Amethyst . . . OH! IT’S PURPLE!

http://www.gemstonebuzz.com/meaning/amethyst

http://www.gemstonebuzz.com/meaning/amethyst

Amethyst…the beautiful  birthstone of February!

Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz. I’ve always known it to be the stone of . . .’drunks and fools’ 🙂

While not suitable as a ‘fire in place’ stone, for metal clay work, it’s certainly awesome post fire.

“Amethyst, the gemstone believed by ancient Greeks and Romans to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, also is said to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted. Throughout history, the gemstone has been associated with many myths, legends, religions, and numerous cultures.” http://www.americangemsociety.org/february-birthstone

Amethyst were found in Russia and featured in royal jewelry. Brazil is the primary source, these days, and it is also found in Zambia.

Benefit from the power of Amethyst jewelry

  • Spiritual insight
  • Promotes a sense of good judgment
  • Provokes honesty
  • Encourages a quiet and calm mind
  • Aids in meditation to find deep inner peace
  • Comfort at times of loss or grief
  • Aids dreaming, inspiration and intuition
  • Helps balance the crown (brow) chakra
  • www.crystal-cure.com

“Amethyst is a meditative and calming stone which works in the emotional, spiritual, and physical planes to provide calm, balance, patience, and peace.

Emotionally, amethyst is used in crystal healing to help heal personal losses and grief, bringing one gently past. Amethyst has a gently sedative energy that can promote peacefulness, happiness, and contentment. It also is said to bring emotional stability and inner strength. This stability and strength not only helps one hold firm in one’s life, but it can enhance flexibility and cooperation. To be flexible at need is a sure sign of strength.” http://www.meanings.crystalsandjewelry.com/amethyst/

Need an adornment with amethyst?  Want an adornment with amethyst?  Send me an email, I’m happy to assist you.

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Much Love and light,

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Sale? Discount? Coupons?!?!?

As Martin Luther King Day came and went, as I do every year, I had strong emotions about the mind-set of, for the most part, of “big box retailers”.  ‘It’s MLK DAY! Time to buy a mattress on sale . . . or a refrigerator…or clothes…or jewelry…or a car. As if that were the core message Martin Luther King would want to share on his birthday, or any other day for that matter.

I’ve also been doing some marketing research. Marketing is a huge part of my business . . . really, who wants to keep having parties when no one knows about them?  It’s important though, that my marketing is in congruence with who I am. As my business coach onece said – “It doesn’t have to be smarmy.”

I recently watched a tutorial on ‘how to get a million sales on Pinterest’ and the first thing suggested in creating my business pin, was to offer a “discount coupon”. Ummm yick, I don’t make widgets, carpet or mattresses.

My friend and marketing expert-team member recently lifted an eye brow at my use of a unicorn in some of my product shots for the Etsy site. It’s a bit kitchsy . . . maybe even unprofessional.  I get it. After a wee bit of chatting, it’s agreed that the unicorn stays. Why? -because, a unicorn is very ME.  I have agreed to a shot with a solely white background and she has agreed that I get to keep the unicorn 🙂2016-01-14 10.36.43

It goes on like this in all aspects of my work, weather it be teaching or making. I’m kinda unconventional like that. Recently someone said I was “wasting so much valuable time, doing ‘live’ teaching. You should do videos.”  Well, yeah,  . . . nope.  I hated watching videos and not being able to ask questions, and the clients I work with are a lot like me. I enjoy seeing them and sharing our work and time over Skype and sometimes we just talk about life. [Insert plug for OnLine Class starting in February – HERE] Marketing… LOL . . . see I I just slid that little promo right in there…OPEN AND ABOVE BOARD.

I said all that to say – again – that I don’t do sales, coupons or discounts. Why? – cuz I don’t make widgets, carpet, or mattresses. What that means is that I don’t mass produce anything, and my time and talent has value. Each piece I make is made, by hand, one at a time. Each class I teach, is taught in that moment and the artists I am working with are the only students at the table in that moment – they all create, whatever it is they are going to create and I am mindful of their strengths and needs.

