I am still adjusting my photos to remove the SO Art Studio name, as I have decided to simplify my little handmade business by changing over to Sharon Orella Designs for my jewelry creations. I will continue to make my copper artworks, but am really enjoy improving my jewelry bench skills. So coming soon, I will gear up my website to showcase my jewelry and continue making some lovely new items. I also have begun moving some of my jewelry onto Artfire as they have a great google search engine submission and they feed Amazon as well. I will still be on Etsy but it is nice to be in few places for folks to find me.
Have you always found it difficult at best to find jewelry that is large enough? This has been a struggle for me my entire life. I love to wear bracelets and necklaces and earrings etc… but every time I have seen something, that I thought was beautiful and would love to have, it has been the same story over and over. I try the bangle bracelets (I would love to wear an armful of them) and I cannot get them over my hand (ok, I cannot get them past my knuckles!) I have a size 8 wrist and the widest part of the hand is over 9 inches. I would love to say, oh I can lose weight and it all will fit, but it is just not true. I had the same size when I weighed 130 lbs…. I am over 5′ 10″ inches tall with a size 11 foot and even at 135 I wore a size 14-16 pant (I am quite a bit more that that now, but you get the picture, right?). That jewelry never actually ever fit me. I always had to add extenders to necklaces and bracelets, and was limited to certain styles. I did get fed up and started making my own jewelry, and I love making it! Who hasn’t said, I wish I had known this then. Yes, I make jewelry in larger sizes… because if you want to know a secret that is not talked about much? It is this….
If you are larger you can wear bolder, more dramatic and more beautiful jewelry!
In fact the larger you are, in height or weight, it doesn’t matter, wearing small petite jewelry just gets lost on you. I am not saying that you have to wear big bright colors and chunky fruit jewelry, of course not that would be ridiculous… But, you CAN wear layers of jewelry and larger pendants, and great chunky bracelets and bold earrings. In fact, I am saying you can wear some amazing stuff that smaller women (tiny & thin), just cannot carry off. There is nothing more sexy, than a buxom bosom layered with beautiful chains and a great pendant and if your tall like me and maybe not so much a buxom bosom woman, then the you can carry the long length superbly. I really want to encourage every large size woman to invest in great jewelry, to complete your look. You will look more put together and as beautiful as you truly are!
Of course here is my shameless plug… I always make my jewelry available locally and post more and more of it in my Etsy shop. Here are some examples…
Copper and Silver bracelets, layered together make for a very sophisticated look and because of the links they can twist around you wrist and always look good. Stay tuned, I have more to say on this passion of mine, and I will be sharing more styles of jewelry very soon…
I was thinking the other day about how I would be able to have prints made of some of my work, that would not require me to a) purchase a fancy printer and equally fancy paper b) Invest in have random prints made that may sell, or not… Then I realized, that I could probably put the images out on Fine Art America. You have to know, embarrassing as it is, that I signed up for FAA like 2 years ago, and get an email once a week about it. Even worse was, I open the email, I read the contents (which is all about what is going on there) but I never posted anything on it! DUH! So this week I created some galleries, found a couple of friends I know that are on there and hopefully someone will notice some of the stuff I have out there. What I liked, was that they could turn my artworks, photographs etc.. into cards, giclee’s, prints and so on. They send them out and a portion of the proceeds (decided by me) goes to me. I am hoping it works out well, wish me luck!
Here is the link to my Gallery on Fine Art America: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/sharon-orella.html
When you get there, I would recommend clicking on Galleries so you can see bodies of work together, vs different mediums together like it is below.
Well there is one really good thing about the warm days we have had in the Pacific Northwest, besides that wonderful sun and heavenly warmth! It means I have been able to dip my toe into the Copper creation pool earlier than normal. Yes, I broke out the torch, set up the table and firing easel and went to town on these bits of copper… each one is only 6″x6″ but grouped they are wonderful, if I do say so myself… Only one is up in my shop so far, but the rest will be there soon… Here is a preview…
I was perusing jewelry on Etsy as I am prone to do on a pretty regular basis. I love handmade, mine and that of others… I found so many yummy copper pieces that I just could not resist picking my favorites. So here is what I came up with, and I am so tempted by the copper flower earrings. In fact, I was tempted by many creations in her shop. Here is the collection, enjoy the beauties!!!
I great collection of Ideas for Gifts for the Honeymooner! Click here to see the whole collection!
Thanks to Dave Gilmore who shot this video when I was doing a demonstration at our local Artist gathering this month.
One of my latest metalworks is one I call Ghost Horse.
I don’t usually do figurative work, but I wanted to create a piece for an upcoming show, which was being held in a Horse barn (a VERY large one) and I decided to do a horse. Since my creative technique is to do my carving freehand, I knew I would need to make my hand familiar with the shape of a horse. I began by looking at and sketching different horses. After about 15 of them, I decided that I just wanted to do a head, and thought then I could do something that fit my style. I started with the head and jaw, which I carved very carefully. Then I went wild with the mane of the horse . After I fired the work, it needed contrast. That is when I decided to silver the head of the horse. When I was done, I looked at the horse and immediately thought, This is a Ghost Horse!
You can see this artwork and some of my others in my Etsy shop… SOARTSTUDIO
Just a fun video of some of my copper for 2012!
From silks, to pearls to the brushstrokes in painting, Asia has been a consistent influence in the Western design world. Perhaps it is because the culture has been around longer than so many in the West? I think this could be true, but I also think it is because the designs are so beautiful and so timeless. Who hasn’t seen the beautiful paintings of Geishas or the representational Chinese Brush paintings of nature and animals. The carvings in Jade, coral and wood that are used in jewelry, furniture and other decorative items, some of which have been pursued by the most wealthy and powerful people in the world, throughout the centuries.
I went on a search of my own to find beautiful western earrings with that Asian influence. I hope you like what I found…. If you do, please feel free to visit the sites for each of these artists to view their complete collections.
Sterling Silver hoops with asian style round orbs and crystals. These measure 2″ in length.
Lampwork glass beads with a classic Asian gold floral motif, hung with complimentary gemstones: light blue translucent chalcedony, peridots, tiny black onyx beads, and faceted gold pyrite, all hung from 14K gold filled ear wires.
These are made with copper enamel using a highfire crackled technique.
Origami cranes handmade by the artist, from 99.9% pure silver precious metal clay.
Handmade sterling silver Carp handcrafted by the artist.
Transparent photo emulsion image of a Geisha, hand painted cloisonne beads, fuchsia seed beads, vintage findings, rhinestones, and bells.
Made with Fine Silver (99.9% pure silver) with a silver tear drop stamped with a Japanese symbol and a faceted Australian Prehnite gemstone.
6mm American turquoise cabochons and Kingman turquoise beads with hand fabricated Gingko leaves made from brass sheet metal, sterling silver round wire, and fine silver bezel cups.
Carved wooden beads, swarovski crystals, goldfilled hoops and chain.
Pressed from the artists block carving, then gently smoothed and shaped, these are created using Precious Metal clay.
Vintage red glass with sterling silver kanjis, components made in Bali, design by the artist.
Artist formed sterling silver in the shape of a tiny open fan, hammered, then accented with a wire wrapped freshwater pearl.
Asian vintage red & gold cloisonne beads, red coral, padparadscha, fire opal, ruby, chalcedony, tsavorite, vermeil beads.