Saturday, April 29, 2006

Quilt it. Quilt it good.

Elaine is an incredible quilter (and she has most organized quilting room I've ever seen). Yesterday was Amy Strickland's wedding shower and Elaine presented her with a pillow she had made from the photo on Amy's wedding website. How cute is that? Made me want to pull out my sewing machine and start quilting again! Ed better keep an eye on me because I could take over all the upstairs bedrooms and he wouldn't even know it. This room for quilting, this room for jewelrymaking, this room for...

Upon returning home, I decided to finish up the earrings I'd started on Friday afternoon. The original plan had pearls hanging from the bottom, but I decided blue chalcedony beads would be better.
They are quite long - measuring a whopping 4 inches from the very tip top of the ear wire to the bottom of the bead, but are very light and delicate. I'm happy with how they turned out.

Just watching Amy open the quilted pillow reminded me that it's time for me to make something for my mother, who has been waiting patiently for a handmade gift from me for far too long. These earrings would be too large for her, but I think I can design something more appropriate and get it to her by Mother's Day. I better get busy!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Here we go 'round in circles...

A circle is a shape found repeatedly throughout the world and is a symbol of perfection. It is acknowledged as an archetype of wholeness and integration, with the center symbolizing spirit...or essence. In Buddhist Mandalas, the circumference is "the grasping", i.e., grasping the essence.

This is a circular pendant I made using the filigree techniques I'm learning in class. It is made of 14K gold and fine silver. I had an exciting discovery while making the attached chain. Instead of using 22 gauge fine silver to make the round loops, I used Argentium 22 gauge sterling silver and was pleasantly surprised to find out they fuse beautifully. I did not melt one single loop as I fused them, which is unheard of in my studio! This is fantastic because I can now make chains that are both easier, stronger and highly tarnish-resistant. What could be better?

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Latest Bloomin' Creation

Phew! The pin took longer than anticipated. Anytime you add bezels and stones to a piece, it's going to take a bit least in my opinion. Here's the finished pin for Jessica's shawl (Sterling Silver with Amber, Jade & Garnet):

I can't imagine how it's going to stay in the shawl without falling out, even though I made the sterling silver straight pin part kind of squiggly for that very purpose. Susan suggested I make another one similar to the hair clips used in the past - the kind with a little stick that grabs the hair and slips through a rectangular base. It would be cute to attach the stick to the main clip with a little chain, as well. Holy Canoli! How many of these darn shawl pins can one person make???