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Once upon a time, I had a jewelers bench, it was set up for me and the way I worked, a small anvil, vise, my bench block, and a must for me was the fluorescent incandescent bench lamp. I had a big window but it faced south. A northern window would have been preferred since the light would have been more constant.  It is the little things you learn that help long-term in more than one project.  I had a flexible shaft controlled by a foot rheostat.. it was indispensable for the kind of work that interested me, it was suspended over my table so I could easily access it for my various needs.  The different types of chucks available accommodated the various sizes of drills, burs, grinding stones and polishing

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To this day I hang a flexible shaft outfit from my office window, over one of my work tables, even though my Foredom gave up the ghost long ago, I still kept all the parts, just in case…   Since I no longer work in precious and semi precious metals, I replaced my need for doing smaller projects with a Dremel.  That I could use when I was sculpting with Apoxie medium, or wood.  I’m an artist with a need to express my visual pieces with depth, and texture that can be and hopefully is tactile.

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The Foredom was and is probably the tool that I most enjoyed having over the years, I can carve small rocks with the Dremel, and it does do a lot of what I could do with the Foredom, but it is what we get used to and what we use while learning and feeling our way with a new skill that adds to the dimension of our work.  I think so anyway.

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Jewelry whether we are making it or wearing it, is an art form.  What we wear, how we wear it, speaks of our way of expressing a visual statement. n’est pas?  Errr no that web piece is not something I would make or wear, but I appreciate the work that went into it, the detail, the patience .. and even more I would applaud the woman or male who would wear it.

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“Everything old is new again”  The fashion mags are showing the “Hobo” look,  vintage 70’s Hippie style  jewelry is back. hmmm I  sigh and turn the page, I no longer want to  have the  gold, platinum, best stones, and classic pieces, I never did.. I like my gemstones uncut, and the metal thick and sculpted,   that was the reason I started making my own….. but….. I’m attracted to the semi precious stones that were worn in biblical times, and during wiccan ceremonies.  I prefer pieces that speak to me, because someone wanted to express themselves by doing something different.  Not something that is manufactured and spit out by the gross.

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I’ve taken to searching out thrift shops and pawn shops looking for unique pieces that still have their past owners energy and history on them, so that they have a “voice” that can be heard by the person willing to listen… these are the treasures that I enjoy the most.  LOL this musing all because  I looked at my Dremel this morning, and thought of my long gone Foredom.

I found an amazing piece today, I don’t think a picture would do it justice, but if I find a way to show it to you, I will… meanwhile… thanks for meandering down memory lane with me.  From me to you…

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Namaste      –       Oyashikiri

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Yes!

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Yes !  I am strong

Yes !  I can be wrong

Yes !  I accept that challenges

Am I ready for what the day will bring

Yes, you bet, the birds are singing

and I am more than willing

I’m full of cheer and wonder

Why Yes?, woke up this way

Yes, I will smile today

there will be sunshine in my day

even if it is of my own making

Smiles across the miles, and says

YES !  for sure, you can quote me

This is a  Y E S !   day.

Namaste     –     Oyashikiri

Turquoise, healing stone, emotional/body, releases stress by relaxing neck and shoulders, helps to breathe deeper and better, protects from negative influences etc.

Silver, associated with the night-yin,feminine power and the moon (for the benefits of colloidal silver, do a google search)

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There is something very mystical about silver, you can polish it to a  brilliant shine, yet as it lives with you, it takes on a patina of its own.  lately I’ve been cleaning a lot of jewelry for the church’s Funky Monkey Boutique. a tired old piece of jewelry can come alive with a cleaning and some TLC. (Tender Loving Care).  In fact what appeared to be old metal when cleaned was seen to be a lovely piece of silver that had tarnished so much over the years,  it had taken on a totally different look.

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The moon itself is  a wonder of beauty that is always giving us a new face to see and rediscover,  Nature is forever in the state of change, and so are we. Each change brings a new dimension to our lives.  We can waste time and energy trying to redo or stop the change, but the reality is we can’t go back.  When we appreciate our lives for what it is at the very moment we are living it,   We are well on our way to finding a peaceful way of existence.

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Silver is associated with the moon, it  symbolizes the night, the ‘Yin” side of life.  It is a beautiful precious metal,to maintain its glow it needs to be worn, and tended to.  So do our spirits, our minds, our bodies……… like the moon, we shine bright, we wax, we wane.  Attending church/temple/shrine, is one way of polishing and working on our “shine”.   Finding ways to stay in “tune” “touch” with our spiritual needs is important…. Today being Thanksgiving in PL, we gave thanks for the blessings of the month as well as for the past year.

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 light your way to where it is bright,

so that your entry into the new year will be filled with light.

A celebration that is sure to delight…

I wish with all my heart and might…

That your dreams come true for you this night.

Namaste   –   Oyashikiri 

 

 

 

 

 

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Good Morning everyone! qu’est -ce qu-on va faire aujourd’hui?

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Over the years I’ve had a strong attachment to the night, its inky black skies, with dancing twinkling stars.  Those of you who remember one phase of my life where bling on my fingers was de rigour. ( a must, never met a diamond I didn’t like ) =^_^=.  Like the moon, for me all that is bright gives my spirit a life.  Where my friends would drool over the sun and gold, I had this love affair with silver, white gold,  and platinum.  The night skies could turn my romantic young heart to butter. While the heat of the scorching sun sent me running for cover. Differences…. that is what life is all about…  The trick is balance and moderation.

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Thank you for sharing these moments with me… Enjoy whatever you are doing today, my thoughts and prayers are with you. and remember   -SMILE –  allow your beauty within to shine through, not just with your lips but through your eyes..  Blessings  – Oyashikiri

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