Yes, I'm the type that can't sit around without the guilt of knowing there is something that needs to be done.
It's definitely a sickness and I know there are some of you out there who can relate...
don't look away, you know who you are.
So how does this relate to my polymer clay? Well, I am always in search of ways to improve or tweak my look. My "imprint" series makes me happy, but something was definitely missing. They weren't as rustic as I would like them to be. And then I came across Ginger Davis Allman of The Blue Bottle Tree. She has this tutorial that intrigued me and perhaps might take me to the place I was seeking. I purchased, read, and the light bulb came on. There was one step in there that I was missing. I won't divulge it here, you'll have to purchase her tutorial for that, but man did fireworks go off in my head.
Here is what I have created so far...
I am digging the archaic, grunge look they hold and am
extremely excited at the many possibilities that lie ahead.
Boredom be gone!
Thanks so much Ginger for taking me a step further in my work.
I have been playing with polymer for about 6 years now and I can definitely say my techniques have evolved. For the better, I can't really say, but I do know there is more cohesion with my work and my previous tendency for ADD-like symptoms (with my beads) seems to be disappearing.
So where does this leave us? With a huge box of neglected, lonely, "older" beads...sad, very sad.
They want a home.
And although my first thought was to place them in the trash, they look at me, stare at me, with hope.
I've told you this before, when you are an artist, you get attached, and sometimes your work just may speak to you....not saying this is the case with me....
So the purge has begun. You will find these lovelies up for sale in the next coming days at very low, low prices. So have a heart; adopt a couple won't you?
I'm a little late posting this morning, so I apologize. In my earlier post, I introduced you to my lovely Bead Soup partner, Keren Panthaki of VasDea. She sent me some of the most gorgeous pieces of lampwork. AND, they were some of my favorite colors to boot. How does a gal get that lucky?!
I created this bracelet first, wanting to use this amazing clasp as a focal, I designed around it...
I mean, look at that copper! At first I thought the glass ring may be too delicate to really be functional, but Keren knows what she's doing...the thing is STRONG! And look at those yummy colors....sigh...
All the lampwork is from Keren; perfect complimentary pieces for this labor of love.
Bracelets, necklaces, they're harder for me to create for some reason so I moved on to what I love the most, earrings...
Fun and funky earthy yellow just needed some of my copper for a nice blend. I wanted to bring out the small specks of blue so I patinaed the chain for a little pop. They hang so beautifully.
I call them snails...you can call them what you like but I love the little things...had NO idea what I was going to do with them until the green czech beads came in the mail as a freebie...fate, I tell ya!
Last, but not least, my absolute favorites. Who doesn't love blue with copper....
I hammered out some copper for fun little dangle thingys and threw in some silver heishi spacers cuz I love to combine different metals.
And there you have it! Actually, I still have some more pieces in the works because Keren is such a generous supplier. Thank you Keren for your wonderful gifts of love and for being my partner this time around. And a BIG thank you to the wonderful Lori Anderson for, once again, enduring this HUGE undertaking. I'm sure I speak for all of us when I wish you the very best in your path to recovery and pain management. You are in my thoughts Miss Lori!
She is a lampwork artist from the UK and wow, her work is yummy! How incredibly lucky I was to receive such a talented artist as my partner. Her usage of colors makes my heart sing. And as much as I would love to show you what goodies I received, well, you'll just have to wait ;)
wow, where did the year go and where the heck have i been?!
upon approaching my most favorite time of the year, i found myself full of tension and stress due to my new "single mom" status. not only do i worry about the monetary aspect of my situation, but i also worry about how well i'm raising these two beautiful boys of mine. so i took a break and decided to figure out how to proceed into the new year with less stress and the ability to focus on the important, more enjoyable, things.
happy to report i'm feeling much better and everything around me seems to reflect my positive attitude.
AND, in case you were concerned....i did not sit on my bum the entire time ;)
i've been working with metal and fire! oh how i love my little butane torch...even bought myself a fire extinguisher, you know, just in case i get out of hand.
SO, in my bead shop, you will now find forged copper with different attitudes.