Friday, February 24, 2012

Museum Showing

I will be showing at the Ratner Museum in Bethesday, MD (near Washington, DC) on April 14th and 15th. Myself and 9 other metal smith artists will be showing. Please see the attached Postcard for more information.
Also, please RSVP if you would like to attend the show at this FaceBook invite. You might be seeing this more than once from me, if so, I apologize in advance. :-)
Please please PLEASE come out so we can meet in person!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

New Piece for AutumnLeavesJewelry

This is a Beauty.
Spring is almost here...almost...the recent days tease us with sun and the ground is teeming with little buds wanting to unfurl.
Waking from a long winter with the promise of sunny days, this pendant is a reminder that ocean shores and mountain retreats surely await us.
The chain hangs 21"
The stone is Picture Jasper (as you can see it's a fantastic scene)
I have smithed a gorgeous round fine and sterling silver bezel and added an extension so that it can be worn short or long.
My makers mark and .925 are stamped on the back of the pendant.



you can see more photos of this by clicking the link above.

On a personal note, I woke up exhausted. I must have had some intense dreams. Hubby said I kicked him in the rear while asleep (sorry DH)...I haven't overdone anything, so the tiredness must be from dreams.

Yesterday Ginger and I enjoyed 2 lovely walks. She loves to be outside in this weather. It's going to be hard to train her not to bark, she's currently over by the back window enthralled by squirrels, kids and birdies.

I started Phase 2 of my South Beach diet, just in time, I was craving carbs, good carbs, so much. I enjoyed oatmeal with a sprinkle of cinnamon and walnuts for breakfast. The weight is coming off at a good pace, not too fast. Loving the meals I'm preparing, though last night though I couldn't stand the idea of any more...chicken...

Will have all of the details about the Museum Show very shortly.



Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Busy in The Studio

...meanwhile this lovely pair has found a home, I'm so happy

I'm busy in the studio making items for the museum show for mid April...

Details soon...as promised...



Friday, February 17, 2012

News

Hello Friends,

This April I will be showing my work at a wonderful museum along with several other metal smith artists in the DC Area. More details to follow...soon.

If you are in the area (or will be) the weekend of April 14th, please send me a message and I will send you a reminder.

Things are a little too quiet in my etsy shop lately...I know the recession hasn't really let up, and each day etsy welcomes more and more shops. Must keep this in mind and continue to create wearable and beautiful pieces for you :-)
It's going to be quite sunny today. I have a sneeze, and wonder if its due to the early pollen we could be experiencing? Hope to get up in my studio later...

Ginger starts her next level of puppy training classes this weekend. As I watch her grab a tissue and run with it, jump at one of our cats from the window, I wonder if the classes are for us, not her.

Loving my shorter hair (once again) and am happy to say I've lost 7 lbs in the first week of my South Beach (once again, lol) diet. Anyone else on a specific diet? Last time I managed to keep the weight pretty even for about half a year, would love to make this last longer.

That said, off to enjoy my morning spinach, onion and green pepper quiche cup :-)

The great thing about these, you can make them on Sunday and have them last all week in the freezer!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

New Everyday Turquoise Earrings

These are metal smithed by me. They are not "tiny" though I did use a macro lens to photograph them. The size is just so perfect! The ear wires are very curvy to accentuate the curve of the luscious Sleeping Beauty turquoise round stones. All parts have been hand forged, a patina added, and they were tumbled to a high shine.

I have made a pair for myself, wore them today, and love love love them.

A note about the patina I have added to the silver:
The Silver components have been dipped in liver of sulfur BEFORE the stones were added. This is how I treat all of my stone set/stone added jewelry. I do this because chances are great if you choose jewelry that has been treated with stone in the solution, the stone might discolor or eventually fade. Our pretty stones need every chance to make it to the next generations as you choose to hand these lovely pieces down.



Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Just Sold, Just Listed, We're getting Snow!

