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Forest Canyons
Photo Credit: Daniel Krucoff

Now if you had asked me in high school what I thought of science experiments, I would have told you that I didn’t care for them at all.  It just seemed like I had way too many failures in the lab.  Sulphuric acid ate holes in my clothes, dissecting frogs was just unpleasant and I just didn’t enjoy it. Scientific experiments…well, that just wasn’t my thing….then.  However, since then,  I have learned that there is great value in being willing to experiment.  The rewards from experimentation vary, yet I am finding the frustrations I encounter when experimenting with my metalwork can ultimately yield some wonderful results.  As my sister Lex likes to say, “Creativity begets creativity”.

Continuing with the theme of my last post, these earrings represent another experiment of mine with how I attach components. Instead of the typical use of jump rings to join components in a piece, I decided to try twisted wire and a patterned wire to join the top metal component to the stones.  Dan really likes the result with this pair of earrings.  The stones are Cherry Creek Jasper.  Ever since I completed my first setting of a tongue type stone shape in Namaste, I have been fascinated with the ways to create something unique when combining two or more sections of jewelry.  These earrings have sterling silver posts.  I tried a different approach with the oxidation, working on more color.  Another experiment on my part.

One of the prinicples that Lexi has taught me about making jewelry is the importance of movement in a piece.  These have a nice ‘dangle’/movement quality and they are just plain fun to wear.  Light weight, nice movement, along with the interesting ‘shapes’ I see in the stones.  As is my pattern, those shapes reminded me of Forest Canyons, so that is how the name for them was derived.

The process of experimentation can actually be very freeing.  At least that is my experience with it.  I find that I am embracing the process of experimenting.  Sure there are failures, I have come to understand that is expected in this process.  Yet the rewards…aaaaahhhhh, the rewards are so worth the risk of experimenting.  And as Lex likes to remind me, it’s only metal.

So jump in, the waters of experimentation are just fine.  You will enjoy it.  Trust me.  It’s true.

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


Green Mountain Falls
Mountainesque Series
Photo by Daniel Krucoff

“Listening attentively. Waiting expectantly” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach, January 26th in the book Simple Abundance.  I am reading the book, Simple Abundance, again this year.  I find the daily readings are very helpful with my artwork and life in general.  This particular quote  resonated with me.  I feel that as I listen attentively to the creative channel, wait expectantly, designs do present themselves to me in my mind’s eye.  Green Mountain Falls is one of those that came to me.

Green Mountain Falls is a variation in my Mountainesque Series.  The main stone is Variscite and the top stone is a Belvedee Jasper.  Both were purchased from Gary B. Wilson.  Again, I have a tendency to see things in the stones.  This time, I saw a lovely waterfall as a starting point in the Belvedee Jasper. I felt that stone provided a nice compliment and contrast to the lighter colors in the Variscite. There are ever so slight mountain type formations at the bottom of the Variscite too, so Mountainesque came to mind.

One of my current goals is to experiment with how things are joined and this piece is the result of one of those experiments.  I textured and added 24kt gold Keum Boo to the ‘tongue’ attachment that joined the top component to the bottom one.  I really wanted the beauty of these stones to just speak for themselves.  As a result, I trimmed the setting of the top stone to just be flush and not expose any of the sterling black plate as an additional decorator.    A bit of the mountain carried through to the Keum Boo application.  The sterling has been oxidized to help showcase both of the stones.

You may be wondering about the Pinterest button underneath the photo.  I’m a member of Pinterest and I have found it a fun way to promote others work and mine.  If you like this piece, just click the Pinterest button to ‘pin it’ to their site.  Feel free to follow my ‘pins’ on Pinterest too.  I plan on adding Pinterest buttons to any of my blog posts where I think I may be relevant to pin a photo to Pinterest.

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

Kathleen Krucoff


Artist and Metalsmith

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