Another reason I don’t do that is, I think it devalues the work. I am telling people, by having a sale, that the piece/class is not worth what you would have paid – that in fact, I must be overcharging for my work in the first place, if I can afford to discount. Ummm ewww. That kinda stuff ticks me off, I cannot imagine what clients and potential clients would feel. It always burns my butt a bit when I need something, and I buy that something, and a week later, it’s on “clearance sale”. If I could wait to get the thing, I spose I would and then I’d be staring at circulars or websites waiting for the sale. I really do have better uses for my time.

I do offer gifts with purchases. I do this, not as a gimmick, but as a shown of appreciation for your purchase, an acknowledgement of your time and also, it supports fellow makers.  This month, I’ve been offering cake pops from Drunken Cake Pops and a cool loofah soap from Pretty and Perky. Last year, for Mother’s Day I offered a gift pack of smell good lovelies from Pretty and Perky.2016-01-22 15.28.32-2

This year I am offering an opportunity for some fabulous person out there (and you are all fabulous) to have me make a custom piece that only you will own. No – as a matter of fact I am not planning to reproduce the piece you suggested . . . I’m not looking for new design ideas from you. I really am offering up a gift and it is a collaborative gift. This issue, presented in the form of a rather bitter question, came to me and I thought I’d clarify.

What I get from these moments is how “trained” and often “jaded” people feel. I get it, and I am sorry and if you are one of those people that needs a sale to buy my work, or take my class(es), you are not my kinda client, and it’s really okay. Sometimes buying something on “sale” causes a person to feel like they are winning something. I think wearing handcrafted adornment that is well made and well priced is winning. I think learning something new, going past your perceived limitations of creativity is winning.

I do provide a returning customer gift to those that have purchased from me before . I just think that if you appreciate my work enough to collect it, you ought to be honored for that.

I do offer pricing on my work and for my classes, that I think values me and my talent and honors you and where you choose to spend your money.

I do this work full time – teaching and selling what I makenosales-300x201. It is how I “make a living” . . . how I pay the electric bill; buy food and gas – It IS my job.  It means something to me to have happy students leave a table and feel good about what they created and the time they spent; to have a happy adornment wearer walk with their head, mayhaps, a bit higher, because of how they feel when they wear a Phoenix Original.

I love what I do and I love my clients.  Thanks for loving me back 🙂

Oh hey, there’s new work on the Etsy site and more to be placed soon.  I’ve been making up a storm. Check out the link to the right.

Much Love and Light,

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Magyk Gift

Gift-BoxHere is your chance to have a piece of Phoenix Magyk Artistry for FREE.

Go to Facebook and like my Phoenix Magyk page, if you have not already.  Once a month I’ll make a post: “Open To Ideas”.  In reply to that post, make your idea known.  You can describe it, post a picture of a similar thing, post a sketch you’ve made. Posting will be allowed for 5 days. At the end of five days, I’ll put all the ideas on strips of paper, throw them in my favorite pink hat and draw one.  I’ll post the name of the winner and in 2 – 3 weeks you’ll have a new piece . . . a Phoenix Original, a work of art that you gently nudged me to make.

Backstory: Aaaaalllll the time folks tell me, “Oh, you ought to make this” –insert “Mezuzah” vessels; mini-wands; bunny ears; bows and more. You have seen some of these things already.

A long time ago I was teaching a class on earrings. My daughter said, “Let’s make a box”. Feeling certain I had directions somewhere for doing this, I said “Sure”. The directions I thought I had, were in fact for making hinges, in what I thought was a complicated way. The group I was teaching was all full of ideas on how I ought to make the hinge knuckles and subsequently the box.  It was an awesome exchange of energy!  For three days I worked out the engineering and made my first box. Boxes of all sorts are now part of my repertoire in the store.  It wasn’t the first time my daughter had pushed me to make something I did not already know how to make and the process has been fondly called: “Cliff Diving”

Now, if I made everything people told me I should make, I’d have a store full of some very cool one-of-a-kind works of art . . . which would be great if it all sold. Really, one of a kind work is something I do, more often formed from custom work. If I made 5 Mezuzah vessels, it’s likely I wouldn’t sell them for a long time.  What you find in the store are the pieces I am known for, like Chinese Chop Character pendants, and Rune pendants, single stone shaped pieces, intention vessels, Warrior’s Creed pendants (I made a ring once at the behest of a friend).

