It's been raining here all night and day and now the Sun has just came out to warm us up and let that rain soak in the ground before the next batch comes. That all makes for some Spring Fever! What a good reason to have a sale of Free Shipping in my Online Store for this week 3/17-3/24/18! I just added more of the Silver Pattern Earrings in both long and teardrop and if you scroll down you'll see I've added the roll printed cuffs I've just made. Plus, there's Scrubbies if you need some help in the kitchen and much more! So many good things in my Store!
Use the coupon code " FreeShipSpring18"
I now have the beautiful roll printed Patterned Cuffs available for Sale in my Online Store! The Brass Cuff has a pattern of swirls and the Sterling Silver Cuff has a Floral Leaf like pattern. All handmade and shaped by my hands.
I recently got into roll printing again. My teacher had taught it a few classes ago, but it's not grabbed me too much, until recently. Roll printing is basically pressing a pattern into a softened piece of metal. In this case I've used a rolling mill to help press the pattern into my metal. I tried it out on some scrap copper and loved it so much I did it to some silver! Below it the silver sheet I ran through the rolling mill. The pattern is from a "cupcake crown". It's paper so it washes off when all pressed into the metal. The result is a really cool piece of textured metal to play with! I decided to turn them all into earrings. I sawed them out, filed them smooth and then tumbled them to help harden the metal. To see a peak of how they turned out scroll down below or head on over the Earrings Section of my store now ;D
After tumbling around, I threw them all into a liver of sulfur bath and got a bit of patina on them. After adding beads to the copper pairs and handmade ear-wires to all of them, they're ready for new homes! One pair already sold! You can see more photos of these earrings in my Online Store.
I am now offering some of my hand-cut cabochons I've made in my studio! While I was making them, and posting work-in-progress photos on my Instagram, I had folks asking if they were for sale. So after some thought I decide to make availble some of the cabochons I've made for sale now.
You can find all of these in the Hand-Cut Cabochons category in my online store now.
I just finished adding these beauties to my Online Store and they are ready to be fallen in love with and shipped off!
I hand cut each one of the stones that are in these rings. The top left is a Turquoise and then a amazing Green Jasper and 3 Big Sur Jade rings. I really loved making these!
Of course each back has some extra Love sawed out in it. It might look quiet on the front, but it's saying a lot underneath! lol! You can find the ring category here ~
This time in class, I decided to try my hand at forming a bowl out of copper using a hammer, a stump of wood with depressions in them and a few trailer-hitch like stakes. I ended up very happy! Check it out...
So first off, my teacher gave me a sheet of 20 gauge copper. I measured it to be 6" square and took it to the huge step sheer and it sliced it like butter! (pic 1 & 2) I then found the center and made a small depression to mark the middle. (pic 3) I scored a circle into the copper using a divider and then I took it to another big sheer and carefully sliced off most of the excess metal, leaving me with a 6" circle. (pic 4)
It was now ready for me to anneal it to get it soft. Then I could hit it with a hammer!
I started hitting the edge first with the help of a depression in the stump. (pic 1 & 2). As I go around slightly on the depressions edge I hammer the copper to move the metal out and shape. (something like that..lol!) I am still learning it, so my explanation is not that of a professional. lol!! But by hammering in a circle, spiraling into the center a bowl is formed! (pic 3 & 4). Here is a video showing the raising process. The black is from the annealing process which leaves oxidation. It was getting hammered off and making cool patterns while doing so.
After annealing it a few more times and then hammering it more the oxidation patter changed. The bowl was taking more shape now. I was hammering to get big dents out and also experimenting with the other depressions on the stump. Some were deeper or smaller in diameter. I found it curled the edges too. It was fun to play around like that. Copper is nice to us that way. lol!!
Here's the final look! I was able to polish the backside with the polishing machine, but the inside I will have to finish by hand. I love it! I think I might try my hand at smaller ones. You can tell I'm pretty happy in this video. lol!
This morning it rained while I was in class. I was choosing ring bands to use for the 5 bezel cups I'd made. This batch of rings I am especially proud of. I cut ALL of the stones I am using here! So.... I'd decided to go with a double half round silver band for the large green Jasper I cut. I'd split the edges of the dbl half round and open them up at bit. For the Turquoise ring I chose the decorative ring band with floral and swirls. The 3 little Big Sur Jade rings will have round wire bands. Two of them I ended up hammering facets on the bands.
After I made sure I got the ends of the ring bands flush with the back of the bezel, which took a bit of time, I was ready to solder them together. This took some patience and a few extra "third hands" (tweezers), to set up the bands on the bezel cup. Then one hopes all goes smoothly! LOL!
Well, some of them decided to be a bit fussy and one thought it would be cool to be offset (I could of sworn I got that lined up! gah..), so we (the fussy pieces and I) had to go back to the solder block and fix them up. For me, it's always good to solder even if it's a mistake, because it's just more practice at it.
After all that soldering, I tossed them in the pickle bath and went and chatted with some of the other classmates. I found others to be working on enameling, chasing and repousse, and forming bowls (I want to try that next!) from discs of copper.
My rings were ready to clean up from the pickle and work on getting some stones set in them.
I decided to do the large green Jasper ring first. It's always tricky when setting a ring with a split band. So I don't squish the split, I put it on a grooved ring mandrel and set it that way. I have learned that jewelers are very inventive when a task needs doing. LoL!
Time was running out for the day in class. I had just enough time to set the Turquoise stone as well. I took a quick picture of them while waiting on one of my kids.
So 2 out of 5 isn't bad! The rest I can easily finish up at home. It was really good productive day! Those kinds of days in the studio, whether at home or in class, really nourish my soul! Phew!
I've been working at sprucing up my website this weekend. I am always looking for ways to keep my site as user friendly as possible.
I have changed the landing page for my online store. You can now go to the
MOTMJ Online Store and see all of my items together or you can choose the
sub-menu, Shop by Category.
Enjoy shopping ~ Kelli
I’ve been busy!! I have 3 new necklaces now in my Shop!
All 3 of these pieces of jewelry have stones in the that I have hand cut from raw form to a cabochon! Turquoise, Big Sur Jade and Crazy Lace Agate. I’ve made beautiful Silver homes for them and each one has it’s own original design sawed out in the back.They’re truly all one of a kind and made with Love ❤️
Click Here to get to my Shop to see more photos or to purchase.
Bonnie Hotz Pottery has finished her first firing of 2018! It was a GREAT firing with lots of copper red, pink and purples and green, blue purples - both porcelain and stoneware.
All are welcome to come by and all this week (2/11- 2/17)
to see and purchase them!
Thursday will have Jewelry Pop Up Sale up with Silver Jewelry Artist, Kelli Mayer of Mothers On The Mountain Jewelry
from 11-3! *
Yes, please tell your friends! *Please text Bonnie first at 831-229-7425 for RSVP. THANK YOU!*
ADDRESS: 129 E San Benancio Road Salinas, CA 93908
*Please text Bonnie first at 831-229-7425 for RSVP. THANK YOU!*
Here we are in the beginning of the second month of a new year! That flew by and at the same time it feels like we're further into the year! It's taken me a month to get to my bench and make new items for this year but here they are! One of them is already Sold but turned out so cool I had to share!
I've also recently added a number of items back into my shop that were on display at another store. So come check out my Shop and see all the beautiful creations! Enjoy!
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!