When I ran into my friend she got this "ah, ha" look on her face. "You might be able to help me!"
She was carrying with her a beautiful pair of earrings that she had inherited upon the passing of her mother. She told me the wonderful story about how her mother had come to have all this jewelry but was torn about what to do with it because it was simply not wearable in it's current format.
"Who came up with this screw idea????"
She had the earrings with her because she had just come back from a jeweler who quickly turned her away. "If I put a torch to those earrings they will be destroyed"
She handed me the earrings and I told her to let me think about it for a bit. The following is how I brought the earrings back to life and the memory of her mother even closer to her heart.
I started my journey into jewelry making in 2005 while I was working in the Berkshires in Massachusetts, an area inundated with amazing artisans. I started with glass, which led to silver, which led to inlay, which led to joy.