I digress, a little.  So here is the skinny.  I LOVE an artistic challenge, so I am giving you a chance to tell me what to make. If I pick your plan from the ideas I receive in the month, you get to own that piece for . . . free and forever.

So let me repeat: Go to Facebook and like my Phoenix Magyk page, if you have not already.  Once a month I’ll make a post: “Open To Ideas”.  In reply to that post, make your idea known.  You can describe it, post a picture of a similar thing, post a sketch you’ve made. Posting will be allowed for 5 days. At the end of five days, I’ll put all the ideas on strips of paper, throw them in my favorite pink hat and draw one.  I’ll post the name of the winner and in 2 – 3 weeks you’ll have a new piece . . . a Phoenix Original, a work of art that you gently nudged me to make.

 “Awwww shucks”  Some perimeters/boundaries/guidelines:

Avoid asking me to make a 1 foot tall sculpture of a horse/elephant/giraffe/head bust. That is on my bucket list, however, it will take more time than 2 -3 weeks and a lot of material. Small horses are ok. Keep your sizing to around 2” or less.  I will make rings, earrings, pendants, bracelet centerpieces and small chotskies.

Avoid requesting gold or diamonds. Gold is artificially inflated at a very high price and if you make me – the item will be SUPER small. Diamonds? Well…. Let’s just say, “Blood Diamond” was real.

So let’s review:

Go to Facebook and “Like” Phoenix Magyk.  Look for the “Open to Ideas” post. Reply with your idea, stay tuned to see if you are a winner. You can play every month, however, just one entry per month.

Ready! Set! Gooooooooooo!

 

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January….still is

AND the birthstone for January is Garnet!

Generally purchased in it’s deep red color, did you know Garnet comes in other colors?

In my own research, I’ve found something a little different in where the name comes from, among other differences. “Granatum” which is Latin in origin, means, literally pomegranate as a noun and as a adjective, “having many seeds”   I bring this up, only because, interpretations fascinate me. Another site said the word is Medieval and means “dark red”

Here are some things we can be super clear on: It is the birhtstone for January and in it’s many colors, it’s super pretty, *she says, flipping the long hair she doesn’t have*.

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“Garnet, the birthstone for January,  signifies eternal friendship and trust and is the perfect gift for a friend.  Garnet, derived from the word granatum, means seed, and is called so because of the gemstone’s resemblance to a pomegranate seed.  References to the gemstone dates back to 3100 B.C., when the Egyptians used garnets as inlays jewelry.  Garnet is the name of a group of minerals that comes in a rainbow of colors, from the deep red of the pyrope garnet to the vibrant green of tsavorites.  Today, the most important sources for garnet are Africa, Sri Lanka, and India.” – See more at: http://www.americangemsociety.org/january-birthstone

GIA is rich with history, lore, ways to identify the stone and more: http://www.gia.edu/garnet

Before there was ruby . . . there was garnet and to be certain, the red color was prized the most. My mother’s birthday is in January.  I remember when I was growing up, she had the most extraordinary butterfly shaped ring….all Rhodolite garnets, which have a little more pink in them.  Rhodolite garnet is my favorite color.

Energetically, it’s been suggested that placing 3 or more garnets on your desk, improves business and placing some under your pillow might cure depression.

Additional, possible benefits, if worn in jewelry, can be:

  • Brings light and hope to your path
  • Helps in situations of crisis
  • Fortifies courage to overcome problems
  • Opens the door for sharing with others
  • Promotes self-confidence
  • Strengthens courage, hope and trust
  • Balances the Root (Base) Chakra

Check out Crystal Cure for more information.

