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Not Jewelry Related

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Did not get much jewelry made today but got my garden in. The kids love it. They plant and take care of their own stuff. I have mostly flowers but put in a salsa garden as I love fresh salsa and BLTs. I also have about 8 grape vines… TrollHogen Grapes, nice name, huh… Great snacking grape and very winter hardy as they come from Michigan. Looks like I might have lost one vine this year though. It was a really harsh winter.
We have acreage here on a small river. We thought we were crazy when we bought it but it was the best move we could have made. The county we live in has one stop light in the entire county, Kewaunee County. North of us is Door County. Door County is one of the top ten vacation spots in the entire country and top 20 vacation spots in the world. It’s a little Martha’s Vineyard…. Gorgeous. If you look at a map of the state of Wisconsin it is in the shape of a mitten. I live in the center of the thumb. Door County is the tip of the thumb. The Bay of Green Bay is on one side and Big Ol’ Lake Michigan on the other side. It’s a beautiful place to live a quiet life. In the winter, well, as my friend Maggie calls it….the white death, just put on a sweater and make something by the fire.
Tomorrow I begin a men’s custom order bracelet and a woman’s custom ordered spinner ring which I have to melt down and make a gold ingot for so I can use her gold in the design of the ring. I love doing that. It’s the ultimate in recycling.
For now I’m going to see if I can call that stupid turkey in for some corn. Cannot believe he is still hanging around. Back in the studio in the morning.

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Art Show Sunday, Glass and Garden

Art Show this coming Sunday! Come if you are in the area. It’s in Neenah Wisconsin at The Bergstrom Mahler Museum which specializes in glass. Hmmmmm??? Glass??? So, I made some glass bracelets from Tammy Rae’s beautiful boro glass beads. Thanks Tammy for your speedy delivery and awesome colorful work!

Photo above is just a huge copper cuff with her bead on it, capped in copper and wrapped in silver. I did solder the silver to the copper cuff so the bead will never move. I used the silver as a ‘stop’ on each side of the bead. When you are soldering with glass it really helps to make sure it’s not soft glass which is the usual in lampwork beads. You can still solder near soft glass but you can easily break the glass or have it crack later – done that lots. Boro glass is different. Pyrex is Boro glass…it can take the heat without all the worry. It’s also more expensive to buy and more expensive to make the beads with ‘Hotter’ equipment. Tammy’s torch makes my torch look like it’s for babies and she burns through oxygen tanks larger than me – two per week when she’s torching.

Viking Knit is fun… YouTube DIY Viking Knit and you will get instructions. Buy the Viking Knit tools they come with instructions and the tool makes your rows of silver line up perfect. The bracelet in the back is a single knit. The other bracelets are a double knit which I prefer. It is more solid looking like a cable but twice as much material. Use 24G fine silver…about 50 feet!

Now the next pics are of my garden. I have Holly Hocks Gone Wild! They are 8 feet tall and amazing. I also found a little snake in my flower bed which is great because he is eating things I don’t want eating my plants…like slugs. Summer is really flying by so enjoy it. It will be winter before we know it. Coming up I still have my ring bending tool to show you and some custom orders that I am working and a huge bezel setting that is amazing and was really hard to do – I did not think that it would be but it was seriously time consuming.

The raccoon has been eating at our bird feeder every night. She finally brought the family…four almost grown baby raccoons.


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