand), and then riveted to sawn nickel silver and copper which has been textured.

The botanical image was made by carving into a soft block material. This is yet another way to use one’s own images to make jewelry.

One of my followers (wow, doesn’t that sound awesome?!) suggested I do a post on two-part silicone mold making. I will write that as soon as I can, as well as posting about the carving method used above.