Love of Stone

I love stones.  My favorite stones have a rainbow of color in various depths that shimmer and reach out to me, speaking a language that can only be perceived as an impression, creating a fleeting joyful surprise.  20170228_154539

I feel as if the stone has given me a secret gift shared just between the two of us for a brief moment in time.  Labradorite is such a stone.  At times, it may appear as rather grey and drab, but with the right light, it comes alive with depths of color in a blue-green spectrum which is often set off by rusts and gold tones.

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I Can See! I Can See!

I misplaced my glasses.  I have this really really bad habit of misplacing all sorts of things.  I’m pretty sure I have ADHD, and get distracted easily and leave things all over the house all day long.  I think I have lost everything at least once.  Shoes are all over in my house because keeping them on my feet is just not an option.  Glasses are the same …off and on depending on what i am doing and what room I am in.  I bet I have at least 8 p[airs of the cheapos.  This time, I really messed up and vow I will do better from now on.  Really.  …Can there be anything more devastating than not being able to see as well as we’d like?  Barely able to do anything in the studio was painful and lasted over two weeks until I managed to find an old pair of drugstore readers that I was using just before the prescription glasses, so once again I was able to see and create.  …Just in time to get going with the Christmas gift list too!

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Being able to see again, in just the past three days I have been very busy.  I finished two more pair of earrings, and moving ahead with three necklaces!  Woo-hoo!

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The first one on the right is a pendant featuring a cluster of citrine quartz.  So far, the pendant with the rainbow moonstone and opal in the center is my favorite.  I love anything with a rainbow of beautiful colors in it.  The pendant on the right is a clear quartz cluster that is so fragile and tiny that it needed protection …like a cage.  I found a fabulous tutorial by Cathy Spivey Mendola called Cage Your Trinkets and Treasures.  It’s excellent and a lot of fun.

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Mine All Mine!

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Life has been challenging lately.  A few weeks ago you would have found me in the dentist’s chair as he ground away at two molars that had been suffering the effects of ancient fillings and fissures that might have given way with work and therefore required crowning.

Oh Misery!!!!

Well, the worst was yet to come.  Complications arose during the next week that slowed healing and ended up making my blood pressure go wonky.  Yikes!  Anyway, a visit to my doctor helped turn it all around and now I am pulling my life back together.  Last week I calmed and comforted myself with working in the studio again.  The splinter of creek shale is now a finished talisman.  Not content to stop with one piece, earrings quickly took form as my hands crafted the ideas gathering in my head.  I love how the pieces turned out, and it does bring me closer to my childhood at a time when I innocently followed my joy as I played in mountain streams and forests.  A delicious bonus is that shale is a smooth and slightly porous stone that can be used for the application of aromatherapy.  A few drops of essential oil are absorbed and hold a healing scent.

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Shale is grounding and said to align the root chakra, and remove old hurts and defensive walls.  It is also useful for finding a way to respond positively to new situations.  To  support and amplify shale’s healing energy, a chunky bit of green peridot got caged to dangle vine-like beside it.  Peridot was worn and jealously guarded by the pharaohs in ancient Egypt and is even mentioned in the Bible.  It can help tonify and protect the body, while balancing, detoxifying and cleansing negative emotions.  Pyrite nuggets give the talisman substance and help attract and manifest good luck.  Copper is highly recognized for its physical healing and grounding properties.

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Letting the Wild Out

…That part of us that is wild and free and loves to explore.  Follow it and you will go interesting places.  That is what happened with this pendant.  Fascination with a glass cabochon and thinking along K.I.S.S. lines led me to create this piece.  I love the way the pearls, silvery metal and shiny glass play together.  The raw, pink rhodachrosite gives it a grounding in nature and adds a pop of color.

Just Like Fine Wine

For two weeks I would walk into the studio and diddle with picking up this and that and make no headway at all.  Finally, I decided I had far too many bits and pieces that had been around for ages …perhaps had been given to me …maybe I didn’t even like them very much …but kept them around “because.”  It occurred to me that in my state of mind,and after so much time away, it would take a few hours to get my metal focus and kick start the creative process.  It also seemed that any piece I might work on was not likely to be something I was pleased with.  In fact, I spent a day trying to solder pieces, etc., and felt like my skills had been slipping.  …Talk about frustration and despair!  The following morning, I came across a wonderful video by Ira Glass.  I had seen it before, but this video ought to be on the “watch this” list every time I start thinking my artsy creations are crappy.  The man gives a wonderful perspective for beginning creatives at any level.  His message is basically: our taste is better than our skill and it takes lots of practice, but improvement will come, and it may take years to get to our goal …so be patient and keep on going.

20160127_174409 (2)So, I looked at projects that had been left to languish.  This wrap bracelet was well under way, had character and was ready to start right up where I left off.  It was actually meant to be a close duplicate of another I made for myself.  However, skills and creativity do increase, and I found that I was going far beyond my first project and getting my “wild” on.  Links were more creative and I launched my efforts with more speed and felt sure of the direction I was heading in.  This piece sold in the first few hours it was in the store, and for a higher value than I have received in the past.  Now, I am finding this is happening more frequently.

 

 

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