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Route 511 runs through rural Ohio where I grew up. It cuts through flat fields, past abandoned Victorian houses and unused railroad tracks. Even as a toddler, the austerity of this desolate road filled me a clashing sense of wonder and unease.

My "Route 511" earrings are one-of-a-kind and handmade. One of the earrings features my original illustration of phone poles along the road, and the other is a continuation of the scene with an empty horizon. I created the enameled images by "painting" with powdered glass on thin steel using tiny brushes and various scraping tools. I fired the design with a torch to fuse the glass to the metal.

I created the sterling silver ear wires by hand as well, using tools to form them into delicate circular closures and hammering them lightly to help them hold their minimal shape.

The earrings are approximately .5" wide and 1.75" long including the ear wire.

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I have a small collection of antique poetry books from the late 1800s that I inherited from my great grandfather. Even before I could read, the engraved illustrations of gossamer angels and tempest tossed boats drew me into a grownup world of mortality and miracles. Those images inspired this miniature scene of a tiny shipwreck about to fall upon the cliffs of an unknown land. I set the enamel into a chunky pendant and etched the bezel with the Fisherman’s Prayer: “O God, thy sea is so great and my boat is so small.” . . . “Lost at Sea”, pendant necklace. Enamel, sterling silver. Hand painted, torch fired, hand fabricated. This piece will be available in a shop update soon. Stay tuned for exact date and time. 🖤 . . Look back in my feed to see how I paint my enameled scenes using finely ground glass and water, then heat them with a torch to permanently fuse the glass to metal. . . #instajewelry #instasmithy #instasmith #silversmith #Metalsmith #goldsmith #ladysmith #RioJeweler #SNAGmember #TESmember #metalsmithing #handmadejewelry #handmade #handcraftedjewelry #contemporaryenamel #enamel #enameled #miniatures #enameljewelry #jewelryaddict #jewelrycollector #jewelryoftheday #miniature #oneofakindjewelry #contemporarycraft #artjewelry #mementomori #artisanjewelry #showmeyourjewelry

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