Moving into the New Year.

Hello friends. I hope you all have been doing well and that you survived the holidays and are ready for the fast ride through yet another year.

Did you set a New Years resolution? I do not do resolutions because I seem to not carry through. But a number of years ago I decided I could choose a word to guide me throughout the year and that seems to work for me.

Last year I chose the word Explore. And explore I did. I explored a whole new creative world, the world of jewelry, and learned a lot!

I learned more about using resin.

Balance in asymmetry1

I learned new processes and new techniques involving metal and wire.

Etched copper pendant2

I began to experiment with ways I could solder.


I took an online torch fired enamel class...

Me torch

I enjoyed successes and learned from failures.


I got totally immersed in this medium and wanted to learn more about different ways to enamel.


I learned how to mix it up. 


I created my first product line which is also my first unisex jewelry

And for Christmas I even bought a kiln, to widen my enamel knowledge.  


So this year I chose the word Grow. I think growing is a complimentary extension of the last years' exploration. 

I want to take what I learned last year and grow it into something that takes me further than I've been. I want to mix together the things I've explored to see what happens. Sometimes in order to grow we end up in a scary place. I am there now. But my to grow beyond that scary place.

We'll see what will happen and what is going on this time next year.

Until next time stay happy, stay healthy, and tell your loved ones what they mean to you.

xxoo ~ Gail


5 Responses


May 12, 2018

Wow! What you accomplished and learned in just one year is phenomenal! Thank you for sharing your exploration. I can’t wait to see how you grow! Wishing you all the best.

Ellen W Gonchar
Ellen W Gonchar

May 12, 2018

Your creative spirit will grow and grow this year Gail! You are just at that “bump in the road” right now. I so admire you and your work……keep on sister!!!

Cat Kerr
Cat Kerr

May 12, 2018

Boy look at you go… fly fly!!

Nike Bottalico
Nike Bottalico

May 12, 2018

Way to go! I love your work! I am trying new things too. Excellent Blog!


May 12, 2018

Wow! I think you are doing great! I too joined an online class a few months ago. I’m a bit behind you though as I just received my torch and mandrels. Please continue to post as Id love to see your continued progress. I love what you have accomplished already.

Congratulations! Jann.

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How to Measure for a Bracelet or Necklace

Measuring for a Bracelet

Measure your wrist with a flexible tape measure or a strip of paper just above the wrist bone, where you would normally wear the bracelet. If you use a plain strip of paper, make a mark with a pen or pencil. You can then use a ruler to measure the marked length. That would be your wrist size.

If you prefer a snug fit add 1/4" - 1/2" to your wrist size. For a little more of a comfort fit add approximately 3/4" - 1". If you like your bracelets really loose with lots of movement add about 1 1/4". It really is all about personal preference.

 Measuring for a Necklace

Necklace length is truly a personal preference. Lengths pictured here are guidelines for illustrative purposes offer you a visual idea of where a necklace might lie.

Body build will make a difference in where a necklace will fall. The best way to determine where the length of a necklace will fall on you is to measure. It is very easy. Grab a soft tape measure (like used in dressmaking), and stand in front of a mirror. Wrap the tape measure around the back of your neck and find the lengths in front that you like best. No tape measure? No problem. Use something like a string or piece of ribbon, wrap it across the back of your neck and down your front where you want it to hang. Continue to hold on to one end for marking and use a ruler or tape measure and measure from your finger to the end.