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    robinbassjewelry

    Shopbevel Contest

    I'm super excited to say that one of my designs has been entered into a competition to be produced and sold on ShopBevel (www.shopbevel.com) After submitting my design, the community votes on their favorite designs and can then preorder the winners at special early pricing. I will receive royalties for each piece sold, so I would be grateful if you would take a minute to look at this great site and vote for my piece! Below is the link that will take you to my product.
    http://www.shopbevel.com/vote/black-and-white/3699-white-druzy-ring/

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    From Paper 53 to Metal

    I have a fun new obsession that I must share with other designers. It's a fairly new app for the ipad called Paper 53. It was named app of the year recently and I can totally see why and as soon as you start playing around with it you will also see how great it is.

    I have been using Paper 53 for sketching and painting jewelry designs. It's so much easier than mixing up paints and cleaning brushes as I've done in the past. Plus, I can do it while I'm having my morning coffee, while on an airplane, while I'm waiting for an appointment or even at bedtime. You don't even need a wifi connection to use it, so even better.

    The basic app is free but you probably want to upgrade the tools and palettes and that is around $10. --- so very worth it. Also you will probably want to buy a stylus for around $20. to be more precise in your drawing than using your finger.

    Look at all the money you are saving on paper, paints, and just think of all the trees that will be saved. Plus no more clean up and searching through sketch books to find your old drawings. You have all the sketch books right there at your disposal. Do I sound like a commercial yet... I am having so much fun with this app I feel like a kid with a new toy.

    Here are some examples of my sketches and then the actual finished jewelry... If you would like to find out more about the actual pieces if you click on them there is a link to my Etsy page.

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    Friends for Life

    I have a group of five friends that I have been friends with since high school way back when in the 70s. We have known each other for decades and when we get together it's as if we are still those young carefree teenagers in high school who still laugh at ourselves and our inside jokes that only we can understand. We are all celebrating the big 5-0 within the year (yes, I will admit it... we are half a century old) but those 17 year old carefree spirits are still inside of us.

    To celebrate birthdays we always go to dinner and but usually there are no gifts involved but since this is such a milestone birthday we are exchanging gifts this year. So the Loris (there are two of them) and Cheryl, thought it would be great if I designed and created a necklace for Lauri. We wanted it to be special and have hidden meaning since Lauri is the most sentimental one in our group it had to be perfect.

    I thought a six pointed lotus flower shape with her birthstone in the middle... an aquamarine cabachon would be nice... not too sparkly but understated and elegant like Lauri. Surrounding the stone would be "five" white topaz representing all five friends and showing solidarity and togetherness. We may not see each other as often as we would like but we always have been there for each other and always will be. The "I've got your back" phrase definitely applies to this group.

    Here is the rendering of the original design..

    Original Rendering

    Here is the finished pendant...

    Aquamarine and White Topaz Pendant

    Here is a picture of us at dinner and Lauri wearing her new pendant...