Showing posts with label art jewelry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label art jewelry. Show all posts

Monday, April 16, 2012

Marvelous Monday

There were just too many photos of Fiona Chapman's jewelry to share, that I wasn't able to pick a few.  Her work is influenced by plant life, the seashore and currently cells and microscopic life.  She's created such a beautiful collection of silver and resin jewelry that it's simply delightful.  Hope you enjoy and have a marvelous Monday!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Marvelous Monday

Her name is Betsy Bensen and she makes one of a kind, art jewelry.  I stumbled onto her Etsy shop and fell in love with her work.  Her stones and settings are fabulous but I also love her sweet photos . . . like this little lamb displaying this beautifully set pink rose quartz and keishi pearl.

Or this Nevada boulder turquoise atop the backside of this little bunny.  Not only do I admire her work, but her photographs really make it stand out.  What do you think?

There's something indescribable about her work that keeps me wanting to see more.  So, as you can imagine, I was very happy when I found she had 24 flickr pages to peruse.  Beautiful stones, beautiful settings, and great props for her photos - hope you enjoy and have a marvelous Monday!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Marvelous Monday

Susan Remnant creates bold, contemporary enamelled jewelry.  I enjoy her sense of the bold and sculptuural.  Hope you enjoy and have a marvelous Monday!

                                                Green Seed Pendant
                              Ebb & Flow Necklace

Monday, February 20, 2012

Marvelous Monday

"Each metal piece tells a story. Whether it is thought provoking phrases, soothing affirmations, or ancient symbols, my work speaks of how I feel whether the design is ultimately a pair of earrings, a necklace, or a bracelet."  - Tish Collins

Tish began her journey with art jewelry via beads and polymer clay.  Although her path has changed over time,  they still have a place in her newer work.  I enjoy her focal shapes, beautiful etchings, mixed metals and overall color composition.  I hope you enjoy and have a marvelous Monday!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Marvelous Monday

Today I'm posting about the many coats and colors of Annie Pennington.  I originally came across her work through a link on Jillian Palone's website.  Her resume is full of awards, exhibitions, teaching experience, publications and such with her most recent education being an MFA in metalsmithing.  I recently learned she was hired as the Associate Editor for Art Jewelry magazine in 2011.  

Putting all that aside, I am quite frankly in awe of her work.  Her choice of materials, color palette and shapes really excite me.  In this first brooch, her undulating waves of pierced copper move my eyes through colorful pathways  whose journey I don't want to end - it just keeps me wanting more.  Head over to her blog as well to see more of her work.  And check out the fabulous collaboration pieces she did with Jillian Palone.  Hope you enjoy and have a marvelous Monday!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Marvelous Monday

Birgit Kupke-Peyla's work is an exploration in texture and pattern combinations.  She utilizes laminated gold and silver sheet - carving into the gold to reveal the silver.  Utilizing a  multitude of ancient and modern goldsmith techniques, most of her work is hand constructed, architectural with precise aesthetic.  Hope you enjoy and have a marvelous Monday!

“I’ve always been very shape-oriented. I tend to connect to strong, quiet shapes.”

Monday, January 23, 2012

Marvelous Monday

An inherited box of tools and her apartment location (across the street from the "Y" - where a jewelry class was being taught) was how Susan Chin got her start down the path of art jewelry.  Included in the tool box was some ebony and bone which became her early work.  It wasn't until 18 years later that these warm, compelling materials led her down this metalsmithing path again.  Her combination of materials makes for some very beautiful jewelry.  Hope you enjoy and have a marvelous Monday!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Marvelous Monday

A bunch of last minute orders that came in yesterday while I was away from the studio, left me burning the midnite oil.  I couldn't start the week without this post.  Lucky for me that I stumbled fairly quickly on this artist!  Jorge Lopera is a jewelry artist from Bogota, Columbia.  These photos were taken from his flickr page, but he also has a website to peruse.  His colorful, playful designs put a smile on my weary face!  Enjoy and have a marvelous Monday!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Out of the Studio

I had purchased this labradorite cab back when my guild took a trip to Gemstar Gems in New Hampshire.  It has a nice flash of green to it with just a touch of blue.  The cut ring blank and the bezel w/backplate have been sitting in a little ziploc bag for at least a month now and it feels great when I can say I finally finished it.

