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Milo woman has 'silver' touch

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 166, No. 42, October 20, 2004

By Fran Emmons
Special to the Observer

MILO Some say you can find anything over the Internet, and while that may or may not be true, through it, one Milo woman has discovered how to bring the sparkle she craved into her life.

Today, Liani Nutter creates fine silver jewelry from a shop in her home on Dagget Street Silver Touches by Liani setting precious and semi-precious stones in sterling silver. She had the creative eye, but she got the training for the meticulous craft of working with silver from an online correspondence course.

"I always have been a crow," laughed Nutter, who collects rocks and cracks them open to see if there are crystals inside. Now she has a collection of polished gems in stock, both cabochons and faceted, and can
find just about any stone a customer might want.

Nutter's training, however, gained her the technical skills necessary to set stones and design pieces with seamless precision. Unfazed by the initial phases of the correspondence course, she mastered the tool work, using clamps, prongs, and a wide variety of pliers quickly. But when it came time turn on the blowtorch for
melting silver down and soldering, she was "terrified."

Her tool bench is reasonably neat, but in front of her tools lies a pile of odds and ends, including botched settings, ones she had burned up while learning to work with the torch. Today, these remind her to wield the tool with respect and caution.

Right next to the pile is a gorgeous pendant, a large cabochon of Maine aquamarine, set in an antique, hand-beaded bezel. Nutter orders bales, prong settings and chain, but does virtually all other silver work herself.

Another lovely piece with both amethyst and rose tourmaline faceted stones set in an intricate necklace graces her display cabinet.

"I'll never sell that one," Nutter admits, "it has too many hours in it." The necklace, full of loops and swirls and individual settings of several stones, was her first attempt at complex antique design.

Her designs are original and inspired by the gem, she said, explaining that "when I take out a stone, I place it on the bench and let it speak to me."

But she does sell her work. Currently, she has a display at the Cup and Easel in Dover-Foxcroft, and does a tidy trade each week.

Custom work is her speciality, however, and she has designed a Web site, www.silvertouchesbyliani.com, that allows her to interact with a customer. She can also make jewelry repairs.

At this point, life is a juggling act for the Milo woman, who is a wife, mother and still working full time as a floral designer for Riverside Florists in Dover-Foxcroft. Today she devotes an average of 10 to 15 hours a week to making new pieces or bringing her Web site on line. Someday, soon, she hopes the Web site, and her reputation, will allow her to make jewelry design her only profession.

E-mail : liani@silvertouchesbyliani.com, may be the most convenient way to reach Nutter, but you can also call 943-2657, evenings between 6 and 9 p.m., or Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.


NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.