Cast from a sedum growing in my sister's front lawn, these plants were the first succulents that we experimented with. Now we have several varieties of juicy-leaved plants in our collection and my mother has two grow lights in a spare room dedicated to succulent farming.
hemlock studs, 14k gold
You can tell this isn't exactly a professional image, I took it with my iPhone 5, but I love the fact that the tiny earrings balanced in the flower just perfectly for a moment. They may be a little out of focus and there's some pollen dust "dirtying up" the photo, but it's still one of my favorite.
Cesar struck a great chord when he soldered the rosettes into this off-center arrangement, and I put the finishing touch of the multi-color patina on it.
magic dogwood pendant, 14k gold
Our ability to take good product photography photos was pretty weak for a couple years. Then we upgraded from our poster board and tissue paper light box, to a real photo tent made by professionals who know what they're doing and started to get clear crisp pictures like these.
magic dogwood pendant, silver
These pieces are sculpted from soft sheet wax, and then cast in silver. I love making the little buds and twisting the leaves into new forms. Each dogwood pendant is one of a kind- as making a mold of this would be next to impossible.
magic dogwood pendant, silver
Silver dogwood flower pendant on a 24" figaro chain
little blue sedum studs
We cast these pieces directly from the gold moss sedum plant. Each one is unique but they are paired to match in size and style.
Tree Cookie Ring, sterling silver
This tree ring ring is carved to look like a cross section of wood, with bark etched along the edges. We think this one is shaped like a lima bean.
Frida Rose Rings
Our newest succulent cast, the Capo Blanco Sedum has lovely little rosettes that we make into customizable rings.
tree ring necklace, sterling silver
My hands were so steady and perfect the day I carved this. I remember my hands tracing the rings with a pin and thinking how each line was swerving at just the right time and at perfect distance from the line before it. It was even and random at the same time. Getting this photo was icing on the cake.
hemlock bough necklace, 14k gold
It's such a royal image to me with the purple and gold contrast, the sharp needles of the pine bough and the soft curves of the flower. In real life hemlock trees have little to do with Peruvian lilies, but I like the mash up here.
We solder little twigs together to make this shape. Branches are recovered from street tree pruning work that I do with the Richmond tree stewards.
tiny tears, 14k gold
Bright gold underneath the Massachusetts sky. I like the warping of the reflection and the over-exposure of the whole photo. We were at an art festival and during one of the lull's in the day I snuck out of our tent with the display mirror to take this shot.
hemlock earring, 14k gold
It's hard to make an earlobe look appealing at such a close up view. I think we did a pretty good job considering.
The colors in this photo are amazing. We took several pictures on this fence that day, and the sun must have been setting at just the right time for us to be able to get this one.
cryptomeria cone rings, silver
Cryptomeria is the scientific name for a Japanese cedar, which is not actually a cedar at all. In Latin cryptomeria translates to hidden places because these round ball-shaped cones have a great geometeric pattern for hiding their seeds.
seedling necklace, bronze
This piece takes a little artistic license in it's representation of a young plant emerging from a seed. It twirls a little too perfectly- like a fern almost- and the seed is too smooth and even. Still looks good though, and they're fun to make.
seedling necklace, pink bronze
A close up of one of our seedling pendants. I especially like this detail of the fat circular stem flattening out into what will be its first leaf.
dawn redwood pollen cones
These strands of pollen are dipped in wax before we cast them to make them a bit thicker. As with all live castings we have to be careful how/when we harvest the bits of plants. These pollen strands are picked up after winter sets in, from a cultivated garden where the young saplings wouldn't survive anyway.
magic dogwood necklace, sterling silver
Mostly I put this photo up cause I like to make my sister laugh.
stonecrop succulent earrings
These antiqued silver studs are great for their asymmetry and tiny details. The tiny inside star-shaped bloom is encircled by 5 plumper tear-drop shaped petals. At least on the right one. the left one is missing some of it's outer layer of petals on the bigger bloom, and the smaller bloom is still closed to a pointed tip.
sedum succulent rings, silver
Showing off our one-of-a-kindness. We don't have many montage type photos of our collection, but it was nice to get this one done.
These are all spring buds of the sedum plant that my mom, sister and I all grow. There's plenty of it around for us to harvest bits and pieces to cast from time to time.
pink ice plant, silver ring set
This succulent form rock or crystal like wedge patterns. The plant is native to South Africa