A jewel on the rock The jars of small tools and boxes of metals shaped into partially created jewelry echo of some ancient metal worker.
The pieces of shell from an array of oceanic creatures and the glimmer of various minerals in the dimly lit shop gives the impression that you might walk out of there with some sort of magic potion, as well as a clever pair of earrings. He's not just putting bits of pretty material into his work, though, to set off the metals. The patterns in things like the shells, claws, wood coach outlet mall online grains and even a tiny seahorse exoskeleton can set a spark off in Kearney. "That doesn't coach factory outlet locations become so much as inspiration but as a starting point. What I'm inspired by is what's possible," he says. He has had his shop on Duckworth Street since the mid 1990s, but what brought The Telegram to his door this week was a story about a woman getting a ring made by someone else other than Kearney. On Monday, The Telegram ran the story of how Lana Williams of St. John's sent a 1917 Newfoundland penny to a craftsman in British Columbia and had the penny made into a ring. The Telegram then received several emails and phone calls asking for more information on where people could get this done. As it turns out, they can get it done right here. "Damn straight I will," Kearney says when asked if he will make a Newfoundland coin into a ring. "I started to work on the coins because they are coach outlet zebra a gorgeous design." It's not just rings that he crafts from the coins. He also has pendants and cufflinks. People can bring in their own Newfoundland coin, but if they're looking for one from a particular year, Kearney might be able to help. "The coins weren't made in every year, but I'm pretty capable of accommodating most requests," he says. "I do have a Newfoundland collector who is capable of keeping me supplied." Other local materials catch Kearney's eye, too. "I love when I find something that has to coach outlet black friday do with Newfoundland that would ring with significance to the average person in the street," he says. "I'm working in all local product, really, outside of the silver and golds." He's quick to point out that his labradorite really does come straight from Labrador. Not everything is as easy a material as labradorite to create something, or as marketable. He's tackling an old cobblestone fromWater Street that somebody dropped off to him. "Now that one is a challenge to sell," he says, laughing, but adds he's confident that if he put a piece in a ring and wrapped it in the romantic idea of it being a piece of the streets from old St. John's, he'd find just the right person for it. Kearney is all ears when people come with an idea or request, but his own creativity is the real driving force behind his shop.
"Generally, people will have an idea for something, and between what they're looking for and what I can do, we usually work it out," he says. "Sometimes it will be that, and after that it's just whatever I think is groovy to be putting out.".
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