Saturday, November 24, 2012

Flash Sale in Appreciation

Pompeian Bloom
Sale has Ended now, thanks for stopping by.
In appreciation of you nice followers of my blog I'm offering a flash sale this weekend of 40% off shop wide.
Sale ends Sunday night so I can ship things on Monday before we fly south.
Shipping Code is FLASHPAN.

I hope to be back in gear making new things the first week of December if all goes well.
My upcoming season already looks rather full with holiday guests and travel plans meaning I'm going to have to buckle down and focus in between to keep the shop rolling along with inventory.

Now that my last local show is finished I'm scattering my finished jewelry pieces yonder to shops here and there in hopes that they don't boomerang back to me. (most of them are consignment)
I've kept a few pieces to bring south with me in case I get a hankering to do a local market down south or to put some up for December on Etsy.

This is the time of year I get to revisit my other stash of goodies that are waiting for me in Arizona.
I've been a bit frustrated that I haven't found the time to work on some of the ideas and inspirations that come to me in the assemblage/collage and journaling and fiber/fabric realm. Such has been my focus this last season that I've put my all into creating new lampwork and torched components and how very satisfying that's been for me, really it has! Thanks to you guys that keep coming back for more.
It's been an honor to see my pieces being joined with your creative sparks and skilled hands.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Winter's Comfort Food

I'm going to start with the animal pictures today.
So this is what I see looking out my living room window.
A cow moose and her calf  noshing on what's left of our puny garden.

All that munching must have made them tired... 

Because they laid down and took a rest directly after the snacking.
How do you like my little raven bird? My husband HAD to get it for me at one of the local shows for my birthday
Alaska doll maker Mariska Wright of Mariska's Creations made these. You really ought to check out her page

So while the moosey's are getting their winter comfort food I decided to make some caramel and marshmallow candy.
This is my beater right before one of the whisks broke off. It said to whip it for 15 minutes until stiff.
This was about minute 7 so I thought it had to be good enough.
I was mesmerized by the gooey snail shape as it whipped.
Then I had to fish the whisk out of the marshmallow fluff.
It's always a mess no matter what I'm creating!

Not bad but it must have taken me over an hour to just cut and wrap these.

Back to the studio now. 
Here is my Pipnmolly talisman against the crystalized frosty window near my computer.
Don't put your tongue on it!

Let's talk about "product"
I happened to be perusing the Afro hair aisle when I spotted this can.
Ingredients: Petrolatum, microcrystalline wax and fragrance.
I'm thinking that it smells a hell of a lot better than Johnson's Paste Wax and might serve the same purpose for an application on metal like we do with our steel wire work and the like.
The smell was imperceptible the next day and seemed to absorb nicely too. The price was right as well for under $4
Cool can isn't it? So retro it could pass for vintage (except for the bar code on the bottom)

Then there was this  Australian Beeswax with petrolatum, iron oxides, mica titanium dioxide and fragrance. Smells pretty much like plain wax to me and it's black!
So there are cheaper options to experiment with.

You know how long it's been since I made any focal beads?
Long time. Things were hopping so much with my supplies there for awhile that I didn't take the time. It used to be all I did and I never made sets of anything. Things change and flip flop ebb and flow with this biz.. We're talking ebb currently but that's OK. I was losing my attention span for  the small stuff for a bit. 
I was spending most of my time making earrings for local shows and it seems like the newest ones are first to go. I didn't even get to document some of them. There's a really cool set on my phone that I clicked before I bagged them up. Now I need to figure how to get them  to my computer. Just send them right? Except we have no reception out here so I have to remember to do it when I'm away from home...which is like never during the week.
Oh yeah I did find some leeks at the local market and made some super potato leek soup.
Mmmm,  more comfort food!
Here's some  Alaskan inspired aurora beads that I used to make back in the 90's.
Wow, that feels funny to say that. I used to sell lots of these and then I got kind of tired of them.
Maybe I need to ressurrect the design, I don't know. I can't even figure out how to spell resurrect now. Oh must have got it because there's no red dotted line under it now.
Used to be a good speller too...and remembered names with a steel trap acuity.

So I was reading about double headpins over at Art jewelry Elements blog.
She gives a tutorial on  how to make double headpin connectors with copper. 
I took it a step further and did it with glass instead of just balling up  the copper.

So you can take this

And turn it into this you don't get that flippy floppy business of a single headpin when you're trying to connect it. Think of the possibilities! I plan on making some more of these to sell but my lil ol' studio is on it's way to shutting down soon until I get south and then I can put some time into making and listing some new components then.

I left this one shiny because I used a good bit of silvered glass ( Double Helix for those of you lampworkers in the know) and it seems to lose it's ethereal effect when I apply the crustification.
You'll be seeing these beads popping up in the shop varreh sooon.

Now would you believe I thought I was using the same base glass for these beads?
I was using up ends and they looked awfully similar starting out.
They still make a good limpet set don't you think?

Some more double headpins but these are on heavier copper wire - 18 gauge

Here I'm showing you their belly buttons. It was a natural birth.

More  crusty "oobers"

Shiny stripy Double Helix... See now you know what 'm talking about.
Lookit that gorgeous ethereal metallicnessosity!

These ended up with a plethora of multicolored speckles against that fossily base.

S'nother focal bead. I actually did crustify the double helix here just to be daring and all that. It does tend to take it down a notch and with the silvered glass being upwards of $100 a pound you don't want to squander it,  knowwhatimean?

Ah yes, another stab at this style. I'm holding back on selling these cuz you know... I need to make more and then maybe one day I can aspire to get them in a magazine or something. It's on my list of to do and join the club with all of you's published types out there. You know who you are.
I have a mighty stack of the rusted metal tiles waiting for me down in Arizona.
Did I mention it's less than three weeks till we leave!!
I'm paying a small portion of my winter dues to get out of here with this subzero and wind and all. 
But there's so much beauty to the winter here too it really is astounding.

I leave you with a peek at the undersides of these limpets.
If that doesn't get you excited I don't know what will.