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.
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 expensive...so 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|
|Polymer Beads (And one bronzclay disc)|
|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.