today’s progress shots

Here we are in the studio today, doing some work. I cut out some copper leaves, a necklace shape with some petals drawn on as a prep for acid etching, and of course Mika helping.

project sketches

So here’s some sketches that I’ve been ruminating over for my Mika project. The idea behind my jewelry at Anima Metals is that it’s inspired by ancient designs, so I wanted to carry that aesthetic into this line as well. These are the sketches I started out with. They’re inspired by images of flowers and leaves in ancient Mesopotamia and Greece.

why i made this blog

I’ve started this blog to help out my cat Mika during a difficult time in his life. A month ago he was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma, a very threatening form of cancer for cats that materializes as a tumor on their tongue.

In order to give Mika the best quality of life, and perhaps even extend the time he has left to a few years instead of a few weeks, my husband and I opted to treat him with radiation and chemotherapy to keep the cancer at bay.

So far, the results have been good. But it’s extremely expensive, and the debt we’ve accrued in the past month has been staggering.

In order to keep supporting my cat, I’ve decided to start a fund raiser. And what better way to do that then with a new line of jewelry dedicated just to him.

Mika loves being outside. And he loves helping me out in the studio. So while he’s going through treatment, I thought he could help me make this line of jewelry to help raise money for his cancer treatment.

I’ll be making it over the next couple weeks, and once it’s complete, the new jewelry will be available for purchase at a variety of prices. Follow me here to track my progress, and Mika’s too.

mika after treatment with his new feeding tube