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 & Lapidary Artist. Mom of two amazing kids and the wife of an amazing husband. Welcome to my journey of silversmithing and lapidary and making beautiful jewelry!