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Amigami Party @ Wheeling Moose Feb. 9th!

We’ve been hard at work designing a multitude of awesome Spring fashions for our jewelry line, and sales and interest is booming!  I will be working over the next 2 weeks to take pictures and add them to the Amigami Jewelry Gallery, as well as my Etsy shop.

And you can soon have your chance to peruse the entire array of Amigami items.  The Wheeling Moose Lodge will soon be hosting an Amigami Party!  Come visit the local Moose lodge and shop our wide selection of fashion accessories and home accents first hand, and maybe stay for a drink and good times.  You’ll find great gifts for Valentine’s Day, and support local artists.

Amigami Party

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
Begins at 7:30 PM

Wheeling Moose Lodge #2621
57 – 59 12th St.
Wheeling, WV  26003

If you are not a Moose member, please ring the doorbell, and let the door man know you are attending the Amigami party.  Please sign the Moose Guest book when you arrive.

Thank you so much for all the members of the Wheeling Moose for making this party possible.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Amigami Friendship Bracelets

I first learned the Friendship Bracelet Knot technique when I was about 6 or 7, and ever since have been fascinated with the myriad of pattern which can be created.  I’m always on the lookout for larger, more complex patterns that transcend the diagonal stripe bracelets of my childhood.  Since returning from vacation, I’ve managed to construct several examples.

As you can see, the diagonal stripe which the overhanded Friendship Knot creates remains the cornerstone of many designs.  The trick to creating complex patterns is manipulating the zig and zag of the striping in order to develop intricate designs.  Through this simple method of manipulation, an almost endless array of patterns can be created. 

Each of these bracelets can be fastened using a pair of braided cords which adorn either end.  By letting the bracelets flow freely from either end, as opposed to ending them in thick knots, the bracelets gain an overall heightened sense of movement and play.

These bracelets are basically examples & showcase pieces, bu t will most likely become the models for later products in my Etsy store.  And of course, I am always happy to fulfill custom requests, so if one of these bracelets catches your eye, please contact me.

Amigami Summer Catalog

After several sleepless nights, the Amigami Summer Catalog is now available!  This catalog features all the great products I have for sale, as well as work of local artists.  I am now in the process of sending it far & wide, a kind of guerrilla distribution.

You can have your own copy or help spread the word today!  When working with the PDF, print only the odd pages first, then flip the finished pages and print the even.  Then simply fold the pages in half & staple.

Check Out the 2010 Amigami Summer Catalog [pdf]

Gemstone Jewelry With Form & Function

I’ve been intending to post photos of some of the stone jewelry I’ve created in the past, but lately I’ve been too caught up with posting current items to bother with the archives.  This is a collection of jewelry I designed this past holiday season as gifts for friends & family.  Constructed using only the finest quality metal and stone, these pieces were designed not only with aesthetic appeal in mind, but also the stones’ supposed metaphysical properties.

This first necklace showcases a crescendo of alternating spheres, in shades of dusty yellow which looks stunning against a darker wardrobe.  The large translucent orbs are Lemon Quartz, which is said to clear the mind & absorb negative energy.  The smaller brighter beads are Citrine, a powerful cleansing stone of emotional balance, which is also known as a “merchant’s stone” for promoting financial prosperity.  When combined, the citrine is said to dispel the negativity which the lemon quartz collects – the necklace retains an optimistic air regardless of the wearer’s stress levels.  Hung on a sterling silver chain, with complementary accent charm on the clasp, this elegant citrus-inspired necklace is a personification of happiness.

This next piece was designed for a longtime family friend who had recently been involved in a car accident and suffered a broken wrist.  To supplement the healing process, this bracelet features large free form nuggets of Pyrite (a stone of physical strength), framed by round beads of red tiger eye (his favorite stone) and accented by brass.  Tiger Eye is a grounding stone, said to combine the energies of sun & earth, which helps to encourage discipline & practicality.  Though designed with a man in mind, this silhouette is extremely versatile is looks great on women as well.

These next two pieces were collaborative works with my partner.  The first is an edgy pendant showcasing a genuine Ammonite fossil. Ammonites are a prehistoric form of marine life, said to bring structure to one’s life while allowing them to understand the big picture.  The fossil is framed by small spheres of spotted Dalmatian Jasper and disks of Bronzite, on a large brass chain.  Dalmation Jasper, also known as Leopard Jasper, is a stabilizing stone which promotes patience and helps one accept responsibilities.  Similarly, Bronzite is known as a “stone of courtesy,” promoting equitability and unbiased judgment.  Although the stones used are sharply contrasting in appearance they hold common threads metaphysically, which allow them to come together in a youthful necklace of peace & understanding.

