From Tokeland to Tokyo

“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

Its hard to describe the impact the travels in Japan have had on me. It was an amazing journey. On so many levels it was inspirational-and the friendships I made are at the top of these experiences!

In a series of blog posts, I plan to share the highlights with you. From traveling with a band to Japan's largest rock festival, to picking up sea glass with a wonderful local guide (and friend!), the trip included many milestone moments.

So let this brief post serve as a prelude to much more-as soon as I get back down to earth!

Tokyo manhole cover and made in Tokeland belt-a match made in heaven!  

Tokyo manhole cover and made in Tokeland belt-a match made in heaven!

 

Sea Glass finds from a Japanese fishing cove.

Sea Glass finds from a Japanese fishing cove.

Jared Meeker rocking one of my ancient coin rings at Fuji.

Jared Meeker rocking one of my ancient coin rings at Fuji.

Summer 2016

Yesterday was the Summer Solstice and a rare full moon to boot-I was lucky to wake up to a beautiful visitor (two of them, actually) coming in off the beach.

In a few weeks, I will be heading to Los Angeles, and then Japan. Inspired by the upcoming travel, I am making rock star pieces for photo shoots in Tokyo, and Fuji Rock. Japan's biggest outdoor music festival, the line up features The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beck, Lee Scratch Perry, Wilco, Courtney Barnett, and many more! I will be traveling with my brother and his bandJump With Joey (playing the theme song in the video below)

Recently Jeffro, Spencer and I got out the big guns to texture some copper  for a sculpture project. We tried different calibers and ranges to see what kind of patterns we could create.  As everything seems to be interconnected, the "scraps" from the sculpture are being made into some "killer" cuffs and buckles. 

Our target was copper sheet, which we shot full of holes at various ranges.

Our target was copper sheet, which we shot full of holes at various ranges.

Shot through the heart!

Shot through the heart!

Belt buckles, detail of texture

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Lichen Buckle- buckshot texture, acid etched copper with sea glass

Lichen Buckle- buckshot texture, acid etched copper with sea glass

Here is an in-process shot of our Kingfisher sculpture.... 

After being shot, the copper is etched in acid, then cut into smaller pieces...

After being shot, the copper is etched in acid, then cut into smaller pieces...

Jeffro uses the torch to selectively char the wood.

Jeffro uses the torch to selectively char the wood.

Our process began with a shotgun blast, followed by an acid bath and fire...we can hardly wait to see what happens next!

 

I have been doing a lot of etching this Spring, including a series of the Major Arcana.

I have been doing a lot of etching this Spring, including a series of the Major Arcana.

Here are some recent jewelry projects:

Custom ring for Jessamyn

Custom ring for Jessamyn

Ammolite pendant, photo by Marcy Merrill

Ammolite pendant, photo by Marcy Merrill

Gemini ring-ancient silver coin, Greek. circa 280 B.C.photo by Marcy Merrill

Gemini ring-ancient silver coin, Greek. circa 280 B.C.photo by Marcy Merrill

Crown buckle, fresh off the bench!

Crown buckle, fresh off the bench!

 I will end this post with the promise to update my blog from Japan, and the hope that you have a magical summer !

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