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March 25, 2015

fold bead 3 copy

When starting new work I like to have lots of different shape elements to combine and recombine when I am making the piece. Here is one I started to work out today. Right now I consider this a ‘bead’ to string. It was a rectangular piece of 24 gauge copper.The edges were ground smooth. I did not anneal it. I pounded dents and holes in it with a nail punch and then hammered it into a fold leaving enough room for my stringing chain to pass through easily. The size after hammering in the fold is 2 3/8 ” long x 3/8″ wide. The channel for the chain is a bit irregular so I am thinking the bead will lie on the chain at somewhat of an angle and am hoping this will look okay. Next I enameled the piece. For me, as always, I must see the ancient female circle of witches in my pieces and their constructs. And this piece seems to have burned through from there.

fold bead 1


fold bead 2 copy


path portal 2:'15

” the circle as path and portal” figural mixed media by jane cather

LjBjewelry spring sale

March 17, 2015
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Spring Sale

It has been a very long winter for many but thankfully spring is just around the corner. LjBjewelry is kicking off spring with a great sale! With a minimum purchase of $50.00 you can receive a 20% discount at checkout on any items available in my Etsy shop. Just use coupon code BYEBYESNOW at check-out.

The sale begins March 16 2015 and ends March 29 2015

There are many new pieces. Enjoy and have fun shopping!

thank-you LjBjewelry

a good sign

March 9, 2015





Mr and Mrs T ( over 30 years old) and their two young 3 year olds are up from hibernation. These tortoises live in Vermont with my sister so I am thinking it is a very good sign………..(Note: I have known them all these many many years and I have to say they are extremely personable, friendly and responsive – quite smart and always a good time.)




pixi speaks for us all

March 5, 2015


February 28, 2015

During the snow days I am planning ahead for the mud days. This is Pixi our Border Collie. I trained her on the command feet to get into her foot bath so she will be clean to enter the house when all there is is mud in the yard. It will be filled with nice warm water then as we have installed a hot and cold water spigot on the deck.


February 25, 2015

snow woods

Bound in white. Bound in time and space. Yet each constriction seems to allow a more expanded creative journey. A little web in the upper back hall that hangs just so, just below the north window in the spare room a pink sweater has fallen on an old brown box, next to the table at the top of the stairs the thin light picks out the faint blue and silver of a long forgotten stuffed animal. Inspiration flows from every tiny space – burnt orange and swamp green, black lines on old chalky white, the dog tucked in a perfect oval on the red chair. The elegance of the two toned enameled pie plate is one I wish to duplicate on a copper woman totem. This space grows and expands by the day.  Home travel. The back corners of the old corner cupboard are as compelling as any unknown continent.

When these spaces and objects are intimately experienced something palpable begins to flow out and seep in. While still up at the back end of the hall I am sent elsewhere. Now fully engaged in my own creativity I am completely unbound.

collage home travel

heart in bowl collage

orange beads collage




February 17, 2015

elses dog


“someone else’s dog, someone else’s clothes, someone else’s thoughts – examine your precepts”

This totem was made several years ago as a way to explore this idea that I am now bringing forth as one of my intentions of the year. ( See last post)

Totem by Jane Cather    copper nickel sterling brass enamel beach pebbles fossil – embossing, roll printing from plates etched with my artwork, fold forming, polymer sculpted face by artist, hollow forms, bezel set stones, fold forming – all elements made by artist




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