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[Welcome] New Members for August 24, 2011

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Please welcome our newest members…

M Elaine Willig
Earth, Gems & Relics
Springfield MO. USA

Hi! I have been practicing jewelry making forever. I began making
feather earrings, necklaces, and masks. I can make up almost
anything if I can deconstruct the piece in my mind. I married the
first time at age 50 to another artist, but never planned to…TMI!

I took a silver smithing class in 2006 and have been practicing
since. I use vintage found items, bone, stone: cabs, facited, rough
& Metals: bezel, prong, wraps, textures & patinas. My style is
tribal, organic, dynamic to quote one news hound.

MY PROBLEM IS THIS: Just had a person who traveled to Tanzaneaia
bring back to me: 20KT jewel quality clear crystal with point
Tanzanite. also a 100KT piece of rough with about 4 clear spots… I
left both stones in studio in plastic little bags zipped. the point
is fine…the Rough seems to have drained? h20 or perhaps glycern???
anyway the liquid now in the plastic zip bag has liquid… What have
I done or has someone done to this stone? This is quite an
investment, Can some one Please inform me. Thanks SO Much!

Jennifer David
Mawson, ACT. Australia

Just beginning making silver jewellery at 70! Wonderfully involving
todoso. I,m so glad to have been referred to this forum.

Paul Hunt
Pukka Junk
Walpole St Peter, Norfolk. UK

I re-cycle all the product I use, from Silver, Glass, Paper, Leather
etc etc At 65 I retrained as a silversmith, I also work in glass,
make Leather and Jute bags, re-cycle resin !!!into great jewellery

Robert McMeekin
Cooks Jewellers
Prince Rupert, Canada

Our store has been in business for over 30 years and I myself has
just completed my GIA goldsmith courses and my business partner is a
goldsmith already. We have recently built a new goldsmith shop and
are in the process of putting in a new laser welder along with our
torch bench, so the laser welder is going to be new to us, but we
are looking forward to the technology.

Mark S. Maciag
Bay City, MI. USA

I have been designing and fabricating jewelry for 9 years. I am self
taught and enjoy the jewelry making processes. It would be accurate
to describe myself as a serious hobbiest and work on jewelry making
for approximatey 4 -6 hours daily.

Glenda Skarie
Adori L’Argento
Pembroke Pines, FL. USA

Glenda Skarie was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She received a
Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of

Glenda currently lives in Florida where she creates one-of-a-kind
wearable art using metal clay. Her journey began as a child going
though her mothers jewelry box and trying to find out how things
were constructed and how to fix the broken ones. She has been
designing and creating jewelry for more than 15 years. She also
teaches workshops in her private studio in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

Glenda began working with PMC in 2008 under the instruction of Linda
Kline. She is a certified PMC Artisan under the instruction of Mary
Ann Devos.

Jewelry design and creation is her passion. Whatever she does in
life, art is always a part of it. The inspiration for her creations
comes from life experiences and the performance of many artists she
admires. Her motivation is about what she will create rather than
what she created. All her wo rk is handmade, feminine, and unique.

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