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Published in Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine…Again!!!

IMG_4796 I am tickled and blessed to announce that I have been published in Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine for the second time! My article is entitled “Bohemian Dreaming” on page 56 of the March 2016 issue.

IMG_4797Many thanks to Natalie Way, the editor of Belle Armoire at Stampington for the wonderful opportunities that she has given me and for the beautiful publication in which I have had the honor of being included.

Off Of Cloud Nine And Back To Work

After floating around in the clouds for a while after I received my copy of Artful Blogging, I figured it was time to get back to work, so I decided to take a little trip to the Nashville Flea Market for some inspiration and supplies.

IMG_3297Well…it was kind of a work/play day.

IMG_3303These cool bars made out of vintage truck grills were created by the guys at Rusty Rats Antiques & Vintage in East Nashville where you can find some of my jewelry creations made from vintage hardware and other up-cycled finds. IMG_3304

IMG_3295You name it, you can find it there!

IMG_3305I scored big on some beads! Mostly, I was interested in finding the vintage, pressed glass African trade beads and also some earthy stone beads that you can’t find locally. There is a bead supplier from Alabama that I always find a lot of interesting treasures in their booth. I had to search to find a few vendors with the more interesting trade beads though.

IMG_3302Then back in my studio, I started experimenting with some new methods of sand casting. I brought home some beautiful, white sand from our recent trip to the Gulf coast. Mixing it with a couple of other ingredients provided a pretty good medium to cast in. I tried some of my own designs and also cast some seashells I had collected from previous trips.

IMG_3289Combined with the trade beads and other wooden and glass beads, I was aiming for an earthy, Bohemian look for the completed pieces.

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IMG_3277       I’m very pleased with the way they turned out and excited to find new ways to cast focal pieces that are one of a kind.

IMG_3291These pieces will be available locally, but if you are interested, please leave a comment and I can create a custom Etsy listing for you in my shop.

Tassels, Tassels Everywhere

IMG_1973I don’t know about you, but I always loved the fringy leather jackets of the 60’s and 70’s, so in honor of fall and the Bohemian spirit within me, I have been creating a series of tassel necklaces.

IMG_2868The case of the fringes are brass bullet shell cases. Don’t ask me the caliber. I don’t know about all of that stuff. My son does a lot of target practicing and I round up all of the brass that he doesn’t want and make things out of it.

IMG_1977I’ve also been making lots of crochet necklace/wrap bracelets with beads and pearls to layer with them.

IMG_2912These are available locally, but if you don’t live nearby, I can create a custom Etsy listing for you. If these happen to be sold, I can make more and even customize them with your own personal color scheme.

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Ahhhhhhh…Studio Time

I love it when I get some uninterrupted time in my studio! So…today, after I made breakfast, picked the garden, mowed the yard and ate lunch, I got to escape to my creative space and get to work.

I had an order for 5 pairs of earrings of different colors so that was first on the list. They are all torch fired enamel in various shapes and colors and textures.

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Then I popped outside to water my flowers on the patio which were looking a little wilted, and then got back to work. My dress form mannequin had been needing a makeover for a long time and I had an idea for it when I was driving down the road yesterday. I took off the old fabric cover and covered it with vintage dress pattern tissue.

While waiting for her to dry, I was sorting through some of the polymer clay beads that I made recently, I noticed a good combination with a ceramic clay pendant that I had made a while back using one of my hand carved stamps. A good starting point for a new necklace.
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IMG_1621.JPGHere is my newly refreshed mannequin enjoying the flowers on the patio while modeling my newest creation.

Polymer Play

I have long been frustrated with the bead selection locally. It is hard to find the kind of earthy looking beads that I like anywhere within an hours drive. For inspiration, I looked to the clay beads of my friend Vladthebat and the work of an artist known as Raggedrobyn whose work I have admired for some time. They make very organic creations with earthen clay.  Even though I have the kiln and clay, lacking the patience for that process today, I turned to polymer clay to try to capture that feeling. Here are the pieces I came up with.

 I textured the sides of the beads by rolling them over some rubber stamps that I had carved. Then I painted them with acrylics and added guilder’s wax for some sheen.

I strung them on black waxed linen cords and added a ceramic button that I made a while back for the closure. I discovered that my macrame needs a little work. :-) It does give it a more rustic look though. Also, there is the texture of my fingerprints. I was once in a Yahoo charm exchange group and the leader of the group would have a hissy fit (southern term for getting really irate) and reject charms if they were polymer clay and you could see fingerprints on them. I have always loved to see fingerprints because it is a part of the artist. Kind of like a signature.

