BEST GIFT EVER

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Stephan S. Says... "I just gave my wife a custom designed Annie K ring for Christmas. She said that in the forty five years we have been together, this was the best gift that she has received. I completely agree. This ring is a masterpiece. In my first meeting with Annie, she asked me what I had … [Read more...]

THE COMPLETION of SURRENDER: Part Five: The Award Ceremony

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PART FIVE: SURRENDER RECEIVES SAUL BELL DESIGN AWARD Walking into the ballroom for the Saul Bell Award banquet, my eye was immediately drawn to the crowd gathered around the showcase. I walked over to see the other winning pieces, and a smile spread across my face as I got a chance to examine them … [Read more...]

THE COMPLETION of SURRENDER: Part Four

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PART FOUR: THE LESSONS OF SURRENDER Whew...that was intense, my biggest challenge to date, with the complexity of the piece and pieces, and then the mental game as well.  Looking back, what did I do right and what I would do differently next time? TIME: I assigned false deadlines to allow … [Read more...]

THE COMPLETION of SURRENDER: Part Three

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Part Three:  Final Steps Journal Entry Winter 2014 “I go to the shop early this morning to do my best work, to finish this necklace called Surrender, that has brought me to my knees.  As this is magic, white light or whatever you want to call it, it is a spiritual quest of sorts, so just go … [Read more...]

THE COMPLETION of SURRENDER: Part Two

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PART TWO: ASSEMBLY Journal Entry Winter 2014 “I have worked for 5 months, no 6 months on this piece from inception...  and now it is getting life breathed into it.  After seeing it on the computer and in my mind for so long, I get to see that actual necklace.”    “I have one more mold to … [Read more...]

THE COMPLETION of SURRENDER: Part One

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PART ONE: THE FINAL INSPIRATION IS WHERE YOU FIND IT I think when you're working on a big project like this, you hear what you need to a different points in time. This afternoon on NPR they were interviewing the founder of Dyson vacuums. He said a lot of interesting things about design and … [Read more...]

WALKING THROUGH the CHALLENGES of SURRENDER: Part Five

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PART FIVE: BI-METAL CASTING THE YELLOW GOLD For the yellow gold castings, each night I pushed hard to get the pieces invested and into the kiln. It took time to prep the castings, and only 4 flasks per night would fit the kiln.  The necklace could only move forward as quickly as it could be … [Read more...]

WALKING THROUGH the CHALLENGES of SURRENDER: Part Four

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PART FOUR: BI-METAL CASTING THE WHITE GOLD The more I thought about the high polished white gold pieces fitting right up next to the textured yellow gold pieces, the more I was convinced that bi-metal casting was clearly the best way to go. I am so glad I did bi-metal castings 15 years ago in a … [Read more...]

WALKING THROUGH the CHALLENGES of SURRENDER: Part Three

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PART THREE: 25 MOLDS AND 57 WAXES TO CAST Journal Entry Winter 2014 In the morning, “Today is a big day because I get back what I hope will be the final link cad for 2 links, actually ready to make the links from.  All other links are scaled off of these, and the yellow gold links will be in … [Read more...]

WALKING THROUGH the CHALLENGES of SURRENDER: Part Two

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PART TWO: THE PEARLS As I checked the pearl fit on the original test printed pieces, I discovered that the lower bottom lip cupped around the pearl too much, for the pearl to “slip” in and out. I had to adjust the bottom lip, rolling it outward, for the pearl to fit properly.  Fit, size, … [Read more...]