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A Day at the Beach

Be Joyful
Photo by Daniel Krucoff

Isn’t this stone beautiful? It is an Ocean Picture Jasper that I purchased from Gary B Wilson last year. The colors are not part of my normal color palette, yet it was very hard for me to resist. Part of what drew me to this stone was the beautiful landscape I saw in the stone; softly muted….yet, the closer I looked at it, I saw high, fluffy white clouds, a distant mountain range with a calm lake and sandy shore line. A very serene and tranquil setting.

Set in sterling silver, I kept the design very simple to showcase the stone. The outline of the mountains is replicated at the top of the setting. To add to the depth of the mountain outline, I have a copper overlay on the back of the piece. I couldn’t have asked for a better patina result as it became a deep purple, navy blue…perfect for giving the impression of a sky. To preserve the patina, this time I applied a light matte lacquer (prior to setting the stone), rather than using Renaissance Wax.

This pendant is another one in my series of experiments. I am finding such joy in trying a tweak here and there, gently nudging myself in another direction that I may just put all of these in a series called Be Joyful. Yes, I know, a series should have like elements and show a particular pattern. But why not be different and go on the emotion they generate? I’ve never been one who colored inside the lines, so why stick with the traditional thoughts about a series?  Just my take on the series subject.

I hope all of you are enjoying this wonderful day and finding ways to experiment and explore your creativity!

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.


Photo by: Daniel Krucoff

Over the last couple of months, I have been experimenting, exploring and just trying some new diversions. This pendant is one of the results.

It doesn’t necessarily fit in a particular series; actually, I have a number of new works that don’t fit into any one series…they’re all diversions and experiments.  I’ve felt this pull to just see what would happen if I try this or that.

When I designed this one, my goal was to begin a departure from my Veracity series.  I have a number of heart shaped stones, which I felt would find their way into Veracity.  Yet, I had this unsettled feeling about continuing with that series.  So I started to search through my heart shaped stones and pulled a few.  This beautiful Ocean Jasper was one that made it to the top of the pile.

I really liked the idea of replicating a few of the circles from the stone as accents to the setting.  I think the domed copper discs compliment some of the coppery circles in the stone.  It was a fun technique to incorporate and I am looking forward to doing more things like this in future works.  I also wanted to stay away from the temptation to follow the shape of the heart when it came to the shape of the setting.

Perhaps the unsettled feeling I have is just a sign of another growth period in my work.  I hope so because I know that means good things are coming.

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

Kathleen Krucoff

Artist and Metalsmith

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