Saturday, September 29, 2012

Work in Process...

I am in one of those stages right now where there are a ton of things on the work bench and nothing seems to be getting done.  Sooooo.. I thought I would share one of my oldest and most treasured projects that I have sporadically been picking up and putting down for a little over a year. Hey, I even blogged about it way back in September of last year and you can click here to see a photo of the inspiration of my work and learn more.

Here is a fine silver tube bead made from precious metal clay in the final stages of cleaning and polishing. I like the semi-rough texture of the silver and believe that I will keep it this way.  At this point, the silver is clean and bright as can be though I will eventually darken it with a patina of liver of sulfur.

Now for the polishing part, the sides are still pretty rough. I am smoothing things out with a small half domed file and then will move on to successively finer grades of sanding. At this point the only part that is slowing me down is finding small enough polishing tools, from what I have on hand, to fit my flexible shaft buffer for inside the bead.  Or maybe I will just try making small sanding sticks... its got to be smooth and finished looking inside.  Even if nobody can see it, the inside - I will know.


If all goes well, I will string the bead on a rope of glass seed beads or possibly thick leather to make a short 16 inch necklace.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Inspiration From Other Parts of the World...

A 1940's Era Bracelet from Japan

A gold and semiprecious stone bracelet brought from Japan to the United States following the end of WWII. I do not have an exact date of when the piece was made and have to wonder if it was constructed before the war. Also included in the photo is the bracelet's original silk box, so rich in contrasting color and detailed stitching of the pagoda.

Here is a better shot of the intricate wire work and semiprecious stones:

A very elegant gift don't you agree?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Five Fact Friday


Here are five simple things that I would like to share:

  1. Enjoy nature it is breath taking-  I feel extremely lucky to see hawks, coyotes, and the occasional bobcat or mule deer right from my back door.
  2. A healthy lifestyle keeps a healthy heart- For me, it's about gardening, bicycle riding, yoga and wish I could still run... I try to watch my weight but, don't ever ask me to give up a glass of wine at dinner.
  3. Volunteer- All my life, I have always had one favorite cause or another...  It just feels good to help. Have you ever packed groceries at the local food bank? It's fun!
  4. Travel- Cannot get enough of it.
  5. VOTE! - I try to do my homework on the local candidates. I have a real concern about general apathy. I watch the national campaigns and reporting coverage and am quite frankly annoyed by all the finger pointing. Regardless of all my frustrations, I would never, ever, ever give it (voting) up!

O.K., so I just found this wonderful blog courtesy of Nancy Claeys at A Rural Journal and thought I would play along. Hope you will join in too!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Gold Wired Earrings

Just a few more wired earrings I made today:

You can click here for more information at my shop.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

More Elephants...

Guess I still haven't gotten over the elephant thing ;)

Gold filled wire bracelet with czech glass elephant beads

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Challenge of Travel Blog Hop

  Welcome! You are in for something special today, a fabulous tour of jewelry designs inspired by all the wonderful and exotic travel destinations of the world.  Many thanks  to Erin Prais-Hintz and Marcie Abney Carroll for challenging fellow artists to do a little research on a foreign travel destination and design a jewelry piece around it. So without further delay, here is your next stop:

Sri Lanka - Mystic Land of Waterfalls and Elephants

Sri Lanka is a tropical island in the Indian Ocean near the eastern coast of India. It is located along major sea routes and was once an important stop along the ancient Chinese Silk Road. In addition to beautiful beaches for surfing along the coast you can also find mangrove forests, rolling planes and mountains to the south. The island is supported by many rivers and has 51 natural waterfalls. There are many parks and reserves with a rich variety of wildlife including peacocks, leopards and elephants.
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Buddhika Mawella
 Sri Lanka is culturally diverse. A majority of the population is Sinhalese with Tamil being the second largest ethnic group. Buddhism has had a major influence since ancient times though many Hindus, Muslims and Christians are also found living there today. Colombo is the largest city and you don't want to miss an elephant parade if you have an opportunity to visit.
Another important thing you should consider doing while visiting Sri Lanka is to join the pilgrimage and climb Sri Pada, also known as Adam's Peak.  This peak is considered to be the most sacred site of the entire country. It carries a deep religious significance among the four major religions of Sri Lanka. The morning view from the top seems well worth the trip.
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Bernard Gagnon

Other things to know :
                          1,) Formerly ruled by the British Empire.
                          2.) Ceylon Tea is a major export product.
                          3.) Liz Taylor starred in the 1954 film made here called Elephant Walk.
                          4.) Click here for a current travel advisory.
Quite an interesting place to visit! -And here is my inspiration piece:


The Elephant Walk Necklace

I wanted to incorporate Sri Lanka's tropical forests, its waterfalls and of course the elephants.

 The 18 inch necklace features a fine silver pendant, hollow beads and fused chain findings made by me. The green and blue lampwork snail beads were made at Beatle Baby Glassworks, the hand dyed silk ribbon came from Jamn Glass. And, the little elephant Czech glass beads were acquired through Beads and Babble.

It was fun working with silk ribbon and it seems to go well with the wired fine silver beads.
I hope you like it.
Please continue the tour by visiting the wonderful work of these participating artists.
Enjoy the trip!
       Monique Urquhart Burkina Faso
       Niky Sayers Egypt
       Therese Frank Kenya
       Raychelle Heath Lesotho
       Joan Williams  Mauritania
       Sherri Stokey Senegal
       Regina Santerre Seychelles
       Raida Disbrow Tanzania
Kristi Wodek Zimbabwe
Sally Russick Brazil

Melissa Trudinger Mexico

Tanya Goodwin Japan

Susan Kennedy Japan

Inge von Roos Laos

Erin Prais-Hintz Nepal

Dee Elgie Phillipines

Carolyn Lawson South Korea

Shelley Graham Turner Austria

Mallory Hoffman   Bosnia Herzegovina

Jenny Davies-Reazor Germany

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson Greece

Toltec Jewels Ireland

Laren Dee Barton Italy

Kathleen Lange Klik Poland

Shaiha Williams Portugal

Jennifer Justman Romania

Elsie Deliz-Fonseca Spain

Kim Hora Switzerland

Leanne Loftus The Netherlands

Patti Vanderbloemen The Netherlands

Marcie Carroll Turkey

Marlene Cupo Federated States of Micronesia

Ine Vande Cappelle Fiji

Tammie Everly Guam

Elisabeth Auld Nauru

Susan McClelland New Zealand

D Lynne Bowland New Zealand

Denielle Hagerman New Zeland

Rebecca Anderson Papua New Guinea

Mischelle Fanucchi Samoa

Kari Asbury Solomon Islands

Debbie Price Vanuatu