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[Welcome] New Members for July 14, 2008

Please welcome our newest members!

Lilia Nash
Highworth, Wilts. UK

I am a jewellery designer working with fine semi-precious beads, St.
silver and 18k gold. I do some stone setting, but very occasionally.

Theopisti Triantafillidou
Thessaloniki, Greece

Working with silver for about 10 years.

I make my own designs and prototypes in metal.

usually the result jewellery is made from casted parts joint
together with the use of solder. not much color in this work,so i am
not using stones or enamel.i do use the contrast of black oxidation
and shiny metal. the inspiration was very strong effected from the
sea and the sea creaturs that explanes the name of my work.Mare
Nostrum means in Latin our sea and the ancient Romans meant by that
the Mediterranean Sea. Greece is surrounded by sea and i lived many
sommers on a beautiful island… so i end this breaf report by
apologizing for mistakes but my stronger language is the German one.

Brenda Smith
Woodstock, GA. USA

I am formally trained as a designer. I taught and worked in the
advertising world for 30 years. For the second faze of my career, I
decided to apply my design skills to jewelry. After 3 years of
classes in various aspects of the industry, I am designing and
creating jewelry. I love working at the bench and think it is a
necessary skill to design jewelry that can be reproduced.

Sleetmute McGrath
Albuquerque, NM. USA

Just a hobbyist

John Mastoloni
New Britain, CT. USA

My name is John Mastoloni, I have been doing CAD/CAM for almost 18
years. I started M2 Systems 9 years ago to provide CAD/CAM support
for the Jewelry Industry. We presently train Jewelers on CAD in house
using Rhino. We usually have one level 1 and and one level 2 class a
month. We also have 4 CNC machines and 4 solidscape machines that we
use to make prototype models for our customers. We have shifted our
focus from a machine service bureau to selling equipement. We
presently buy and sell used Solidscape machines and we sell new
Modelmaster CNC machines.

Susan Mandel
Redding, CA. USA

I am a weaver of beads with needle and thread. My work ranges from
small scale jewelry items to one of a kind pieces. My current
interests are in metalsmithing with a goal of bringing creativity and
innovation to my beadwork. I also author a popular beadweaving blog
called “Beadweaver”.