At Marty Magic, jewelry design is truly a family affair – especially now that school’s out!
2015 – An update on the creative energy going on this summer in the Marty Magic Studio. John is home for the summer and not wanting to be left out of the creative loop, he set up his own wax carving station and just designed this striking and unique “Heartbeat Amulet.” His design incorporates a beautiful 13.5 Ct Moldavite, an 11.5 Ct Arizona Fire Agate and a 2.5 Ct Australian Opal. Flower of Life patterns are etched on the back side of the pendant. It will be cast in sterling silver and if I can tear the finished piece away from John it will be available in mid September.
2014 – My granddaughter Molly doesn’t start summer camp until next week, and in the mean time she’s helping us in the studio! Molly became fascinated with wax carving – the first step in the jewelry design process we use – after watching her mother, Alisha, and I work. It looks like she’s following in Alisha’s footsteps as the next MartyMagic jewelry design whiz! In the photos below you can see her starting to carve out a starfish. I think it’s a great idea for the Octopus Garden Collection!
My son John is also home for the summer, on break from his studies at San Francisco State University. Here you can see him showing his girlfriend Steph and his cousin Tim the technique of wax carving. Tim is here on vacation from his home in Florida. It’s the first time we’ve met him, and his first trip out to California! It’s heartwarming to see everyone bonding over jewelry design. The two-person work station is a bit crowded, but creativity flows in spite of limited space!
We’ve found that the “family business” has become much more than just a business. Do you have a shared craft in your family? We’d love to hear about it in the comments section below.