Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Funky Ring Prototype

I had an idea for a ring that was a little strange but I thought I would give it a go and push my skills. Well it pushed them so far that this ring isn’t sellable but I learned oh so much. The next one will be wonderful I’m sure. Soldering is something I’m finally getting a handle on and working with so many parts is hard to think through, I over heated this while putting the balls on and didn’t realize my bezel had come partially unsoldered until the Stone was set and it was all polished up. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

New Bezel Bracelet

Here are the Glamor shot for my Richard Salley bracelet. I couldn’t have done this without the Bezel setting class I’ve been taking at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Seven weeks ago I had never even set a bezel and this is a really big stone. 

 Richard is an amazing teacher and always builds such interesting mechanics into these pieces. This one is adjustable and has the tiniest of pins that allows you to change the size of it. 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Window Project

Sometimes I use my artsy fartsy  crafty side to fix problems around the home and this is one I’m really happy with. I’ve always felt like we lived in a giant fish bowl but with the dog curtains and blinds would be messed up in a day so what to do, Pintress to the rescue. I purchased frosted window cling sheet and cut out all these hexagons using a hex quilting ruler. I actually put them up solid and decided after they were up what spaces needed to be removed. I then had a friend help me cut bees out with a silhouette cutter. 

From the inside at night before the bees were applied. 

Looking out during the he day. 

Looking in at night. 

I also did the back window at the top to tie it all together.  I’ve got to touch up where the curtain rods were.  

Lauren's Bezels, Bezels, Bezels, Class

I’m half way through Lauren’s class at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, I’ve never done any bezel work before this class and they are coming along nicely. I decided to set 10 oval or round stones for the first part of the 8 week class. 

Here is the first step. 

Here’s my crazy idea for a ring, not sure how it’s going to pan out. 

This ring turned out amazingly no and that square band is oh so comfortable. 

This is my favorite so far. 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Leno Block Cutting

I’m taking a class at the Kalamazoo Institute Of Arts in Lino cutting and I’m loving it. I think I may have done one in art in high school but I haven’t done it again till now. Here are my cuts so far. 

Here’s my first go at the Leno block cutting, I plan on printing on a shirt with this. 

I cut this one for a friend, she plans on using it for her business logo.

I had to mirror this for the photo, it’s 8 inches across and is going on tote bags. 

My last one for today is a tiny bee, he measures 2 inches tall. I plan to print flour sack towels for my kitchen. 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Bee Crazy

Tiny bees are something I’ve always loved this one isn’t as tiny as some I’ve seen he is 3/4 of an inch tall, the texture turned out so well I can’t wait to make more. 

Not a great photo cuz it’s really hard to take a photo of your own neck. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

New Work

I’ve had so much fun with the electroplating that I can hardly wait to share it. 

This star came out looking like something found in a treasure chest from the titanic, I t’s just over 2 inches tall.

This piece is already sold but I plan to make another soon. 

Friday, March 23, 2018

Electroforming Fun

I’ve been playing with electroforming after about ten years and I forgot just how much fun and unpredictable it is. 

This beautiful crystal is topped with a purple druzy my friend Melissa gave me. It’s about 2.5 inches long and has a ton of amazing texture. 

This tiny fairy door sets on a hand cut lapis door step. It measures 1.5 inches tall, it’s the first time I’ve ever seen red come up using liver of sulphur, that’s not a filter. 

I love how this one turned out, it's topped by a very colorful crystal and measures 2.5 inches tall. 

Mr Nome is all of an inch and a half tall and really woody looking. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Lit Jewelry

With the help of my amazing friend Cara we figured out how to light my jewelry. These are treasures Dave picked up on Fort Lauderdale Beach, coke bottle glass and shell set on copper hung from a hinged neck wire.

This has a little hand made battery/light pack that slides in and out so you can change the battery. I have no idea what the battery life will be so tomorrow I plan on wearing it to see just how long it will stay lit. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Danny Wade Stamping Class

The second cass I took in Tucson was a stamping class with Danny Wade and it was a very informative class. He showed how to work with difficult large stamps and we learned how to rock and lock a stamp instead of just depending on it making a perfect mark by hitting straight down. 

I also got this amazing Navajo bracelet. 

Richard Salley Lock Class

I went out to Tucson again this year and took another class from Richard. He always pushes my abilities to the max and this project was way beyond my comfort zone but I built the whole thing without melting anything and that was a first for me!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Mexican Lace Necklace

Small handmade beads and large seed beads give this necklace a fun pop of color without being heavy. $70.00. 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Recycled Aluminum Tray

I found this tray with these flowers embossed on it so I cut them out and set them with raised rivets onto recycled roofing copper. The backs of all pendants have been powder coated. These have little felt pads that slip between the layers so you can defuse your favorite oil. 

That’s a reflection on the back of this not missing powdercoating. 

Window Bracelet

Week Two Setting Challenge, I created this out of over pour from a latex painting that I did, it’s attached to a piece of copper and set into a hammered copper bracelet with a powder coated interior. 

English Paper Piecing

I had some fun recently patching some items with hexies using the English paper piecing method.