Now that I’m back from Italy and fully settled in, its back to the business of smithing-it-up in preparation for the One of a Kind Show here in Chicago, December 6-9. This is the most humongous and fanciest show I have ever been a part of so I’m hitting the work-bench hard, preparing designs in a range of prices; plenty of $30 necklaces as well as a few brand new, very unusual pieces I’m making specifically for this very special show. Of course, I will have my signature anatomical heart lockets, carnation and blackened silver tentacle sculpture rings, and my new opening brain rings with special stones or engraved cross-sections inside. I’ll also come prepared with a few wild, sculptural tentacle rings set with blue diamonds, red/orange fire agates and electric green ammolite fossils and a jellyfish piece set with a dazzling ocean-derived fossil. It will be sort of a similar design to this druzy jellyfish I had at the Renegade San Francisco show, but with a very different type of gem. (The druzy one sold before I could get a decent photo of it!)
This photo doesn’t quite do the stone justice- it glitters with spectacular blue, yellow and pink light-play.
I am most excited about a visceral-looking eyeball ring I’ve just begun, a very unusual piece which I will set with a dazzling flower-cut sea green fluorite. It will be the first original, sculptural piece I have done that will be hand-engraved in my customization of florentine style, in which the veins bare a slight resemblance to florentine scrolls. Quite excited about that little beauty. I will also have some brand new fungi pieces, and a small collection of my new hand-engraved scientific illustrations. Working at engraving barnacles, nautilus shells, squid and 4 hand-made Italian silver frames. On two of the frames I am planning on doing the traditional Florentine scroll-work I just learned, and the other two will be my own designs, vasculature and DNA strands executed in my variation on the Florentine style.
Here are some older one-of-a-kind pieces that are in the same vein as a few of the new pieces I’ll have at One of a Kind! Hope to see your smiling face in Chicago this December. And you know what special guests will be there with me? My mom and sister!!