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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Gratitude is such an important word to me. We all have so much to be thankful for . Years ago, Oprah spoke about a gratitude diary and I have been doing it for years. I don't write it down, but every night before I sleep I think of five things I am grateful for. Even when things are at their worst, and I think it will be impossible, I always find at least five things to be grateful for.

This time of year we find ourselves evaluating all that we have to be thankful for. This simple little act of acknowledging this everyday has helped me through many difficult times.

Happy Thanksgiving to you.
Very sincerely,

Monday, November 21, 2011

Holiday Features

The sale is over but more sales are coming! Meanwhile, I have been featured in several blogs lately and I want to share them with you. In the next few weeks I will also be sharing some of my favorite finds for the holidays here on my blog.

Take a peak at the feature  on Your Daily Jewels in this fantastic Indie-finds blog (and click on the link for more info to read an in depth article the author did with me last summer)

Be back later!
Thanks for reading,

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Tis the Season

Its not quite black Friday but I am having a holiday sale! 
Please use code PBFS15 for 15% off at Your Daily Jewels and FREE shipping!

At Rustic Rock Jewelry, there are gifts from $10-$40, nothing higher! 

I love these little guys:


Friday, November 18, 2011

The JET Holiday Challenge! Time to VOTE!

The JETS (Jewelry on Etsy Team, of which I am a team leader) is holding a holiday challenge. It is a jewelry contest among members, but just for voting you can win prizes. And the prizes are jewelry! And there are 31 prizes!

Take a peek and vote! (for me, preferably) and

Click to vote:

or visit:


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Silver Precious Metal Clay

I am photographing my new fine silver pieces made of precious metal clay today. Check back soon to see them. "Fine" silver is 99.9% pure silver, as compared to sterling which is 92.5% silver; the added alloy being copper. Fine silver is very soft and subsequently hard to work with. However, using PMC and  kiln and firing it, leaves you with a solid, strong piece of silver jewelry that will last forever.

Here, I made a mold from a small piece of bark from my yard. It is a lovely, earthy, small pendant. To the fine silver ring I added a green amethyst briolette; and finished the clasp with green labradorite.

I have lots of pieces to show you. Please check back!
Thank you,

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Coming soon!

My new line of 99% pure silver jewelry made from precious metal clay is in the works.

I cannot say enough great things about my three day PMC Connection course taught by artist, Vera Lightstone in her NYC loft. Every minute of the days was filled with learning, doing, and laughing!  And you get to go home with 8 - 10 finished pieces! If three days is too much, she offers a two day course as well. I guarantee you will be hooked, like me. It is good to know she offers lots of advanced courses, as well.

W.39th Street

Carla, Vera's Assistant and a Student's Best Friend

Blob of Clay - Not Very Exciting

Here is a piece I made on the first day! Very exciting!

There are many more pieces to come! I have been busy playing with clay, now I have to get new pieces photographed to show you

About PMC, from http://www.pmcguild.com/
  • PMC is an amazingly plastic and versatile material. It can be shaped by hand, folded, molded, extruded and painted on another surface.
  • PMC can be endlessly textured and takes on microscopically fine definition.
  • PMC can be mixed with ceramic powders and oxides to assume new shades of color and a rougher texture.
  • PMC can be fired with stones and ceramics. It can be glazed and enameled.
  • PMC fits a wide range of artistic visions but not all. It compliments but does not displace traditional jewelry methods.

Basically, you have this little lump of clay that you can shape and mold in a million ways.  The clay is fine particles of recycled silver mixed with a binder that turns it into clay. The binder burns off and you are left with shining, strong, almost pure silver. The final result is 99.9% pure, recycled silver, as compared to sterling which is 92.5% pure. So far, I have only used Silver, but the clay comes in brass, copper, and gold formations too.

You can play with your hands; you can use all of your clay-making tools on it, and then finish it with all of your silversmithing tools.  You can combine it with your beading and wireworking projects.

It can be fired in a kiln, but before making that investment, you can torch it with a simple kitchen torch. You know, the kind you use for Creme Brulee. You will not believe your beginner results!

Feel free to ask me any questions you have and check back here and at my Etsy Shops, Rustic Rock Jewelry and Your Daily Jewels,  for more creations.

(Did I mention that PJClarke retired and  is now Rustic Rock Jewelry)

Thanks for reading,

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

JETS Rock!

Just in time for the holidays, announcing

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