Making Earrings With My Editor…

First off, your words of kindness about my last post moved me to tears and warmed my heart.  Thank you for the comments and emails you guys.  It is your support that gives me courage and strength to keep on truckin' on my creative road of life—who wants "shot-gun"?!?! (I know, my corny sense of humor is still in tact). 

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One of the positives of not blogging for awhile is that I have tons to share with you.  I always knew I would pick it up again so I kept documenting with lots of pictures.  Let's back track a bit to when I told you about my photo shoot for my new book.  It's the eve of day four of the photo shoot…we are delirious at best!  But!  Being the die-hards that we are, Linda Kopp, my editor, and I start making earrings at 5:30.  She's a PMC junkie and I a mad-metalsmith so together we fabricated a couple pairs of earrings down in the Lark Books Offices' basement…

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She lines up the parts…tweaking and sanding.

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and I assemble, enlarge holes in the PMC findings and make the ear wires…now that she's edited my new book, "Metalsmithing 101 for Beaders", she should be able to do this on her own (wink wink).  This is my make-shift studio in the Lark Kitchen.  Here's what we came up with…

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Kind of like windows or how we draw sky-scrapers when we are children (or now in my case), these parts have dried PMC chips in them. AND…

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Rustic chandelier earrings–the base is PMC and so are a couple of the beads.  I balled up copper wires and hammered the ends.  Don't forget the Liver of Sulphur!

The next day we headed off to the Vanderbilt mansion.  Unbelievable!  It was decorated for Christmas…I felt like I was in a doll-house it was so enormous!  Breath-taking.

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Today we spoke on the phone and I have to say, I love my editor (and everyone at Lark Books really).  But, Linda is such a joy to work with and I mean that with every ounce of my heart.  She really inspires me and I have learned so much from her.  Getting a chance to play at the end of the shoot was the cherry on top to my trip there.


  1. So delighted to read your sharing! Next time when you plan a visit to Hong Kong to find your treasures, get in touch with me. Let me show you around (though I believe you may already be very familiar with the shops and streets in Shamshuipo area šŸ™‚ Reach me at [email protected]. Me, I work mostly with air-dry modelling clay because I don’t have an oven to cook PMC šŸ˜› But the pieces that I make with resin clay are still lovely enough. Of course, your PMC based chandelier earrings are beautiful!!

  2. Yeah!!! I have your blog to look forward to reading again!!
    I love the photo…you look fantastic!

  3. I’m glad you’re back and I look forward to reading your blog more.
    Wishing you the best… šŸ™‚

  4. Thanks for the love, y’all.
    Kris, you can count on me giving you a shout when I cross the big pond again!

  5. Barbara Mansfield says

    Love the jewelry, Candie. Can’t wait to get a copy of the book.

  6. I always enjoyed your podcasts – Friends and family can be such a blessing…
    ‘May today there be peace within.? May you trust that you are exactly
    > where you are meant to be.? May you not forget the infinite
    > possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others.? May you
    > use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has
    > been given to you . May you be content with yourself just the way you
    > are.?
    > Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the
    > freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and
    > every one of us.’

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