    27″ long   All elements handmade by little old me.

 

 

Dreaming Of The Sea

I managed to sneak in a few hours at my workbench today. I had already painted these handmade clay elements, which inspired me to go with an ocean theme today. There is a starfish and a print of a piece of coral for texture. I had some yummy trade beads and turquoise and iridescent stone beads which blended nicely and gave that earthy feeling that I love.  

 

I had mister crab lying around for a while, so I decided to go with the same color scheme and feeling .   He is hollow and soldered onto a copper base, so he is much lighter than he looks. All of these creations are one of a kind.

 

Courage

Well, this necklace is a little bold, but sometimes you just have to make a statement. A piece of re-purposed tin with an image of a cowboy and the Alamo are the central elements. It is cold connected with brass rivets to a piece of hand cut and hammered copper with the word “courage” stamped onto brass and riveted on top. The dangles are made of 22 cal. bullet shells. The back of the necklace is leather for a comfortable fit on your neck and it is long enough to slip over your head without a clasp. It also includes stone, wooden, and glass beads.

Yeee haaaa!

Don’t you need this for your rodeo attire?

A Circle With A Hole

Circle inspirations, joined hand in hand…a lovely aqua ceramic disc from Vladthebatsattic, a beach stone from the Florida coast, a cast pewter element, a lampworked bead, and a coin carry the theme.

Jingle Jangle Dangles

This is jewelry with motion and sound…just a little gentle tinkling as you move. More metal melding is combined with forged wire and elements fused into the pewter. The dangles are torch fired enamel.

A Brazilian Real

More Metal Melding (I love alliteration)

Sooo….I have these random bits and pieces around my studio that have been taking up space and have not had a permanent home…until now. A random link from an old bracelet, an earring element given to me by a friend, stashes of foreign coins from places that I have been and have not been. Now that I’ve discovered that I can meld and marry them with pewter, they have a place to live.

Once again taking something that may look new and shiny and combining it with other elements, aging them with fire and stamping and sanding…giving them a new identity…like a witness protection program…or something like that. Nothing too fidgety or perfect. Texture, color, personality.  Forgive my rambling. :-)

Thanks to Brittney for the color suggestions on the bottom necklace. It turned out nice.

More Patina

I’m still finding uses for my random relics that I bought from the interesting fellow who metal detects. Two birds on a fountain, riveted to a piece of copper with a green patina. The stones are malachite and carnelian and the brown beads are some of my crusty lampworked creations.

I handmade some of these clay beads and combined them with a large amazonite focal pendant and wood and bone beads. The clasp is a fired clay button that I made also. I’m thinking that these have a fall-ish feel to them and would lend a touch of nature to someone’s attire.

Creative Sparks

 

My recent class combined with my flea market finds have inspired some new pieces. The yellow turquoise set in a copper bezel is combined with some colorful beads for a summery look.

Stamps from my Richard Salley class have become earrings and also bracelets which are made with leather from a vintage satchel and vintage buckles. You can find these at Wall Candy Custom Framing and Gallery or Cliques Hair Salon in Columbia, TN or contact me directly.

 

Mrs. Hilsendegen

We pick up our story from the previous post by introducing you to Mrs. Nora Hilsendegen, wife of Deputy Roy Hilsendegen, patiently waiting and praying for her brave husband. Neighbors come running with the news that Roy has been shot in a gun battle. Her heart sinks, but she has faith. She lifts the hem of her skirt and runs to the doctor’s house and to her husband’s side. It is only a shoulder wound, the bullet exited through the back. He is a little weak from lost blood, but with a little cleaning and stitching he will be just fine. They are renewed in their resolve to cherish every moment together.

Ahhh…yes…it’s a sappy story. I never said I was a writer. I just make things. :-)

Wearing History

On one of my treasure hunting forays, I stopped at a shop that had attracted my attention for a couple of years, but I was always in such a hurry when I passed it. This day, I had time to spare so I gave into my curiosity and pulled in. At first, I perused the whole shop and didn’t really find anything promising. Then the owner asked me what I was looking for. I replied that I wanted small, rusty, aged things that most people would overlook. He showed me a tray of objects and said that he had found them over the years while he was metal detecting. Bingo! I dug through the objects for about half an hour and randomly asked him about the more interesting finds. One of them was this curious piece of metal with a name and a date. He said that he had found it in a creek next to a cave where a gun battle had taken place between some criminals who were hiding out in the cave and the sheriff and his deputies. He assumed that this had belonged to one of them.

