Here’s a peek into my process creating the last in a series of mixed media necklaces based on the four elements of earth, air, water and fire.
First, here’s Earth:
Here is Air:
And Water (already SOLD):
As well as all the elements combined:
And here is the beginning of Fire:
Journey Through Fire
No magical fire talisman collection would be complete without one of these eyes, so further progress is halted until these arrive and I select one that works with other materials I already have on hand:
The eye will be placed in a bezel and attached to the lava teardrop stone. My vote is for the first eye.
In this shot you can see just how jumbled and messy my workspace can get while I’m in the mode of creating; you can also see some materials I am considering for this last necklace.
Workspace with Work in Progress
Until later becomes now…
My latest necklace, Star of the Hummingbird, has excited me to make more animal totem pentacles. Here’s what I have planned so far and the beads I’ll be using.
I’m really looking forward to creating some very cute and dazzling new magical stars!
I became concerned about the weight of my commission earrings, and expressed this to my client. While I don’t find the earrings too heavy, as they are currently may not be comfortable for wearing for long periods.
My client expressed an interest in lowering the weight, and we discussed the options. The option we select, we decided, will be based on the reflected light of the stone when the setting is (1) open backed (client’s choice) or (2) closed back (my recommendation). Because the recipient has long hair that is worn down, an open back will, IMO, reflect the darkness behind the earring. I think that a stone backed by silver will not only reflect light off the silver from the front, but as the light is reflected the color of the gemstone will also be reflected.
Notice that “I think” my recommendation is correct. To be sure, I am test firing these two pieces tomorrow:
The stone in the heart has an open back and the other stone does not. It will be interesting to see the results of this test. Note: I have cleaned up the test victims now that they are at the dried leather stage and will fire them tomorrow after they reach the bone dry state.
Some artists wouldn’t have concerned themselves about the weight, much less scrapped a well-progressed design in trying to solve the potential problem, but this is my first PMC project and my philosophy is I live to learn; it helps me learn to live.
As I’ve written lately, a whole lot of crocheting is going on in my head and out through my fingers (which are pretty darn sore!).
I went through my pouch/bag/purse phase and now I’m making fingerless gloves. I’ve finished one of a set of two that has an ocean theme with turquoise, dark teal and lavender. The upper part of the glove (the cuff, if you will) I did in shell stitches with “button holes” so it can be laced to the wearer’s size; it measures 7″. The lower part of the glove that covers the back of the hand I did in crocodile stitches (it measures 3″). The crocodile stitch is really beautiful and I chose it because it looks like fish scales. The lacing is a turquoise leather string that I wish were longer.
Please let me know what you think of this no-pattern creation.
This is the copper wire butterfly I will be attaching to the coil bangle I posted about earlier:
Wings "folded" upwards at an angle
Possible positioning on bangle
Good things do come in wee bitty packages!
This bracelet design was created by Eni Oken and is very popular. It is rated as “very advanced” and I just love it. This is the second one I’ve made and it’s just how I like my jewelry; big and bold!
I haven’t oxidized it yet, and I’ve created a copper wire butterfly that I may attach to the center stone, all of which are rose quartz. It is a little too snug to fit me perfectly, so even though I really want to keep it for myself (and I’m sure I can figure out an extension to the clasp to make it fit), you might see it in my boutique some day.
I just love, love, love this “coiled bangle” design!