Sunday, April 7, 2013
I was going to do a blog post about my WIP's that I had left behind before I went on my trip.
Somehow I was feeling guilty that rather than blog about the unfinished pieces I would go ahead and finish them. Weird psychology I know but that's what we do to ourselves, especially us self employed artist types. Skewed priorities sometimes!
Speaking of guilt/gilt, I picked up some gilders paste at the gem show and had a little gilt fest.
The organic looking pod thingy in this necklace was dyed turquoise blue but had some nice raised vein texture so I rubbed a onto that to bring bring it up a notch ( or tone it down depending on your point of view) That's a really lightweight iridescent shell bead encased which is perfect because I'm afraid those beautiful beads may be a bit fragile.
Just about everything in this piece has a bit of silver guilders paste on it.
The ceramic takes it on so well.
That's a bullet casing in the center adorned with one of my headpins/
This is a bit of a departure for me style-wise. Sorry I have no mannequin down here with me.
I had to make do with an antique rusted bicycle seat.
A little hard to get a good shot with this marvelous long focal pendant piece by Petra.
Making square shots of necklaces for Etsy is a continual challenge
Ukrainian artifact piece and some of my torch fired enamel.
No, I didn't make the lampwork bead. It's always a little funny using other's lampwork in my work. No problem with ceramic and otherwise but people automatically assume I made it and that can be confusing.
Outdoor shot of the ScorchedEarthonEtsy piece. I forget what she calls them...mystic sandstorm?
Let me tell you these oober headpins are fun to design with (lots in the shop today)
and you know what? ... those are gilded limpets that floundered in my shop because you all thought they looked dull and lifeless ( I'm assuming you did because I thought so too and they never sold)
They take the gilt quite well.
(Talk about a gilt trip!)
You've seen some similar to these before. Made with Petra's elephant hide ceramic beads.
There's a pair in the shop today. Different colors, tho.
Afghani silver components, coral and lava beads
These were made with those double headpins that I promised to make more of but never did.
Now I feel guilty again.
Some Afghani components and my torch fired enamel matchsticks
Let's have a better look at those headpins.
There are a few new things in my shop this week.
not listed yet
and now for some textures and color from South America
Possibly the worst public art sculpture I have seen.
This was in Puerto Montt. So kitschy that it's cool, actually
how about them feet!
You would buy something from this guy wouldn't you. His name is Julio and he's a Guarani Indian from Paraguay. Which reminds me I was going to do a post about the new stuff I bought, crafts and the like. Oh well, maybe next time.