I have one other ring in the works which will include a faux stone.  Then it's time to get going with the earrings I've been thinking about.  I've made some nice textured sterling pieces that will be used with them. 

And if you're thinking about working your photography, Etsy did another post on steps to taking great photo shots of your work.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Another Ring

I was able to make this new ring the other day.  I'd always wanted to try to flush set some stones into a ring - so here's  a first for me.  After I set the stones, in order to see if they're set well, I threw it in my ultrasonic cleaner for a few minutes.  I was happy to see that no stones came out.  Prior to this, I had textured the sterling a little before I gave it a patina.  The interior was polished and then it was thrown in the tumbler.  I haven't taken many photos with crystals, so you really can't see the sparkle.  But they have a nice contrast with the ring, which actually looks like shiny hematite. 

Today I hope to work on one last ring - a Labradorite.  Then I'll be getting back to polymer with metal so I can start working on adding pieces to my jewelry shop. 

Friday, June 24, 2011

Goings on - In the Studio and Out

My blog posts have been a little erratic lately - have you noticed?  I haven't been spending as much time in the studio as I would have liked.  This is always a busy time of year with the end of school.  It means shortened days (yesterday was the last), numerous commitments, endless carpooling, and too many appointments that I care to even think about.  And then I recently opened a new shop.  I've separated my jewelry under a different shop name - "StudioNaftali".   As I mentioned before, I'm looking to add more metal to my work.  When I initially started working in metal, I was doing sterling wire beaded bracelets which was a technique taught by Lynne Merchant (which would work wonderful with polymer by the way) and made very popular by Connie Fox.  I had never put them for sale in my Etsy bead shop and have now put a few in this shop.  I mean, do they really need to be kept in my studio closet?  I almost forgot all about them.  Crazy!  Their prices are really wonderful considering the silver market, design time, and work involved. 

Here's a couple pairs of newer earrings I added to the shop.  They are made with copper discs.  One is etched and the other has a textured sterling disc. 

They both are patinaed  Many moons ago, I bought a bunch of patinas from with intentions of using it as another way to add color to my metal.  Just another one of those things I hadn't gotten to.  When I saw Missflickermedia's tutorial on patinas a while back I figured I would purchase it when I had some time to experiment.  Lo and behold, I finally got around to it and thought she did a great job.  It sent me back in motion.  I'm adding base metals as a way to balance the cost of materials.  Besides, the patinas can really add some nice color to these metals.   But that's all going to have to wait a few weeks because I'm going on vacation.   I'll be out of town for 16 days and will be closing my shops on June 28th and re-opening them up on July 14th.  Lily, myself, my mother-in-law and my sister-in-law will be going to Israel together.  We're all pretty excited as this will be the first time for three of us. 

And who would ever think that I'd be getting in touch with my my BAO teammate Triz for a shopping date?  Another one of my favorite stones is a Chrysocolla.  And when you have Chrysocolla mixed with malachite and turquoise, it's known as the Eilat (Israel) stone as this is where it is mined.  So, I'm meeting up with Triz to go shopping for Eilat stones in Tel-Aviv - as long as all the stars and planets are aligned. 

Below is a necklace which I set my first stone in a bezel.  It was a Chrysocolla. 

Oh yeah, and then to our surprise, we received 4 tickets to the Jimmy Buffet concert.  This was our 25th year and we thought for sure we'd be missing it as we didn't receive the tickets until 4 days before the concert.  For a number of years we've been renting an RV and taking anywhere from 10 - 12 of us. So this was the year of downsizing.  It was kind of like a flashback as that's how it all began - two friends from CT, myself and Mark.

