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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.

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.

 

Clay, Wire, and Beads

I finally got around to firing a whole batch of clay pendants and beads. Figuring out how to fire that kiln was a dilemma that had me puzzled for a long time. On my first attempt, I shot the breaker and shut down all of the plugs in my studio. It didn’t make it through an entire cycle so the pieces were too brittle. Then I moved it to the garage where there is sturdier wiring and SUCCESS! Phew!

Here are some of the necklaces that I have made with them. There are a few more already at Wall Candy Gallery in Columbia.

Also I made some tiny dangles to use for earrings.

I love the grungy look of the trade beads! Here are also some bracelets that I made using the trade beads that kind of match the necklaces and earrings. I can make these in many different color combinations if you are interested. Just send me a message. :-)

Earthy

It’s the time of year to start to dream about digging in the earth and planting seeds. A couple of days ago, we were in the mid 30’s and alternating between a blizzard and sunshine. In about three days, the prognosticators are saying that it will be 75 degrees. While I still have some time when it is not quite gardening weather, it is the perfect time to spend in my studio.

The necklace above features a hand cut and hammered central piece with a deer antler toggle. The beads are vintage trade beads, semi-precious stones, metal, and clay beads that I picked up at the Nashville Flea Market last week.

The central stone in this necklace is a large jasper “button” that I picked up in Taos a few years ago and a yummy fibers store. I kept trying it out in different applications and never was satisfied with it until now. It is combined with a hand hammered copper spiral and a wooden element, which was given to me by my friend Steph.

The clay pendant in the necklace below was also given to me by Steph. Check out her blog Vladthebatsattic. I combined it with some river driftwood, trade beads, wooden beads, macrame’ and a vintage celluloid button closure.