So I have finally decided that I need to take advantage of my technological world and start writing things down occasionally to share with my friends and family. This blog will be primarily about metalwork — but also about how my work affects my life. I will from time to time, talk about techniques, about projects I am working on and about frustrations I am having with them!

The name of this blog is “Catena d’Oro”. Literally meaning chain of gold. But also:

ca·te·na noun \kə-ˈtē-nə\
plural ca·te·nae or ca·te·nas

Definition of CATENA
: a connected series of related things

How can it get much better than that? This blog will be the vehicle to connect a series of related things, ie: things I want to write about.

I wanted to name another series of articles I did “Catena” but my editor at the time said it wasn’t a good idea to give something a name that you had to explain. But now I don’t have an editor – and I still like the name. So this is the first link in my chain of gold.

I am planning on writing occasionally, periodically, not infrequently. Which all means I don’t really have a schedule. I hope you enjoy following along.


39 thoughts on “Beginnings

  1. I’m still learning from you, but I’m trying to reach my goals. I definitely enjoy reading everything that is written on your website.Keep the stories coming. I enjoyed it!

  2. I love the combination of the very artistic name and technology. It seems so like you. This blog is a very good idea.

  3. Deb, what a great idea! I’ ll look forward to getting all the info . I can’t wait! Love the name . Marilyn Bau.

  4. Congratulation; will be fun to read you blog; your selection of “catena ” is interesting.
    In several foreigner language dictionary it has one of the longest definition; still used as measuring devise, and in Bolivia in weddings to unite newly wed; is was the old symbol of union or control of prisoners.Good luck, Joe

  5. Congrats, Deb, on the steps you are taking to increase your internet presence. This blog led me to your website where I discovered a wealth of useful jewelry-making techniques, all written by you. I look forward to your online store. Count me in as a dedicated reader!

  6. Deb, great website and blogs, it
    gives us admirers a chance to stay in touch. Keep up the good work and sharing your ideas.

  7. Hey Deb,
    What you are doing is wonderful and a great gift to all who know you – love the name!
    This is inspiring me to get my own techno stuff together.

  8. Wonderful! And I love the name – glad there is no editor involved.
    Cannot wait to start reading your musings and pearls of wisdom. Congratulations on your TWO projects in the new Lark Book on 30 minute bracelets!! Much love. This is me, waiting.

  9. Can’t wait to ‘hear’ from you regularly! You are a very generous artist. I am also waiting for everything else to come together. Aloha!

  10. Congratulations for taking the leap, Deb. A little unsolicited advice: Don’t beat yourself up over lack of entries. These things take time…..which is what we all want more of and never have. Good for you for going with your gut on the name. It’s great! Looking forward to some good reading.

  11. Hi Deb, Your teaching skills and wit are things that really ought to be available to the rest of the planet.
    This is a good thing!!

  12. Hi Deb,
    Delighted that you will be sharing all your knowledge! I love the name you have chosen. Looking forward to more info from you.

  13. Deb… congratulations… I am so glad you are going to share your inmense knowledge and experience with us… God! are we lucky or what?

  14. Rockin’ awesome, Deb. Life and art….inseparable. We look forward to reading about your adventures.

  15. way to go Deb
    so 2012
    very impressed
    can’t wait to read, next up…
    house calls for soldering emergencies?
    hope so

  16. I look forward to your immense source of knowledge and quality craftsmanship. I really admire you as a person as well as your art.

  17. Hi Deb!!
    Your blog is going to have to do for now…since I do not get to take your class.
    Thanks for sharing
    And I love the name

  18. Congrats! The name is wonderful, what do editors know? Artists live for stuff like this.
    Glad to be getting in on the birth.

  19. Hi Deb,..Sounds great !! I would love to hear what you have to share, miss everyone!

  20. Deb,
    I know so many of your happy and very satisfied students and friends. I loved seeing your studio and meeting Gil. What a team.

    Guarantee, you write, i read. You are one great first class lady.

  21. Congrats to all of us! We are getting the best of it. Thanks Deb, I am in the middle of moving, once I am settled at the new place I’ll come to see you.

    A big hug.


  22. I am so looking forward to not only reading your blog but also to the availability of tools and other cool stuff from you and Gil. Wow, it doesn’t get much better for a jeweler!

  23. Wonderful, Deb! This is great! Love the name. Love the fact that you’re doing it. Have fun! Steve

  24. I look forward to following you. Blessings in your wordsmith AND metalsmith endeavors!

  25. great site. would the term catena be applied to my hillbilly roots from kentucky? i’m sure there’s a lot of catena, because there are first cousins marrying each other on my mom’s side of the family..hence, my nervous twitch.

  26. I’m really looking forward to hearing more from you!! You have so much to share!! It’s about time!!

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