Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Crows at Oakwood

These two necklaces are made in collaboration with my brother Kevin Blythe who did a photographic series on the crows at Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse.  I recently revisited this series after a customer of mine requested a custom pendant incorporating them.  The top necklace is accented with aquamarine.  Both are high quality photographic prints framed in sterling silver with cast twigs and sealed behind jewelers grade resin.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Showcase 500 Art Necklaces

I recently received the exciting news that this necklace will be included in Showcase 500 Art Necklaces, being released this summer by Lark Publishing!  I am so happy to be included in this wonderful collection.  The locket was created as a portrait of my great-grandmother, Georgia Helen Griffith.  She was was an independent, college-educated woman who traveled to Jamaica in 1890 as a Quaker missionary.  The materials in the locket include etched copper, sterling, sapphire, garnet, and found objects; elements are hand fabricated and lost wax cast.  Above the antique map on the back of the locket is the Quaker star. 

The book will be available on Amazon and can be pre-ordered.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Rocks and Fossils

What amazing things come out of the earth!  Here are a few pieces I completed this week.  The first is a bracelet with plume agate, fossil coral, ammonite, and trilobite fossils.  The bracelet is big, sturdy, and elemental.  I used a heavy gauge silver for the links and it is a gorgeous statement piece!

This set of four pendants are also excellent stones with a very elemental quality.  They are fossil coral, crazy lace agate, laguna agate, and ocean jasper.  The metalwork in these is very minimal.  I made them with the simple riveted bail detail after drilling a hole at the top of each cabochon.  This enables me to make a simple piece using less metal, thus keeping the price of these affordable.   All four stones were cut by lapidary artists in the USA.  I think they look quite nice on a simple leather cord.  These pieces will all be at Gallery 54 late next week.