And finally, every few weeks we have a color challenge with the BAO team.  So every chance I get to experiment, and it's usually for this challenge, I experiment with patterns.  I almost started to write the directions down for one of the patterns when it dawned on me to pick up my camera.  I've done this for tutorials, but NEVER for myself!  So now, when I'm in the process of discovery, I pick up the camera, and shoot.  And as they say, a picture's worth a thousand words.  SO MUCH EASIER!  So now I've started some folders of just pattern development.   Every now and then I poke my head out of the cave and say "huh"?  Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 15, 2011


I love the scheduling aspect of blogger as I am in actually in CT today helping my sister prepare for my niece Jaime's baby shower.  I blogged about the IKEA vases I got for it here

But I actually finished a necklace which was started last year. This is the first of a series of work that's been sitting on my bench.  One of them is probably 9 or 10 years old.  Does that ever happen to you?  For whatever reason, that's the way I work sometimes.  When I started experimenting with making faux stones, I started working with translucent polymer clay.   I had never really worked with it much in the past but am finding how wonderful the effects can be. I set it in one of my etched sterling pieces.

Also, I took my own advice and had a couple radial style gradient sheets printed out at my local office supply store.  Unfortunately, the radial needed to be tighter so I've got another order in to be picked up later today.  The first photo was taken over a white acrylic panel. 

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

In September I blogged about some of my projects that I had revisited.  I was hoping to have them all done for the show. Today, I was able to complete one of them.  I find that when I'm using sterling, my decision making process slows down a bit. The polymer pattern has to really suit the piece.

And here's a colony of earrings that seems to be growing daily. It's official . . . my nails have been sanded away.  Hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Out of the Studio Wednesday

I thought I'd post just a few more photos of a couple more pieces I've electroformed.  The first was another cab, similar to last week's, but the base color is a little different.  The second is a pair of earrings I made that I thought would look well with the copper.  I went "flat" with the copper plating as I thought the earrings were a little more delicate looking with their fine crackle lines.  I'm really happy with the way they turned out.  I'll have to use this more in the future.  And last is an earring.  The other unfortunately had to be tossed (one of the copper lines was a little too thin as I was trying to be "delicate" again).  I was able to catch the patina at the right moment and loved the way it worked with the colors of the earring. 

A few months back, I was juried into the 38th Annual Craft Showcase that's held in Duxbury, MA.  If you visit the page, you'll see a familiar necklace that was included on their postcards - yay!  So, immediately after the Bead Affaire, I've had to switch bead making gears and start thinking about jewelry designs and table displays for jewelry (amidst all these electroforming experiments).  I'm still trying to figure out how I will be displaying my (hopefully) numerous steel choker pieces.  Oh well.  Here's a photo of some colors I was working with yesterday.  

Monday, October 11, 2010

Marvelous Monday

Did you know that an inro is a flexible knitted tube band worn on the wrist?  People can put object/objects in them and the form changes depending upon what the user puts into it. 

Yoko Izawa has been interested for sometime in containing, wrapping or covering things.  She had searched for something elusive. 

"Veiled jewellery reflects my assumption that although certainty is often required in modern society, ambiguous expression has been the most distinctive characteristic found in Japanese values and religious beliefs."

I keep looking at these forms and wondering how their shapes are held. What do you think is inside - clear plastic?   Don't you just want a little touch?

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, January 18, 2010

Marvelous Monday

Today I'm featuring the work of Liv Blavarp, a Norwegian born master woodworker.  She creates the most amazing, one-of-a-kind, sculpture-to-wear necklaces and collars. They're  dramatic, asymmetrical pieces that invoke everything from sealife to vertebra.  I enjoy how her clasps are such an integral piece of the design.  She dyes the wood and carves it into curving, organic shapes.  Hope you enjoy - have a marvelous Monday.  Happy MLK Day! 

Monday, September 7, 2009

Marvelous Monday

This weekend I came across Mandy Nash's website. She works from her studio in Wales and creates beautiful jewelry from anodized aluminum. They're bold and very colorful. I particularly enjoy the piercing of metal and layering. Her work is influened by textiles and her three passions are color, pattern and technique. You'll see she also makes clocks and funtional/non-functional textiles. If you love color, it's worth the trip. Have a marvelous Monday!