Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Meet the Rasmussens....

One of the things I like about the Handmade Artists Shop is all the new (to me) artists I get to meet and share with y'all.  And this week I met Debora and John Rasmussens who head up Rasmussensgems.
This is a husband and wife team that together creates amazing items, but right now I'll start with John...
He started out many moons ago with a background in geology and shared his knowledge as a teacher, but after a decade John switched gears to emergency medical services from which he ultimately retired.  Now he is pursuing his love of rocks and gems and has a great amount of education under his belt.  So when you purchase from John, you can feel secure that he knows what he is talking about, and that his items are created with great care.  He is the lapidary, gemologist, and artisan jeweler / metalsmith of this team.  Let me show you a few of his creations...
John can look at a stone like this Tourmaline and see the gem hidden inside.  Then he does his magic, smoothing and cutting and shaping, till he ends up with something like this...
Or this... Banded Agate Cabochon, or he adds a little metal and his imagination and creates something like this...
And lest we forget, behind every man is a good (better? heehee) woman, so let's check out Debora's creations.


This Old Glory Bracelet will help you get into the mood to vote!  We may not have the best choices of politicians to choose from, but Debora gives us plenty of bead worked pieces to choose from...want color? How about this Beautiful Flowers Necklace?  Debora used to create beauty for your home with decorative swags and custom wreaths, but now she beautifies your neck, arms and ears...my type of woman, lol.
Check out these Pastel Blue Earrings...what a great combination of colors and beads.  And if you grab this Rainbow Anklet, you will be covered from top to bottom.  Well, I better finish up this feature since my housework is calling my name, but I have only scratched the surface of all the wonderful items John and Debora have to offer in their shop...Rasmussengems, so go check them out for yourselves.  And I'll see y'all again tomorrow.
Debbi


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