For The Love of Art Nouveau

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I have always loved the Art Nouveau era from jewelry to architecture. As you can see from the above examples it has a great influence on my jewelry designs.  There is something about the free flowing forms and nature that I find so appealing.

I am fortunate that I have had the opportunity to travel to Europe and see the beautiful architecture first hand from Germany to Prague in the Czech Republic.

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The above is an example off of a building in Coburg, Germany.  I have many more examples of beautiful architecture to share soon!  The two bracelets below are how I like to make the Art Nouveau a bit more edgy.

If you would like to see more of my Art Nouveau inspired creations check out my etsy shop

Thanks for reading and looking!

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Do you have a favorite piece of Art Nouveau architecture?

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Works in Progress week ?: sometimes life gets in the way

Can’t believe it already mid April. So was faithfully do my blog posts with my completed WIP pieces.  Well…..end of Feb went on vacation. Then my daughter got sick. Then I got sick and then well the weather kinda started getting nice. and then my obsession with beads and vintage pieces got in the way and I didn’t use the already started pieces on my work table. Not for a few weeks. I do now have some completed. Here is a photo that I had wipwk4

before of some WIP.

Here are a few completed pieces:

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So not sure what week I should be on but at least I am back at it!

Works in Progress Week Four: Need Some Summer!

Week four of completing an unfinished piece from my work space. We have had frigid temperatures and snow here so I decided to use the bee! Nothing says summer more than bees buzzing around the beautiful flowers.

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For the bee piece:

1.I stamped a honeycomb design into a piece of raw brass.

2. I then colored some Ice Resin to mimic honey and added the resin to the wells in the honeycomb design.

3. After the resin cured I cut the piece out ( but I think next time I will cut the pieces of brass and then add the resin.

4. Riveted the bee onto the honey comb base. The bee was raw brass which I colored using acrylic paints.

5. Used various vintage and new beads to complete the necklace.

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This was a fun necklace to make! Now to keep going for week five!

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See what I come up with!

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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A New Year So Many Goals

I can’t believe another year has passed and we are already into a new one. I haven’t written anything in a few months.  I am hoping to change that this year. No resolutions! Perhaps some goals. Or maybe chose a word for the year………consistency? drive? motivation? faith?

Not sure yet! or maybe a phrase?

Trying new techniques?

Belief in my art?

Better marketing?

Many things to ponder.  Here is wishing you a wonderful new year. 

Thought I would share one of my favorites I made this past year. The picture is from an altar from a Basilica in Germany that I have been visiting every year since I was a child. Brings back such wonderful memories.

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