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Juli grew up a shy, middle child and is a woman of few words whose jewelry speaks volumes about herself, her feelings and her perspective on the world.  A modern alchemist of design, she melds industrial imagery and organic aesthetics together to create new and unique designs.  Juli's love for asymmetrical design was immediately made apparent in her very first bead craft:  a pair of mismatched earrings created when she was sixteen.  She developed her eclectic style by reading about and experimenting with every style and technique she could get her hands on, from stitched bead jewelry to riveted metals and from wire wrapping to precious metal clays.  No matter what Juli creates, her sense of humor & fun, love of the craft and sense of style come through.  Juli would probably blog more often if her rather large tabby cat, Rocky, didn't insinuate himself between her hands and the keyboard.  However, she does regularly update her facebook fan page for Juli's Jewels.  Juli is always paying-it-forward, not only on a personal level, but through her company with "just because" giveaways.  Juli's Jewels ArtFire artisan shop is jam packed with earrings, pendants, necklaces, anklets and more that are ready to ship and she loves to make custom orders for people too!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Stay-cation...all I ever wanted...

Stay-cation...didn't have to get away.

I have been enjoying a nice little staycation for the last six days. Who knew it could be so nice just being home! This time off from the dayjob has given me time to relax, sure, but also time to explore. 

I spent some time working on some enameling techniques that I'd only just done once before, the stamping technique to apply a design to the enamel. I now have a much better handle on the best way to do it and what types of designs work best. 

I learned that torch-firing crackle base and trying to use regular enamels (not liquid) will only result in miserable failure. It was pretty for a minute though.

I didn't just spend the whole time inside though, I got out too. I took a nice almost six-hour hike around the Foresthill Divide Loop Trail. It was about 11 miles. It wasn't super hot and there were breezes...and I only almost got squished by a cyclist once.

Now I'm off to do a little putting. 

Tomorrow it's back to the dayjob, but for today, I'm going to enjoy my last bit of staycation.

I hope your summer is great too.

Look at this beautiful redwood tree!

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