Tuesday, June 23, 2009

why, thank you!

Zoe Nelson, a fellow Etsy Metal Clay Team member was sweet enough to give me the One Lovely Blog Award. What a wonderful surprise, thank you! She has quite a lovely blog herself and creates beautiful jewelry, I especially like the piece shown above.

The One Lovely Blog Award must be passed on. Here’s how to do it: To accept the award, post it on your blog and give props to the person who awarded it to you. Now, pass the award on to 15 other blogs that you have discovered and contact them to let them know they’ve been chosen. (which I’ll do shortly)

15? that’s a lot, but here are my top ten:

Julia Lundman talented painter and illustrator
Denise of Bellis Studios kindred spirit, letterpress artist and friend
Brian - the talent behind A Man Who Crafts
Jamie The “It Girl” of weddings and parties
Rhonna of Rhonna Designs ever inspiring
Nita - creator of the courageous Red Tin Heart
Amy Cowen of the truthful and inspiring Creative Mom Podcast

And other fellow Etsy Metal Clay Team Members:
Christine of Clever Endeavor One of the driving members of the EMC team – thanks for all your hard work
Ruth of Birdland Creations
The talented Jennifer Kahn

Oh good, that's eleven. You all truly have lovely blogs, thanks for all the inspiration.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

bronzclay - i'm smitten

I had the lovely opportunity to take a workshop with Celie Fago this weekend at the Bead and Button show in Milwaukee. Ring Relics in BronzClay. What a great class. Above is the final result. I happy with it for now, but I plan on refined the design and working a bit on a series in this style. It's a little different than what Celie demonstrated, after reviewing my sketchbook, I noticed I've been thinking about this for awhile.

I wasn't sure if I would like the new bronzclay. I've played with it a bit but really didn't sink my teeth into it's possibilities. Now with the knowledge of it's possibilities and limitations, I can see I'm really going to like working with this new medium. It feels more like clay and carves beautifully. Since the price is a bit more reasonable, I felt confident to try out my new design.
This is what I originally what I came up with. I didn't finish the piece because I didn't have enough flame power to do the little balls on the headpin. Then when I tried to take out my "temporary" stamen, I broke off the little flower on top. Hence the final piece, shown first has the collection of beads at the top.

Here's the other ring. It's reminiscent of something from whoville, don't you think?
If you are in the area, Raku Days at the Fine Line is this weekend. I will be playing around with the bronze clay and showing the attendees a few things I learned.

The show was great. It was hard to remind myself that I went with a budget in mind, but here is a few new finds I'll be incorporating into my work soon.
Have an inspired day!