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.
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…
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
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
Talisman, what does that really mean? Good luck or Protection from something evil? Perhaps it is magical or superstitious?
In some circles it is believed to be all of those things and more. There are talismans thought to ward off disease or to make someone fall in love with you. In many cultures , perhaps all, there is something believed to bring good luck.
Years ago, it was a common to have a lucky rabbits foot on a key chain. That was one myth I always thought was misleading, because losing that foot was so unlucky for the rabbit, I thought it was sure to rub off on the keeper of the foot.
There are a whole set of talismans dedicated to what the planets represent, such as a Jupiter talisman representing wealth or Venus representing Love.
The Alkaid Talisman is purported to protect you from both spiritual and physical attack, so your covered for pretty much everything with this one.
Listed below is a Treasury of talisman jewelry designs, that whether you believe in the evil eye or not, are lovely designs all on their own.
Each image, when clicked, will lead you to the actual item on the Artist site. I implore you to check out the different views of their designs and then you can see many of the other items each artists creates.
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Do we really have formal events anymore?
I think it depends on where you live and the circles you travel in. In larger cities, these types of events occur more often and the higher on the income rung, the number of these events may increase. At least that is the first thought that comes to mind, but actually many of us attend formal to semi formal events no matter where we live or work, with no matter as to how high our income is. Weddings are one of the most formal events we attend, there we all want to look our very best, to not only show respect for the bride and groom, but we will be in those pictures for many years. I know I want to look back and say I looked pretty good in those pictures. Then there are graduation events, work events, plays, gala openings etc….
Looking your best at these events is important. Is there anything more formal than “black tie required”? I was thinking about this and went searching for some great black and white jewelry pieces that would complement a black tie affair but still leave some room for personal style.. I hope you enjoy this collection and visit the artists sites to see more views of these pieces, and other items they have created.
Here is number one: Two Strands of Sterling Silver were hammered for this charm bracelet. Crystal, Black Agate and Onyx cubes dangle along side milky white vintage beads. Floral pewter and Bali silver beads come together to create this lovely charm bracelet!
Here is #2: Cuff bracelet – black and white. This cuff bracelet is made of hundreds of Miyuki seed beads using a peyote stitch. It is in a black and white checkerboard pattern. Each bead is hand sewn and took nearly 23 hours to create. There is black beaded fringe on the edges. It measures 7 1/2″ long and 1 1/2″ wide. The closure is 2 toggles.
Number 3: Black ruffled satin and creamy lacy trim with a vintage silver-white button and little black rhinestones hangs at the end of a silver toned chain.
Lucky #4: This necklace is comprised of white freshwater pearls and black swarovski crystals. The center stone is a stunning white abalone shell surrounded by black swarovski crystals.
Number 5: Black onyx faceted gemstones, white freshwater pearls, sterling silver bead caps, hammered toggle and findings was handcrafted by Jewelry By Carmal.
Pretty #6: This delicate set of earrings and necklace consists of a 4mm white rice freshwater pearl and a 6mm green button freshwater pearl. The pearl drop/pendant hangs on a 16″ black leather necklace with sterling silver clasp.
Classic #7: 6 strands of 8mm Black Obsidian natural gemstone beads and White Glass Pearls.
Number 8: Triple strands of jet black faceted Czech glass beads in varying sizes, with a vintage enamel brooch.
Number 9, calling Number 9: Crocheted rope using Crystal clear Japanese delica cylinder beads and white thread with silver filigree tube.
Number 10: Artist cut stars in sterling silver with mother of pearl cabochon
Number Eleven: 8mm black, white and clear “crackle” artisan beads, Ankh style necklace.
An even dozen brings: 10mm crystal pearls, separated with 4mm clear bicone crystals are accented with 12 x 16mm rhinestones on a 3/8 inch wide black velvet ribbon.
Sometimes lucky #13: 108 Bead, Hand-Knotted, White Howlite Mala with a handmade black cotton tassel
Number 14: Faceted black onyx gemstone accented by a sterling silver angel wing and genuine fresh water pearl
Number 15: 8 strands of 2mm black leather with 12, 8-9mm. high quality freshwater white pearls
Sweet Sixteen: Joined and carved rich black ebony and pristine white bone accented with a small rectangle of sterling silver.
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