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.
It is really inspiring to think that Coco Chanel is impacting designers today, almost as much as she has in the past. As the founder of Chanel she was a fashion designer that made a profound impact on not only the fashion of her day, but for generations to come. Some her most famous contributions to fashion were the classic Chanel Suit, The Chanel bag, and costume jewelry fashioned after diamond and platinum creations. Probably the most well known is the “little black dress” which is considered a fashion essential to this day. I have culled Etsy to complete my homage to Chanel and have found jewelry a well as home decor. Her quotes are some of my personal favorites.
Coco Chanel Homage Collection
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
Earrings are an essential accessory for spring
Salt air, Lake air, camping, hiking, running… bracelets and necklaces are not always the easiest to wear when we become more active when Spring rolls around. Earrings are a simple alternative or addition to complete your look as you head into spring this year.
Pulled back and upswept hair are standards for spring and summer, and the addition of a good earring is essential. You can make a statement or keep it simple, it depends on your style. Below you can find some great picks for Spring earrings, that give you that pop of color or a more simple silhouette.
Click on images to see more by any artist.
A couple of years back large, blingy rings, began to appear in the accessory landscape. This year, the more beads on a ring or the bigger the ring, the better. Many are wearing several quite large rings on one hand and on occasion on one finger. They make quite a statement and there are such a collection of really lovely rings, that I decided to find handmade rings, created by jewelry artists, that would be great adds to anyones accessories drawer. Click on any image to see more…
Today, I want to share the recent announcement of the SRAJD (Self Representing Artist in Jewelry Design) contest winners. All of the designs were amazing and beautiful, but of course only a select few can be chosen as winners. I offer my congratulations to all of the entries and of course to the lucky winners.
If you are unfamiliar with SRAJD, it is a group of jewelry artists that design and create handmade jewelry. To become a member, you must design, create and sell your own jewelry. It has a mission to promote individual self representing jewelry artists and raise awareness that they exist and the benefits of purchasing directly from them. There is also great support among the membership for each other, whether it be critiques, or answering questions, or acknowledgement of the beauty that someone has created.
When you purchase from a SRAJD Member, you are buying from and supporting an artist, which is so important.
Viewers’ Choice Grand Prize Winner
Juried Grand Prize Winner
Honorable Mention by Popular vote
Honorable Mention Winners by Juried Vote
Ahh… Beautiful Baroque Pearls…. as far as I am concerned the bigger the pearl, the better! Baroque pearls are not talked about a lot, but they should be. Baroque pearls are generally pearls that are not spherical, meaning that they are, usually, oddly shaped. My favorites are ones that are semi round or oblong and bigger than your average pearls.
The most expensive ones are South Sea and Tahitian saltwater Baroque pearls, that come from the black lipped oyster. They are left in the oyster longer than most cultured pearls and therefore more than 40% are Baroque and have a much thicker nacre (the outside pearly part) than other pearls, hence their value.
Although, we call them Tahitian pearls, Tahiti is a trading hub and not the actual location where they are farmed. Typically the pearls are farmed all over French Polynesia, and the oyster used can be almost 12 inches across, and capable of producing quite large pearls.
In the collection below there are a mix of different baroque pearl types. The designs use the pearls well, and produce a pleasing earring that would complement any wearer.
Each picture listed should link you directly to the artist site, where you can see other views of the design, as well as more of any particular artists current jewelry designs.
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