Having worked only with Sterling wire I found copper to be a challenge to work with in the beginning.  Now that I have completed a few projects though, I find myself really enjoying it.  It is so much more freeing and relaxing, knowing that if my design does not work out, I will not be putting silver in the trash.  These are a couple of tree designs I have been working on lately.(One tree, One Goddess Tree)   Maybe once I am happy with the finished product I will re-do it in silver but I’m kinda liking the look of the antiqued copper.

Booth Setup

Just thought I would post a picture of our booth at the Ancaster Gem Show.  This was the first time that we set it up and I have to say …. I was quite pleased with the result.

Not only will I be teaching classes at the Ancaster Gem Show but will be a participant in the show.  The new venture I am involved with …Soul Gems….will have a spot as one of the vendors.  I am anxious to see how everything looks in our new display ….got the banner and business cards…..printed the stone story cards.  Everything is ready to go….just have to wait till Thursday.  If you are in the area come out , it promises to be a good show.

I will be teaching 4 classes at the Ancaster Gem, Mineral, Bead and Jewellery show this coming weekend.  Check them out at http://www.ancastergemshow.com/classes.htm  This is only the second year for this show but if it is anything like last year it promises to be great.  There is a good variety of product so ….lots to see and do.  There are a lot of free seminars and demonstrations  offered also.  Come by and say Hi 🙂

Fall Classes Begin

Summer is over so…… time to get back to work.  Classes have begun at Robert Hall Originals on Saturdays and this Saturday, the 18th,  I will be teaching at the Canadian Bead Oasis Show.  I’m looking forward to seeing some repeat students and meeting some new ones.  Happy to be back !!!!!

I’m pleased to announce the launch of a project that I have been working on since the beginning of the year.  It is the creation of a business and website in which I have partnered with 3 other talented artists.  Soulgems.ca has been my vision for a very long time and the partners I have chosen share this vision.  The mythology and properties of these wonderful gemstones has always been a source of fascination for us and designing  jewelry with that in mind has been such a creative venture!!  This has been a labour of love….I have learned so much! from setting up  the website to creating the jewelry which populates it.  So….if you have the time….wander on over and check it out at www.soulgems.ca

My 3 day workshop at the Southampton Art School was wonderful.  It was a very relaxed atmosphere and the students accomplished several projects.  This was the first time teaching there and I thoroughly enjoyed myself…great accommodation…..great class…..great town.


Goddess Series

These are couple of the pendants I have been working on for a series of Goddess Pendants.  They are part of a new project I am working on.

I am pleased to announce that I will be teaching a 3 day workshop at the Southampton Art School in Southampton Ontario.  Wonderful, a working vacation, and it couldn’t be in a lovlier town!!  Check it out at..


I just finished a weekend teaching four wire wrapping classes at the Ancaster Show.  The show, organized by Robert Hall Originals, had so many interesting classes, seminars, demonstrations and vendors.  I had a great time teaching, meeting some new people and seeing some old friends. 

Rose Quartz Cab Ring450Its been a long time coming but I finally got my butt in gear and finished this tutorial.  You can find it on my Tutorials page at www.stix-n-stones.ca

Herkimer Diamond

This is a Herkimer Diamond that I bought a few months ago.  I wrapped it on a recent trip away to Tobermory.

New Fall Classes


These are a few of the new things I have been working on for my fall class lineup at http://www.stix-n-stones.ca/09classes.htm   The black teardrop pendant is from a tutorial written by a talented wire artist  by the name of Nancy Wickman of www.wickwirejewelry.artfire.com  She very gaciously gave me permission to share this technique with my students.

New Website

I finally got a website up and running.  Actually things went more smoothly than I expected.  I have been able to post my class lineup and have a page for my tutorials.  Now to get busy and write some new ones : )  Check it out at www.stix-n-stones.ca

My Mothers Birthday Gift

This piece is based on Robbie Ward’s Tutorial “Spring Blossom”  The tutorial is for a pendant but I have made it into a brooch.  My Mother’s birthstone is Sapphire and the centre is filled with  an assortment of Sapphire beads

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