My name is Marcia Passos-Duffy, I'm Brazilian-born, US-raised, and I'm the owner of Geo-Graphic Gems. Folks in my region of New Hampshire may know me as editor and publisher of regional magazines (Monadnock Table, The Business Journal and atHome Magazines). I not only love to produce new magazines, but I also love to collect vintage National Geographic magazines. (I also love visiting exotic locations NatGeo has gone to! This profile picture of me was taken during my recent trip to Cuba. I have also been to Vietnam, Macau, Hong Kong, Portugal and have been back to my native country of Brazil many times -- have been to Rio, Northeast Brazil, Brasilia and the Amazon rainforest) I discovered a technique to transform older National Geographic magazines into works of art quite by accident when a friend I was visiting showed me the work she was doing using a natural citric acid based product that uses orange peels to make works of art on canvas. The process dissolves the ink on the pages that are printed on clay-based paper, creating brilliant abstract designs. I began to do this myself and was intrigued by the stunning designs this technique created. I have made jewelry in the past for friends and I realized that bezels with glass cabochons would be an ideal way to use this paper to make earrings and pendants - the glass locks in the paper, making it impermeable to liquids, and accents and magnifies the designs. Most people have not seen anything else like it! I donate 10% of my profits to the National Geographic Society to help our world's wildlife and their habitat. Learn more at www.geographicgems.com and visit me on Facebook and Instagram.
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