Thursday, February 9, 2017

Works in progress

Just a few things on my back burner that I'm working on...
I really like where this is going, but I wanted to add color to the butterfly, cause in my head it's like almost a "bow" the gal is wearing.  I've got a great patina on the insect now, and I'm hoping to get back to this one this weekend.

This old knife is hollow --- Jerry has cut it now, and I've cleaned up the edges.. so now it's sort of a giant bead.  Not sure what I'm gonna do with it yet... 

I mostly need to add chain to this, and complete the bracelet.  I put the last coat of sealant on it today, so maybe this will get finished this weekend as well

OK this one I got done last weekend!  but I wanted to share the in progress pic

Monday, February 6, 2017

Heart Gear Necklace

This recent piece seems very appropriate for the upcoming holiday! The very kewl cog/gear thingie is from a old 1940's adding machine.  I added it to the heart base ( after I added patina to it) and topped it with this fab vintage crystal.  I think I'll call it "Heart of the Machine"

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Elegant steampunk

I'm more in the elegant mood of late.  You know, smaller pieces that can go with anything, not heavy, have easy lines.  Here's 2 recent necklaces I made that I think shouts out "elegance" but still has the steampunk flair to it.

The first necklace is old drawer hardware, that I made into a clasp in front with a dangling black chandelier crystal.

I think this look could go really classy!

My second example is a old clock gear, just over an inch across, with a Victorian bird motif and a vintage sapphire crystal hanging off of it.

I added a few accent crystals and I used the really delicate cog chain I have.  I love how this turned out and I'm seriously thinking necklace # 2 might become a "mine!"  I might dig around the stash a make a few more of these and "steal" one for myself.  It's based off a necklace I made for my bestie who is more of a bracelet and earring gal, so when I made her steampunk I wanted something that was not as heavy  for her. She told me she loves it, so maybe making one for myself so we can "match" would be fun.....

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Angel and Devil sitting on your shoulder......

Charge it! or not... Earrings
You know how it is, you see something you want to buy, and the little devil tells you, it's ok, go ahead... you deserve a treat.  The Angel reminds you the rent is due.

Go with the Devil.... hehehehe!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Rosary Bracelets

A recent lot of older jewelry I bought had a bunch of catholic charms and broken up rosaries.. So I made charm bracelets with them.  I added vintage wrapped pearls as well.   Also I wanted to share me wearing the sorting hat from Five Monkeys Inc Gallery.  Gryffindor, of course!!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Playing with the Camera Phone

I took this during my very last event in 2016, which was at Five Monkeys, Inc Gallery here in Des Moines.  It's the panorama setting on my Iphone - just goofing off.

It's amazing how far technology keeps going.  5 years ago you couldn't do this with a phone.... 10 years ago you maybe could do with a digital camera - a really fancy shmancy one.  Now you do it on your phone.  I have to wonder how camera sells are nowadays.. unless you are a really serious about photography, you just use your phone.   I imagine really high end ones are doing middlin' OK, but the mass consumer market has to be dead dead dead.

We have cut up a few old cameras in search of parts for jewelry, but most of them have very little in the way of moving parts... heck, the old box cameras are mostly air and mirrors.

And now it's all computer chips.

We bought a video camera back in 1996 with the birth of our child.  The thing had to weigh 10 lbs or more, and was the size of a Nike shoe box.

Now you can do more with your phone than we could with that video camera.

That old video camera BTW, got taken apart and recycled into jewelry a couple of years ago.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New Jury Photos

 Woo HOO! my new Jury photos came today, I'm soo excited and I think they turned out terrific!   So you know what I'll be doing this week.... working on shows for the summer.  I'm still going to stick to 10-15 range, but I think these photos really show how I've grown the last few years.  So fingers crossed they make an impression on the judges !   Most of these pieces are available at Five Monkeys Inc here in Des Moines, A few are on the gallery website even! I'll have them back to the store by Friday.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

taxes, back ups and other boring business stuff....

I saw this back in August at a antique store and I still dream about it... over 7 ft of dreamy turn of the century storage... drooooollllll 
I can't say this week in the Jewelry biz is all that fun.  First off, in my "day" job I'm in training this week... training always seems to kill my desire to make stuff.  Since it's January I feel like it's OK to to take the week off, I'm hoping to get crackin' on a few projects this weekend.  I got a new tool (toy?) and I want to try it out and I've getting a craving to work chainmaile... I tend to ignore chainmaile and then every couple of months I just have to make it.  Or maybe I'll just keep reading books... I have a huge stack of paperbacks that I didn't have time to read over the summer.  The lovely thing about January is it's OK if I take a week off, it doesn't hurt anything.  I was amazing productive last week, so it all sort of balances out during the winter months.  

January is also the time of sales tax payments, end of year inventories, and making sure all my computer stuff is properly backed up.  I clean out my photo files and start up new ones for the year as well. job.  I like to sort my jewelry pics into some sort of order before I archive them.. that's actually tonight's job.

What sort of *fun*, once a year chores do you have?

Monday, January 9, 2017

Des Moines is KEWL!

I'm just cleaning up my file of photos from 2016 and ran across these --- believe it or not, this is wall art in downtown Des Moines, IA.

The 2 story, entire side of the building mural is fantastic, and this is just 2 little pieces of it.    Here's an article that tells some about this specific piece and several others in downtown Des Moines.  The article is a couple of years old, so I bet there is even more if you look.

Des Moines is a great city, you just have to look alittle harder for all the good stuff, and it's worth the effort!