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.
I've just added 5 new Necklaces to my Shop! A friend of mine who
does lapidary, had all of these beautiful cabochons in his collection!
I was so happy to make silver homes for all of them!
The gorgeous Lavender stones are called Charoite. If you look close, you'll see the patterns of the colors are all swirly and wild. Each piece is a different pattern of swirls!
There are 4 of these small wonderful Charoite necklaces, along with their own design of hearts on the back. You can see all of these necklaces by clicking Here.
Scroll down to see the 5th necklace I added to my shop~it's a beauty!
The last necklace to be added is a deep and delicious Montana Agate that I've set in sterling silver with round and flat silver spheres. On the back is some hearts with Love of course! This beautiful necklace is really one of a kind. You can find this on my Shop or by clicking on the photo below.
Tomorrow is the Smart Gardening Fair in Pacific Grove, Ca! It takes place at the Jewel Park. Click on the photo for more information.
This will be my first time being a vendor at this event and am looking forward to it! There is so much to learn and see and do here! It's packed full of goodness! From plant sales to learning how to keep bees and grow your own tea! Here is a great article on the event from The Santa Cruz Sentinel.
The event starts at 9am and goes until 3pm. Lets hope for great weather and lots of smiling faces! I hope to see you there! Scroll down to see some of the items I will have at my booth~
Here are some of the items I will have at my booth this year! Of course I have Scrubbies! They are excellent at getting that dirt out of your fingers after a great day of playing in the dirt!
You can click on the individual photo below to see more information about the item.
It's here! The first day of this big 3 day sale starts tonight at 5pm and goes until 8pm. Then Friday and Saturday, the sale starts at 10am and goes until 5pm.
This is the program that I attended to learn all of the great stuff of silversmithing! We are so blessed to be able to have this program even available to my community! The MPC Jewelry and Metal Arts Program has been such great journey for me! I absolutely fell in love with the craft and haven't looked back. The teachers and the students create such fun environment to learn in!
So come out and support us and see what we've learned to make. We give back a % of our sales to keep our Jewelry Program running.
We are all advanced students in the sale so the work you'll see is quality work.
Come out and spoil the moms in your life!
The other part of my store is what my talented husband makes for my shop. He is a amazing carpenter who collects the toss out wood and turns them into boxes and letter openers and business card holders in his down time. Some of the wood others would use as kindling. He sees a beauty in it and shares it with us in the simple things. Like his beautiful letter openers.
You can find some of the items he's made in my MOTMJ Store.
I've been busy! I have just added a whole bunch of new jewelry to my MOTMJ Store! You can now find my New Silver Collection of hand stamped ring bands and stamped and plain Bangles/Bracelets and Cuffs. All Sterling Silver and hand formed.
I also just finished a beautiful little teardrop Lapis Necklace in a very whimsical decorated Silver home. Along with a unique design sawed out from the back. Kelli style. ;)
Along with those I've also breathed new life into a Amethyst ring I created a few years ago. I really made it to small so I decided to pretty up the band and hammer it with the faceted look which increased it to a size 7.
All the work and all these items are all done by my hands in my studio. The only thing I didn't make were the stones, the metal and that darn chain! (I so appreciate people who have the patience to make chain!).
So come visit MOTMJ Store and see all the new shiny things I've been working on! Your eyes will enjoy it!
I have been busy "growing " flowers!!!!! These Stamped Daisy Flowers are now in my Store for sale. These are all handmade by me. I saw out the flowers, melt silver into the ball for the center. Everything on these earrings are hand fabricated by me. The only thing I purchase for these earrings is the silver.
OOAK design by Kelli Mayer, metalsmith.
There are flowers blooming and rain pouring and new jewelry to be enjoyed! Here are some of the latest pieces of jewelry I've added to my Store ! There's new hammered hoop earrings which also can me made to order. 2 New textured hoop earrings from a style that never gets old. One with turquoise beads and the other with Dream Jasper beads. The bonus is two gorgeous turquoise pendants ready to be loved and treasured.
I've just added these beauties to My Store! There is a Fire Agate, Montana Agate, Rose Quartz and Turquoise to choose from!
All hand fabricated by my hands with Love.
Hi! My name is Kelli Mayer and I am a Silversmith/Jewelry Artist, mom of two amazing kids, wife of an amazing husband. Welcome to my journey of silversmith and making beautiful jewelry!