in the news

Posted on May 20th, 2015 by mountain girl  |  3 Comments »


I’m in the NEWS! Yahooooooooooo!


Actually, I could care less about being in the paper…but Zia was shocked when she happened to spot me!


Last Thursday morning the local mountain papers carried a press release on my artist’s residency.  It got a half page in the Mountain-Ear, complete with a giant photo, hehe…


and a half page in the back of the Weekly Register Call–Colorado’s oldest newspaper.  They gave me a lovely spot right above a marijuana dispensary ad. 😉


The Gilpin County Library also published my outline/schedule of classes in its newsletter.  Here’s the outline, in case you’re curious about what kind of jewelry we’ll be making:

Celtic Designs: Bending silver, copper, and brass wire into trinity knots and other Celtic symbols to create pendants and earrings.

Leather Necklace and Earrings: Cutting and layering leather pieces to create a unique necklace design; making embellishments, jump rings, and fasteners; adding cording or chain.  Creating dangle or post earrings by cutting and painting leather shapes and adding findings.

Kids Create: Beaded Creature Necklace/Keychain: Wiring seed beads together to create figures; adding findings.

Copper, Rock, and River Glass Bohemian Necklace Set: Basic design elements are employed to create a set of three long layered necklaces. Hammering wire, wrapping forms, making fasteners, and adding cording.

Delicate Beaded Brass Link Necklace: Forming simple wire loops and making links, adding beads, and making a toggle clasp.

Tree of Life Pendant: Sculpting a tiny tree with wire and beads; crafting it into a circular pendant.

Kids Create: Leather Working–Belt Pouch or Necklace Pouch & Cuff Bracelet: Working with soft and hard leather: punching holes, stamping and painting, joining pieces with cording, inserting snaps and rivets.

Multi-Metal Spiral Charm Bracelet and Earrings: Bending wire into geometric spirals, hammering and texturing, forming simple loops, adding chain, making a hook & eye clasp. Making a pair of spiral earrings with bead dangles.

Hammered Copper Earrings and Copper Swirl Rings: Hammering copper, filing edges, drilling holes, and making ear wires.  Bending copper wire to create swirl and heart design rings.

Leather Wrap Bracelet: Constructing a wrap bracelet with leather rope, cording, and semiprecious gemstones: making a button or knot clasp.

Geometric Wire Charm Choker: Producing an antiqued finish on copper wire, forming into wire-wrapped shapes, incorporating beads, making and attaching a choker element.

It’s pretty much every kind of jewelry I could dream up, without having some kind of metal-working operation and forge. I do have an eensy-weensy little anvil, which my blacksmith papa would probably laugh right into the Rocky Mountains. (Oh, wait–it’s already in the Rockies.)


I begin teaching June 6–the day Mimi flies in from NY to spend a week with us–and I’ve been working to define and redefine the projects.  I’ll post some pics of the pieces I’ve made soon!

3 Responses to “in the news”

  1. Mom & Dad says on :

    Hi honeeee….AWESOME……impressive and very beautiful !!! Have a great time / luv u/mom

  2. Jennifer Miller says on :

    How awesome! The Celtic designed jewelry sounds interesting. Are these weekly classes?

  3. mountain girl says on :

    Jennifer, yes–they will be on Saturday mornings. I am really looking forward to the Celtic one. 🙂

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