Monthly Archives: February 2013

A Bumpy Ride


… down the basement steps, that is.  Desperate to get at my workshop, my husband & I devised a plan.  I went down the steps on my behind to where he waited with the walker.  Once at my workbench, I didn’t want to come up!  I stayed downstairs for over 6 hours.  I finished a few random pieces that were partially done.  Then I tackled a necklace that I have been seeing in my mind for a couple of months.  To start, I made 5 spiculuae (plural of spiculum?). A spiculum is a true test of your hammering skills. I cut the metal (26 g works best) into an elongated shape. It is narrower at the ends and widest at the middle. It is hammered gently up and down until the edges start to meet and the shape begins to form. I made 3 copper ones and then 2 sterling silver ones that are longer.  They were annealed a coupel of times each and so have a darkened color.  They each look a little different, also.  It’s hard to know which way the seam will go.  They are suspended on balled sterling silver wire and attached to a chain.


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This blog has morphed into an observation and reflection of life as an artist. I am a Denver based metalsmith who works in a call center by day, sells jewelry by night, and fills the rest of the waking hours practicing parkour. I am the founder of Purple Poodle Designs and I am the events coordinator for the Colorado Metalsmithing Association.


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