Before I began designing jewelry in 2009, I taught English in Japan, earned my master's in library science and worked in market research for a high tech company. When I moved to Oregon's coastal mountains, a series of fortunate events led me to learn metalsmithing, and I've been addicted ever since.
About My Work
My work is hand fabricated in sterling silver, sometimes with other metals and gemstones added for color. Texture and oxidation are my favorite design elements. I love the way oxidation deepens texture and brings out the color of metals. Sometimes a piece or series is purely design-inspired and other times the design comes in response to things I have been thinking about.
All my work is oxidized. I blacken everything with a patina, and then tumble or hand brush most of the oxidation back off. This gives the metal's surface a darker, almost smoky colored hue and leaves any recesses and hammer marks black. To clean, scrub gently in warm, soapy water. Please do not immerse in liquid silver cleaner or you will remove all oxidation. When not wearing, storing in an airtight location will slow the tarnishing process. If the tarnish becomes too dark and you would like to remove some, you can use a bit of 00 steel wool or other superfine abrasive. Rub in a circular motion until your piece looks as you wish and then wash with warm, soapy water.
Please feel free to contact me with questions or send your piece back to me and let me clean it for you, no charge!