I’m participating in the 7th Annual Bead Soup Swap and I’m so excited. Working in the studio while the kids are at school is such fun and I really enjoy the one day per week I get out and meet people when I go grocery shopping but sometimes I long for connection with those that have the same interests. So, while this is still in my studio alone, the reveal will be really fun because we’ll all be looking at eachother’s work at the same time, making comments, etc. I plan on carving out a bit of time to just go to other people’s websites and be a part of this international swap through the DSL lines.

It excites me to think that beads that somebody else chose at some time, held, treasured are coming to me and mine will be coming to them and then we can create something totally new and different yet, to the other person, those beads will still hold a piece of them in the artwork too. Pretty cool co-creating.

I think it’s a good representation of the postitive aspects of living on this Earth as human. We are ALL connected, we leave a piece of ourselves behind as we go to the grocery store, exchange money, smiles, a pat on the back as we pass by a co-worker, a child…and that energy carries on in that person, in those things we handle in some way. We are all adding to the collective pot. This is what excites me the most about being a part of Bead Soup.

So, thank you SO MUCH to Lori from PrettyThingsBlog.com for making it all happen.

 

It’s Marvelous Monday! Time to post an update on what’s been going on in the studio.

I’ve been working on making some new pieces that are more affordable in the the wrist wear department. Errrr, they started out being more affordable and over time I just couldn’t help myself. Honestly, these became mini wearable works of art. The layered polymer clay bracelets will be less expensive than the copper cuffs which are hand cut and embossed, layered with hand cut and stamped leather and then further layered with unusual polymer clay designs sealed in resin and then attached using a wire weaving technique. All clasps and end caps are handmade as well. Some bracelets feature chain and others feature chain mixed with sari ribbons collected from the cutting room floors in India.

For the polymer only bracelets, I started by making whimsical creatures on cool stamped and painted backgrounds made of polymer clay. After curing them I mounted them on hand cut and embossed copper sheet treated with a patina. I realized that the polymer background was covering most of the copper cuff. “To solve this problem, a second design was born!

I made thick embossed polymer cuffs to mount my creatures and their backgrounds on and then made smaller designs and coated them in resin for the copper cuffs. To add strength I embossed and finger painted leather and adhered it to the copper backing. That step is not shown yet in these photos. The last steps will be to add decorative metal discs and chain or ribbon clasps. All items are assembled using a cold fusion method of hand torched wire head pins and a hammer.

I can hardly wait to finish these and get them up for you!

 

 

 

I realize that many of my ideas spring from the people or circumstances around me. I am so thankful that I have working eyes. I am so inspired by colors, textures and other peoples problems. For instance, my mom loves hat pins. But half of her collection is missing. So, that inspired me to make hat pins of course. How F-U-N is that? What a great little diversion from bigger jewelry projects or web design. It’s like a Snicker’s bar, a short little burst of creativity to pick you up. → Continue Reading

 

I’m so tired right now.

Last night was the last night for entering the Cool Tools Antique Mold contest. Use a mold in a jewelry design and win $500, $200 or $100 to spend in their store. I would go for some metal clay, textures and templates. It would be so fun to put some of my designs into metal.

I’ve been working on some pieces for this contest on and off for a few weeks now. I entered at 11:15pm last night. Talk about hitting a deadline!

Everything sort of went all wonky at the last minute. All of my photos looked like they came out of comic books for some reason so I had to tape a paper towel over my really bright desk lamp and take some new photos. At night, in the worst lighting. In the middle of it my youngest was crying and I had to go lay with him and tickle his back until he fell asleep. All the while I had a head cold and was exhausted. → Continue Reading

*I am NOT paid to say any of this FYI. I know I totally sound like an ad but really, I’m just super excited to find something that gets hardened acrylic paint off without being harsh. I totally don’t mind freely advertising something if it works and will be of help to my fellow artists and crafty~folks.

I was perusing my local Lowe’s (didn’t see it at HD) and picked up some Krud Kutter. I’m not into harsh chemicals and all but I had some serious paint splatters all over my desk that I’ve been trying to scrape off with a razor blade, elbow grease and a host of baby wipes. I had custom painted my jewelry desk with these cool zebra stripes and sealed it with a thick lacquer and I was really not liking the silver smears and splatters from an exploded paint tube. → Continue Reading

Dying ribbon is one of those great creations because you never know how it’s going to turn out until you’re done. It isn’t hard to do and supplies don’t have to take up much space. Here’s my quick start guide to set up and dye your ribbon.

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I use Procion MX dyes and have liked them very much. I know some people use Rit or other dyes and have had great success there too. With Rit I believe you simply dye, dry and heat set the ribbon. Procion recommends using Soda Ash (sodium carbonate) to pre-soak your ribbon in for about 20 minutes which helps set the dye. → Continue Reading

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