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Thursday, July 11, 2013

P J Tool Jewelry Supply and Fun in San Francisco

The last week or so has been a whirl wind of activity for me and my family. Not that I have not enjoyed it but I don't have the energy that I used to so I am taking it a little easy today.

At the end of last month I got an e-mail from P J Tool Jewelry Supply about a new product that they have called Bezel Effects. I was fascinated and immediately ordered four colors: red, buttercup, blue and gold. My mother-in-law, June Panusis, was coming for a visit from Seal Beach on July 3 and I was sure that it was something we would enjoy playing with.

Kirk picked June up at 8:00 am at the Oakland Airport and by that afternoon we were elbow deep in making pendants and bracelet links.

It was so easy. You just choose a color and add a layer to your bezel. Then you put a few drops of another color.

The paint mixes itself and creates this beautiful marbled effect. On the two holed bracelet findings I took a tooth pick and moved it vertically through the drops of buttercup. The next afternoon we added a layer of ICE Resin and let it cure for 24 hours.
I love the way it came out.

Gustave Caillebotte, Regatta at Argenteuil, 1893, oil on canvas

The next day was July 4 and we decided to go south across the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco and visit the Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museum. They are having a special event called "Impressionists on the Water" showing the artistic side of nautical life through paintings by Impressionists such as Monet, Caillebotte, Renoir, and Pissarro.

This is the entrance of the special exhibit. The boat displayed is called a Gig. It is a two person rowboat featured in a painting by Renoir.

Pierre-Auguste Renior, Oarsmen at Chatou, 1879, Oil on Canvas

Claude Monet, Sailboats on the Seine, 1874, oil on canvas

Many of the paintings are on loan from prestigious international collections, including the Musée d’Orsay, Paris; the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and private collections.

The Legion of Honor was the gift of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels, wife of the sugar magnate and racehorse owner/breeder Adolph Spreckels. The building is a three-quarter-scale version of the Palais de la Légion d'Honneur in Paris. It was completed in 1924 and is the most beautiful Museum in San Francisco.

On our way home, we stopped at a view point and got a great photo of our Golden Gate Bridge with the fog rolling out. I love our Bay Area and all the pleasures it affords us. What a wonderful day.


I hope you have a "Cat's Meow" kind of week. That's a good thing if you couldn't tell.

Julie Panusis


  1. Re: Prisme paints: I think I saw a video on Youtube, Julie. The effect was absolutely mesmerizing... as a matter of fact, this may be as addictive as certain drugs. PROCEED WITH CAUTION!

  2. Thanks for the warning, Monique. I think you may be right and I am already hooked. LOL

  3. Beautiful colors you got! Hmm I may need to get some...adding it on the shopping list which continues to grow! lol xoxo

  4. I think I like the blue and gold the best. They are sure fun to do.
    I have a shopping list like that.
    I am taking another online class called Bezel Bootcamp with Deryn Mentock of Something Sublime. She is a fantastic teacher and I am really enjoying it.

  5. How fun! I can tell you filled the time with artistic joy~~ :-)

  6. Thanks Chris, yes we had a great time.