Friday, November 19, 2010
That weather system that blew through here with its blustering winds brought some new jewelry with it. I have had spirals on the brain lately and decided to give my stringer work over to the almighty swirl. I can't begin to tell you how incredibly meditative it can be to sit at a flame melting fine strands of glass into flowing coils on the surface of a bead. *sigh* I made a dozen and a half hollows with just such a decoration and wired them into this pretty new Fall inspired necklace. I love it. There are several new colors of glass that I hadn't previously had the pleasure of working with found in this piece. The rusted red orange color is called Hawaiian Clay, and there is some CiM Plum and Transparent brown in there too. Add that pop of minty grasshopper green and I think you would be pretty hard pressed to find a more quintessential Fall color combo.
I think I have lost my jewelry making mind because... well, I actually can't get earrings off my mind either. You know me, I usually detest earrings. But, today, I love them. I dove into some new techniques and etched the metal for the first time this morning. I swirled the metal too... and that metal is sterling, in case you are wondering. I cut, cleaned, designed on, etched, cleaned, cut, patina-ed, and cleaned again to make those swirly little discs. Aren't they sweet? With those two little persimmon glass headpins, I dare say this makes a delightful set. Just different enough to hold their own, and similar enough not to fight each other for your attention. I like it when pieces play so nice together :)
You should be seeing lots of new pieces of jewelry in the next two weeks. Francie at JOOLZ asked me to stop by the shop for a trunk show on Friday December 3rd from 4-7pm during the annual Holiday Artwalk. The artist she had slated for the evening canceled last minute... and I am very happy to fill in. If you are local, I would love to see you in Canandaigua that night!!
Until then, I can't wait to see what else the breeze brings this way.