Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Taking the Time

I'm off to Synergy 2010 - be back next week!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Marvelous Monday

"Art not only imitates nature, but also completes its deficiencies." (Aristotle)

As I was scouring the internet for some inspirational photos, I came across the website of UK artist Colin Bailey.  His Giclee prints of rock erosion gave my eyes a sensual treat.  They're just another reminder of the beauty that is found in nature when you pay attention.  Enjoy and have a marvelous Monday!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Crazy over Morrisonite

Today I came across a shop on Etsy called Olive Bungalow.   It is owned by Michele, who is a metalsmith and lapidarist.  One particular stone she cuts goes by the name Morrisonite Jasper.  They have very beautiful patterns and colors.  They actually look like miniature sceneries.  She only has a couple items listed in her shop but I found her blog post that mentioned she would have listed 7 new rings yesterday.  Two of them are shown below.  I looked at her sold section and there they all were. :o(  Her settings and stones are such a beautiful combination.  sigh.

Art Nouveau

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Two Peas in a Pod

Last Friday I was called out of town on a family emergency. As the dust settles, I'm trying to catch up with orders, blogging and daily life. I came across a German designer who makes fabulous jewelry. She has a website that is in German only but is a visual treat. If you like some of the photos below, be sure to look at her "new" work.  You can also see more of her work on Klimt02.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Marvelous Monday

Today I thought I would begin the week with a mixture of textures. Hope you enjoy - and have a marvelous Monday!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Feeling the Love Friday, Finished Piece Photos

Just today I had the pleasure of being in another one of Smadar's treasuries.  The title is Lava Lovelies and my Autumn Leaf Necklace was featured in it!  The treasury is pretty new so you should be able to view it here.  Lots of great shops to check out!

I'm sending the love back to SmadarsTreasure for taking her time to make this treasury.  It's bold, it's black and it's bronze.  And why was beautiful left out of her title???  Phew!

And at last, I finished the necklace and took some pictures.  As with everything you do for the first time, there's always a learning curve!

Hope you have a great weekend! 

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Out of the Studio Thursday

The etched piece has a few more steps to do, but I figured I'd post a picture anyway.  Hopefully I'll be able to get a little more time in the studio today than yesterday. 

This month, using the Random Number Generator, I selected a name for the free bead of the month off my website.  Norah Wason was the lucky winner!  The bead is on its way to her now.  If you'd like to be eligible as well for the monthly drawing, sign up here!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Out of the Studio Wednesday

Intending on adding more metal to my work this year and "assemble" several techniques together, I thought I'd begin with an etching project and share the process here.  First, I made a drawing. 

Next I copied the drawing onto a transparency.  Using my sketch of the necklace (in tomorrow's post) I sawed a  piece of my sterling silver to the size I needed.  I transferred the transparency design onto the metal. 
Once that was done, I etched the silver.  Then came the tedious job of cleaning it up. I used a nail polish remover that I had in the house that wasn't pure acetone (probably had some sort of nail conditioner in it) so the strength was a bit diluted. I ended up having to use a combination of the acetone and my fingernail for scraping the blue off. Once that was done, you can see a better picture of the etched metal. 

Tomorrow, I'll share my sketch of the necklace, the finished etched piece with patina, and hopefully the polymer "cabachon" in the center.  Maybe I'll even get to finish the project! 

In January I had mentioned I was going to work on the shopping cart for my crochetedbracelet website.  It probably took me all of an hour!  It went faster as I was able to use my other website as a template and transfer a lot of the information from one cart into the other.  I am relieved that I am no longer using the other shopping cart.  Folder on the left, mals-e cart.  Folders on the right, my ex cart. Is bigger really better?  Mals-e cart was a dream!

And speaking of dreams, I had the pleasure of using "the Dream Machine" with a motor last week. That's one machine I would love to own.  It purrs.  If you're like me and you don't like cleaning your pasta machine, you'll appreciate how easy it is to clean this machine.  You can check out the video for the Dream Machine on Polymer Clay Express's website.  With just the removal of a few screws, your blades can be taken out, cleaned and put back in place.  It's definitely on my wish list.  What a dream! 

Monday, February 1, 2010

Marvelous Monday

99 Feelings - how are you feeling today?   

"Once I planned to create 99 feelings...

I hope to show them all in here...
That is if I ever finish them...
I'm already over halfway... :)
It's going fast: 30 more...
Hmm, only 20 left to make....
Counting down now, only 7 left to make...
DONE! Feels great! :) "

First of all, I have to say how I appreciate series and the feelings they emote when done mostly in white.  But to create them all so that they each individually represent a feeling, is just too cool.  I found myself playing and replaying this video. To check out the feelings of each piece, click on the individual pictures here.

Another wonderful thing I found about this artist (Artmind) is that she is now doing colllaborative work with another Etsian who goes by lilarubyking. There's a few photos up on lilarubyking's shop that can be seen here.  I enjoy collaborations so much - best of both worlds.  Here's one of my favorites.

Have a marvelous Monday!