With the prices of gold and sterling silver skyrocketing many jewelry artists have turned to other less expensive metals. I recently discovered one such artist. Patricia Healey lives in Tucson. She designs her copper jewelry components which also are manufactured in the United States. Much work and love goes into each and every single piece and each piece is unique because it is hand-crafted. The crafting process includes a patina and coat of lacquer. This ensures that the copper component will last through the years without changing colors, oxidizing or tarnishing!
I began using her pieces in my jewelry designs several months ago and they have been flying off the shelves since. I love the simplicity and depth of her designs. She makes many different items including pendants, lockets, connector beads, bezels, and more. She has an entire line of animal pendants, lockets, and charms that can be worn and used for spiritual practices.
Check my website often as I continually am adding jewelry using her copper pieces.
’til next time. . .
Designing jewelry thrills me. Often I begin with a clear sense of direction for a piece and just as often I am steered far from my original intent. People asked me where I get the inspiration for my pieces. Truthfully, I don’t know. Sure, I have visions and dreams about my designs but when I sit down in my studio to make manifest the vision I often am led elsewhere. And clearly I am not doing the leading.
Having the amazing creations of other skilled artists makes my job as a designer and creator that much easier, and the Balinese hand carved Goddess/Spirit pendants is a perfect example.
The pendants are carved from the bone of Indonesian Water Buffalo which also have good-sized horns that are carved as well. These animals are used in the rice fields, and are not killed for their bone or horn, they are far more useful in the rice fields. When they die, nothing is wasted. The bone is sterilized and bleached. The gem quality bone has a close grain, and carves smoothly taking a bright polish. The carvings are made by master artisans.
Please visit my store to purchase these intricate works of art that truly inspire and bring connection to ourselves and these four-legged beings.
“Spirit Art inspires and moves the wordless places within, that connect with the soul. Each carving (Human form, Goddess, or Spirit Animal), has endured a great journey, both of time and distance. Each one creates it’s own Story.” author unknown