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Shrinky Dinks® - Bigs Stone No. 1 Shrinky

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Shrinky Dinks® - Bigs Stone No. 1 Shrinky

Bigs Stone No. 1 Shrinky is a recreation of one of my favorite pendants inspired by tree bark, made for an auction fundraiser. I’ve made this piece a few times for commissions using sterling silver and white sapphire, but never using Shrinky Dinks®! I was surprised that this shrink plastic version used the same tools, methods and mandrels as I use in metalsmithing, however this time I traded my hammer for a heat gun! This piece was up for auction on October 6, 2018 at Surel's Place, an artist in residence program in Boise, Idaho. Post auction: I am thrilled to know the...

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She wanted a line.

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She wanted a line.

She wanted a handcrafted easy-wear everyday necklace.

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Mom’s Super-Warm, Yummy-Love Jewelry Collection

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Mom’s Super-Warm, Yummy-Love Jewelry Collection

“If it was easy, everybody would be doing it.” So, thank you to our supportive mom’s who help us stay the course on our journey of making art.

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LAND[escapes] Neckpiece.

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LAND[escapes] Neckpiece.

Anything meant to be realized will eventually find it’s way. Abstract landscapes, symbolized by a horizon line, make their way into this neckpiece 38 times. Consider the repetition to be possibilities, visions in your mind’s eye of places yet to go or places that have been seen. Thirty-eight places to escape to… Perhaps, a Choose Your Own Adventure with many different endings. String Theory? They could be choices along the same timeline. Or, windows into your past lives or future dreams. That’s a lot for one statement neckpiece to communicate, alas that’s what It Is. This piece was realized as a...

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“I see jewelry.”

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“I see jewelry.”

“I see jewelry.” That's what she said... wait for it... The Idaho Statesman posted a series of video’s of local jewelers. Click the link below to watch a short movie of Melissa in her studio. Video by Katherine Jones, photographer for the Idaho Statesman.  http://www.idahostatesman.com/living/treasure/article115667088.html

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