In the spotlight is Alaya Vautier, an outstanding metal artist who lives and works in Santa Cruz. Alaya’s artisan jewelry reflects vibrant elements of nature and experiments with diverse textures, a collage of metals, and a mix of gems and stones. She creates unique pieces that are one-of-a-kind and never mass-produced. As well as showing […]
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Here is a little time lapse inspiration for growing your own copper crystals: Now that you have had some inspiration, here are some how-to videos, in case you want to start growing your own crystals. To grow your own copper crystals you will need: -A good container (flat walls let you observe the growth better!) […]
This video gets a little weird, has a lot of fun, and makes some art! Posted from Bobby Duke Arts on YouTube.
What’s better than art you can wear? Ina Hohensee Artist #217 | jewelrybyina.com Annette Nemes Artist #287 | forlowmetalcrafts.com Ingrid Browning LaRiviere Artist #292 | ingridbrowningstudio.com Learn more about Open Studios on the Arts Council website.
These days, it is rare to come across jewelry that has not been mass-produced in a large factory. At Mark Areias Jewelers, the professional craft and personal care of jewelry is refreshingly “old-fashioned”. Local artist Mark Areias is a formally trained Goldsmith and one of this area’s most esteemed creators of fine jewelry. For […]
Local artist Ali DeMoro shares about her Wirework Seagrass Jewelry: “Wirework is a hobby I picked up in the last year and felt an instant connection to it. You could say I picked it up and ran with it… My jewelry business spread through word of mouth and soon I was giving and selling pieces […]
This week I am starting on a new pendant for myself! I’m excited about this project. I’ve been waiting for a while to have the opportunity to create something with this beautiful gem silica stone. I bought the stone from someone that I follow on instagram, who cuts stones and sets them into jewelry. […]
Rutilated Ammonite This week I finished this rutilated quartz and ammonite pendant for a good friend of mine. This pendant is hard to capture in a photograph. The light has to catch the quartz just right for the ammonite to show through. I finished the pendant with some twisted wire and spiral to provide some […]
This pendant features a fluorite stone paired with amethyst and quartz. I love the combination of shapes and colors with this piece and waiting to wrap it for a while. My vision for this pendant is that it looks somewhat like a wing. I sometimes call it the fairy wing pendant. The stones are wrapped […]
This week I continued my progress on an ammonite and rutilated quartz pendant. As I said in my beginning post on this project last week, my goal for this piece is to create the illusion that the two stones are fused together. I worked towards creating that by doing a very simple wrap on the […]