Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Eye Ring

before patina

after w/ patina

Since the first jewelry class back in September of 2009 I wanted to use glass taxidermy eyes. This year I found a source, picked out a few & got to work. I had a few wishes for my eyes,green or gold & slit pupils. This eye met two of those criteria. I was finally able to make this ring because I found solder for copper, my metal of choice. I won't be keeping this ring, today is my best friend's birthday & when I sent him the picture of the raw ring he responded, "I love it, must have one". That is a true friend, wanting the raw ring w/o hesitation.I'll get it wrapped & then I'm taking him for dim sum tomorrow.  A funny story about Bryan, when I was having the experience from hell a couple of weeks ago switching cable/ internet providers I called him & said" you are going to have to talk me off this ledge because I am ready to start sniping off the tower" he didn't miss a beat, just replied " I can talk you down if you want, but you know I'm going to be by your side reloading"

eye sets

I'm going to celebrate International Charm Day by finishing a charm bracelet I've been collecting parts for a couple of years. I've been laying it out for  six months, easy.So that bracelet & maybe some work on my 'green' piece today. Have a creative day everyone!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Messy Studio Hop

view from the door

bead table from the left

extra 6 foot table I pulled out to do a holiday show in december.

the bed table, proper

Ugh it looks even worse in  pictures, & that's saying something.I'm a 'stacker', all over the house. The bead table actually has the most flat available surface of anywhere else, (it's the trays, I can stack them on a shelf, pull out a new one & have a new clean surface to work) scary I know. I'll leave you w/ the list of hop a longs so you can get out of here, quickly!

Brenda Sue Lansdowne
Robin Delargy:
Kim at Cianci Blue
Jennifer Jazwick-Smith
Mary Shannon Hicks
Tracy Swartz
Jacqueline Marchant
Lynnea Perry Bennett
Terry Matusyk
Laurel Steven
Dr. Brassy Steamington
Pamela Takeshige
Kris Lanae Binsfeld
Outre Art
Linzi Alford
Deb Davis
Tamara Jones
Harry Wood
Gerry Nickerson
Elizabeth Owens-Dwy
Georgene Lockwood
Charisa Sloper
Jennifer Justman
Mary Deis
Cheri Reed
Sondra Kolner
Sonya Ingersoll-Stille
Lori Anderson
Sandra McGriff
Shelly Joyce
Joan Williams
Kashmira Patel
Deb Beechy
Ginger Bishop
Kelli Jacobson
Natalie McKenna
Andrew Thornton
Mary Govaars
Kate Mulligan
Lisa Lodge
Tami Luchini
Monique Lula
Lee Koopman
Jayne Capps
Susan Lloyd
Cynthia Wainscott
Stephanie Amanti
Alicia Marinache
Sam Hamp
Lennis Carrier

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Wrapped, Stacked & Layered Hop

Here are 14 bracelets I put together for this challenge. I usually wear a stack of bracelets,(minimum of three)daily so this was right up my alley! From left to right; chunky glass faceted beads [made for this challenge],red leather wrap bracelet[Wal Mart],3 bangles[made these about 15 years ago, the one w/ the Buddha face bead is a recent repair],B&W leather friendship bracelet[dollar jewelry store], red bamboo coral[made 4 years ago], cherry charm bracelet[Tiffany Gutierrez], lava beads,[made 4 years ago] silver chain[gift, thnx Mom],red trade beads on elastic[gift,mom again] leather cord/double wrap bracelet[made for me by  my oldest niece],stone skulls on elastic[made this a couple of years ago],silver skulls[re purposed from broken wallet chain]. The 8 from the right & the red leather wrap bracelet are in heavy rotation,often worn a couple of times a week.

This is a 'gimme' an extra. When I signed up for this challenge I thought about making a whole new stack,but then I reconsidered when I thought about my tried & true workhorses. It hardly seemed fair to leave them out! So this bracelet is a compromise, yes I said bracelet, as in 1.The last time I beaded w/ my best friend T she talked about "one day taking a whole coil of memory wire I had & beading the whole thing". This wasn't a new, whole coil, but in honor of T I picked up a coil & started stringing. In a strange twist of fate, I ended up w/ 14 different 'bracelets'. I think she would have loved this( it is a BEAST, heavy like you would not believe!) & probably made off w/ it for her own, ; )
Here is your hop list

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Can you guess what colour I'm using in the One Crayon Colour Blog Hop ?

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!

The kids & I made eggs using silk ties for the dye. I really love the way they turned out.The kids were impressed too, I think they'll enjoy using them tomorrow @ their egg hunt.
Me. Easter 1967. Happy Easter

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Ice Resin Mishaps

This week I was disillusioned w/ a blog. Now I'm not completely naive, I know comments are deleted, especially those of the nasty variety, but I really didn't think comments that gave a different experience would be deleted. I went to the Ice Resin blog to see a project video. Part of the process involved using a torch on a tin, creating an almost crocodile like texture. As the artist was using the syringe applicator she went on & on about how great the syringe was because you could use a small amount of resin & measure so easily & accurately. I left a comment along the lines of 
                             " that is a great tip on using the torch on a tin. I can't share your love for the syringe,however, because when I used mine it was cool, & as I was later told "when it is cold, one part of the resin is heavier than the other & comes out differently". My resin never set up & now I am afraid the resin left in the syringe is also out of ratio"
That's it,nothing outright mean or awful. Just what I thought was a statement of fact that the syringe dispenser didn't work so well for me the first time & what was left probably wouldn't work either. When I was reading today's post I noticed several more comments & wondering if anyone had an answer about my remaining resin I read them. My comment was gone, as if it had never been said. Nothing left but fawning compliments on the in my research about resin I discovered a hint on another brand's page that said if it was very cool put your bottles in a glass of warm water for a few minutes to make sure your resin isn't too cool to work properly. That was an easy fix that would have saved my projects/bezels.I haven't decide if it is worth it to cut the plunger on the syringe & try to dispense each side independently (thereby negating ALL of the ease of the syringe) or just chucking it & moving on to the envirotex resin I have.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Candy Coated Ears Challenge

Serena @ All Things Made Jewelry held a challenge involving the colours from this painting,Love Letter 2 by Jamie Best. The rules were, 1) make earrings,2) use @ least 3 of the colours,3) use wire &/or chain in your earrings. Simple enough, right?

I'd like to start off w/ , I love this palette.The three dark variations of black w/ the pop of reds was enough outside of my regular greens that I thought it would really be a challenge,(oddly enough I make a lot of black & red pieces for myself).Then the reality set in. The last colour was out of left field, is it pink/ is it peach? The answer is yes, depends on your computer,time of day,etc.I had the perfect orangey red bead, but only two of them.The darks were much easier, I had wire in gunmetal & black & some dark chain that was perfect. I put together lots of beads, moved them around & sketched many earrings.For such a simple challenge I was having trouble getting anything I liked. A lot of beads didn't make the final cut.
Lots of the earrings I sketched were lush but I couldn't get the sketches to translate to reality.These feel a little spare to me for that reason. The only colour I didn't actively use was the white(eggshell?bone?) but both the briolette beads & the coral beads have that colouration in them. That satisfied the requirements enough for me. All in all I really did enjoy this challenge, frustrations & all. I'm going to revisit this palette & see what else I can come up w/, maybe that lush pair of earrings will come to pass after all!