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Monday, August 31, 2015

American Lapidary Artists post #4

So I found an incredible lapidarist and wire jewelry maker, Tela of TelaFormosa.
You can visit her cabochon shop here. 
I asked her a few basic questions:

1. How long have u been a lapidarist?
 I have been cabbing since June 2012, but I have been a keen collector for more than 15 years. Actually, I still collect cabs, whether I cut them or not. 

2. Are u self taught, or did you apprentice?
I am mostly self taught. I bought a cab from a guy online and it turned out that we live close to each other, so we met and he offered to show me how to cab on his cabbing machine. I spent a fantastic Sunday afternoon with him and I was hooked. It wasn't long before I purchased my own machine.

3. What inspires your wire work jewelry?
Oddly, I have always been inspired by classical silversmithing work.
 I always seem to draw the most inspiration from silver and gold work similar to what is seen at Bernardine Fine Art Jewelry online. I like a clean, simple, streamlined look which let the stones shine through.

4. Are your Etsy shops a full time job or a hobby?
I am a wife, mother and grandmother firstly. The rest, I squeeze in.

I have been learning how to silversmith, too.
www.blog.telaformosa.com/2014/02/more-silversmithed-pieces-and-donating....
www.blog.telaformosa.com/2014/02/brave-enough.html



Rare Ocean Jasper Cabocon, Ocean Jasper Cab Pendant Stone, Marquise, Designer Cab, Custom Cab Natural Stone Cabochon Hand Cut Jewelry Supply


Rare Deschutes Jasper Cabochon Large Picture Stone, Pendant Stone Designer Cabochon Custom Cabochon Natural Stone Cabochon Hand Cut Handmade
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Graphic Snowflake Obsidian Cabochon Natural Glass Gray Spots Black Pendant Stone Freeform Designer Cabochon Natural Stone Cabochon Handmade
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 Here are a few of her beautiful wire pieces

Gemmy Kabamby Ocean Jasper Pendant Green Natural Stone Cabochon Pendant Sterling Silver Wire Wrapped Jewelry Handmade Wire Wrapped Pendant
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