12 January 2009
I've been working on earrings and necklaces and besides the beautiful creamy pearls I normally use I've made a few pieces with some delightfully shaped freshwater pearls that are barely blue (they also look great with steel wire). I was on such a copper+pearl binge that I am now out of several gauges of copper wire and all but the tiniest pearls.
Tomorrow I'll be working with some lovely smoky crystals and gold wire.
10 January 2009
First thing this morning I opened up the delivery from yesterday and put two of my favourite things together - pearls and copper. These earrings are not very big, about an inch long, the next ones will be longer, and have more pearls.
09 January 2009
I got a delivery of tools and jewels this afternoon, so tomorrow I'll put away the clockpunk boxes and assemblages and make some earrings! A package of new elements is inspiring, since I use a lot of found materials and vintage or antique pieces I don't often get a whole bag of fun stuff all at once. I can't wait to try the three new pliers, but somehow the collet for my Dremel has gone missing, foiling my plans for lots of flat rivets.
I'm still fooling around with these crows, I like them, but haven't found a way to use them that I'm happy with. For now they are just one of the multitude of bits getting tossed around the workroom until inspiration knocks them off the shelf.
06 January 2009
04 January 2009
I have many partially finished pieces right now, but nothing near completion. Plus I keep changing my mind about which way to go with my favourite bits, many of which include pearls and copper wire. I am loving both the copper and steel wires I've been working with lately (and I always love pearls!).
This week I was at a few parties with people I don't see often but whom I adore, it was a great way to start the year. Eating as much fantastic party food as I did, maybe not such a great way to start the year.
02 January 2009
01 January 2009
As usual I start making something and need a tool I don't yet own (although there can't be many left in that category). Of course, the hardware store down the street doesn't carry circlip pliers, either internal or external, so it's left to internet shopping to save the day.
A close friend of mine pooh-pooh's New Year's Resolutions, he says you should make changes in your life through-out the year, whenever you think of it. I agree (being fond of change, in general), but I think it's good to be reminded periodically to examine your life, just in case you get caught up in things and forget to take a step back, look at the big picture and decide on any additions and/or alterations. My list will get longer, but my first resolution for this year is to open an Etsy store this Spring.