Win a Custom Pet Sculpture

These custom pet sculptures are so unique. I had to share this contest for the chance to win one of these of your pet from http://shinrinart.wordpress.com

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Snowed in but optimistic

The weather here has been absolutely brutal.  The snow’s been on the ground since November and temperatures are often way below zero, not to mention the gusting winds. On some days though, it is beautiful.

Sunny frosty day

Sunny frosty day

Even on horribly freezing, cloudy days –

The road home on a horribly freezing, cloudy day

The road home on a horribly freezing, cloudy day

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Needless to say, I’ve stayed indoors  a lot – unless I’m walking the dogs or taking pictures, that is.

Walking my dog.  Photo taken by my daughter

Walking my dog. Photo taken by my daughter

I’ve kept myself busy making jewelry, soups, bread and dreaming of Spring.

Copper Ginkgo leaf earrings cut from sheet metal

Copper Ginkgo leaf earrings cut from sheet metal

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A pendant for the Ocean Outfall Group - cut from brass and copper sheet

A pendant for the Ocean Outfall Group – cut from brass and copper sheet

Blue Quartz and copper earrings

Blue Quartz and copper earrings

Green Quartz and bronze earrings

Green Quartz and bronze earrings

And several more items for the guys, maybe…

Tiger iron pendant with stainless steel chain, sterling clasp and wire bail

Tiger iron pendant with stainless steel chain, sterling clasp and wire bail

Copper, brass, aluminum and sterling cross pendant

Copper, brass, aluminum and sterling cross pendant

Can’t wait till Spring, or at least for another sunny day.

Just down the road a bit

Just down the road a bit

 

 

 

 

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Hearts, Love and Valentines

Brass and copper textured and riveted heart

Brass and copper textured and riveted heart

Is there a more familiar symbol than hearts for expressing love, likes and such?  Don’t we constantly say things like “I love this” for anything that we find pleasing from food to romantic love?

Aventurine heart with carnelian in sterling silver

Aventurine heart with carnelian in sterling silver

According to Wikipedia – “The combination of the “heart shape” and its use within the “heart” metaphor developed at the end of the Middle Ages.” and “The first known depiction of a heart as a symbol of romantic love dates to the 1250s”. You’d think we’d be sick of it by now.  And yet, as an artist and jewelry maker I still find my designs gravitating toward that over used, all too familiar symbol.  I keep trying to come up with new ways to use it.

Framed copper puff heart with patina

Framed copper puff heart with patina

I don’t know when I’ll get tired of this symbol, but in the meantime, I’ll just keep trying to make interesting, maybe even unique and pretty things with it. So, with that said (and Valentine’s Day approaching) here is a collection of some of my heart themed jewelry.

--60000--52498_product_1305868865_thumb_large amethyst_heart_and_sterling_silver_earrings__3667bac5 brass_etched_heart_pendant__097f4787 bronze_wire_heart_and_red_coral_penant_f94e873d carnelian_aventurine_and_sterling_silver_earrings_66efca16 heart_shield_pendant_with_etched_copper_and_brass_29f421f2 IMG_1251 lampwork_bead_copper_leaf_and_agate_collar_necklace_d7d9ac81 smokey_quartz_copper_heart_wire_work_necklace__5ec58f67 three_hearts_brass_and_copper_pendant_3c827bc452498_1462073596_gallery_image_thumb_largeamethyst_and_pearl_wire_heart_pendant_necklace_41f2be43My first wire heart pendant

My first wire heart pendant

Had enough, just imagine all the heart images I didn’t post 🙂

 

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My New Bracelet Obsession

I’ve recently come to the realization that bracelets are my favorite jewelry item – don’t quite know why.  It used to be earrings, maybe pendants, but this past year I seem to be creating bracelets more than anything else.  Of course that obsession is subject to change 🙂

Here are some new wire bracelets I recently made.

wire weave and wrapped copper and Turquoise color Magnasite

wire weave and wrapped copper and Turquoise color Magnasite

copper bead and wire bracelet

copper bead and wire bracelet

Rustic, hammered bronze cuff

Rustic, hammered bronze cuff

I tried to make some earrings but came up blank 😦  Maybe it’s because I’ve had so many orders for my basketweave like bracelet (which has been a huge success, especially with men, so I can’t complain.)

The original basket weave bracelet I made to order over and over again

The original basket weave bracelet I made to order over and over again

Oh well, I’m not that good at making small items anyway.  Maybe this year I’ll try to make more earrings, pendants and necklaces.

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Inspired to Weave Wire Again

New bracelet with two different weaves and a hinge

New bracelet with two different weaves and a hinge

Other than a particular basket weave bracelet I’ve been making (over and over again due to popular demand), I really haven’t made anything new using wire weave techniques.  But then, why argue with success ?

The original basket weave bracelet I made to order over and over again

The original basket weave bracelet I made to order over and over again

I’ve changed the clasp on this design since but I quickly grew bored with the design.  It was time to try different weaves.

Added a separate clasp to refresh the look

Added a separate clasp to refresh the look

That’s when I came upon Lisa Barth’s book -Timeless Wire Weaving and became inspired.  It’s amazing what you can do with a few simple weave techniques.

Using 4 bronze wires, a simple weave and spiral clasp

Using 4 bronze wires, a simple weave and spiral clasp

IMG_0889 IMG_0910IMG_0701So now I am obsessed with wire weaving again, at least for a while.  I think I’ll go through all my stash of cabs and such to see what I can weave 🙂

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