Where do you get the stones?
I find them along the coast and rivers of Washington, Oregon and California.
Are the jewelry pieces heavy?
No actually they are lighter then you think. I chose stones that are comfortable to wear.
Do you tumble the stones?
No. The ocean and rivers tumble them for me.
I use diamond saws and diamond drill bits.
How do you cut the stones?
I patina the silver and then clean it to show the textures and details.
It gives an aesthetic of old, distressed metal.
Why is the metal (silver) darkened?
Use a dry paste of baking soda and scrub your pieces with a toothbrush or fingers, rinse with hot water and let it dry. Put some oil on a rag and rub the stones with it.
How should I clean the jewelry?