Believe Me…

•February 19, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Being an artist is not “all fun and games”, especially for one who designs beadwoven creations and writes tutorials, both of which require an enormous amount of time.  Assembling beading kits is another task that devours hours that might otherwise be spent creating art.  The process entails weighing and/or counting numerous colors and quantities of beads, printing labels and attaching them to the individual packettes that will hold the beads, making kit envelopes and printing the tutorials included with each kit.  I discovered that my stock of assembled kits had dwindled significantly over the holidays and was in dire need of replenishment.   I’ve spent the past two weeks feeling much like a one-person assembly line, but that and much more is all part of the business of art!  I have scheduled a brief and much needed respite in early March during which time I look forward to engaging in rest and relaxation, “smelling the roses” and maybe I’ll even do a bit of beading just for fun!

At This Time Every Year…

•February 6, 2020 • 2 Comments

When winter still holds a firm grasp in the Midwest and the dreariness of cold and grey skies abound, my very being begins to crave color! As in past years, I find myself lured as if by a Siren’s song to colorful beads! Today my work table is overflowing with my inventory of Delica beads.  Round seed beads, bugles, fringe and other bead types that haven’t seen the light of day in months will be saved for another day. I need to reorganize this stash before I can even begin to think about creating new beaded designs. When I do, you can bet I’ll be choosing vivid, happy colors that almost shout “Winter be gone!” and “Joie de vivre”!  I certainly will not be ready for subdued tones until next fall!  When I’ve sorted through this stockpile and selected colors, I’ll begin to start the designing process and work up pattern samples. I’m always torn between wanting to work with Geometric designs or playing with bead embroidery…I love doing both! And at this point I have no idea if the project will be a necklace, bracelet, earrings, or brooch.  After working with metal for so many months I’m hoping inspiration for a new design will come to fruition without encountering creative roadblocks. Changing from one medium to another can be a challenge as my brain needs time to disengage from what I’ve been doing and free up space to focus on new media and ideas. But it’s all part of the creative journey and I love every minute of it!

There’s a Saying…

•January 29, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Less is sometimes more.  The silver pendant shown above is a large, rather heavy and substantial piece and the 24″ double link chain carries the weight beautifully. What this necklace doesn’t need is a lot of fussy additions that would create a distraction. Measuring 65mm x 40mm x 15mm, the textured bezel holds a chunk of petrified wood surrounded by a narrow boarder of resin faux druzy.  The orbs that surround the bezel are all the decoration that is called for.  I’ve titled this piece “Castle Rock” because it has a medieval theme.
However, I think that depending on the piece, sometimes more is much better!  Case in point; the “Magpie Treasure” fetish necklace that I made over a year ago started with just three charm components hanging at the bottom…the deer antler, a resin faux peridot crystal, and a fine silver bellflower.  Since then, I’ve gradually added more charms, one or two at a time rearranging each charm for balance.  A silver pod and a small silver branch that I made in a casting class years ago came next, followed several months later by a cast silver twig and a carved horn raven’s head. And now with the addition of a tiny silver ladder that I fabricated some thirty years ago and another cast twig the necklace is now complete.  I’ve enjoyed every facet of making this piece.  The history as well as the energy that went into the creation of each charm makes this a very special necklace and I wear it almost every day.  It goes well with almost every garment I own and I like to think it brings me good luck!

It’s What’s On Your Workbench Wednesday!

•January 22, 2020 • 2 Comments

Here’s what I’ve been working on…bezels and charms.  I’m now ready to set the oval moss-colored nephrite cabochon into a bezel that has a star cutout on the backside.  I like the backside of jewelry to be as interesting as the front…it’s a nice extra touch, I think!  Measuring 55mm in length, the bezel on the left side of this photo is uneven in height as is the piece of petrified wood that will fit into it.  I intend to secure the petrified wood in a bed of resin faux druzy.  The contrast of shine and sparkle juxtaposing with the dullness of the brown bark will be interesting!  Next to the cast silver twig charm is a resin faux beryl crystal that will fit into a hanging bezel and dangle as a charm on a necklace I’ve yet to design. The bezel pictured at upper left will hold a shallow 10mm paua shell cabochon and be added to another component as yet unplanned. Having lots of components on hand to use in future projects is a good thing!  I hope to have several finished soon to show you in my next post.  So…what projects are you working on?  

Enough With The Rings Already…

•January 15, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Well, at least for now anyway. I really do love to make and wear rings and believe that one can never have too many! But, I’ll take a temporary break from them and concentrate on pendants for awhile.  I love to wear pendants on neck rings and am always careful to create bails that are large enough to slip on and off…one neck ring that works with several pendants lends a good deal of fashion mileage!  The lower portion of this sterling silver pendant holds an amethyst-colored vintage glass scarab although with the light reflection in this photo it looks more like the profile of a woman’s face! Connected with a nail head link, the upper portion is set with a pale green domed 
varasite cabochon.  To achieve the look of antiquity, I dipped the silver in liver of sulfur to darken the metal and enhance the textured surfaces of the bezel surrounds. 

There’s Gold in Them Hills…

•January 8, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Having watched the series “Deadwood”, I can imagine the surprise of an old grizzly-bearded prospector coming across a nice sparkling gold-colored nugget of what he thinks is Gold.  The stone in this ring is Pyrite which is often referred to as Fools Gold.  The nugget measures 25mm x 15mm, the perfect size for this oval-shaped ring.  It’s embedded in resin faux black druzy and surrounded by a highly textured bezel.  I’m getting lots of ‘Ooh, I love that ring!’ comments with this one! 

Happy New Year!

•January 1, 2020 • Leave a Comment

What better way to “Ring in the New Year” than with a ring!  This time I’ve created a sterling silver ring featuring a resin faux amethyst crystal embedded in sparkling faux druzy.  The ring measures 1.25” in diameter. It’s a nice BIG statement piece…just the way I like my jewelry!  I’m definitely not into dainty, diminutive jewelry.  Bad Ass Bling is my thing!!!  Wishing the world a New Year of peace and kindness and to all artists I wish unbridled creativity!

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