Chainmaille wrapped cameos have to be glued, and I use 2 part epoxy, so l like to make them in big batches so I don't waste epoxy.
Is this holographic eye not disturbingly awesome? I reclaimed it a few years ago from a pair of Halloween sunglasses.
And I've had these glass intaglios for a while too. They'll get some fancy wire wrapping in addition to the Maille.
More fairies to do, too. Stay tuned for the finished products!
“I'm against the picture of the artist as a starry-eyed visionary not really in control or knowing what he does. I'd almost prefer the word 'craftsman'. He's like one of those old-fashioned ship builders who conceived the build of the boat in their mind and after that touched every single piece that went into the boat.”
I've been flirting with weaving wire for a while now... a coil here, a couple of wires coiled together there... but really seriously weaving is really tedious and time consuming and while you'd think I'm a person who loves tedious and time consuming... well, only in some incarnations (bead weaving, micro-maille... tiny detailed paintings...).
Yeah, but wire weaving is so worth the time. And, I might add, the chipped nails. This took me several hours. I'm not sure why I didn't take in-progress photos, next time I will.
It's copper, with genuine, sparkly, deep blood-red, faceted garnet. I love both.
This is made from a tutorial by wire goddess and super nice person Nicole Hanna (whose jewelry and tutorials you should definitely check out, and go Like her Facebook page while you're at it... if you like my stuff I guarantee you'll like hers). I've added a briolette and some extra swirls to her basic design because I cannot resist excessive loops.
It took me several hours but hey, I only chipped one fingernail in the process!
Anyway, if you love it and you'd like to see more pictures, or buy it, you can go visit it on Artfire. I've named it Chimaera because I thought a snake-tailed fire-breathing feminine creature was an appropriate metaphor.
While I've got you here I'd like to wish my fellow moms out there a very happy Mother's Day and lots of hugs, phone calls, and hand-drawn pictures (...or cards, if they think they're too cool for fridge art... mine is 20 already, sheesh). Sleep in, you deserve it!
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." ~Pablo Picasso
Spring has definitely arrived in Tennessee. My little jewelry bench is right in front of a window and this week I had a pair of mourning doves set up house right on my windowsill, build a nest, lay an egg, and then knock the nest off the ledge. It was heartbreaking. They seem to have wisely chosen to try a different site, but I will definitely miss them.
I had computer issues this past week too, so I am catching up on "day job" (I type medical transcription), but while I type I often look at jewelry on Pinterest or deviantArt or a couple of other sites. I pin all my favorite finds so if you'd like to see what I'm ogling you can find me on Pinterest and follow a board or two, or all of them if you think what I'm pinning is groovy.
Anyway, I was (am) supposed to be typing, but all the ogling gave me the urge to make something, so I took a detour on a bathroom break and got stuck at my jewelry bench (oops..), and sort of "threw this together." Okay, it took me a little longer than that. I was thinking copper, and swirly, so that's what it is. The stone is "Picasso" jasper, accented by a garnet.
The gray thing you see below is one of a set of mandrels I got for Christmas. As it turns out, they're really handy for forming the bottom of a bezel. Thanks honey!
This stone has a protective energy, but also a wildly creative energy. If you seriously need to take your inner child out to play, it's definitely what you need! Fingerpainting and coloring books are definitely okay. So is stopping at the bench on a mad whim to create when you have a week's worth of work to do. ;)
So I'm back at the computer and once I close this blog I'll be back at typing. If you're lucky enough to have weather as lovely as ours, and you can be outside, I envy you. As soon as I get a little work done I plan on heading to the farm to play with/brush my horses. They're shedding out their winter coats but still have fuzzy chins. <3 Hope you have a lovely, creative day!
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