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There really isn’t a “synthetic” or man-made garnet . . . like man-made ruby and sapphire, that has the exact same properties. I found a site that sell synthetic corundum – as synthetic garnet, which is wrongsauce . . . and a bit irritating.

The closest synthetc is YAG and if you wanna delve into some tiny print and geek-speak, check out this site http://gems.minsoc.ru/eng/articles/garnet_synthetic/.  They do know their stuff.  “They were synthesized for the quantum electronics in 1960-s, but because of their perfect jewelry properties, they became widely used as rough material for faceting. The most widely spread among synthetic rare-earth garnets received from melt is synthetic yttrium-aluminum garnet (YAG) –Y3Al5O12 and close to it synthetic yttrium-aluminum perovscite (YAP)”

Honestly, due to the availability of most colors of garnet, the price is so affordable that no one saw a need to create a synthetic.

Of course I have some loose Garnets available for purchase, from the Phoenix vault.  If you are interested, visit me at the store within Crafted or send me an email: phoenixmagyk@icloud.com. I have some Rhodolite, Pyrope, Grossular and I might still have a sweet baby Tsavorite 🙂  I also have some YAG and a few pieces of YAP (cuz my dad was a gem-geek).

OH!  I have some sweet heart shaped Rhodolites, that I’ll share on my Facebook page in coming days . . . something to consider for a Valentine in your life 🙂

Much Love and Light….and happy January!

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Gratitude

Just a few moments in recent days . . .

 

      

    

I finally redecorated the store in an “intentional” way.  If you’ve spent any time with me, you know I am a big fan of intentional living.  When I moved into the expanded space at the beginning of this year, I did it in a hour….with a lot of help….still tromping around in my ortho-boot. It was hastily done, and not as really intended.  I was so grateful for the assistance from my friend Lindsay and my daughter, Devyn.

I have spent the last several months plotting and planning my intentions and I am so far pleased with the result.  There are some finishing touches to be added later and I am SUPER pleased. Many thanks to my friend Lisa and again my daughter, who, as it turns out, has some mad skills with a drill.

In my pictorial (of sorts) are photos representing some experiences I’ve enjoyed the last couple of weeks.

Jean is holding up the first ever fine silver piece she made last Sunday. Just below the store shots is Pat, eyeing me under her head loop during Pieces of Your life. I have been so enriched by these two woman.

To the right of Pat is the rear window of my car, with my Shop Small and Crafted stickers. The last picture is of a new vessel I’ve been working on . . . a Flower of Life symbol, in bronze.

Long gone are the days where I believed in and fell in line with stories about how Indians and Pilgrims got along. What hasn’t changed is that part of me that is compelled to acknowledge that which I am grateful for.

And I do it daily.

Of course, among the daily *things*….like the ability to see, hear, feel, speak, create . . . and love – I am also appreciative and oh so thankful to my customers and clients that take classes, buy from me, follow my journey.  Without you, I would not have the opportunity to do what I love every day.  Thank you!

Be well friends . . . much love and light,

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Wonderful Weekends

Vikki, Me and Mom

Vikki, Me and Mom

I had previously mentioned in a Facebook post that – many weekends are awesome at Crafted, where my store is.

This weekend was exceptionally awesome.

Friday after the ‘house closed, my daughter and I hung out and helped to create décor for the ‘house. I got to talk to some of my fellow store-owners and learn things I had not known. I got a chance to be silly with my community and eat pizza . . . and it was so fun.

Saturday, amidst meeting and greeting, I taught the inaugural new class “Pieces of Your Life”.  A couple of artists could not make it, and I spent the most fabulous afternoon with one artist. One of the things I really enjoy about teaching is making friends. We talked about our children and parenting and the work we do. All the while she diligently worked on a piece that will have a lot of meaning for her. We were so involved, I didn’t even take any pictures.

I’d been working on the concept and “curriculum” for this class for over a year. It really is 1-part creative therapy and 3 parts creation. Or maybe the reverse :).

The artist I am working with has a fond memory from her childhood that she is going to bring to life. I am over the moon for her.

