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  • #1in100: The Perfect Imperfect Heart

    Published Jul 19 2020 in Custom Pieces

    Created an imperfect heart, with the left ventricle bigger than the right. This was created for a mom in honour of her son who has congenital heart disease, a disease that enlarges the left ventricle. Her young toddler underwent 3 surgeries before he was 1 year old. She wanted the “perfect imperfect heart”. The initial of her son is stamped on the other side of the heart...keeping him close to her heart. I’m grateful for my customers to allow me into their hearts in order for me to create something that they will cherish.  Thank you Candace. ❤️❤️ #1in100 #chd #stollerychildrenshospital

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  • Bronze Turtle Charm: The Process

    Published Jan 12 2019 in bronze turtle, Custom Pieces

    Jen requested a bronze turtle charm on a stretch bracelet.  The process is involved including carving & etching the bronze clay to get every detail correct. Each pendant I make is handcrafted & takes often 7 hours to make from the initial hand sculpting of the piece, drying, etching, firing in my kiln, burnishing and tumbling. Then I incorporate the charm in a piece of jewelry.  Here I have it within a matte amazonite beaded stretch bracelet.  Slow and steady wins the race!


  • A Zoo Story

    Published Jul 13 2018 in Custom Pieces

    Lynn contacted me about creating a custom piece for two of her classroom helpers.  She requested possibly using two pieces of art that a couple of her students created, one of which was the child of one of the helpers. I loved the pictures; children's art is so original! I hand etched the drawings of an alpaca and a ladybug onto pieces of silver.  The alpaca was the favourite of one of the helpers whenever they went on their zoo visits. Sadly, when they went to visit the zoo where inspiration for the alpaca came from, they were informed that the animal had passed away due to age.  This will be a special and lasting momento for the child and the parent to share a memory with.


  • A Study in Color

    Published Oct 30 2017 in Custom Pieces

    Denise has been a long time customer of my work for the past 4 years.  She exudes confidence and individuality whenever I see her.  Denise contacted me to for a custom piece for her birthday.  I was honoured, as she said she had been looking for a custom set for the last 2 years and came back to my work after her search.  Some direction was given to me with regards to a personalized piece, a love of blues and greens, mixed metals and a slightly bold aesthetic.  I love it when I am given artistic license for the design!  
    My process is often to ponder ideas in my head for a couple of days, complete a drawing and send it off to the client for initial approval.  I wanted to design something that would be enduring with all of the characteristics that Denise wanted.  
    The final pieces really signified a collaboration of a client's wishes and her everyday style. Thank you Denise for entrusting such a special day with jewels dripping with color and style!

  • Sisters Share an Unbreakable Bond

    Published Oct 19 2017 in Custom Pieces

    Fay wanted to celebrate her sister, Kristine's birthday, with a special piece of jewelry.  She had first contacted me a few months earlier with initial thoughts and then let her thoughts rest for a while.  She came back to me with a design that I had in my Silver Collection, but she wanted to add a personalized piece that represented the love and bond that she and her sister shared.  Her sister liked minimal jewelry and she wanted the message to be subtle, but present.  We decided upon a petite open silver link with the word SISTERS stamped on it.  
    A quiet reminder of a love shared between two sisters.  
    Thank you Fay.    

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