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‘Round my Hometown I have many muses

The double sided Mt Hood Gold Leaf Disc Necklace

There have been a few additions to my Oregon inspired hand-painted jewelry collection and I thought it time to show them and the spaces that inspire them a little love. Above is my first painted Oregon charm necklace. It is sealed with non toxic acrylic and has a real gold leaf background. It is finished off with a gold grommet and has doubled up fine, vintage gold plated chain. The charm showcases that sweet baby that I spoke of a few days ago, Mt Hood. You can purchase one HERE

The real life version, from a different angle

Punchbowl Falls 

Punchbowl Falls is a beauty to behold. In recent years the trail has become so crowded that I tend to shy from it. Recently some teenagers started a huge fire with fireworks on this very trail. The blaze closed down many of these beloved spots, so us Oregonians are really hurting. Hoping these earrings remind us of those better days that are bound to return. Get the earrings HERE. 

St Johns Bridge

This beautiful bridge sits just to the north of downtown Portland, connecting the neighborhood of St Johns to Hwy 30 and Forest Park. This is the first time I have painted these so slender and long and the shape compliments the cathedral-like bridge perfectly. Get a pair HERE

Mt Adams

Mt Adams sits to the Northeast of us and is truly magnificent. I have only visited the Mt Adams wilderness once and my breath was taken for certain. The terrain was quite distinctive compared to what I am used to closer to Portland. You need permits to hike on many of the trails on Mt Adams because the majority of it is still First Nation owned, which is amazing. You can get these earrings any time, HERE

I made this little collage recently, the day the Eagle Creek fire started. Clockwise from top left: Wahclella, Quarry Island, Elowah, Latourell, Weisendanger, and the Multnomah loop

Winter Multnomah Falls

Summer Multnomah Falls

No collection would be complete without Oregon’s crown jewel, Multnomah Falls. I have visited countless times, even with the terrifying masses crowding the viewpoints. I’m willing to brave those crowds just to stand for a moment in the spectacle of these falls. Above I have two styles of the falls, Winter (top) available HERE and Summer (bottom) available HERE

Mt Hood assorted earrings

Finally I re-visit Mt Hood! On clear days the mountain gleams in the distance from many vantage points in Portland. Every single time I visit closer to the mountain and it comes into view I exclaim something, be it a curse word, or a simple “Wow” – the mountain never, ever fails to impress. I have three pairs listed on my etsy page, version 1version 2, and version 3. You can also see many more nature inspired earrings and paintings in my store. 

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Robots, Guns, #SailorMoon, Psylocke and a return to a favorite spot, 3/7/16

It Was quite the Monday, yet again. Here’s a little sample: 

  
I made these little delights for my etsy shop. Robot earrings, copper, agate, and gears $32

  
A favorite zen spot in the winter, a swimming hole in the summer. I’m gonna keep this photo on photo thing going.

Made this too! Vintage revolver pendant, brass and enamel $36    
Updated this glorious listing: Square Sailor Moon on wood, in my style. $80 

 

And I’m Always, Always tempting fate, even just a little bit.

  
My “Psionic Butterfly” – Psylocke on wood  a favourite X-Man, a favorite insect – $70

Have a wonderful day.

Zachary 


Labradorite & Amethyst: the power to change, the strength to cope with it

Two of my favorite (and most popular) gemstones that I work with are labradorite and amethyst. At a very young age I discovered what amethyst was as it was my mother’s birthstone and she adored it. It took me many years to want to learn more and longer still to discover my jewelry making abilities. When I did discover those abilities I found this glorious, flashy stone called labradorite. Both labradorite and amethyst show up in my pieces with great frequency.

  

Dark to Light – available here

  
Secrets Revealed – raw amethyst and rose gold earrings – available here 

Both labradorite and amethyst have a great deal to do with change. Amethyst can bring about great change in your life. Many feel that the stone brings about spiritual growth, building strength and courage. Others feel that it fights black magic or dark and negative energies. My mom was one of these people, clutching the stone to ward off the evil nonsense spewing forth from a certain dark witch from my childhood. See: this painting

Labradorite is the stone you want to keep close when you are going through major changes. It is a fantastic dark into light gemstone, taking darker and unwanted qualities and replacing them with positive energies. Told to provide quick relief from anxiety, depression and hopelessness; it replaces them with self-confidence, enthusiasm and inspiration. When one is experiencing times of conflict and change, Labradorite is said to offer perseverance, strength, and enhanced inner intuition to assist in that time of disruption.

I have a few pieces left right now in my etsy shop like the ones below. 

Please enjoy! 

  
from top left, clockwise:

The horn of Dagoth sterling amethyst horn necklace * midnight prophecies *  sterling long labradorite pendant * welcome to Gemworld raw amethyst and rustic silver necklace * the secret of room 402 keyhole and labradorite * the royal armour – amethyst gemstone “teeth” bib