Last weekend I made this resin word charm, it has the word "HEARTFELT" inside and behind it are script writing and a floral design. I think the flowers are lilies or hollyhocks.
The heart-shaped pewter was cast to go along with it, to frame it and make it very ornamental.
Someone recently emailed me a very nice message, and the last few words were to let me know that the kind words were all "heartfelt" - and it made me think of making a sweet pendant to capture that thought, that feeling.
Of feeling something profoundly. From the heart, with depth. Heartfelt. Encompassing.
The heart shaped resin is highly domed, the pewter has a copper-bronze tone finish to it.
It's sweet and feminine, and although it's generous in size, still lightweight.
Like the generous heart that inspired it - large and light, like all my on-line friends and supporters. Light as feathers, sweet as summer blossoms.
The pewter intrigues me. Learning to cast it and make shapes for use in the designs is something I've wanted for a long time.
I'm still learning how to do things with it. What works, and what doesn't.
Different finishes that work with it, how to make things look aged and worn. That faux vintage, faux-tique look I enjoy.
Bright finishes, darkened finishes.
These two charms were cast in the same mold, they look similar.
One has a shiny, polished pewter finish.
The other has a darkened, pitted worn look.
I don't always know when I cast them which one will work best. And I do like both. The piece signals which one it should have.
I put a few things on SALE in both Etsy shops, if you've had your eye on something you might pop over and see if your favorite has had a reduction, before the end of the month and the FREE SHIPPING in US and Canada gets past you!
I've been making some Paris-inspired items lately. See the words in the oval charm, "PARIS CHAMPS ELYSEES" and the name and address of an old hotel, who knows if it's still there? "HOTEL AVENIDA" might just be dusty history...
Travel items interest me. I wish I could transport myself to a french flea market, to find little tidbits and goodies.
With an unlimited expense account, of course!
I make some things thinking that they might be like actual antiques and mementos that could be found on a search of a Paris flea market.
Things with the Eiffel Tower, without doubt.
Hotel advertising emblems.
Since I can't go in person, I send my imagination.
No jet lag, no ticket, no passport. Just an imaginary stroll through foggy, misty streets.
Remembering childhood days, it came back to me when I found this piece of spiritual art that reminds me of the images in church classes on Sunday mornings.
The faded image, with sweet colors and a special kind of vintage look.
I made this focal bead with the idea in mind that it would make a lovely bracelet, but it also could be used for a choker. Or as something totally unrelated to jewelry, like the jewel on the cover of a hand bound book or family photo album.
The resin covering the vintage image took on a sparkling effect as it cured. I don't always know when it will do it, but it seems just right for this particular image.
It's subtle and sweet, a trip back to old times and days gone by.
I have some older hardback books, the kind with a cloth cover and fancy gold lettering on the front. One has images of stylized flowers on it.
I wanted this medallion to look like it was cut from the cover of one of those old books.
It wasn't, I made it from scratch. I really don't like to take them apart, even if they're in bad shape. I think they're special just as they are found.
This medallion has the words "Should be Read by" and then a list, including "Students and all Lovers of Art" - I thought the lettering and decoration was very historic and vintage looking.
The back has french script, the word "London" is very visible. Like the cover interior of an old book.
It has a hole at each corner and one at the bottom. Maybe for attaching to a collage with brads, or for jump rings. It might be attached to ribbon and used as a special bookmark, or could be good looking as a handbag ornament. Or definitely wearable, if you enjoy very vintage looking items.
At any rate, it reminds me of old books in a library shelf, a little musty and with a font that's not common any more. But interesting because of its unique style.
My maternal grandmother had old books around the house when I was growing up, they had the hardback covered in cloth bindings. The paper in them wasn't high cotton content and they had yellowed and the pages were brittle. I remember Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.
I have an idea to make some journals with handmade covers. If I can't sleep (and I've been up again since 3:00 am today, wish that would ease up some) I get up and work on a few things before I have to leave the house for the regular day.
My fingers are crossed that I won't have to go into the office on the weekend ... so I can go in the studio for a good long session.
I'm making these little house shapes, with windows cut into them.
On the reverse is a map design.
In case directions are needed, on the way home.
I was thinking for key chains. House Keys. Get it?
My bad puns.
But they could be worn as jewelry. Click your heels together, say "There's no place like home" and wish yourself away. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The leaves are beginning to turn color, the sky has been misty and foggy this week. I feel a little foggy because of scheduling, deadlines and projects at the day job. Insommnia has settled in too, guess it's time to cut off the caffeine for a few days, take the dog for a long walk.
The yellow, red and orange trees are inspiring. This time of year is like the grand finale from summer, before the greys and snows of winter settle in for the long cold season.
It takes me a while to put finished jewelry together. I feel it's a little of a luxury for me to spend time that way, instead of making components.
On Sunday I spent a few hours putting this necklace together. I had made three pewter components and I wanted to put them together.
Once I got started, I thought it would be fun to make a really special necklace.
The icon medallion is used at the clasp, with glass beads and a dangle. To make the closure kind of fun.
I had some silver chain with a dark patina, to use in combination with the main focal.
The beads in the dangle from the main focal use several beads of carved bone that were brought to me by someone I knew years ago. I haven't used them, they felt too special. But this piece called for them.
