Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Celebration of Quinn

I have been working on this project(s) for quite a long time. The above picture is the first that is in the works. It is in celebration of my son Quinn. In the photo is his hair from his first hair cut. I have been holding on to it till I figured out how I wanted to do these. I will be placing his hair under glass the will be bezel set. The rest is not quite figured out. I want this to be perfect. I plan on using both of his birthstone in the piece (all I have to do is buy them) and I also want to put in some dinosaur bone. He has loved dinosaurs forever, he knows them all.
I was inspired to do these projects from traditional memorial ring and jewelry. I was reading Rings Jewelry of power and loyalty by Diana Scarisbrick before Quinn was even born. And of course after he was born it all started to come together in my mind. It has been a slow process. Memorial jewelry has been around for centuries. I am very excited by my celebration project.

In the works

I have been working on a lot of projects all at once. It keeps my mind going but at the same time I kinda feel like i don't get a lot done, although I am. The top picture is my bench, as you can see there is a lot of pieces and drawings on there. I also have my bezel pin (the wood with the masking tape on it held by a spring clamp). I love my bezel pin, it is a great way to work on bezels. It holds the stone still while you are working and forming the bezel wire. It is like an extra hand. The bottom picture is the wall in from of my bench. It has various projects tacked to it. They are waiting for... well lots of things. Some are almost done but I can not make up my mind of how I want to finish it. Or waiting for me to have money to buy some stones. It will all come together. I am hoping to have the wall emptied by the exhibition. Here's hoping.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sending in my scrap

I am getting ready to send in all my scrap. I have prepped it by melting it down into large pieces. I love sending in my scrap it always feels like free money. And I love being able to buy a lot of new materials. I had a lot of fun melting it all down. I love to watch as the metal goes from a solid form to liquid one. It is always amazing to see lots of small pieces become one large one.

Friday, September 7, 2012

New pendant

I had just finished this pendant a few minutes ago.  I love this one. It reminds pebble in a creek bed, all glistening with the water running over them. This is a great lightweight piece that would be great for everyday wear. I have it hanging on a 18 inch black rubber cord. It would look just as great hanging from a silver chain.
I also finished a couple of repairs today and I have a couple more to go. All in all a good day.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Labor Day

Yesterday was a great day.  I managed to get some work done and Quinn was able to get some painting done. I am amazed by his painting. He has a fabulous use of colors and his story's that go with each one are incredible. It was fantastic to work in there with him. I am working on a couple if piece from my pebbles collection. I had time to draw two and cut out one yesterday while Quinn was painting. I love that he has his own bench in my studio and love to go in there and paint. It was so nice for the two of us to listen to music and work.