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Playing with worldwide treasures

I’ve been playing with my old Ethiopian silver and other treasures I’ve found around the world. I’ve fallen in love all over again.

antique Yemeni silver
Antique Yemeni silver bead that is signed by the silversmith. Lots of old Burmese Chin stones and other goodies in the dangles. See it on Etsy here.


1920 Egyptian coin
Here’s an old 1920 Egyptian coin, with lots of fun dangles. Find it on Etsy here.


Tuareg pendant
This is an amazing Tuareg pendant from Mali. It is silver and carnelian.


gold plated Ethiopian telsum
I love these pieces!! Antique gold plated Ethiopian silver telsum. The black beads are onyx. See it on Etsy here.


Traditional Tuareg pendant
This is another Tuareg pendant from Mali, made from carnelian and silver. You can see additional pics on Etsy.
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Etched and enameled images from antique books

For ages, I’ve been trying to figure out how to add color my etched pieces. I LOVE the images from antique books, and I really do like the plain metal colors – but I wanted to add variety. I’ve played with several methods for adding color, but have not been particularly happy with any of them.

Until now.

I’ve finally figured out how to add glass enamel into the recesses of my etched pieces – and it’s so very cool! I am having so much fun playing with this idea, and am looking forward to getting these out at shows to see what the reaction is.

This image is taken from “Real Sailor Songs” published in the late 1800’s.


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A fabulous resource

I’ve had many people ask me where I’m getting the images for my etched cuffs – here’s the link: British Library online image catalog

Consider yourself warned – it’s WAY too easy to get sucked in! I can’t even begin to tell you how many hours I’ve spent browsing the images, and then reading the accompanying books. Have fun!

11130644056_cfa3b261af_o Songs for Little People. [With illustrations by H. Stratton.] 11077609526_51afa9828c_o 11077929933_30e03d8cb7_o


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Etched brass cuffs with historical drawings

I’m hooked on etching! A while ago I discovered a treasure trove – thousands of images scanned in from antique books. Most of the images are from the 1700’s or 1800’s, and are exquisite. I’ve been able to download them, manipulate them in Photoshop, and then etch them into brass cuffs. So much fun!

These designs and more are available in my Etsy shop. 

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