A good day’s work means three pair of fabricated earrings and three beaded necklaces. Then one takes pictures, posts them, copies and pastes BUT ME buttons et voila, one is in business. Maybe. The economy being what it is, jewelry is not uppermost in the mind od the average West Virginian. If a visit to the grocery store is an indication of the state of the union, why, it is grim. Last Friday,during the two hours it took to do our stocking up for the entire month, we saw one shopper smile. This predominance of frowns is new to our area. We are pretty laid back, resilient folks in West Virginia, so what is going on?
There is something missing these days. It is as if the hope Barack Obama talks about is in abeyance. How could it not when all one hears from the McCain-Palin camp is lies and the worst kind of ad hominem attacks on the opposition? Nowhere do MCainPalin handlers mention what they are going to do about, say. the price of chicken, which risen dramatically since the cost of fuel went up.
Grocery shopping is about survival, but is also about comfort and celebration. One buys food because one must, but often one also buys it with the idea of enjoying a good meal, of sharing it with one’s family and one’s neighbors, and with the hope pf celebrating a holiday, a birthday, an anniversary. Hopeful shoppers chitchat, smile, tell jokes. Unhappy shoppers brood and in West Virginia we have much to brood about. We are a gun and God state. That is, the majority of us vote out of fear that a liberal Democrat will take away our Bibles and our guns. The rest of vote for liberal Democrats or not at all. At the moment we seem to brood collectively about the lack of direction in our leadership. Though the gun and God crowd will not admit it, we all a bit scared about our uncertain future. Sarah Palin’s lies do not comfort any of us when we get to the checkout counter.
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NEW NECKLACES


Hematite and crystal necklace with a Swarowsky and sterling silver pendant, sterling silver findings.

Freshwater pearls, carved wood beads and mother of pearl square beads, sterling silver findings.

Conglomerate jasper mother od peatl neclace with sterling silver findings.

Muscovite and poppy jasper necklace, 20″ long, sterling silver clasp, matching earrings. U$ 100

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Mango yellow and green manik manik necklace, 22″ long, matching earrings. U$ 65

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Nephrite and Hidden Valley jasper necklace, 20″ long, sterling silver clasp. U$ 80

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Grey Botswana agate, cranberry colored freshwater pearls, necklace, 20″ long, garnets and Apache jasper pendant. Matching earrings. U$ 120

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Freshwater pearls, smoky quarts and crazy lace agate necklace, 20″ long, sterling silver clasp, matching earrings. U$ 120

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THE MEZUZA CASE
Three days fabricating this baby, hammering the top and giving the silver tube a sandblasted texture. Then I got the joy of soldering the bead and gallery wire. The next one will be a little more colorful. I am getting me some patterned brass and toying with dreams of mokume gane. Ah, for an Anne Choi bead–something Talmudic, a pomegranate and a dove, perhaps a date tree? Must make my own.

Why are there no glass blowers making beads with Hebrew characters? It is a mystery.

NEW JUDAICA


Pocket-sized sterling silver mezuzah case accented with copper and an amethyst cabochon,

Sterling silver mezuzah case accented with jade bead and cabochon.
Sterlinf silver mezuzah case accented with a shard of porcelain excavated from a historic Shepherdstown, WV garden.
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Mezuzah case, hand fabricated from sterling silver, ornamented with a rose quartz nugget and a handmade pomegranate bead. Length is 10 centimeters.

YUMMY PEAPODS


Fabricated from sterling silver, embellished with freshwater pearls, these peapods look good enough to eat. Photo above shows earrings with lever back hooks but they can also be ordered as a pendant or a pin. U$ 35 for the pair.


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20″ necklace made with 8 mm and 4mm onyx beads, accented with three faux cinnabar beads. Sterling silver clasp. U$ 85


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NEWEST WORK


20″ necklace made with 6mm lampwork blue dotted manik manik, 12 mm porcelain beads and a sterling silver Torah charm, sterling silver clasp, matching earrings–see below. U$ 50

6 8 mm manik manik ( handmade lampwork beads) necklace, 18″ long, sterling menorah charm, sterling clasp, matching earrings. U$ 50 for the set.

Close up of lampwork glass bead, bronzite and trocha shell necklace.
Lampwork beads, bronzite and trocha shell necklace, 20″ long, sterling clasp. U$ 85

Lampwork and pineapple jade necklace, 20″ long. Sterling clasp. U$ 80

Handmade foil lined and fire polish orange bead necklace with an enamel and peridot focal bead.

Length is 18″. Sterling clasp. U$ 70