Yep, it’s Elk Ivories Again!

Yep, it’s Elk Ivories Again!

I had to share the latest elk ivory project that I was so fortunate to get to work on.  The lovely Julie Dianda brought me the ivories from the elk that she personally hunted.  She had seen some of my earlier projects and decided that she wanted something unique and feminine that included elements that personally reflected her. We brainstormed and she told me that her favorite color was blue, loved turquoise and sunflowers.  She also wanted to incorporate the end from the shell casing of the round used to kill this elk.  She gave me her treasures and let me have at it. I knew I had some awesome pieces already perfect for her necklace.  The center includes an orphaned earring that I found in my hunts and was already set in 925 silver.  I love seeing that stamp on...

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The Jewelry Tree

The Jewelry Tree

I don’t remember where I first saw a jewelry tree, but when I did I was totally taken with the idea of creating art out of vintage jewelry pieces, and hanging it boldly from a wall to shed its bedazzling wonderfulness on all who see it.  Not everyone wants to wear their treasures, or worry about wearing fragile, older pieces.  However, in my opinion, it’s still sad that sparkly, vintage pieces of history get tucked into the back of jewelry boxes never to see the light of day because something might happen to them. Thus the jewelry tree. My daughter’s first grade teacher saw me wear lots of different creations each week when I came to volunteer in the classroom.  We got to talking about how I love working with old pieces, and she mentioned wanting me to make...

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Elk Ivories Part Two

Elk Ivories Part Two

Recently over coffee at Bible study I somehow started sharing about how I had been tasked with the job of turning a pair of elk ivories and a fishing hook into a custom piece of jewelry.  In case you missed that post, the pic is here. I have to admit, I was pretty impressed with how awesome something as unusual has elk ivories could look when it was surrounded by vintage sparkle and gorgeousness.  Well, it turns out that one of the ladies from my Bible study is also an avid hunter.  Her eyes lit up and she asked if I could do something with her ivories. A couple of weeks later she brought me a Copenhagen chew can filled with her elk ivories. It turns out that storing them in an old chew can helps bring out the brown shades in the ivory. Who knew? I’m learning all...

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