Cuprite Chrysacolla With gold-filled wire
About 8000 No. 11 glass beads make up Kay's original necklace
Eye of Horus
With gold-filled wire, lapis bead and spiral rope necklace
The Ruins Jewelry
While Kay has been beading most of her life, my entry into the world of wire-wrapping came about
only about 10 years ago. While walking through a metaphysical fair, a guy grabbed me and told me
things about myself of which only I had knowledge. Then he said he saw jewelry – turquoise, silver, in my
future. The more I thought about it, the more interesting it sounded. So, I bought some gold-filled
wire, got a few beads at a bead show, and embarked on my first wire sculpture project. Kay still has it. We use mostly gold-filled and sterling silver wire, although lately, I’ve been using copper and my current favorite, bronze, with most of the stones semi-precious gemstones.
Kay’s specialty is peyote stitched creations, using size 11 seed beads and occasionally as small as size 16. The amulet bags she crafts have about 8,000 beads, all stitched one bead at a time, taking as long as a couple of months to finish. Sometimes we collaborate on a work, with her bead work and my wire work. Only very seldom do we duplicate a previous work, unless requested. Our inspiration comes from many places, primarily nature. We love animals and fossils, and frequently use bone, fossils, leather, shells and feathers in our projects.
Much of our business is custom work, although we do sell our work at three or four Gem and Mineral shows a year. (See Show Schedule page)