Wednesday, November 21, 2007 in Newsweek Magazine!

Congratulations on Lusterbunny for her octopus cuff links making it into a gift guide in Newsweek this week! It's awesome to see a fellow Etsian getting good publicity; it makes the rest of us look good too! You can check out the full gift guide here, or go to page 64 of the images to see the cuff links.

Thursday, November 15, 2007


So it's been awhile since my last post, oops. To be fair, I have been a bit busy learning a new technique - Cuttlebone Casting. I did not have any real previous experience with casting before, but for my current project I wanted to have an element that was cast with the cuttlefish bone method. Casting with a cuttlefish bone imparts a unique texture on the piece, something that cannot be obtained any other way, and is a method that has been used for casting by gold- and silversmiths for many many years. It took me five tries to get one that was complete, but eventually I did it! Sorry, no pictures yet, but I hope to have the piece finished by next week and will post some pictures then.
Until then, check out this example of a cuttlefish casting in Mooretaste's shop.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Vital for life?

I gotta say, while a puffer fish on my toilet may not be Vital to my existence, it is pretty dang cool. Is it the bulb-by eyes? The slight smirk? The cheerful twist of the tail? All I know is that I want one, and considering the fact that it's not only restricted to toilets, I'm not sure where I'll want to put it either.
Oh well, if I can't decide, I could always wear it...