Monday, March 29, 2010
I have gotten some paper work done and a few home repairs struck off the list. But, you don't want to see pictures of that do you? ;)
On Sunday I was able to focus long enough to make two moons. I really enjoy the moon design series and feel a strong sense of connection to them while I work.
For months now I have attempted to come up with a mix of brass and sterling that I hoped would give a look of 'old world' to a design. I've tried different sorts of finishes and have been unhappy with results so far. This brass and sterling moon brooch seems to have finally gotten the finish results I was wanting. I'm not sure I like it enough to do a whole series with this look, but I would like to see it again with some amethyst in the mix.
Since I've been listening to Neil Young in my car this week, I titled the brooch "Harvest Moon".
Monday, March 22, 2010
She implied she would put more up too;)
Sunday, March 21, 2010
I don't think I can even write a blog post that wasn't going off in a million different directions, so I will keep it short.
I did get one project completed. This design has been in my sketch book for several months. I knew it was well within my current abilities and it would not make me stretch very much. I think that is why it got done;)
Just labradorite and sterling. That's it. I like it's ethnic feel and textures.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
My work space is a mess with various components, either experimental creations or supplies not put away. I've started cleaning it up, and I decided to make some simpler designs from some of the components.
This woven pendant was only meant to be experimental, but I thought he was cute enough to not be thrown into the graveyard
I've decided that my heart definitely lies in making challenging and experimental type designs, rather than more simpler designs - but it does take a lot more out of me.
Spring has come to LA, the flowers are blooming, the hills are green, the sun is warm. Me and the cat are thinking about sitting in the patio for a bit doing nothing at all;)
Monday, March 8, 2010
The large wire bead is the basketweaving (for real basket weavers, the technique is called 'coiling'), woven over top of an onyx bead. The pendant is a little bit big, just over 2 inches high. Next time I do this I will choose a smaller bead to work with. Also, smaller bead will mean less hours to weave next time;)
For those who follow my blog regularly, I hope this makes up for the fact that I never showed you my other project; the one I turned in to Copper Wire Jeweler's magazine.
I was so pleased and honored that they invited me, and today they published the interview.
You can get lost on that site for several hours as you read the different artists and surf to their websites!
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I had to use up the other half strand to make an entirely new component, however, more design changes ensued and the new component turned out even better than the first one.
Putting that many hours into one project makes me worry about losing site of the original idea. Sometimes I did not know if I was making a hideous monster from hell, or something cool and new.
It's almost done now and I have decided that I like it and that it is more 'cool and new' than monster like. It's interesting if nothing else. I also decided that I will submit this copper project to the Copper Wire Jeweler's magazine for possible use in their second issue. http://copperwirejewelers.ning.com/profiles/blog/show?id=3516845%3ABlogPost%3A4795
The deadline for submission is March 8 (you still have time if you want to submit something) and I will be done by then. Than I decided that I would give the honor of being the first to publish this piece to the magazine if it is accepted.
Now I feel a bit guilty to my blog readers for talking about this piece and than holding out on you all. I will tell you that it has a ton of basketweaving in it! And of course if they don't want it, I will post it here for all to see.
So for now I only have a bone to throw to my blog readers. I dug up this picture from 2008. It is the second design I ever did using this same basketweaving. I gave it to my daughter for her birthday that year.