Welcome to my blog. I am a Histotechnologist and a Jewelry designer/maker. This blog is my way to tell you about my life and my art. I love art and science. Finally, my jewelry is bringing them together. I am inspired daily by the art and science I see under the microscope. Come with me on this fascinating journey as we explore the blending of art and science. Thank you for coming. Please come back. contact me: mdpraetATgmail.com

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Deb Foster was the lucky winner of the PAS Bracelet I donated to the NSH Public Relations Committee to give away. Deb was very happy and excited. It fit her perfectly, too.

I had a great week at the NSH convention/symposium with a lot of excitement generated about by "Special Stain Collection".  I think I will see more sales in the future.  A lot of people took order forms and business cards. I will post more pictures soon. I picked up a cold or had an allergy attack and am still sick. I slept all afternoon after getting home and I am going right back to bed just wanted to get this one picture up for you all to see.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

T'was the night before NSH S/C 2011

Well, I am off to the convention tomorrow. I have just about made myself crazy trying to get lots of new pieces of jewelry made to add to my Special Stain Collection. So, it is time to stop the craziness and finish packing. I will add all of the pictures and discriptions of the new pieces when I get home after next Thursday. I did however want to give you a sneak preview. This is one of my new pieces.

I hope to generate a lot of buzz about my jewelry. I am donating a piece for the Public Relations Committee to give away. So, they are letting me put a small sign and and album of pictures on display at their table. Wish me luck. I will post again as soon as I can. That might be after I get home as I will be extremely busy the whole week.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

My Angel

This is my lovely "Angel" Lucy Moreau and me showing some of our handiwork. Lucy has been so very sweet to let me stay with her while I am continuing to look for a job in Crystal River now that my house has been sold. So, I am showing her some of the bead weaving patterns that I know. I have taught her the wave bracelet made using tila beads and 3mm Swarovski crystals. I also taught her how to do the spiral like the Trichrome Necklace that I made here in this picture. We have really been having fun. She has discovered I am a hard task master. I don't let her give up. I am patient but surrender is not an option.

I hope to have some more pictures of new additions to the "Special Stain" collection before I leave for the NSH Symposium Convention on Friday. So be sure to check back later this week.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Von Kossa Calcium Stain Bracelet

Calcium salts are normally present in bones and teeth. Abnormal deposits may be found in areas of TB infection, lymph nodes, fibroids, etc. This Von Kossa Calcium Stain bracelet depicts the brown to black calcium salts  using iris 3 x 3 mm cubes surrounded on all sides by iris seed beads with their various shades depicting the pink to red cytoplasm and nuceli. In the lab, tissue sections are treated with a silver nitrate solution and silver is deposited replacing the calcium. It is then reduced by a strong light and is visulized as metallic silver. That is why I picked the metallic iris cubes used in this bracelet.  This bracelet lays flat against your wrist making it a good choice for daily wear.

Congo Red Amyloid Bracelet

This stunning tennis bracelet depicts the Congo Red Amyloid Stain. The Congo Red Amyloid Stain demonstrates myeloma-associated or tumor-associated amyloidosis.  Amyloid deposits may become very large and damage surrounding tissue.  This bracelet uses 4mm Siam Swarvoski Crystals surrounded by Palladium Plated Miyuki Delicas in a single row. It looks fabulous with your evening wear or stunning with jeans and a tee-Shirt.

Elastic Stain Necklace

This beautiful necklace depicts the Elastic Stain. The Elastic Stain demonstrates atrophy, arteriosclerotic changes and helps the pathologist to determine whether blood vessels have been invaded by a cancer. Black Iris 4 x 4 cubes are used to depict the black elastic fibers which Verhoeff's working solution stains and iris seed beads depict the pinks and red collagen that is counterstained byVan Gieson's.