From sketch to reality

Depressing – that’s all there is to say about the lack of Spring here in Alberta.   Some of us are ready for the warmer weather to get here & then there are the skiers & snowboarders.

Professional cowboy and Cowgirls competed in the second annual Ski Louise Stampede at Lake Louise, pills Alberta, here on Saturday March 29, 2014. The pro rodeo athletes from across Canada came together to raise money for the Canadian Pro Rodeo sports medicine.

photo: Calgary Sun

photo: Calgary Sun

 

A super cool event that looked like a lot of fun – check out this video from Everything Cowboy.

Photo: Calgary Sun

Photo: Calgary Sun

If this is our Spring Fashion, I’m all for it!

Photo: Calgary Sun

Photo: Calgary Sun

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Depressing – that’s all there is to say about the lack of Spring here in Alberta.   Some of us are ready for the warmer weather to get here & then there are the skiers & snowboarders.

Professional cowboy and Cowgirls competed in the second annual Ski Louise Stampede at Lake Louise, hospital Alberta, ed on Saturday March 29, patient 2014. The pro rodeo athletes from across Canada came together to raise money for the Canadian Pro Rodeo sports medicine.

photo: Calgary Sun

photo: Calgary Sun

 

A super cool event that looked like a lot of fun – check out this video from Everything Cowboy.

Photo: Calgary Sun

Photo: Calgary Sun

If this is our Spring Fashion, I’m all for it!

Photo: Calgary Sun

Photo: Calgary Sun

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Design Ideas, clinic jewelry ideas floating around in my head – usually at the most inopportune time; like just as I’m drifting off to sleep.

Sometimes I’ll get up and sketch something by the light of my phone at my bedside & other times I’m sure I’ll remember (that rarely happens).

On regular days:

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I lay out the stones in an arrangement that I like, web   in color matches that I find interesting,  or sometimes I have a shape in mind & have to search out the stone combination that fits the idea I have in my head.  I really liked this Amethyst with Turquoise combo.

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Then it comes down to keeping track of how much each stone costs, how many square inches of sterling silver sheet I’m using & how much the beads are & how many accent beads I may be using.

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Then the shape is traced onto the sterling silver sheet & cut out with my jewelers saw.  You can see this one in the center of the picture.  It is rough at this point, but after filing & sanding, its ready for the stones to be set.

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Here’s the final piece – this one ended up going to Texas with a lady who was visiting the World Angus Forum that was held at Spruce Meadows in 2009.   It was a really interesting show & cattle looked AMAZING on the beautiful backdrop of Spruce Meadows.

 

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