The most UHMAZING part . . .? When she arrived, she was stressed from the drive (bless her – 2 hours). AND she’d been feeling like her work had just zapped all her energy. When she left, she and I were talking up a storm and I anticipated she “flew” home.

That’s how art works. That’s how creation works. It moves you, shifts you, emboldens you, tests you, lightens you, energizes you and when it’s all said and done, brings a message to the world that is unique and so expressive of a life.

And AS IF the weekend could not have gotten better . . .

Sunday was quiet . . . things had been weird. I was mildly irritated. Mostly scared and wanting to go home. Ayup, that happens. 🙂

Mid-day, I come back from a break and there is a couple in the store. I say my standard “Let me know if there are any questions I can answer” – so NOT a sales person. The husband starts to gush about my work . . . it happens sometimes ya know – then he looks at me and says “I just know that you know what to do with this”. He pulls a medallion from his pocket and tentatively hands it my way. I ask for permission to touch it. It’s stamped with some writing and as I read it, I understand how important this is to him.

We spend some time talking about ideas . . . I was flooded with a plan :). We agree, when he is clear to stop wearing his wrist guard, I will make the custom leather cuff piece for him.

They are looking at my work, and gushing, some more . . . yes, gushing. I was so touched *blush*. The wife starts asking about fingerprint charms.

We work out a plan for me to create a locket with her husband’s fingerprint as the top. I am super excited. As I am taking his print, I ask about his accident . . . remember the wrist guard?

He and his wife share the story of how he was riding his new motorcycle on the first day he had it and whammo, he got hit, by an uninsured driver. He has many injuries that are healing and he has a lot of metal holding him together. In short, he is a WALKING MIRACLE.

What’s the best part . . . not a hint of anger, resentment or rage at the driver or his circumstance. He is eight months in to a very long recovery and as he shared the story all I heard was how grateful he was . . . for his gear, his helmet, the doctors and his wife.

You guessed it, it was everything I could do not to start sobbing with joy. Snotting on receipts is never a good thing.

Even more amazing . . .? Her name. She has the same short form of Victoria, my sister had – Vikki . . . and spells it just like that. We lamented how people have a tendency to spell it different and insist that “no, there must be an ‘e’ or a ‘c’” and as the carrier of the name, you are sure there is no “e” or “c”.

As they walked out of the store, and I thanked them, I also thanked my sister for the energetic boost. It makes me feel less loss when I think she can hear me. . . as well as my mom and dad.*

My friend Scott shared once, and I do paraphrase , that we don’t really know where a persons soul goes when they pass from this earthly plane . . . there is more than one plane and if you believe in reincarnation, (as I do), it’s not likely that the spirit or soul of a your loved one is still hanging around.

It’s possible that events collided and I have simply attached meaning, as it suits me, and is relevant to me. I know I was looking to “draw” good energy and work into the store . . . but I don’t believe in “fate”.

AND, the sum of our experience is translated through our lens . . . what we want to believe.

I am still working this out 🙂

What ever I was creating/drawing/desiring, I got the “message” I needed.

I am walking the path that I created and am spose to be walking 🙂

The rest of the day went back to quiet. The flurry was there and then gone.  AND I had a sense that everything was going to be OK.

I am reminded that when I am in a state of love and grace, it is the true way of the world and all the other stuff – is just stuff. Art is one way that I am able to demonstrate love. Healing +100

Much Love and Light,

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*For those reading my blog for the first time, or new to my email list . . . and have not read my bio, my sister passed away in 2011; my mother in ’86 and my father in 2013.

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The Value of a Talisman

Will he get swept away or ride with the wave.

Will he get swept away or ride with the wave.

Everything has energy and that energy can effect us in ways we may not appreciate, if we are not mindful.

As is the case frequently, there is a lot going on. School started for many a child….and parent, politics are a bit heated and there are entire populations in crisis, seeking new homes . . . just to name a few *things*.