One is a carved elephant design. The other looks like a floral, or a crossed circle.
The dangle bead is a crown with fleur de lys, with a picasso finished bright red glass heart bead for the dangle.
I wanted it to feel like something from an ancient culture, maybe Tibetan or ancient Egyptian Coptic.
There are dark and light, red and coppertoned elements.
It hangs in a sort of diamond shape, with the center dangle being the longest of the three.
I really like how it turned out. I am thinking of putting a word or phrase on the top pewter piece, if something comes to me that tells the whole story of the necklace. It has a lot of movement and interesting areas to fiddle with fingers, texture for the eye and feeling for the skin.
And it has a tiny bit of a gothic, romantic feeling to it also. As though it was found in a castle in Transylvania.
Fun to make, fun to wear. I won't let myself feel guilty for spending the time making it - otherwise it wouldn't exist as it does now. And that's something special.
I made a resin and pewter focal with four loops, two on each side. I'm experimenting with how to add the loops and construct the focals. Immediately I thought of making a bracelet with it.
The words inside, "MAKE ART," are a reminder and a wish.
See the costume pearls and the carved bone beads? I dyed them to create those colors, that's why each bead and pearl has a slightly different intensity and a very vintage rose color.
This bracelet is easy to wear, it slips on with stretchy cord and hugs nicely to the wrist.
I can even wear it on the right-hand side arm! The one that makes the millions of mouse clicks all day ...
I got up early this morning and did two more loads of laundry (yes, I'm still catching up!) and did housework (dusting, vacuuming, you know the kind of thing) and baked bannana-nut muffies in the muffie pan.
Now I'm headed to the studio to get paint all over my hands, put on my safety goggles and maybe make some fine silver charms to put into the kiln.
I have to make myself do the maintenance stuff first - if I get lost in the 'ZONE' downstairs in the studio, it seems to go from noon to midnight in no time. Where did the day go.... ?
People ask me, though. Someone I admire asked me about Art and Soul, and I had to say that I wasn't ready or prepared. It made me feel good, though.
Maybe one of these days I could think about a big event like that. Right now I'm just thinking about something in my own studio, my messy creativity place.
This is a substantial element, with an old-time photo of two fellows sitting together and the word "FAMILY" on the front, and a small pewter leaf at the bottom. One of the fellows is smiling, and the other looks very serious. It makes me wonder if they were brothers, or somehow related. They sort of look alike a bit. I was thinking of a family tree. That's why the crest at the top, like a family banner or heraldic emblem.
It could be put on top of a keepsake box as an ornament, or used as a decoration on the holiday wreath or tree. I can see it on the front of a handmade book, the back is plain so nothing would be covered up if it is used that way.
It has a wire loop at the top and bottom. If I was attaching it to a piece of jewelry, I'd use them with some heavy chain, and maybe something interesting for a dangle on the bottom. You might have an even better idea.
On Monday, I'll do a random number generator for this Family Tree focal bead to see who will win it. So if you have any great ideas for classes, go to the earlier post and let me know. I've left it open.
I hope you like this piece - it's sort of my idea of a collage unit, and for the first time I combined the polymer clay, resin and the cast pewter all together.
I enjoy the look of spiritual icons, and nautical emblems. They seem to have a secret history they could tell.
The books I'm reading, the movies I happen to watch (when I have two hours of sitting time for a movie, that is) have a definite impact on what I create.
I have several items in polymer clay, ready for me to start adding the color and polishing. But I haven't had time to sit down with them yet.
The fun is in letting the color palatte shape itself, the paints and brushes guiding themselves. Like these crosses, mounted on oval backgrounds.
Until at some point, the eye says - "that's it - stop" and it's time to leave well enough alone.
Folks have asked about that, how to know when a piece is "done" and it's time to stop.
I'm not sure what the answer to that question might be, but I do know that I can tell when I went too far. When I didn't stop in time.
Sometimes I start over, and other times I let the piece go and be what it has become. It might become a background, just providing an element of support or hints of a story, not the first thing the eye sees, but still needed.
With the cast pewter as the main element and character, right up front.
When I have a few minutes, I'm reading another book translated from spanish by the Spanish author Arturo Pérez-Reverte. This one is titled "The Nautical Chart" and it has aspects of many things that interest me.
And apparently, affect what I create.
The book was published in 2000, with the english translation in 2001. It's a good translation, and the parts that should still be in spanish have been kept that way.
It has suspense and mystery, sailing and navigation. A bit of a mix of "The Maltese Falcon" and "Treasure Island" with a tiny bit of "Moby Dick" mixed in for fun.
I didn't know it had been made into a movie, and may not try to get it to watch. The reviews from the NY Metro and the Observer of the book are good, but some reviews of the movie not as great. That happens sometimes.
So out of that atmosphere I've been inspired to make these items that look like compass designs. And some of the crosses have maps in the background, like a sailor's keepsake.
I haven't finished the book yet, but it deals with auctions, nautical museums, sunken ships, treasure hunting and locating mystery items on maps and charts. Right up my alley. I hope the ending is good. It's so annoying when you're enjoying a read, and the end lets you down, as though it wasn't quite finished but the author stopped writing at the wrong spot.
So far I can recommend it. I can't give away the ending, I haven't gotten there myself yet; if those subjects interest you, check it out.