The Race is On

November 1!

20161027_121609How did this sneak up on me?  We are quickly moving toward the holidays and I feel so unprepared.  …Almost freaking out, but not quite, as I have been thinking of to-do lists and wondering where I will find time for doing my usual Santa thing.

Although it has been ages since my last post here, I have been in the studio.  My passion for purple turned out this pendant.  Dyed agate beads and pearls play with a quartz chip featuring milky quartz as well as amethyst.

Lately, work has assembly style.  Since I hand-forge most of what I use in my jewelry, it takes time.  I work slowly with a lot of thought and trying out options.  That’s art.  …Making bits and pieces work together in a pleasing, unexpected way is a tunnel-focused mission.  …And then there was the day when I was intently cutting small strips of sheet copper and the scissors suddenly jumped and I ended up cutting my finger instead.  That was a minor gorey adventure and I’ll spare details.  It has just taken a few weeks for my finger to begin to feel normal again.  This has resulted in a shift from my usual work and has involved less manipulative wire bending (debatable) and more earring making.  It is redundant, but I have enjoyed it, and figure that the redundancy helps with skill building, although that might be arguable too.

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Peridot in its raw nugget form has a wonderful luster.  It’s my opinion that that the combination of copper and silver set it off in a way that is far more intriguing than a single metal can.

 

bone bead earrings

 

 

 

Carved bone beads have a primitive personality that base metals marry well with, and are like little glyphs that remind us of our beginnings

 

 

Anyway, with holidays ahead, I felt in a blingy mood and dressed these up for celebrating.  For me, leftover chain equates with enticing shoulder-brusher earrings…

copper shuoplder brusher earrings

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They will be fabulous with low-neckline party dresses.

Silver-plated, glitz druzy bead and Svaroraski crystals with copper accents

 

 

…And these seemed like Christmas tree ornaments with their shiny silver,  glitzy balls and druzy beads, gemstone beads, flashy rainbow Svaroraski crystals sparkling away with each movement, the softer shimmer of pearls, and gleaming copper accents.

 

Silver-plated, beads, pearls and Svaroraski crystals with copper accents

 

 

 

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