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Handmade Lilly Pad Necklace from Recycled Materials

This new necklace is made from recycled aluminum, steel, and sterling silver! The lillypads are aluminum which has been forged to create dimension. These are attached to a backing of recycled copper using tiny nuts and bolts. The reverse side of the necklace is polished smooth copper. The chain and clasp are handmade from sterling silver.

Matching earrings are available! The earrings are on handmade sterling silver earwires.

Nancy Lee Makes Her First Silver Box

Binding-Wire Covered Box, Ready for Soldering
Binding-Wire Covered Box, Ready for Soldering
99% Completed Box!
99% Completed Box!
Side View, Open Lid
Side View, Open Lid

News Flash!!! I made my first box of sterling silver, and it only took 71 hours!

It was, at first, a bit of an embarrassment when all the hours spent in the studio learning and doing were tallied and the total was a whopping 71. But that was how much time it took for me to learn how to make a box the John Cogswell way (see previous post for info on that wonderful gentleman) and I do not regret a single solitary second of it. The time went by like a breeze on a summer day, but the memory of the experience will be with me always, always.

The passage of time last week was the topic of not just a few conversations with my fellow students in the Boxes and Hinges class at Arrowmont. Even for experienced metalsmiths, box making  was still a challenge. Lessons were to be learned, steps were to be followed, mistakes were to be made, and jokes needed to be told. Food had to be eaten in there somewhere, too.

These things plucked time from our individual time allotments here on earth. Or, did they? I once read that time has no meaning if you are unaware of it’s passing. I think Deepak Chopra wrote about this phenomenon. For example, you meet up with a good friend that you have not seen in a very long time. You both talk for hours and hours. You may miss a meal, you are so focused on catching up with your friend. Then you notice the clock – six hours have passed! Where did it go? My theory is, it just plain doesn’t count. You and your friend did not experience six hours. You experienced one another for a moment in time that did not leave it’s mark upon you and it did not dip into your finite amount of time on earth. You are now six hours younger than you would have been had you not shared this experience.

That is the theory by which I choose to live life. The result of choosing this way of being means that I am in search of those experiences that make me lose track of time. Getting into the flow. Creating something beautiful does that, as does walking in sunshine, swimming, dancing, spending time with family, friends, dear ones. It’s simple – yet, not sometimes. It is the golden ring toward which I aspire in life, and the memory of those moments that last for hours brings me joy. And this time, joy is a little silver box that closes with a crisp, clear “click.”

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