prefer working from 2 ga. on up. On occasion, depending on the material
requested and the style, I can work smaller. However, in no case
will I work smaller than 10 ga., and that only rarely. 6 ga. and
4 ga. are usually not a problem if requested.
prices quoted are for the pieces shown only. Prices for the same
item in larger or smaller sizes, with or without stones, or with
different stones, will of course be priced differently.
measurements for flared plugs are given from the inside of the flare,
and the outside edges are usually about 2 gauges larger.
use many things that people may not be familiar with. I also am
always on the lookout for new materials with which to work. For
example, even as I was assembling this catalog, I found out that
the desert ironwood I've been using is also available as a burl.
Naturally, I acquired some of that. You will soon see some new pieces
made with this. I believe it is spectacular! A burl is basically
an imperfection in a tree trunk, like a knot. Most burls are not
suitable for body jewelry, because they are imperfect with air pockets,
hard grain nodules, etc. But I have found several burls that are
good, solid material. Examples are the Madrone and Desert Ironwood
burls, and they yield nice results.
I also commonly use a material called "Dymondwood". This
is a trademarked product made in the U.S.A. It consists of thin
sheets of maple hardwood, which is dyed in different colors, then
laminated with an epoxy-polymer-resin. It is then placed in a press,
and pressurized under 2,000-3,000 lbs/sq. in. of pressure, and allowed
to cure. The resulting product is very colorful hardwood plywood
that takes a great shine, and wears very well. In four years of
using this material, I have received 2 reports of a reaction to
it, which I consider acceptable. However, you must make your own
decision, and know that you wear it at your own risk. Throughout
this catalog, I have abbreviated this as DMD.
One of the stones I use from time to time is called "Druzy
Quartz". This is what you get when you split open certain geodes
that have an extremely fine crystalline structure. It comes in a
variety of natural colors: clear, black, spotted. It can also be
electroplated with titanium to render it blue or purple. It is now
also available with gold plated on it, but this is rather expensive.
I normally tend to use only cabochons, which are shaped and polished
stones, as opposed to faceted stones (like diamonds, with many faces
or planes cut on the surface). If you desire a particular type of
stone, just ask.
We are also now using dichroic glass. This is an art glass. The
process to make this takes iridescent metallic foils and sandwiches
them with clear glass. This is then fused in a kiln. The process
produces some really striking patterns and colors.
As other new materials come into play, I will try and keep them
updated on my web site, so please check back for new things!
of the abbreviations used throughout this catalog are:
P.O.R. = Priced on Request
DMD = Dymondwood
A.A.S. = Available All Sizes
L.A. = Limited Availability (Usually
refers to how hard to get a particular material may be)
L.S. = Limited Sizing (due to the nature
of the material, larger sizes can sometimes not be made from it)