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Friday, December 28, 2012

The Love of Art Jewelry...... Featuring Karen McGovern

MaryAnn Carroll
I'm not sure when I was first asked to create discs for fellow artist Karen McGovern. Quite some time ago, she wrote to me and asked if I would make some discs similar to others I have sold, but with the holes in the center. If you recall in a recent post, I was having issues with punching center holes. I had drilled the first order, but had some problems with that method. I did solve that problem and opted for the Neiko hole punch. So far..... so good. Thank-you to everyone who helped me make that decision.

Back to Karen..... She is definitely a one-of-a-kind talent. She took the discs (similar to those pictured here) and created some incredible art jewelry.

.....starting with this very cool cuff.....

She has a recent blog post with the unique pendant pictured below.....

complimented with.... the beauty of rings......

Her imagination is unstoppable.....

Karen recently taught a cold connecting class in Traverse City, MI. These beauties are the results from that class.

And... they say...... 

"A picture is worth a thousand words!"

Before finishing up, I would like to share a few words that I took from Karen's Etsy shop regarding her other passion:

"Every day is Earth Day at Beadkeepers. The art and jewelry you see here is inspired by nature and created to raise funds for wildlife conservation through the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation.  Life is too short for boring jewelry!"

Check out Karen online:

As always, thank-you for supporting those who create handmade with handmade,



  1. very cool, maryann! the enameled pieces are a perfect pairing for her work - how fun to see them used in a class as well -

  2. I am such a fan of Karens! she is amazing!

  3. Thank you so much MaryAnn! I love using your beautiful discs, in fact I'm a bit obsessed with them! Love your organic colors and textures. Thanks also for the kind comments!! Can't wait to get the next batch of discs....

  4. Amaring work..Perfect pieces..thanks for sharing..