Here we are at the end of another year and I’m rounding up the highlights of my creative journey for 2017. One of the biggest things that happened to me in 2017 wasn’t exactly creative, but it had a huge impact on my creative output. I moved mid-year, and misplaced my creative mojo in the process. As a result, I didn’t get around to making as many new things as I had planned, and I also neglected my blog more than a bit. Continue reading
When a friend asked if I could make a crib mobile for her son’s room, I was willing to give it a try even though I’ve never made a mobile. She shared some photos of the nursery, which has a Calvin and Hobbs theme with birch tree silhouettes on the wall. She didn’t want anything too cutesy because the plan was for the mobile to be part of the room’s decor beyond the baby years.
I have been searching for the perfect pair of round nose pliers for my jewelry making. That’s not the reason I’ve neglected this blog, and you, my dear readers, for over two months. But the two things are not unrelated. You see, I moved in the spring and am just now getting back to my jewelry making. Continue reading
As I prepare to flip the cover on a new calendar, I wanted to look back at what I’ve done this year. Luckily, I have my blog posts to remind me of the design challenges, blog hops, and creative adventures that took place in 2015. Continue reading
I signed up for a jewelry design challenge with the theme “Welcome to Faery.” I had visions of making delicate shimmery translucent earrings in the shape of wings. I was going to do a “light” fairy version and a “dark” fairy. Or maybe I was going to make fairy wings for each of the four seasons. Yep. Grand plans, I had.
Because all these diaphanous winged earrings looked so spectacular in my head, I didn’t worry about getting off to a late start with the actual making of said wings. I didn’t wait until the very last minute. Neither did I allow enough time for the “error” part of the trial-and-error process of designing something I’ve never done before. Nor for a plan B when things went pear-shaped. Continue reading
Sometimes I make things that don’t turn out as planned. Sometimes, the results of an accident or a change in plans are better than what I first set out to create. And sometimes, well, they’re just bugly. Continue reading
My newest jewelry-making technique involves a bit of chemistry and physics. I gave metal etching a try this month. Etching and electroforming are the techniques featured for the Self-Representing Artists in Jewelry Design challenge in August.
I began researching etching weeks ago, and decided on salt-water as my etchant almost immediately. My studio, which is sometimes otherwise known as my kitchen counter and dining table, is not equipped for harsher chemical techniques that generate more toxic fumes. Continue reading
Here we are for Part 2 of the Build a Line design challenge (BALC for short) where I’ll be showing my progress in creating a line of jewelry using components from our sponsor and instructor, Brenda Sue (aka B’sue) Lansdowne of B’sue Boutiques.
In Part 1 of the challenge, the other participants and I revealed the themes we’d be exploring and components we would be using. Some of us (the over-achievers) even had a finished piece of jewelry or two to show off. In Part 3, coming up in a month from today, we will be debuting our completed lines, which must have at least five related pieces. Continue reading
As this is my year to focus on a cohesive look for my jewelry designs, I took a hard look at the offerings in my original Etsy shop and found a split personality. And then decided I needed a second shop, and hence, a new logo. Continue reading
I am thrilled to be participating in the Build a Line design challenge, hostessed by Brenda Sue (a.k.a. B’sue) Lansdowne of B’sue Boutiques.
The challenge is to design five pieces of jewelry that could form the basis of a line. The participants, nearly 60 jewelry designers, will be blogging about our progress along the way in a series of three blog posts, each about a month apart. This first post is to introduce ourselves and the concepts for our lines. Continue reading