Are you in North Carolina and want to see Shore Debris in person? My jewelry is available at this Sanford location:

Divine Designs by Nancy, 92 Amarillo Ln

You can also find my jewelry in this Southwest Florida gallery:

Elizabet Bryant Art Gallery, 200 West Dearborn Street, Englewood, FL 34223

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Last night, the Triangle Jewelry Makers group met at Ornamentea. Someone had this wonderful idea... "bring out your dead" project night. [Dead, as in those beads you've had for 5 years yet havent done anything with them, the 1/2 wire wrapped pendant, a 1/2 finished chainmaille braclet, etc, etc.] Since we were in a wonderful store, I got to do my needed shopping... this was one of those anticipated shopping trips that I was almost drooling thinking about it. Here's the load I picked up - everything to begin my silver soldering experiments at home!supplies to begin metalsmithing in Vicky's house including a Lenk Torch, bench pin, Dapping block, jeweler's saw and more I can't wait until I can make an ammonite ring :)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

More with the ammonites

So I mentioned lots of ammonites before. Marilyn (Handcraftusa on etsy) bought one and has created this beautiful pendant delicately crocheted in black cotton. I've often admired her crocheting with wire:
But, my most favorite would be these little zipper rings:

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

State Farmers Market in Raleigh

The weekend before this past one, my husband and I ran up to the State Farmers' Market in Raleigh. I love visiting during their spring craft fair (which ends up being my yearly visit). Last year, my neighbor and I went for veggies and came home with crafts only.

This year, I went for crafts and came home with plants and honey. It always surprises me how that turns out.
three blueberry bushesI got a few blueberry bushes (that are covered with blossoms!) and have them in the ground near my new garage (It's still new if it's a year old, right?).
apple tree blossom budsI had to move my apple tree away from the garage and am so excited because this is the first year it will blossom (and I didn't kill it when I moved it.... my normal M.O.).

ann magnolia tree And this was my prize. The Ann Magnolia. Stands about 6 feet tall and is planted next to the southern magnolia. I can't wait until next year when I get the full force of his bloom in my yard.

flower from ann magnolia treeThose flowers are ever so pretty!
another flower from ann magnolia treeAre you adding to your gardens this year?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ammonites and Findings

I tend to go overboard when I'm buying any sort of supplies I need... especially if it is a favorite item. Swiping the drool away when I open one of my drawers, I can now look at hundreds of ammonite fossils. In the past, I have only wire wrapped them.polished ammonite fossil But recently I stocked up on all sorts of items including tie tacks and cuff links where I can use an adhesive.
glue pad findings from start to finish suppliesAnd so I've started some new types of inventory like these clip on earrings:
clip on ammonite fossil earrings by shore debris and this pendant:
Ammonite fossil pendant on brown rat tail cord by shore debrisI'm happy with the results.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Bead Mixed Lots...

Sometimes I buy beads and findings in mixed lots.... and until recently, they've been sitting around in my studio still in the original packaging.
Just this week, I discovered something in a mixed lot bag of gold plated findings: Magnetic clasps. Now, I've seen magnetic clasps before and since I make most of my own clasps, I'd never thought of using them in my own plated and shell bead bracelet with magnetic clasp But for those pieces where I need something more streamlined than my large handmade hook and eye clasps, I think these will do. Now I'm off to order some in sterling and gold fill :)
gold plated and shell bead bracelet with magnetic clasp, view 2

Monday, March 7, 2011

Spring has finally come!!

(Yes, this is a cropped photo so you don't see the dandelions that still need to be pulled out of the garden!)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

the kitchen is still trying to beat me...

So, I've previously mentioned that my stove does not work... well, now the dishwasher has decided to die...white kenmore dishwasher in Vicky's kitchen Oh, well... now I'm really seeing how spoiled I got in the last 3 years by actually having a dishwasher!