For some humans I know, heat can create stress . . . then add traffic . . . deadlines and commitments – *ask me how I know*.  I get an email weekly on crimes in my community. Last week when it was cooler, there were three reported crimes in my community. In this small snippet, you can see a very distinct rise in crime and what was stunning to me – the assaults. I really believe it is related to the heat . . . sometimes, we just boil over with the added stress.

 

 

 

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What’s a human to do to right the ship during the day?
Get yourself a talisman….a charm…a vessel . . .something with a sapphire in it.

That’s my personal intention vessel on the left. I am either wearing it or it is nearby, everyday.  When events of the day seem stressful, I can grab it and be reminded to slow down, breathe, or have a peaceful response to what is happening. In most cases, having an hysterical response isn’t usually helpful.

And that’s my point. I believe, if we can all have a more peaceful way of responding to stressful circumstances, we can get that much closer to world peace . . . communities across the world full of more love and compassion and ease of living.

“But, I don’t have one Delia?”
OH!  I’ll make you one. Email me right now phoenixmagyk@icloud.com or you can check out the Etsy shop – there is a link to the right.

A Chinese Chop Character piece I make in fine silver.

A Chinese Chop Character piece I make in fine silver.

A talisman, a charm, a vessel – all are an instantaneous way to refocus and bring calm . . . especially in the middle of an activity you may not close your eyes during . . . ummmm . . . like driving.

Much Love and Light,

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Light side – dark side piece with Aventurine and other cool charms, I wear daily 🙂

 

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SAPPHIRE . . . awesome sapphire – December’s Birthstone

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Sapphire has been identified in about 450 color variations. Experts in the field of gemology have identified color variants and placed different value on them. For example, “cornflower blue” sapphire . . . which is a softer, brighter, blue is valued higher per carat than the very dark, almost “black” sapphire that many of us are used to seeing. The above pictured sapphire (I nabbed from Gem Select) is .72 carats and sells for right around $400 per carat. Various shades of pink sapphire are valued differently depending on the in intensity of the color . . . pale pink is valued from $50 – $75 per carat, whereas very saturated hot pink runs in the neighborhood of $150+ per carat :). Sapph.92ct136.40 The pictured pink sapphires weigh .92 carat in total, AND they are smallish and palish. They are selling for roughly $148 per carat.  Also included in pricing is the cut, shape and size. Smaller sapphires might go for less per carat, no mater how pretty they are. Check out this link so see more of what I am talking about.. http://www.gemselect.com/search/search.php?search=sapphire

I’ve been excited to see a movement towards color stones in engagement and wedding rings 🙂  You just know how much I love non-convention.

Sapphire is also a 9 on the Mohs harness scale. Which means it is pretty hard. Sapphire grit is often used to polish diamonds. It freaks people out when I say this, AND sapphire is more durable than a diamond – there is no natural cleavage 🙂 Sometimes a sapphire has “twinning planes” (where crystals grow side by side) – which under very stressful situations or heat, could cause a sapphire to break. This is a factor of “bad” sapphire . . . in other words, most in the field can see it right away in an “included” stone and avoid stressing that stone or pick another one.

Here’s what GIA has to say about the stone http://www.gia.edu/sapphire.  Did you know that is what is in Kate Middleton’s ring . . . from Princess Diana.

You know, too, that I am a super-fan of this material and it’s synthetic version.

Lab created RainbowOutShadesapphire is virtually indistinguishable from the natural stone. Having the same mineral and chemical components, were it not for it’s size and “clean”, even color, even a GIA Gemologist has to put it under a microscope to really be sure.

Metaphysically, Sapphire is associated with prosperity, life force and energetically attracts joy and peace.  Sapphire also assists in opening the mind to beauty and intuition.  Sapphire is a stone of wisdom, with each color containing its own unique energy vibration and information.

I have often added Sapphire with the Rune “Thurisaz”.  There are differing ideas on what this Rune means. My interpretation has been and remains that a trixster is at work in my thurisaz-100x100energy field and it’s a good idea to use my energy towards the positive. I recently saw a post on Facebook  . . . a lovely photo with the caption: “The temptation to quit will be greatest, just before you are about to succeed.”  These are the moments when I thrown on my Thurisaz Rune with it’s lovely, lab grown, blue sapphire 🙂  bf27203fa9bbaab7086fe24656e0b02b

I also add Sapphire to the “Wisdom” chop.

