My Newest Sponsor: Lavender Cottage
Cheryl describes herself as a "totally addicted metalsmith and rock lover in the happy pursuit of combining the two into lovely pieces of wearable art." This statement completely sums up the Lavender Cottage shop.
The jewelry at Lavender Cottage is uniquely designed and is of a high quality. Cheryl's pieces are entirely handmade. She uses mostly fine silver (99.99 pure, and less subject to tarnishing, but softer than sterling), as well as sterling silver, copper, brass, and sometimes gold, and the stones and minerals in her jewelry are usually natural and not heat-treated unless noted in the description.
Cheryl got her start in metal smithing a few years ago by learning how to fuse fine silver which got her over her fear of using a torch. She now has a big acetylene/air torch, and continues to learn more every year. This year she learned fold forming and anti-clastic raising, and has been using these techniques in new flower and leaf pieces. (these are over in her 1000 Markets shop) http://lavendercottage.1000markets.com/. She is also going to be getting back to her Stones of the American West series of pieces which uses one of a kind stones found only in the US.