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

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Do you have a favorite piece of Art Nouveau architecture?

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Honey Bee Jewelry: Mother Nature as Inspiration

In addition to making jewelry I love to garden.  As I work in the garden I love listening to the buzzing of all the various types of bees busy at work. The faint buzzing of the honey bees to the louder bzzzzzzz of the bumble bees.

When I was a child my great grandfather had a wonderful garden of flowers and fruit trees.  He also raised honey bees. One of many fond memories is of him collecting the honey from the hives, or of him making us a thick slab of bread with butter and honey.

Such lovely, happy and simple times.

I created this line of honey bee jewelry with him in mind.  Little petite bees in various finishes and your choice of bead color.

Just one of many flowers from my garden.

You can find the bees here

Now back to my  garden!

Making Something New From Old

I have always loved vintage and antique jewelry and accessories. Jewelry easy to wear so no problem but what about shoe clips or dress clips or even that broken piece of jewelry.  I decided that I would start using these old forgotten pieces and create jewelry using them.  One thing I do not do is damage, bend ,shape, drill or alter a perfectly good piece of vintage jewelry. It must be broken or missing something like the other half of the buckle.  I do use vintage dress clips but never ever drill them I just wire wrap a bail and you have a ready pendant.  Here are a few examples:

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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!

Meeting Goals:Works in Pogress Week 2

Last week I said maybe a goal for this year would be to complete all of the works in progress that are cluttering up my work space.

I shared some photos and I did actually complete two pieces.  Now granted for the flower and snail I decided all I wanted was a simple chain so that was no big deal….but then again it is now a necklace so it is a big deal (at least to me)  Here is a collage of the before and afters.

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So now onto week 2:

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Again both pieces started many months ago maybe even 1/2 a year ago! Both pieces used Ice Enamels and Ice Resin.  The bezel piece I added some vintage enamel pieces into the Ice Resin. love the glass like finish.  Now lets see if I can complete the pieces from week 2!

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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