Mastodon

I’m not going to go on about the band, albeit I do enjoy their riffs. Instead I’m going to talk about fossilized mastodon ivory. I know that there’s a lot of people that freak out about it and where it comes from and I promise, the piece I used in this repair came from a reputable source.

I’ve been doing repair work for the lovely proprietress of Black Luck Vintage, here in the high desert over the past several months. The latest batch are missing stone setting. I just so happened to have a piece of said fossilized ivory that with a little shaping, fit this ring perfectly. I personally quite like the contrast with the turquoise.

It’s always fun getting to do something a little different and that is unexpectedly challenging. Having to reshape a stone, when you’re not a professional lapidarist is definitely a thing, but I made it work.

Plus I always enjoy seeing how other people construct things. Seriously, what’s with glueing stones in??

Seemingly the Same

I’ve noticed a pattern in the rings I’ve been making lately. They all seem to be set horizontally rather than vertically, with multi bands. I’m not mad at it and maybe this makes it a signature thing I do.

Here’s the latest, made by request for my pal of pals, ma.

Robin’s egg blue, Kingman turquoise. The swirl pattern is super groovy.

Single and Ready to Mingle

On your wrist.

Lore number 2. Available in the etsy shop.

Manta

Just over a year ago I was in talks about a collaboration with a clothing company/designer. Those fell through but an idea lived on. Forever inspired by my culture (half of it) and the many nations that exist within it, I became fascinated with mantas and mores specifically the adornment used to hold them closed.

What is a manta? Well it’s basically like a giant scarf or shawl that Pueblo and Navajo women often wore/wear, almost as a dress. Pins, usually of turquoise were used to hold them in place and/or as a closure.

I did my own spin on this with a bit simpler approach, making more of a stick pin. These can obviously be used a ton of other ways, say as a hat pin, in a tote or purse, on a coat, scarf, even through shoes (picture mocs) or on anything else one would like to adorn.

I made three in total. These two are down at Desert Omen and the other I shall reveal in due time.

Local Motion

I think I’ve failed to mention here that I’ve got quite a few, one of a kind pieces over at Desert Omen, a local boutique in Yucca Valley (55810 Twentynine Palms Hwy, @desertomen). The shop is filled with so many lovely things, that it’s a joy to have some of my creations amongst them.

Here are a few that are still available!