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Thursday, August 25, 2011

San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Murrini Cane by Kevin O'Grady

Here is an amazing murrini cane project I photographed for glass artist Kevin O'Grady. His borosilicate glass cane depicts the historic mission, San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo, in Carmel, California.
Kevin put together the finished cane from his various original cane components, handmixing the color of each component himself. The completed murrini measures 2.25" across, and Kevin then pulls this cane down to a usable size to create one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. He has logged several hundred hours into creating this particular mission cane, and has made it his goal to depict all 21 historic Spanish Missions along the coast of California.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Jewelry by Kristen Frantzen Orr and Gail Rappa

Here is a beautiful glass, metal and stone pendant, a collaboration between Kristen Frantzen Orr (mom!) and Gail Rappa. I photographed this piece for their submission to the Wild Women Artists' annual postcard.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

New Accordion Wedding Books

We're always on the lookout for innovative new ways for you to share your wedding and portrait photos--so we were thrilled when one of our pro photo labs introduced these awesome Accordion Books! Each book is printed (double-sided) on fine art pearlized paper, and bound between two thick, durable metallic covers. The custom covers feature photos of your choice, and the book is held closed tight with concealed magnets.

The 3x3" Accordion Book features an astounding 30 images, yet is compact enough to easily fit in your purse.

The 4x6" Accordion Book features 10 large image panels, and looks great sitting open on an office desk or bookcase.

We also offer quantity price discounts for 5 or 10 copies of each book, perfect when you're looking for a special gift for each member of the bridal party or family.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Metal Jewelry Designs by Gwendolyn Youngblood

Metalsmith and jewelry artist Gwendolyn Youngblood asked me to photograph her jewelry designs for classes she teaches at national shows such as Bead & Button and Bead Fest. (Gwendolyn was referred to me by one of my favorite jewelry clients, Jill Wiseman. I love referrals!) Gwendolyn's work beautifully incorporates a variety of techniques and materials. Below is a small sample of her designs.