Sunday, March 29, 2009
Shucks, Darn, Drat, Poop, and all of the other really good words that go with a project completed, photographed, and nearly listed when…zap! The fatal error shows its ugly face in a close-up. There it was – a crack! It is the tiniest of the tiny and not noticeable to the eye but as bold as red-headed floozy in church when looked at through the macro lens of the camera. Amen brothers and sisters.
Well, thank gosh for quality control, editing, and cameras because I’d be sick if I listed it and someone got bead that I had passed an inspection on. It’s a great necklace too! Boo Hoo.
Let’s look at the bright side though. I did get to practice a whole lot of wire work and forging. All the metal on this pendant was made by me. And, it is cleaver. The ring is soldered and it swings freely from the spiral in a unique way that allows the sway but will not allow the dangle to fall off. I even made the bail to hang it it all from. It’s cute – parts are salvageable. Maybe none of it will end up being the same necklace but whatever it goes it’ll work too! For posterity though it’s pictured above. The pendant that almost was…………..
Saturday, March 28, 2009
And, I own that dragon...it's a wonderful piece and makes you feel like you could whip the world and still lovingly guard an egg or two. Your chain or leather necklace fits between those wings and she lays perfectly on your neck. Coolest piece I've ever seen.
You are going to enjoy checking her out and don't forget to heart her shop and pass the good word around about her jewelry.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Don't you just love the Strawberry Girl? I did and will miss her so I might make another one. But the next time I post late at night when I'm tired I think I better use the grammar check and not just the spellcheck. Whoa Miss Nellie, what were you thinking? Some days you speak weller.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Not a lot of time to post but I wanted to show everyone what I'm up to. I'm mixing the castings with the glass. This is one of them. It's not quite finished yet and I threw on the leather at the top (although it's not like you couldn't figure out the orientation on this). The bead can be removed so the pendant can take on different "looks". Yeah, I know, it's not a new concept...but, it is an original casting and the first of many. I've made a similar one (also roundish) but this one has some flattened and twisted wax wires on it so it looks like it has some glass twisties running through it. It will be a good style to compliment these types of beads. Got to run..........sleep is calling my name.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I have been amazingly slow, even for me, in passing this award on and I apologize to Janel for that. Thanks Janel you don’t know just how much that made my day!
This is a “meme” award, so it gets passed on. The rules for passing it on are:
1. Put the logo on your blog.
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you.
3. Award up to ten other blogs.
4. Add links to those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message for your awardees on their blogs.
I’m passing this on to:
Susan, at Susan’s Arts
Mallory, at For the Love of Beads
Angelina, at Angelina Beadalina
Eileen, at Dorset Hill Beads
Marcy, at Studio Marcy
Lori, at Loribeads
Jennifer, at Jennifer Jangles
The Etsy Metal Team, at Etsy Metal
Janelle, at Pigeon Point Glass
Cindy, at The Studio of Cindy Gimbrone
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I just love making cast jewelry. It’s so much like sculpture but on a miniature scale. Works great for electroforming too! I know bead makers often find it easier to make a medium or large sized bead than to translate what they want into a miniature. It’s not easy to do that without losing the all of detail and grandeur that brought them to that idea in the first place. The same goes for making the initial wax for the lost wax casting. It’s always a balancing act to decide what the mind will fill in if you leave a detail out.
I most often work with a pink wax that is very pliable – maybe that translates to the fact I’m mostly a middle of the road kind of person (I even drive in the middle at times, much to the horror of my husband). There is a green wax that is softer and plenty of rock hard ones on the other end you can carve with a jack hammer (just kidding but you do need some really sharp tools). I like the pink but at times you need something with just a little more oomph that will hold a detail AND is easily carved.
After a whole lot of Google work and networking I think I have found the solution. At least it is now my solution to this issue, courtesy of that great wax worker Michael Sturlin. He melts red injection wax in a double boiler and pours it in to tin for later use with a heat tool. It works wonderfully. It attaches nicely to the pink wax with the heat tool and doesn’t melt in your hand - (now I want some M&M’s). It’s not that expensive to do either. Besides, it’s more expensive to ruin a piece you’ve worked on for eight hours because your hands are warm and you just can't get that last little line on it. Now THAT”S frustrating and I am definitely NOT into that ---- keep to the center please!
The photos will give you an idea of what I did to get the wax and a couple of samples of my silver castings. They’re becoming more and more complicated as time goes on. Someday maybe I'll get the mermaid done that goes around a large lentil bead. Personally, it's the bead that's the hold up. I want the perfect one and haven't figured out what that would be.