This pretty just sold, thank you Sweet Customer, this was half price...



Just Listed...

(and I'm so proud of this work...)


I was on call for Jury Duty and all set to go...alas my group was not called so I will be picking Ginger up soon from the vet's. She was spayed, also had a baby tooth pulled. I hear she's doing very well, a little more active than they'd like...I may need to decorate her plastic cone collar...she's going to have it for a few more days.

Later we expect snow...nothing like we had 2 years ago, enough to make things pretty, and mess up the DC Area traffic...everyone please drive safe and stay warm :-)




Sunday, February 5, 2012

New Silver and Gold Leaf Necklace

Listing soon...
Sterling silver and 14k yellow gold fold formed, chased leaf pendant with hand forged sterling silver chain, clasp also hand forged in sterling silver...

Hosting a family and friend Super Bowl get together (whole lotta cookin' goin' on) but I had to finish this piece this morning...
now I need to vacuum...
Here's what it looks like on...I do love this piece...

The back is soooooooooooo beautiful, wasn't sure which side to make the front. You'll see in another photo how gorgeous the curving fold of the back of this leaf looks.

Stamped along the back are my
Makers Mark
.925
14K

...will be back later to list...


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Smithing With Friends

Yesterday was a blast. (Let's just say it's been a long winter though we've had our fine share of sunny, warm days here near DC) It's been a while since I've had a smithing date with fellow artisans. Yesterday we did just that.  My friend Sandra has a wonderful studio. (In fact she teaches classes there, if you want information please let me know or see her blog for contact information) She graduated from F.I.T (the same college my daughter attended) and all this aside, she's a very talented smither/jeweler.
She offered a "smith" date and I gladly took her up on it. This isn't the first date we've had over the years but like I said, it feels like it's been a long winter.
Our friend Caroline was there as well. I also met her years ago at The Art League and immediately knew she was a kindred spirit. Her work is so beautiful. She forges out lovely clean lines in metal and the results are stunning. One can pick out a piece of her work among others and know instantly that Caroline created it.
I wish I'd snapped a shot of the 3 of us, the one I took of Caroline and Sandra is a wee blurry.

For this session I had a decent sheet of 12 gauge sterling silver that needed to be annealed (over and over) and rolled out (over and over) for a bit of a smaller gauge to work with in my studio.
Caroline had several gorgeous rolled out sheets of metal she's been working with. She was forging a ring as well.

We sat around drinking coffee and eating choccy chip cookies (thanks to Sandra's sweet hubby) and discussed what we've been yearning to make, what we love to make, things we make repeatedly and the way to balance all these artistic endeavors out.  It felt like a much needed art-therapy session with friends (if that makes sense.) 

The week before the group The Ladysmiths held a meeting hosted by Sandra where she gave a talk and demonstration on fold forming in metal. This was another huge relief, a sort of coming out of the long dark winter day and holding our faces to the light. Having a show and tell section of the meeting where we chat about our latest
 projects and inspirations.

Both sessions reminded me of taking a walk and noticing pods about to bloom, green plants in the state of unfurling from the soil of winter.

Back to yesterday...Sandra was eyeing my chunky sheet of silver and I was in love with one of her recently formed metal pieces...(those of you who fold form know how tedious this technique can get).  A light bulb went off and we instantly knew a "trade" was in order. The negotiations began and we both felt happy about the results. Here's a photo of the work Sandra has done...I cannot wait to open this baby up and bring it to life for you in forms of some sweet pieces!


Here are some formed pieces by Sandra in various stages
(see the juicy 12 gauge sheet under them?)

Sleep has been evading me...so I'm taking advantage of this time to get things done.

My Etsy shop has been unusually slow...so I'm working on kicking things up a few notches. I do like to stay busy with work.  Just a reminder that I do have a sale going on, if you use the code
Loved
at check out, you will receive 15% off your total order (not including shipping).