Friday, September 6, 2013

Earrings and other bits....

It almost seems like my word for the year was "focus." 
I'm afraid to go back and look because, well...
I haven't been too focused.

These earrings have Bronzclay discs above wire
wrapped quartz crystal points. The 'love letters' were
imprinted in the clay before firing. 
Patina added with the torch.
Just Listed
I finally cut the antique tin I've been saving and put
together some earrings.
Added some coin pearls and up-cycled old earring parts
which added a nice tinkle with movement.
These were gifted.

Don't ya love the photo prop? :D
I thought I might have to saw the tin, but my relatively new
Wiss M3 snips cut through it like buttah!
I picked them up at Lowe's and not too glad
to not have to saw the tins.

Wiss M3 Aviator Snips

More earrings. More "Love Letters" earrings. More Bronzclay drops.
But this time with rutilated quartz. I can't get enough of that gorgeous
gem! Mineral? Whatever it is. 
(Rutilated Quartz: A variety of quartz with inclusions of rutile crystals, which are minerals that sometimes appear in a needle-like fashion in a reddish-brown to red and 
sometimes yellowish appearance.)

Again, the bronzclay was imprinted with the text before firing.
Add the rutilated quartz and some lovely fiber to soften
the composition. The ball of fiber was picked up at a thrift store
and I was thrilled to find it!

Had a request for a ring. I made two.
She took both - that was a nice surprise.

 Another great 'non-jewelry' find at the thrift store.
Research tells me it's a Batak Medicine Horn.

(The Toba Batak people live in the northern mountainous highlands of Sumatra, one of the several islands that constitute the Republic of Indonesia. A medicine horn (naga marsarang) would have belonged to a religious specialist who was able to communicate with the gods, conduct ceremonies, practice benevolent and malevolent magic, and provide assistance and advice in matters concerning daily life. The medicine horn functioned as a container for a highly potent substance considered magical and even deadly. The substance, called pupuk was prepared, used and handled only by Batak religious specialists.)

The left side (where the people are sitting) is carved wood which fits inside
water buffalo horn. There's a little wooden pin that holds the "head" in place. 
The hair of the guy on the back looks/feels like stiff buffalo hair.
Whoever donated it to the shop said only that it was from Indonesia. I feel
that it's a legit piece, because I cannot locate any place 
where you can buy 'imitation' pieces.

Love all the intricate carving...
 Nothing inside except dust. I wonder what kind of dust it is?! 

I finally picked up a little ceramic clay. Ok, the reality is
that it was 25 pounds. I couldn't get any less than that.
So I've started experimenting with my polymer disc designs in ceramic 
and so far I like the result. I'm going to experiment with acrylics for color....
But I really want to order some Guilders Paste.
The Renaissance wax arrived yesterday and that stuff is amazing!
It dries hard and fast and leaves no sticky behind. Very good stuff.
Very $$$ too. 

They all came through fine - 1975° - but I felt most were too thin. So I'll try thicker ones and try again.

OH, you want to see more jewelry? Well, I've been listing/re-listing a few
components like these.

BronzClay Moon Goddess and Princess
And these....

Polymer Beads (And one bronzclay disc)

And this...

Polymer Clay African Mask Pendant

It's approaching Autumn and the Sweet Autumn knows it.
Not only is it taking over the arbor, but also the
mailbox out front.
Believe it or not, this was trimmed down to about 4 ft of
empty vines in the spring. It does all this
in one growing season.

I can't stand to trim it when it's blooming, but you can duck a little and still get through there.
OH! Lookit what our son had shipped to us from his
fishing trip to Alaska.

Salmon. Mouth watering I tell you!

And I leave you with this image. It's no wonder I don't get more
jewelry made. We really love getting on the water with the kayaks.
Gotta love the fog! 

Have a lovely weekend.

Carpe Diem!


Alice said...

Beautiful stuff you made! I love the tin earrings!

fanciful devices said...

gorgeous earrings! and I love that polymer set of beads, drool...

Lucie said...

I enjoyed everything in this post, from the earrings, the rings, the medicine horn, your clay beads and the kayak outing!

Anvil Artifacts said...

Fascinating post, every single bit! Wonderful new jewels. No surprise your client purchased both rings! The fog picture is breathtaking in it's stillness and calm. Thanks for sharing!

Sharon Driscoll said...

I love your find from the thrift shop - very nifty indeed! Your earrings are great and you have to know that the tin ones are my fav, of course. I see the clay was curling up in the kiln - dang - what I was taught when I want to try something thin is to dry it between two pieces of drywall. I keep pieces around that are cut about a foot square and taped at the edges with duct tape. Works great!

Lela said...

Thank you, Alice. I liked how the tin turned out too & hope to make more soon.
Thanks for stopping by!

Lela said...

Thanks, Marina! Happy that you stopped by. I'm moving on to ceramic beads now...and leaving the polymer for others. Although I do have several polymer beads to list.

Lela said...

Hi Lucie! So glad you liked the post. :) Thanks for dropping in.

Lela said...

Hi Janet and thanks for the very kind comments! I absolutely love the fog...especially for photos. It's just so calming....

Lela said...

Hey Sharon! Oh man, I love that horn too...still need to research it a bit more. Thanks for the hint on the clay, HOWEVER, I made them curl on purpose. Seriously. I going for an organic look and I wanted them to be irregular. I love how this second batch has turned out. I've washed them with acrylics & coated with Renaissance wax. It's just the look I was going for - took some experimenting, but was worth it finally! I'll be posting some soon.