I had kept this piece in my studio for about a year, wondering what to do with it. A couple of weeks ago I had bought a couple of very vintage jewel tintypes. One was a woman (you will see her in the next post) and one was a man. I was pondering how to use the man’s image. While lying in bed a couple of nights ago, it came to me! He was the deputy who lost his badge in the gun battle. The story was completing itself. Add a couple of bullets, a key for handcuffs, and a tiny gun and the story comes together.

So…meet Deputy Hilsendegen, wounded in the line of duty, but not mortally. The criminals were brought to justice and he was taken home, (after being patched up by the town doctor) to his loving wife…hmmm…the other photo in the next post.

To be continued…

 

Goodies In My Mailbox

Merci Boucoup to my friend Steph for the goodies that she sent to me. There is always something in her gifts to inspire me to run to the studio, and something yummy to satisfy my Belgian chocolate craving.

 

This yummy elephant focal is one of her creations. I was inspired by her jewelry to create something with it in a tribal style. This will be at Wall Candy at this month’s First Thursday Artisans Party. Hope to see you there!

 

Eau De Love

I remember playing with the cosmetics that my mom and aunts had tucked away in drawers or displayed on their dressers. The tiny perfume sample bottles always intrigued me. They were much more fun than the paper, rub-on samples or generic vials of perfume that you get today. Here is another of the small ones that I picked up at the antique store last week.

 

A New Leaf

Felt, copper, canvas painted with oil paints, thread, glass beads, leather.

 

Faithful, Noble, Woman

     An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
She dresses herself with strength
and makes her arms strong.
She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
She opens her hand to the poor
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in scarlet.
She makes bed coverings for herself;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Her husband is known in the gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.
Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.
(Proverbs 31:10-31 ESV)

Pieces From the Past

What is it about rust and patina that fascinates me? I was passing by a “junk” shop that I had passed many times and for once, I wasn’t in a big hurry, so I stopped in. After I had toured the premises and had not seen anything of particular interest, I started a conversation with the proprietor and asked him if he had any old rusty bits, like keys, watches, and broken jewelry. Being an avid metal detector, he pointed in the direction of a small glass case, covered by so many random ordinary things that it had gone unnoticed. I uncovered it and carefully went through its contents piece by piece. I ended up with a handful of treasures and went to the register and asked, “How much for all of this?” He replied that I held in my hand the results of approximately 1200 hours of metal detecting and after a bit of haggling, we settled on a price.

Some of the pieces will require a bit of studying and puzzling to find out what they need to turn into. This is what became of two of the lovely bits of treasure. What is the secret of the keyhole? Did it belong to a chest full of love letters, a door to a room, a simple box for mundane things? The story is yours to imagine.

 

 

A Little Bookish

Copper, 1948 newspaper, stamped leather

For the bibliophile in you.

Time Flies

Do you have any old, broken, forgotten pieces of jewelry or time pieces lying around that have too much sentimental value to throw away? I made this necklace for someone out of pocket watches that belonged to her family members and a charm pin that had heads monogrammed with the names of her sisters.  I love the challenge of combining random items with character and history to make something that is a reminder of the past and of beloved family members and is wearable for today. Contact me if you are interested.

Polymer Play

Feeling in need of some cheery, summery colors, I pulled out my polymer clay once again to create these new beads. Even though they are chunky and large, they are not too heavy because of the lightness of the clay.  Some of them will be at Wall Candy Custom Framing and Gallery and others will be at Cliques Hair Salon in Columbia, TN.

 

 

Twigs and Leaves

 

 

It was a back to nature day for me in the studio today. I had some leaves that I had made from ceramic clay using the leaves from my lamb’s ear plant to make an impression in the clay. A piece of driftwood from the Tennessee River served as the twig from which the leaves could dangle.

These leaves were impressions of my apple mint, strung with wooden and glass beads with a vintage button for a closure.

These can be found at our First Thursday Artisans Party tomorrow night (June 7) from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Wall Candy Custom Framing and Gallery in beautiful downtown Columbia, Tennessee. Come enjoy the food, wine, live music, and local art. Help us to revive downtown Columbia with the arts!

 

Frida

This is for all of you Frida Kahlo lovers out there. This necklace is composed of a resin filled metal heart with a photo of the lovely artist, turquoise, coral, Mexican coins, cute little pewter birds, and a wonderful clay bead given to me by my friend Steph. (a.k.a. Vladthebat)

This is currently available at Wall Candy Custom Framing and Gallery in Columbia, TN. Come join us for our monthly First Thursday Artisans Party.