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Shiny Things!

I love trees!

by Joy Masters on September 2, 2013

I really do! My favorite was an old willow tree next to my parents’ house. Until dAd, the reaper, took it down. All right, in all fairness, the willow leaves were causing havoc for our yard and the neighbor’s. And maybe, just maybe, the willow wasn’t as healthy and I liked to think it was. AND dAd loves to use his toys. Who can blame him? Anyhoo, my love affair with trees had already started.

I have been taking a lot of pictures looking up through trees. Yep. I have. Like this:


I love the way the sun looks filtered through the branches and leaves. Here is my first attempt of recreating that in metal. Although this one is slightly more wintry than the photo, you get the idea.

Brass with citrine chips.





by Joy Masters on September 2, 2013

How are you? Cool, good to hear. Me? Oh, fine. I’ve been busy with living the life, you know, travelling the world, causing a ruckus. 😀

Now I’m back! Here are some new shiny things I have been working on.

S’more druzies!*

This is probably my favorite favorite. For reals. This is a natural orange agate druzy on blackened sterling chain with a section of carnelian. Favorite.


Square titanium-plated black agate druzy earrings with handmade sterling earwires.

sq-black-druzy-long earrings


White druzy quartz with sections of moonstone in multiple chains of oxidized silver.




*My druzy obsession has not abated. Please help… **


** I promise my next post will not have a druzy in it anywhere. ***


***But, please don’t hold me to it though. Also… help!


Happy Belated Beltane!

May 6, 2012

Ah, Beltane. Typically celebrated on May 1st as the midway point between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice. Evidently, the astronomical midway point for this typically falls somewhere later, between May 5th or 7th. So, I am technically, astronomically, perfectly on time.  Thank you Wikipedia. May is a great month in NYC. It means there is […]

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Hello again!

November 6, 2011

I have been busy working both my jewelry jobs (ok, brother? I’ve been busy. love you!). So, New stuff! I am trying something new: dainty. Also: simple. I was thinking about one of my favorite American composers, Aaron Copland and his piece called Appalachian Springs which uses the theme from an old Shaker hymn called Simple […]

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And a couple more druzys

July 20, 2011

I told you I was a little crazy over them. I blame Long Island! Long story… Anyway, here are some little adorable blue guys and an orange, all in oxidized sterling:

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A City Summer

July 11, 2011

Summer in the city. The smells, the sights, the sounds. *sigh* All of this really means, stinky garbage, stinky, sweaty and very. slow. walking. tourists, stinky, angry commuters and lots of yelling from all parties. Even the garbage. So, going with the hot theme, here is a hot red coral necklace with dalmatian jasper, one […]

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Ode to Druzy, part 2

July 7, 2011

As promised, more sparkly druzy pieces. (Depending on which time/space continuum you follow, this post may not appear to be posted during the “tomorrow” promised in the previous post. However, in my personal time/space continuum, it is. :)) All are set in sterling silver by my small, man-ish hands and oxidized to show off the […]

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Ode to a Druzy, part 1

June 27, 2011

Oh, Druzy. I used to think you were ugly. Now I see the sparkle and it makes me happy. e.e. cummings, I am not. But, man. I have fallen a bit in love with druzies as of late. They really ARE sparkly! You need to see them in person. Here are two recent pieces. Aqua […]

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Technically, it is still Autumn.

December 12, 2010

Until December 21. So, I am actually early, in a sense, with my Colors of Fall Design for Artbeads. One of the inspirations that we could use was Pantone’s Color Report – Fall 2010. I chose lagoon, chocolate truffle and golden glow as a jumping off point. It’s called Autumn Sunset. Of course it is […]

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Summer, Summer, Summertime!

July 8, 2010

The livin’ isn’t so easy here in NYC. (You are very misleading, Mr. Gershwin.) Holy Heat Batman! Still, the wonderful folks at have been generous enough to let us create something summery for the season. It was my true intent to have this posted by the Solstice, a-hem, June 21, but I was busy […]

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