Sunday, February 21, 2010


I frequently incorporate words in my jewelry, and I often use this
pocket dictionary from 1944 as a favorite source. Dictionaries are on my list of things to look for at thrift stores, church bazaars and yard sales, and the older the better.
I like how there is a slight irregularity in the alignment of the letters. The n's in 'Pronunciation' all look like they are taking a small hop which adds to the unique and appealing character.

I like the small font size which makes the scale perfect for some of my jewelry. I also appreciate the illustrations that are scattered throughout the dictionary.

I found this particular dictionary around a year ago and have been pillaging the pages since.

I am very mindful about the message that my jewelry might convey and give
thoughtful consideration to the words that I select.

Some of the words have been used in these charms and links. I coat the paper with a gel medium to seal it and then cover it with resin.

This week I tired something new and made these dictionary charms by soldering copper jump rings onto open brass squares. I treated the metal in a bath of liver of sulphur and then sanded them with a fine sandpaper. The dictionary squares were coated for protection and then set in resin which allows the charms to be viewed from either side.
I do find these quite charming.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Platter Patina

When I go thrift store hunting for materials, I have to look beyond what is in front of me and imagine what it could be. I found this brass plate and an identical twin which had wall-hanging findings on the back. I guess this is hunting cabin chic, but I wanted these plates for the verdi green patina.
After trimming off the rim of a plate, I cut different sized discs. Center holes were drilled, and the discs were then domed. I also cut and domed plain brass discs. The domed discs were stacked and riveted together. Faceted aquamarine rondelles wire wrapped with balled sterling dangle below.

I also cut strips from the plate and used one as a base for this dragonfly pin. The oxidized brass dragonfly and a textured copper disc were riveted to the strip. I like how the patinated strip creates a nice contrast to the color and delicate features of the dragonfly

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Do We Really Need More?

Oh no! The weather forecast on tonight's news is calling for another potentially big snow storm this week. Really??!!

Please don't let it be true!