Sunday, September 30, 2007
Wow! I learned soooo much. Here you see us hard at work on the back deck, and the lovely view of the water from the same deck. I loved getting to watch how other people do things, and having the time to practice and play with new tools and techniques. I have been afraid to try stuff like acid etching and patinas without seeing it first, and this gave me a chance to try (and smell!)these things. I was also able to see the Koil Kutter in action (I now have one so I can make jumprings for handmade chains) and was able to try a rolling mill and Foredom flexshaft as well. I can't afford a rolling mill yet, but I did buy a flexshaft which I can't wait to start using to drill holes and polish with. And, of course, the best part of the whole experience was that I made some wonderful new friends that I really look forward to seeing again at the next retreat.
Posted by Lavender Cottage at 11:16 PM
Thursday, September 20, 2007
We are all bringing a piece of jewelry with us that was designed on the theme of "mountain retreat". I just received some of my new tools, specifically a jeweler's saw, so I thought I'd try it out and make something. I cut c corner from some of my new sheet copper and made a little necklace I call "gecko mountain". Forged copper, pewter gecko charm, and fused silver swirl all hang from a necklace of matte blackstone beads with copper accents.
I am sooooo excited! Last winter I signed up to go on a week-long Jewelry Artist's retreat, and at long last, the time is almost here!! I'll be leaving on the 23rd of September for a blissful week of nothing but making jewelry and learning new skills. I've been dying to learn bezel setting, soldering, etching, and numerous other silversmithing skills, so I just can't wait to go. This will be a gathering of artists hosted by Janice Fowler of Doxallo Designs and founder of the Jewelry Artists Network forum. She is a very talented metalsmith, and I am really looking forward to meeting and learning from her. Check out her great work here.
Posted by Lavender Cottage at 10:52 PM
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
I've had this big chunky Chinese turquoise donut for quite a while and just haven't been able to decide what to do with it. Then I noticed the veins in the turquoise were the same color as these cool clay beads I got at our local bead store, Jane's Fiber and Beads. So, I paired them up with some African turquoise (really a treated jasper, not turquoise at all) nuggets, and have a bold necklace that makes a real statement! I made a toggle clasp with a primitive stamped texture to mimic the texture on the clay beads to finish it off.
Posted by Lavender Cottage at 10:18 PM
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Back in March I got two gorgeous sapphire beads. The first one found it's way into a pearl bracelet, and now I've made a matching necklace with a sapphire teardrop bead hanging on a hand-forged fine silver swirl, and nice big, white rice pearls between curved sterling tube beads.