Where has the Time Gone?

So it is now November and I haven’t written a single word since July! So much for keeping up with my weekly writing.

Oh well….so for now I will just share some photos of some things I have created and hope to start writing my thoughts and inspirations done on a regular basis.blueopalinenecklace1 collage1 fauxopalamber fufoct3a nouveauportraitearring purpleblackcopper2 purplecoppernecklace1 Ribbet collagepc1 wtwoct1 wtwsept24amberdressclipnecklace chunkyhorse daisynouveaunecklace fernleafbracelet3 fufoct10a monalisacuff octchallenge4 pinkbirdcollage2paint6 collage

Works in Progress Week Five: Stamped Solder Flower Tear Drop Earrings

Made it to week five of my personal challenge! I had do many stamped solder pieces that I had started and then never completed so I decided that I had to do something with them.  Here is an example of some of the pieces.

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The two that I chose I did not photograph but you can see some others.  I decide to just polish and sand these for the earrings.  I free hand cut copper sheet into tear drop shapes and then added the molten solder and stamped them. I love the craftsman style thistle design. i left some of the copper showing for a more rustic appearance.  Just added silver plated ear wires and finished!

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Works in Progress-The Winter Duldrums and Cleaning the Work Table

One of my many goals this year is to complete some of the works in progress that are taking up space on my work table.

I get these ideas and then am never quite sure how to complete them.  Last night and this morning I was looking at these two pieces:

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I decided these had to be completed. I need some flowers and color right now. It is cold outside and gets dark so early.

I started these many months ago. Probably in the summer because I only do painting outside.

This flower piece

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started off as a blank brass piece. I colorized and painted it using acrylic paints and lumiere metallic paints. I then added the cute little snail which I also painted. Then I was stumped so it sat and sat and sat. I would look at it often but just glossed over it and said to myself  “This can wait for another day”. Well now that time has come. I must clean up my work space!! Hey maybe my goal for this year should be to complete one work in progress every week! Believe me I have enough to fill the year.

This second set I colorized some brass filigree, riveted them together and riveted a vintage glass cabochon to the top. Maybe I will incorporate the tulip flower some how. Maybe not.  but I WILL get these completed!

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Looking For Inspiration In My Garden

I love to garden. I love the smell and feel of the soil. I don’t mind having to clean the dirt from underneath my fingernails at the end of the day. Gardening has such a calming effect: I can daydream and not worry about anything (other than the insects and ground hogs devouring my flowers!).  The joy of watching the flowers unfurl their petals and reveal the astounding color and beauty achieved only by mother nature can not be replaced.  I look to nature and my garden for inspiration in my jewelry designs.  Last night I took a stroll through my garden with my camera.  I have been in somewhat of a designing funk and was looking for some new color combinations.  Here are some photos from my evening stroll.

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I am always amazed at the color combinations found in flowers;down to the veins in the petals. Nothing is more beautiful that mother nature’s creations. Now off to my bead stash!