Friday, May 28, 2010
So I am usually sitting behind a torch or at a work table assembling a piece of jewelry . Today my thoughts turned to blue skies and water parks as i sewed up 9 pair of short shorts for my sweet baby girls in size 2, 6, and 8. ! Oh what fun these are the colours are alive and vibrant nothing wishy washy here i'll be able to spot them running across the park no problem . I really love to make special one of a kind garments for my girls and have built quite a collection from nightgowns to dresses . Now we just need some sun and a sprinkler to test them out . I sometimes have clothing for kids for sale at my etsy shop so check it out sometime http://www.etsy.com/shop/sixbabygirls
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I usually work with Lampwork Glass beads or semi precious gemstones , but recently I found myself gazing at this giant Swarvoski crystal in awe not just at the size a whooping 20 mm bead but at the vibrant Fuchsia color ! I am not a ring maker really but wanted to somehow focus attention to this glamourous crystal . I have worked alot with wire though so immediately I decided to wrap that sparkly jewel in sterling silver with no ring mandrel I found a object that fit my engagement ring and just jumped in and wrapped it up 10 minutes later WOW ! what a treasure ! The colour the simplicity I think there is more here then just one ..... I may have to figure out how to make my glass beads into rings ! You can see more of this ring at my etsy shop here http://www.etsy.com/listing/47792802/fuchsia-swarvoski-crystal-wire-wrapped
Monday, May 24, 2010
I recently made myself a handmade lightbox , nothing fancy just a cardboard box with hole cut in the sides and some tissue paper on the outside to diffuse the light . I am so happy with the results ! No more hard shadows the light is even !
Funny thing is I am photography major from Emily Carr College of art and I had forgotten the importance of a lightbox .... most of my photography is abstract like the lead photo of this blog . The results have definitely made me realize the skills I learned so long ago should not be forgotten.
I hope to go back through all my old photos of previous jewelry pieces and reshoot them , but that could be time consuming so for now i will just be happy that some lessons learned are not completely forgotten.
The bracelet can be viewed in detail at my etsy shop here http://www.etsy.com/listing/47974993/lampwork-glass-bracelet-purple-passion
as can the pretty pink ring http://www.etsy.com/listing/47792802/fuchsia-swarvoski-crystal-wire-wrapped
Friday, May 14, 2010
So i think i am completely in love with these gruesome dudes ! and my kids are lining up to pick which one they get to chose ! I think they would even make great pins ! I also think i should donate a few to the beads of courage program for children under going treatments for Heart and Cancer related illnesses .... i will have to get some strung on cord and see what the etsy world thinks of them ?
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
So i know it isn't halloween yet but i love all things creepy , silly, fun and well just a little off so when thinking of what i could make for one of my girls to take for a birthday party gift my first
thought was well a necklace focal would be great ! Then i really started to consider the age of the child and how goofy 9 year olds are and it just crept into my head to make creepy monster like faces. Well i had a hoot yesterday forming these guys and there is definitely more to come as i LOVE them and the possibilities for funny faces is well limited only by my imagination and that is endless so ....
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I am so very pleased with the outcome of my latest evening at the torch .... I new from the start that these pieces of glass were going to become something special and as you can see they did ! The time working the glass was magical and as i was turning and striking and re striking it was as if i was carried back in time and i was watching the wings of a dragon be born . If you can see into the bead you would see scale like formations in the glass and the colours are out of a mystical realm for sure !
I absolutely love this piece i hope you enjoy it to it can viewed at my shop here
Friday, May 7, 2010
These chunky gems of glass glitter with iridescent sky blue they look like something right out of a fairytale ! I love the chunky feeling the weight is akin to wearing a treasure on your wrist gorgeous and shimmery ! I love the look of The aurora borealis Pink Amethyst with the Glass it catches the eye and glitters in the sun . It is truly a awe inspiring piece of Glass Jewelry Art !
Thursday, May 6, 2010
When i go into the studio to work for the day i really have no preconceived idea as to where or what i will end up with. I often just start with a color and go from there. The flame is intoxicating as it flickers and jumps around and i find myself often daydreaming and not at all thinking of what i am making at all . The whole process is very mechanical , the melt the form the finish .
It can be very liberating as the glass melts and droops and is quickly turned over and formed . I find often that i am thinking of a person or place while torching and that those thoughts turn into the glass piece i have created.This recent session ended with these nugget shaped beads now a whole new process takes place . What to make with them ?
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Sometimes we loose connection with people in our lives sometimes you never reconnect. I was so fortunate to have found a old dear friend from Emily Carr Art School,
Marta Pan a fabulous painter and Chef extraordinaire !
So with her in mind i created this piece I hope she likes it, just a little bit of sterling and a whole lot of glass !
Cheers Bella !