 

Is Sapphire your birthstone? It’s my son’s stone 🙂  It’s also how my father started out in the gem and jewelry business.

He and his wife Janice had taken a trip around the US.  On their travels they, on a lark, mined some sapphires out of the Eldorado Bar area of Montana . . . near Helena.  My father had been a rock-hound for years and was most impressed with the stones they found.  The next thing I knew, they had a business, an interest in another mine in Montana; were selling faceting machines and THEN heading to Sri Lanka to not only collect some of the most amazing sapphires, but to also start the cutting business. That was the trip in ’94 that I was “babysitting” the biz . . . and pretty much haven’t looked back since right?!?!

Do you just like it? What is your favorite color? How do you wear it?

Sign-up for my newsletter and learn more! Cruise the site – learn more! Order a fine silver adornment . . . you know you want to!

Much Love and Light!

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Handmade works have value and resonance. They bring a good feeling to your soul, they represent how you want to be in the world . . . don’t let that representation be “cheap” and uncaring. Treat yourself well and buy handmade from an artisan. Treat the artists you know well, and support them by buying from them and recognizing the value of their time and intention. – Delia M. T. 2014

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Birthstones . . . a little Catch Up

big ruby 04Ruby is the birthstone for July. It is also a corundum, like Sapphire, so it is a hard stone and durable – a 9 on the hardness scale.

Highly prized for it’s color and rarity it is also a pricey stone. For good color material and very clear stones, it will cost you about $800+ per carat.

It is also rich in history and lore – for example, did you know that Rubies are mentioned 4 times in the bible?

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Here are additional articles to learn more. It’s really fascinating.

http://www.gia.edu/ruby-history-lore

http://www.gia.edu/ruby

The wearing of Ruby can also be beneficial energetically. I use it as an empowering stone, representing passion and grace. It’s a “power” stone.

Read more here:

https://crystal-cure.com/ruby-gem.html

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Can be found i my store; a large lab created Ruby, wrapped in fine silver

As many of you know I am a big fan of lab created Ruby. I really appreciate the price break.

Ruby can also be fired in place, in metal clay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Peridot is the birthstone for August. What a rich color of Olivine it is. It was for centuries confused with Emerald – people believed the 200-ct. gems at the shrine of the Three Holy Kings were emeralds – when in fact they are Peridot.

Learn more here:

http://www.gia.edu/peridot-history-lore

http://www.gia.edu/peridot

It is about a 7 on the hardness scale and a bit more durable than quartz – less abrasion over time.

There is no lab created version of Peridot. There are plenty of simulants like CZ colors that look similar to Peridot. It can be fired n place in metal clay – at lower temperatures.

Considered by early Christians to be a sacred stone, Peridot is a “spiritual” stone known to bring a sense of lightness and centering. You can learn more here:

http://crystal-cure.com/peridot-gem.html

If you saunter over to my Etsy site, (box to the right) – I have several pieces of both lab created Ruby and natural Peridot available for sale. If you have any questions about these stones . . .comment below or send me an email.

I’ll be doing another post next week on Sapphire. It is my favorite stone on the planet and a primary reason why I am in the business of gems and jewelry. I love to talk about it!

Be well . . . make something everyday, even if it’s trouble . . . and DON’T forget to check out my Calendar page or the Magyk Metal Clay OnLine class page. That class starts on the 22nd!

Much love and light,

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Risk Taking – The Worth of That

Another Big Risk

Another Big Risk

I’ve gotten some questions about the Magyk OnLine 8-Week program and I thought I’d answer them here.

Life is full of risk and challenge and decisions . . . right?!?!.  I’m gonna share a couple of stories about risk taking . . .  *shudder*

For the last three years, my car has needed constant attention and repair. She has been so good to me, despite her illnesses.