This final tourmaline bracelet is truly elegant & unique.  The vintage-style butterfly, which we bent to match the natural curve of the wrist, was originally purchased about a decade ago from a local Claire’s Boutique as a necklace focal point.  The bracelet is adorned in pink and black tourmaline rounds, and accented by faceted nuggets of green tourmaline and “gun-metal” filigree beads.  Tourmaline promotes inspiration $ self-confidence, and it’s said to mirror the body’s chakras.  Rubellite (aka pink tourmaline) strengthens love &the healing qualities of the heart.  Green Tourmaline, also related with the heart, brings about both clarity & wealth (material & emotional). And the powerful Schorl (aka Aphrizite or Black Tourmaline) is said to protect against & repel negative energy.  With a design reminiscent of a peace sign, this bracelet connects the energies of mind, heart & body.

All of the wonderful information I’ve presented here on the stones’ properties has been gathered from the definitive source on the subject, Love is in the Earth:  The Crystal & Mineral Encyclopedia, by Melody. It may be the heaviest book I own, but it certainly suceeds in leaving no stone unturned.   🙂

Annual Wheeling Moose Steak Fry!

The solstice is approaching, and in Wheeling, WV that can only mean one thing:  the annual Moose Club Steak Fry!  The Loyal Order of the Moose is an international fraternal organization, much like the Elks and Kiwanis Clubs.  Every year we take a break at the Wheeling Island Marina, with great food, drink, & entertainment.  Tons of people showed this year, and the weather was superb (minus a rain hiccup during set-up) — all in all, it was a great success!!  The shelter is spectacular, with abundant seating, cooking space, and lots of room to roam.  Thank you to Tom Dorsch & his family for maintaining this wonderful space and allowing us to use it!  Congratulations to Dennis and Katie for winning the 50/50 Raffles.

And a HUGE Thank You to Ed, Katie, Gus, Karen, Box, Rabbit, Bill P, Arden, and all the other Moose members who volunteered their time towards making this year’s steak fry such a success!

This year a special appearance was made by Stone and Alberto, 2 alpacas from local Rancho Chico Ranch.  They were a big hit, and loved hanging out with the crowd and being true party animals.  Thanks to Ramon for bringing down his boys — we hope they return next year!

As the unofficial photographer of the day, I’m posting a full gallery of the day’s activities.  Please feel free to comment and share your memories of the Moose Steak Fry!

Modular Origami Brocade Rose Cubes

This beautiful design has an eye-pleasing geometry which makes it look great with any color scheme.  I originally learned the module for making these brocades from The Origami Handbook, by Rick Beech (2002). A variant of the traditional Sonobe module, this figure is actually a simple 6-piece cube, which is given its rounded appearance by its frills (which function dually as assembly pockets).

Typically I hang my origami, but this is another great display idea!  Made from 16 gauge copper wire, the spring-like base is complemented by a swirly sun burst design.  Thank you Ramon for the awesome concept!

I do have an example of a hanging brocade rose, and lucky for you, it’s now for sale on Etsy!  Hopefully I will have more on sale soon, once my stock is returned.  Made from printed card stock with a vintage-motif, this 4″ cube is filled with lavender potpourri and adds to the ambiance of any room’s motif.

Tremendous Tribal Turquoise Jewelry Set

This was my very first attempt at beading my own jewelry in November 2009, and frankly, it’s still one of my favorites.  The blue chips and spears, the orange, even the stark white nuggets st the clasp of the necklace, are all variants of the mineral Turquoise.  The term itself “turquoise” is a misnomer – it has been inaccurately associated with the rich aqua coloration of the stone, when in reality the mineral turquoise is defined by the rich texture and marbling resulting from the crystallization of copper-rich solutions.

The chips and spears of the necklace were mined from Kingman, Arizona, which is considered to have some of the highest-grade blue turquoise worldwide.  Interspersed between are rounds of tribal brass bordered by rare Asian Orange Turquoise, which I find absolutely captivating.  Adding flare to the rear of the necklace are two generous nuggets of alabaster turquoise, a spiral toggle and a brass chain clasp accented by blue and orange turquoise rounds.

The matching bracelet also features alternating rounds of tribal brass, orange, and blue turquoise, in a slightly off-centered pattern which makes the eye dance.  Containing an astounding sixty rounds of turquoise and sectioned by bars made from vintage pot metal, the bracelet has a structure and durability which gives a true feeling of luxury.  This matching jewelry set looks magnificent under the summer sun.


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