Monday, October 25, 2010

Artfully Meandering: Exploring Design

Howdy, y'all! I seem to have lost some steam! But, I have a new camera that has motivated me to take loads of pictures of my pile of goodies.

This necklace is a good metaphor for the twists and turns my life has been taking. And I believe the twists are not over. We shall see.

This is a very random long necklace. I have a few small spools of colored wire. I love twisting wire together and did twists of two and three colors together. After I twisted the wire, I then wrapped it around a mandrel, cut it into 1 - 1.5" pieces and slid it over a thick piece of silver. I hammered the loops.

In between, I've included polymer beads that I've tried to "age". I still don't think I have the right materials, but I did achieve some of what I wanted. With the turquoise beads, I scratched them up, painted them with brown acrylic and wiped it off to leave the brown in the scratches.

I added a twist bead at the bottom, then some copper chain mail. It's a randomly interesting piece.
I have lost momentum as I still think and dream in glass. Polymer is now becoming a staple, but I do simple beads. What I'm finding my customer base likes is simple and elegant. A little chain maille, some wire-wrapped beads and we're good. I'm thinking about simple designs that will go a long way in addition to my "artsy" pieces like the one above.
I have more to say and want to get writing again, but I'll save that for another day. Just wanted to throw some eye candy out there and say hi to y'all!!! Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Studio Time: Simple Southwest

Nothing like a new camera to get me started with taking pictures of the pile o' jewelry I've made. Here is a simple one...mixed reds in polymer and a turquoise rectangular tube on brass.