So this Sept I started taking my first Lapidary class at my local community college, where I am also taking the Silversmithing classes. I received an old lapidary machine last year and have been enjoying learning on my own but I knew I needed to bump that up in order to incorporate it into my silver-work. Once again, I have joyfully found another craft that is very rewarding and I'm addicted!! My class is a wonderful 4 hours on Fridays and it's completely okay that I will ended up soaked in water or my fingers a bit numb or even oily from cutting slabs. It's all worth it when the end result is a beautiful polished stone in my hand!
This class is helping me learn so much about the stones I not only cut, but also the stones I've chosen to use in my silver work. I see them differently now. I also eye pebbles on the road a bit different now too! What will it look like if I high polish it?? Hmmmm....
There's another class next semester too and I plan on being in that one as well so I can learn all I can about this fun craft!
If you'd like to see work-in-progress photos of my work in lapidary (and silver work) just head over to my Instagram page, @mothersonthemountainjewelry . I post a lot of pictures of what's happening in my Studio!
I am back in jewelry class! I really, really love it. I do know I am fortunate to have a class take. So many jewelers I talk to do not have such resources near them.
Besides having an amazing studio right there to "play" in, there's all the other classmate that make it so fun. The ideas and inspirations that fly around is so cool! If one of us gets stuck, between the teacher an the advanced students, we all learn new tips and tricks each class!
This class is called Mechanisms. All about hinges and clasps, connections, closure etc. My main thing I'd like to learn is hinges. And making a box with a hinge. Goals! LOL! Of course in class I do other items. Like getting more Stamped Silver Flower earrings made up!
I also needed to challenge myself by learning how to size down a ring I made a while ago. Math and I do not always see eye to eye! LOL! My teacher got me on the right track and it worked!
I am also taking a begining Lapidary class!! I got paid with a lapidary unit, 10 yr old combo unit, and really don't know what to do on it. So I turned back to silversmithing until I had the time and maybe a way to learn more about it. Then my jewelry teacher announced we were having a lapidary class! I jumped on it, along with my son, who's very interested in lapidary! The first project was to drill a hole in a pebble and stick a tube of metal in it and flare it around. Just this little project send any inspirational ideas in my head!
My teacher took us on a tour of the lapidary equipment and tools. The saws are huge and impressive! Wow~ more to come later :)
There's only 3 Days left in the month long July Summer Sale in my online Shop! Use coupon code JULY20 at checkout.
This is a great chance to save on one-of-a-kind, truly handmade, quality Sterling Silver jewelry, along with real gemstones.
There's only 6 days left in the month long Sale going on in my Online shop! Use the coupon code JULY20 at checkout to save on some beautiful jewelry! You know you're getting quality handmade Silver-work in each piece. And of course I fill them all with Love! Come check out my Shop now and start saving on what makes your eyes dance!
I just added this gorgeous Nevada Turquoise Pendant for Sale in my shop! This rich stone is so beautiful, I had to frame it to show it off! The wall of sterling silver is split by a fine silver sphere and on the back is a dance of hearts with one of my own designs. Click on the photo to go straight to the item to see more photos!
Here I am on the second week of summer (according to the kid's school) and I feel like the end of the school year swirls are finally gone. Last week was the "settle into summer" week to get my bearings. Now, this week, feels more like life. We can plan, we can work, we can be lazy. And change up the order too! LOL!
This summer I only have one child at home and she's picked up a volunteer job for the summer. My oldest made it to adulthood and is rarely seen now. LOL! So for me, that sounds like more bench time and jewelry making!
This is such a different time with kids at these ages. It's very different than when they were little but even so at the middle ages as well. This is a big time when one kid grows up goes out there in the big world. The family left at home finds an adjustment has happened too. It's the next chapters of our lives.
That's why I am so thankful I have my jewelry work to keep my mind sane. Something to do, to distract from the ramblings of the mind. Something to be successful at. To find a way to complete something. That's a blessing.
I hope you have something to keep your mind sane when life is a bit more challenging. It does really help.
Off to my bench to ponder and make stuff!
Coming up next Friday, the 17th of June, is the Carmel Valley Art & Wine Celebration! There are over 20 different wine tasting rooms out here so that means a great selection. This is also a great event to see and purchase some amazing art from all types of Artists! I am one of them! I hope to see you there! I will be sharing a booth with a talented Copper Jeweler - Iris McWilliams Designs! We hope you will stop by to say hi and see what we make out of metal!
It's Summer and what a good time for a Sale in my Shop! I'm having a 20% off sale on all Jewelry and Wooden items right now. There are even some cool items for Father's Day!
This sale runs for a week - 6/8-6/15!
Use coupon code SUMMER20 at checkout to get your savings!
Yesterday was the last class of my Stonesetting 2 class. It was such a great semester this year. Lots of learning and laughs just make for a good time. I will be sad not to have that outlet during the summer for sure! But no fear, I've signed up for the Mechanisms class in the Fall! That's where I'll learn hinges and clasps and other cool things like that! It should be fun too. Each class I've taken in the last 5 years has been a blast. My teacher told me yesterday that I've come really far in the last few years. That means a lot.
So a break from class is good. I get settled back into my studio. No more transporting my favorite tools back and forth to class. Now they are all at my bench ready grab. I do like that. Right now, new ideas are forming as to what direction I'll take this summer. I also just received a new tool that I really really wanted. It's not new, but a hand me down of sorts. I got it for a really great price! It's a graver's block! The photo is of it riding home with me! It used to belong to an an amazing jeweler named Carol Webb out of Santa Cruz. The energy in this tool alone is what spoke to me. Afterwards I learned of the person who loved this tool before me. What a gift!
For now, my kids are almost done with their school and I will settle back into my home studio and play with stones and metal and my new tool (toy)!
My poor shop has been low in the Turquoise department! That means I got distracted by other amazing stones that I had to make silver homes for! LOL! Well, I just added 4 new pieces of Turquoise Jewelry. Two rings and two necklaces! I also made a beautiful necklace using a really cool stone out of Russia called Seraphinite! All of these beauties are now for Sale in my Shop.
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!