Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Currier & Ives Plate Shard Pendants Celebrating the Garden!

It's amazing how many interesting shards 
can come from a single broken plate!

In 1923 the early works of Currier and Ives
passed into public domain, making them available
for reprint or duplication.
Many companies took advantage
of the charming lithographic images to enhance
their products but none more successfully than
The Homer Laughlin Company.

From the late 1940s to the mid-1950s,
The Homer Laughlin China Company produced
a line known as Americana.
Although their line of Currier & Ives was short lived,
it is recognized as the first ware of its kind
to successfully translate the transfer patterns
found on expensive English china
onto quality everyday dinnerware.

However, it's a fact of life, that things break. 

The countless shards from one Currier & Ives 
Americana plate still contain the creative energy 
which brought about it's inception, 
so to transform the clay shards into clay-to-wear 
simply means that someone gets to experience
 the artistic visions of the original makers.

Plate Shard pendants are also wonderful carriers of
essential aromatherapy oils!


Monday, March 22, 2021

Stoneware Shard Neck Wrap

I have been hoarding these paperthin shards from some
of my favorite pieces which met disastrous ends and
now they have become a piece of wearable art! 


Saturday, February 6, 2021

Cameroon Inspired Necklace

The African Millefiore beads 
which dominate the top neck cord 
and each hanging strand 
were the gift of Myrle Borine. 
The large rich brown stoneware bead 
in the center of the waxed linen neck cord 
was made by BHClaysmith as were 
all the many ceramic beads in the strands.

  The eight necklace strands or tassels 
are complete with Salwag discs, hand cut glass discs, 
carved horn/bone beads, Czech glass elephants, 
wood bi-cones, metal beads, glass seed beads, 
African powdered glass beads and Trade beads. 
Black leather cords wrapped in copper wire finish
the sides and attach to a heavy copper chain 
which can be shortened if needed.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Amy Hart SUN GOD Pendant

An AMY HART Vintage hammered silvertone 
Sun God face pendant 
suspended from a bamboo root topper, 
Bon seed beads, 1930's sandcast Trades, bamboo beads
 and natural mine rough amber chips...
The Sun God face is 4 1/2" round 
suspended from a 5 3/8" dried bamboo root.


Saturday, January 23, 2021


Pictured above, both sides of the Tatanka Wicasa
Necklace pendant...

At the Oklahoma City National Memorial,
the site of the 1995 bombing of the Federal Building, 
stands the Survivor Tree. 
The Survivor tree is an American Elm
whose leaves adorn my Tatanka Wicasa pendant.

A Talisman Pendant with Two Faces
looking in opposite directions 
personifies change as well as transitions;
it suggests being able to see into the past with one face 
and into the future with the other.

Double faced beads are symbols of a ‘middle ground’ 
where the individual can feel centered 
and exist totally in the now.

A pendant made up of two separate ceramic rings
united as one with comfortably-wrapped
copper wire coils. Irregular Red River Jasper stones 
& rounds spaced with Bon trade seeds 
make up the necklace from which
the interlocking circles hang...
The earrings have opposing lizard accents.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021


Yellow Fluorite chunks

And a pair of complementary earrings...

A 72" NECK WRAP of African Trades,
Bon Seeds & Salwag discs

And a pair of complementary earrings...

The two yellow Fluorite necklaces
worn together...

The African Trade Necklace wrapped twice...

This picture reminds me of myself as a child, 
playing with my mother's jewelry and putting all
of her necklaces on at once 
then proudly wearing them
all down to dinner!


Monday, January 4, 2021

A fan or two of Daggers

Yes, I never really had a good grasp of how to use
these neat little glass drops; that is until I found
these Mykonos oxidized fans...

Then it all clicked!

I also found that the daggers looked super with
stacked rows of Trade & Bon seed beads...

But you've seen these in my last post
and in my Google album already!