A friend had once told me, ” . . . if the car needs more work than it’s worth, it’s time to give it up and get a new one.” I remember saying something like: “YIKES! are you kidding?!?!? I am a starving artist and teacher! I can’t possibly afford that!” He laughed.

Truth is, I’d been working on my mind-set about the starving-artist-syndrome for some time and he knew it. It’s a drum I beat often.

Truth is, I’d grown comfortable with my discomfort because of my limiting beliefs – those nagging thoughts of  “I Can’t _______ ” (fill in the blank) …..all the friggin’ time.

So, I risked it.

I stopped at a dealership on my way home from my store last Sunday. I had told no one, just in case I “failed”.  Two hours later, with the terms I wanted, I drove my new car home.

I am safer, calmer and will be spending FAR less time tending to a car. It’s a lot like hiring an assistant 🙂

When I started my work in metal clay arts, I had many objections to taking classes – chief among them: the expense  . . . . and what if, I wasn’t good enough – “besides I could learn from books and videos”  I told myself.

Let’s face it, classes aren’t cheap . . . especially certification and after all I am a starving-artist, what do “they” expect of us starving artists.

Truth is, I’d grown comfortable with my discomfort because of my limiting beliefs – those nagging thoughts of  “I Can’t _______ ” (fill in the blank) …..all the friggin’ time.

So I risked it.

I actually paid money for a class in SAN DIEGO . . . and paid for a train ticket (we only had one car) AND a hotel room. I spent three days, learning seven projects – at times, crying and ripping my hair out – and it was the best thing I could have done.

That risk . . . that one . . . where it seemed “stupid/impossible/crazy” – and I did it any way . . . that was the new beginning of my path. I run my own store, I teach often.

It is not without it’s ups and downs and my transitions to greater possibility are much faster. My skills are excellent, my confidence soars with each success, because I know what I am doing.

How ’bout you?

As promised, here are the questions and the answers about the Magyk OnLine 8-week experience . . . thus far.  Launching, September 22 . . . on a computer screen near you.

“Delia, what makes you so skilled at this and have you written a book I could look at?”

I’ve been working in the medium of metal clay since 2007. I am a Rio Grande Certified Artisan and Level 1, 2, & 3 PMC Connection Artisan. I am also Certified to teach Level 1 and 2 PMCC Certs.

More than all the paper certs, I practice the art daily. I soar, I flop, I learn, I experiment, I learn, I practice, I learn.  I have also been teaching since 2007 and it is in “classrooms” that I learn the most . . . helping others, observing technique, supporting strengths.

I am *so* skilled at this, because I practice and am open to learning and I love what I do.

Nope, I don’t have a book I have written or am a part of and only one self-published tutorial. You can find it on Etsy 🙂

“I was also wondering if I needed to already have a lot of skill to be in this class?”

Absolutely not. Where ever you are is where we will meet. I won’t lie, having some basic understanding of the material and how it works, could be helpful – but it is not required. Beginners welcome.

“I don’t want to just watch videos and ask questions in a forum. You said this was “live”, do you mean that? Other programs say they are live and then aren’t”

It is live!  You are gonna to see me on your computer screen and I will be showing you skills to practice and work on, and we will likely talk about metal clay, our pets and our families too. 🙂

“What if I have to miss a class meeting for some reason?

We will schedule a time to get you caught up.

“What about all the supplies I need to get, that’s a lot of stuff.”

It is! And I look at it this way: if you are going to invest your resources into 8 – weeks of learning metal clay arts, then you are probably pretty serious about it right . . . ? So why not invest in the tools you will need to keep your experience alive, after the class.  Start out slow….don’t buy everything at once, you don’t need to. Also, built into the program is a pack o’ gifts you get from me, that will have some tools you’ll need . . . shhhhhhh that’s a surprise.

Are you ready to risk it? Learn more HERE  Send me an email if you have more questions: phoenixmagyk@icloud.com.  Let’s DO THIS!  Class starts September 22, at your desk, 7pm!

 

Much love and light,

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