11.23.2014

Too Many Bracelets?

Sunday morning SToNZ arm party.
:)
All bracelets are currently available in my Etsy shop.
The more the merrier, I always say!

11.05.2014

Aggregate Necklace With Seaglass

A second aggregate necklace.
This time with a gorgeous piece of bright aqua seaglass dangling below.
Made with silver from an antique spoon and hung on a gorgeous vintage sterling chain.
Sold right quick. Guess I need to explore this idea more. I wasn't sure whether folks would go for the look, but apparently it's got potential!
What do you think?
Cool or strange?
:)




11.02.2014

A Conglomeration of Aggregate

I don't know exactly what this stuff is, but I have been collecting it from the shores of Lake Erie for many years. It appears to be aggregate of some sort. Like lots of smooth beach pebbles held together with cement, broken into chunks and then tumbled for years in the Great Lakes.
If anyone has information on this stuff, I'd be very interested to know more. Many industries have dumped their slag and junk into our lake over the years and I imagine that these lovely rocky clusters I find are the byproduct of some manufacturing process.



I thought it might be fun to bezel set one of the smaller pieces of this stuff into a silver necklace. The back plate was made from the bowl of a sterling silver antique spoon. So upcycled and recycled all the way around. Something different. Find it here in my Etsy store.





Lake Erie Living Magaine



I am so excited to find my riveted Lake Erie beach stone charm bracelet featured in the November/December 2014 issue of Lake Erie Living Magazine! On stands now. (At least in the stores where I didn't buy them out.)
;)



10.15.2014

Lake Erie Beach Stone Charm Bracelets

I returned from my last visit to an antique show with a handful of glorious old heavy sterling silver chains. This means it's time for some new SToNZ "charm" bracelets.
Process pics show the drilled stones before during and after lining the holes with hand wrought sterling silver tube rivets. Heavy jump rings link the stone charms to the chains and are soldered closed. After some filing, sanding, oxidizing and buffing, they are ready to go!
Oh to wear a whole wristful of these at once.
Yummy.







9.18.2014

Lakeview Cemetery Cleveland, Ohio

Perhaps it was the beautiful weather, or maybe it was thoughts of my mom, gone now for 8 years, but something compelled me to visit Mayfield Cemetery this week to place a stone on my mom's grave.
I do this several times a year when I feel the need to talk to her. This week I decided to also pay a visit to the vast and idyllic Lakeview Cemetery right next door.
I had in mind that I wanted to go to President Garfield's tomb, which I had not visited since grade school. Little did I realize that he died on this date in 1881. Serendipitous.
There are also many other well known people buried at Lakeview, and I thought I'd see what I could find there. The Haserot Angel is a well known sculpture which as it turns out, was quite easy to locate. I did it all without a map. I'll have to go back as I missed many highlights.
Some of my photos from this visit. Enjoy.































Tiffany window, Wade Chapel


Tiffany mosaics, Wade Chapel