It's been a full summer but I managed to FINALLY finish the projects I started last jewelry class! Okay, I might of gotten really hooked on making cabochons too (see previous post). But here they are!! Turquoise in blues and greens, Azutrite Malachite, Crazy Lace Agate, Turtle Jade and pink Banded Rhyolite! All beautiful! I hand cut the Turtle Jade! You know there are beautiful designs on the backs of all of these so head on over to My Shop to see! You can also click on one of the pictures and go straight to that item. All of these are ready to ship out to their new homes!
I am so overjoyed! It was just my birthday and I asked for a multi-wheeled Lapidary machine and my Dad got me one!! Best dad ever!
I set it up yesterday and went ALL DAY making cabochons!! Talk about addicting! It's so exciting to see the wonderful patterns in the stones as I polish them!
Being able to make a cabochon and not have to stop to change a sanding belt is just the best thing ever!
I will set some of the stones and others will be for sale now. I am just loving this new addition to my jewelry making journey!
These are the beauties I made up yesterday!
I already have some beautiful cabochons for sale in my shop - and there are many pieces of jewelry in my shop where I've cut the stones as well as the silver work! Click on the box below to see~
I just added a Mushroom Jasper Necklace and a Kingman Triangle Turquoise Necklace to my shop! All handmade my my hands and ready to be shipped to you.
The Mushrooms Jasper is so cool in it's natural designs that it wanted me to stop and stare at it a while making it! LOL! I love how the bezel accentuates the stone itself.
The Triangle Turquoise I love not only for that Green, but for the lumpy shape of it. We normally curve our stones before we set them, but to me there is something about a lumpy stone that begs me to make a beautiful silver home for it!
You can find both of these new items in my Online Store by clicking on the highlighted words or the box below.
Mark your calendars for a great Wine and Art event! The Carmel Valley Art & Wine Celebration is happening June 16th, 2018! In this little town we have over 20 wine tasting rooms! If you love Art as well as Wine then this is the place to come! I will have a booth there along with Iris McWilliams of Iris McWilliams Design! Together we make gorgeous jewelry!
It's located on Center Street Marketplace in Carmel Valley Village. Hope to see you there!
I have just added some gorgeous Tiger’s Eye necklaces and earrings to my online store. The smaller Tiger’s Eye necklace is a stunning Blue, (kind of Teal) Tiger’s eye in an offset shape. Then the Tiger’s Eye earrings are both triangles, however the actual stones are a bit abstract and so much fun. I took the large Tiger’s Eye cabochons, with its ever-changing scenery, and nestled in a Sterling Silver setting with hand stamped triangle designs around it.
On the backs of all these pieces are my one-of-a-kind design that I have sawed out by hand in my studio. Click here to visit my Online Store to see more photos and to purchase!
My biggest sale of the first half of the year is almost here. I say first half because we do this sale twice a year. One on Mother's Day and one at Christmas time. They are both 3 day sales and it takes a lot to get them going. When the time comes, we team up and get everything ready-the room where the sale happens, the signs going up all over campus and town. Handing out flyers in person or promoting them on social media. Plus making jewelry for the sale! There's a lot and we love it! Even though we are so tired afterwards, we love it.
This year I finally got organized to the point where I'm not stressed out too much right before the show. Monday we got the room all ready for the sellers to set up their jewelry on Thursday. I have tons of jewelry for sale (97 pieces to choose from! All handmade by Me!) so I refuse to be worried about adding more. Ask any jeweler and that's a big deal! All the paperwork is ready and my boxes of displays ready to throw in the car. Phew!
Now I can breathe and enjoy my first born's 19th birthday tomorrow! (It's a really full week of great stuff!) Feeling the feelings a momma feels when her baby is growing up too fast!
Please join us at the 21st Annual Monterey Peninsula Colloge's Mother's Day Sale! There will be Jewelry, Glass, Ceramics and Prints all for sale for 3 days. This is an amazing collections of artists and their work! The sale starts on Thursday 5pm-8pm. Friday and Saturday are ALL DAY 10am-5pm. Parking is Free! I hope to see you there! I'll be in the Jewelry Studio!
I've made more Silver and Brass roll printed cuffs and they are now in my Online Store! Scroll down to see more!
This technique is called "roll printing". After I get the pattern then, I saw out the wave edges on the Silver cuffs and patina them all. The brass is made up of a lot of different metals in it, so the patina focuses on the copper metal found in the brass and darkens it.
The patterns you can achieve are endless! I'm having a good time with this type of style.
A week from today is the start of the Big 3 day MPC Mother's Day Jewelry Sale! This is a Sale where you will find a room full of students from the
MPC Jewelry & Metal Arts Program. Don't let the word "students" sway you. We are all very professional! People are surprised to learn that we are actually students. It's a beautiful set up showing off so many different techniques of metal work and jewelry. What a delight for the eye and you're bound to find something gorgeous for the Moms in your life!
The sale starts next Thursday at 5pm and goes to 8pm.
Friday and Saturday is All Day! 10am-5pm! Free Parking too!
Mark your calendars and spread the word to the community!
Now available in my Online Store~
This beautiful Blue Turquoise cabochon is hand cut, shaped and polished by me.
I then created a Sterling Silver setting for it to live in. I hand twisted the Sterling wire and melted Fine silver for the sphere, which I then smashed flat.
The original design on the back is sawed out by hand with Love ~
This is truly a one of a kind handmade piece.
To see more Click Here ~
I recently came across the old blog I had when I started my metal smithing journey.
Looking back on the past 6 years since I've taken my first class to now is so empowering. Just being reminded of all the new things I've absorbed into my memory bank and what I can create & accomplish with those memories of learned goodness!
I really do love my craft of fabricating and stone-setting, which I try to show in my work.
To have found something such at this, that nourishes my soul is such a blessing.
Here's the old blog with photos, if you're curious about the beginning of
the story of a mom on a journey to become a silver smith.
Hi! My name is Kelli Mayer and I am a Silversmith/Jewelry Artist, mom of two amazing kids and the wife of an amazing husband. Welcome to my journey of silversmith and making beautiful jewelry!