Archive for the 'Italy' Category


Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

The other jewlery 

I have been home for a couple weeks and I have been busy trying to get readjusted.  These are some pics of some of my jewelry that I had not taken pictures of.

Rambo Lambo

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009


I saw this Lamborghini LM002 while I was walking down the street….

Last ring

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

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It moves in any direction.  putting all the pieces together as tricky.

Art Show!

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

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My pieces in the SUF art show and some shots from around Florence.

Cinque Terra

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

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This last weekend I went to Cinque terra.  It was absolutely amazing!  We hiked between the 5 cities and enjoyed some sun on the beaches.  We stayed in Porto Venere which was nice because it was much quieter than the Cinque terra (mostly only italian tourists) but still very very beautiful and only a 30 min (beautiful) ferry ride away from the 5 cities.

The art show

Friday, April 10th, 2009

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We had an art show at fuji studios.  I really liked some of the silkscreened fabric patterns that people had made.

Latest jewelry

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

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Silver Ampersand necklace with inlayed stone that I made.


  1. Cut ampersand out of 1 mm silver sheet (save the pieces that compose the negative space)
  2.  Solder rectangle and tiny negative space pieces to another 1 mm silver sheet.  (The surface tension of the solder wants to pull all of the pieces together which makes things difficult)
  3.  Solder sheet to another 1 mm sheet.  
  4.  Cut, file and sand to exact rectangular shape
  5.  File top with round file for tube to lay in.
  6.  Solder tube in groove on top.
  7.  Crush stones
  8.  Apply  glue and place stone fragments in one at a time like a puzzle.
  9.  Wait 12 hours for glue to dry
  10.  Sand stones to level of metal, go back and fill holes
  11.  Sand and polish
  12.  Mask stones with tape
  13.  Sandblast then remove tape.

Oh, and there a lot of intermediate steps (like pickling for 10 min after every soldering). But I managed to do it all this week (about 12 hours). 

During the waiting parts I made a married metal button as a practice piece before I move on to silver.

Trip to Venice

Monday, March 30th, 2009

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And a couple other places.

Trip to Sicily

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

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I went to Sicily and it snowed!  A lot too.  I was not exactly prepared for that so I was without a jacket and quite cold.  Night trains are also not cool.  But the way they got the train to the island was quite odd.  There was a train ferry.  Yes they put the train on a boat and took it across the sea.  You never even had to get out of the train cars (but trust me it is nice to get out and get some fresh air).  6 people in a 7′ x 5′ room is very cramped.  During the day it has 2 bench seats facing each other (three people per side).  At night 3 beds fold down on each side (6 beds total).  Between the loudness of the train, the cramped beds and the need to keep the window open while going 60 mph because of the heat you really don’t get much sleep.

We went to Corleone, Palermo, and a few other sites. I presented on the palace of Zisa.

The week after spring break

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

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Some miscellaneous pictures from florence and some things I have been making in my jewelry class.

Spring break

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Paris Barcelona 

So spring break was about 3 weeks ago, but I have been very busy with other school trips and classes and I have not had much time to update my blog.  I went to Barcelona and Paris with my friend Melissa.  We had a great time relaxing despite some exhausting traveling.  The museums were amazing but very large and quite overwhelming (I got lost in the louvre for about an hour, totally lost).  The picture on the left takes you to the album from Paris.  The picture on the right takes you to the album from Barcelona.

London, Metronomy in Milan, and another ring.

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

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Wow, that is about all I can say about this weekend.  I am so exhausted, but I cant believe how much I traveled and did.  

Spent the night outside the pisa airport, walked 6 miles across london, saw some of the big sights in London, visited the design museum in london, ate fish and chips, made it back to the london airport (despite a closed underground station and a bus to the airport that never showed up), made it to milan on a standing room only train (I stood for half of it), drank grappa,  saw Metronomy in milan, took a train from Milan monday morning and still made it to class at 9 am (I was only 5 min late!).

New Rings

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

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Here are a few practice rings I made.


Monday, February 23rd, 2009

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The most amazing thing ever!!!!!!  I am serious I can not begin to say how fun it was.  But if you look through the whole album and watch the videos you might get a glimpse.

Ahem, and again (To pisa and Lucca, what can I say I like Lucca)

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

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Pisa and then to Lucca for the night (yes that makes it the third time I have been to lucca since I have been here).

Pisa and Lucca (second time there) pics

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009


I got to go up the tower this time!

More trip and jewelry pics

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

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Class trip to ___.

More Pics from Italy

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Italy 10 

Some earrings I made .

We also got a backstage pass to the Baptistry near the Duomo.


Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Italy 9 

So last weekend I went to Bologna.  We saw some very impressive old artifacts (egyptian, etruscan, roman and european).  Melissa and I ascended the tallest tower in bologna for an amazing view of the city.

So many pictures, so little time!

Sunday, February 8th, 2009


These are from my trip to Rome the weekend of Jan 30th.  We did so much in such a short amount of time. I took so many pictures these last two weekends I have not really had time to go through and label all of them.  I’m sure I missed a lot bt I did go by the Ferrari store!