During the last year my single most popular jewelry item has been the necklace with the image of the State of Montana in etched copper. For the 2015 Made in Montana Trade Show, I decided to expand my offerings … Continue reading
Once again I have gone searching for copper that can be repurposed. Electrical copper wire can become a very fun pendant. I have shaped the wire into hearts. It seems that no two ever look alike. The wire twists and turns … Continue reading
Once again I had a booth at the Made in Montana Trade Show in Helena, Montana, in March 2016. The trade show was held at the fairgrounds. Friday is a day for wholesale customers only and Saturday is open to the general public from 9 am to 5 pm. I displayed a new line of jewelry that I have developed over the winter. You may visit the Made in Montana website to get more information about the trade show. http://www.madeinmontanausa.com/Tradeshow.asp
A friend of mine recently moved out of state. After being gone for a year, she requested that I make something that would be a Montana symbol that she could wear to remind her of her favorite place – Montana. I took her comments to heart and got out my sheet of copper metal and metal shears. After cutting, sanding, etching and drilling, I have created a pendant in the shape of Montana. The pendant can have a variety of symbols that tug on your heart. I have etched “Home” into each of these samples. One has a heart located in a place that designates Western Montana. The others have a “Grizzly Paw” and a “flower”. Of course the heart, paw or flower could be located in the part of the state that is special to you. Of course, each pendant will be slightly different since I am cutting and shaping the metal by hand. The pendants shown measure approximately 2-1/4″ x 1-1/4″ and are featured on chains that at 18″ to 20″ long. I have a smaller version that measures approximately 1″ x 1/2″ (not shown).
I hope you enjoy this idea. If you have any other symbols or ideas that would make the Montana symbol special to you please let me know. You can “Go Shopping” on my website at www.ritamtucker.com
My dad gave me my very first bracelet when I was about 7 years old. It was a copper bracelet made from the copper smelted in Anaconda, Montana. My dad worked in the smelter then. Company picnics at … Continue reading