The most compelling question of 2009? That's easy! (Drumroll please...) Team Edward or Team Jacob?

Yeah, I went there. LITERALLY. But, lucky for me, I wasn't the only one...

Team metals, plus some of team woods and team fibers, including an anonymous someone who must have been abducted to be there in the first place. Notice Sam... the lone boy (other than Colin, a boyfriend, who had no other choice). There why? Oh yeah, for the girls. Of course!

My choice? I can't lie, it's tough. I think I'll have to stick with "team there's no way in hell I could ever make that choice - why bother trying"... or maybe "team bella's an idiot, I'll be your cougar, Jake"... but hey, at least that means I'm no longer "team denial" (right Lynette?!).
I think waiting in line to get into a movie theater on opening night (when you already have a ticket) for almost 6 straight hours counts as going public! Wow... I guess I've really crossed over the line. Sanity anyone?

And...Speaking of 6 hours... check it out:

Lynette (the midnight release coordinator and pro at these type of events), seen here passing out her thick stack of twilight trivia (complete with answer guide and one per each book) to the deserving teens and pre-teens surrounding us in line. Oh yeah, we were prepared.

And, pictured here are two twelvish girls. The one on the left... a champion twilight trivia star... she does competitions. Oh yeah.
(Answers complete with squealing, shreiking, and somewhat heated debate)

YES. This IS what you think it is.

And... of course... no true group of fans comes without representing the winning team. In this case, both teams.

Lynette for the Vamps & Ellie for the Wolves.

The only letdown? NO VAMPIRES! Not even ONE sparkley person. No fangs. No fur.
I mean, what's the point in going to the midnight release if you can't even gawk at people who spent hours getting dressed to show up in character? Bummer.

So, In conclusion:
Yep. We were THAT cool. :)


A week's work!

So here are the final products of the last week of working! I really wanted to enter Heidi Lowe's Multiples exhibition , and I've had this piece of wood lying around for two years now that I haven't found a use for yet. So... I decided to crank out a series of cocktail rings (and avoid other projects I probably should have been working on!)

They turned out to be an interesting hybrid of many other things I've done before, but still quite different as well. It was actually pretty refreshing to work on something a little more formal and less conceptual for a while! Here are some shots:

Ring 5

Ring 4
Ring 3

Ring 2

Ring 1

....and this is a wall piece I did for the ASU Metals raffle coming up.


New things!

Here's some of what I've been up to lately:

First piece of the semester, "Carolina Sunday"
Copper, wood
(wall hanging)

detail of etching

"Ties that bind: Godfearing and the binding of the text"


"Just Cause" necklace
etched sterling


My rings!

I almost forgot... last year I made a "non-traditional" set, too...part of my thesis work at Winthrop....


Non-Traditional Wedding Bands

Boring engagement rings...boring wedding bands... everywhere I look, everywhere around me, every time I log onto facebook...every day. As a metalsmith, it kind of depresses me.

I love the idea of non-traditional wedding bands...for obvious reasons. From alternative materials, to the conceptual, and even considering more critical & humorous approaches, the non traditional wedding band is very much alive, even though it's seen entirely too often in the "real world".

So, I wanted to share some of my favorites:

Sakurako Shimizu's "I Do" wedding bands feature the actual sound
waves of each person saying these words. Laser cut.

Image courtesy her blog.

Kiley Granberg's "Wedding Rings"

Image courtesy her website.

Ted Noten's "Wedding Pills" are alternative wedding bands inscribed
with the name of the loved one and date of marriage. Designed to be taken with "a glass of vodka", these propose the question: to look for them or not? The pills may also provoke
"the first marriage crisis".

Image found here.

is responsible for a series of "acrylic diamond rings" that
are available in a variety of colors.

According to this blog, the rings are being used as alternative wedding bands despite their potential to be quite short term objects.

On a more practical, permanent note, the same diamond ring,
as well as this thicker version, can also be found in solid gold or silver:

Images courtesy:

Simple. Graphic. I like. Found on this blog. Design by Ash Hilton.

Found here.

China make's lots of cool looking cheap ceramic wedding bands, too.
Found here.


Road Trip to Arizona/ASU !!!

Wow. It's been a while since I blogged...

So a lot has happened in the past several weeks!! I traveled 2,000 miles across the country behind my parents and their travel trailer all the way from Greenville, South Carolina to Tempe, Arizona, where I'm starting graduate school this Fall. Kodi (my puppy) and I moved into an awesome house not far from campus, and I've just gotten moved into the new studio, as well!

We made a few nice stops along the long trip and saw some absolutely amazing scenery. We even visited a couple of places that we first visited when I was ten... it had been in twelve years!

Here are some initial highlights to enjoy from the trip! I'll get around to adding some more later!

To see both entire albums, friend me on Facebook!

YES... Clampetts' style!

The Mississippi...

And it's mighty rest area law enforcement staff. They take this job seriously, as indicated by the quotation marks. (We got in trouble for parking improperly...)

A very cliche sign in New Mexico.

Dad and Kodi... no surprise that a few minutes later Kodi decided to pull a hot log out and ask to play fetch. Way to go, dad.


Kodi hears the cow... but cannot find the cow. After running around like crazy... he's just listening.

My (almost) pet lizard! Short-horned.

You don't see storms like this at home!

We stayed at the same campground we did 12 years ago... right at the base of this (kind of) little mountain. This is about half way up the mountain... at about 5,000 ft.

Made it!

first palm trees..

Welcome back to civilization.

Me and mom.

Christmas tree, anyone?

What is that?? At 9,500 ft... ICE!! in Arizona??