Friday, September 23, 2016
When my pet cat died when I was 12, I buried the penny with Taffy. Taffy was my best friend. Taffy gave me so much in life, I felt like I had to give him something in death, and what else would a 12 year old have that meant so much?
I've never regretted it. Still I missed the magic of carrying that penny, and while a penny at age 47 isn't probably as magical as it is at 12 --- when I found this Victorian penny (from 1901) and it already had a hole in it -- I couldn't resist. I've put it on a lobster call and it's gonna be the zipper pull for my light jacket. Let the luck commence.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
The bottom necklace is on a vintage locket, and front plate from a vintage timer.
When I use propellers I try to leave them movable when possible. That's actually harder than it sounds, any pressure on them and they lock up and won't move.. so when I do them I use screws and nuts, and hope I don't over hammer it, making it stiff. I usually glue the screws after I hammer them, it's both to make sure the nut doesn't get loose and to make sure there is nothing sharp to poke or catch.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Sunday, September 18, 2016
I get asked how I come up with my designs. Sometimes I sketch, but more often than not, I just take stuff out to "play" with, and eventually I spot the pattern the beauty and start combining things. You just have to open your mind up and it wonder the landscape around you.
|Where art starts... a huge, messy pile on my desk!|
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Artapalooza continues to be one of my favorite art shows.... despite the weather being cold and windy in the morning, the fine folks in the Cedar Falls IA area came out in droves to support artists and the show. We were so busy we didn't have a proper lunch, and by the time 4pm rolled around, I was so tired I could barely see straight! So yeah, sales were good. But the best thing about Artapalooza is how friendly everyone is, from the show organizers and volunteers to our customers. It's just a joy to set up in Cedar Falls every year!
Thursday, September 8, 2016
This weekend Jerry and I will be at Artapalooza in Cedar Rapids IA 9-4pmCome see the newest pieces of my gear bling series-- and several other fine artist for one of the best art shows in Iowa-- it's certainally one of my favorites.
Friday, September 2, 2016
|Figuring out the best configuration for the wings.. out of a 1960's Volkswagen speedometer|
|Sketch that started it all|
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
|last week my table started out like this|
And the weather sounds like it's gonna be perfect this Sat!!
So come by the booth, we are on 4th street again, South across from the construction and see the new goodies before they are gone
|and ended up like this!|
Sunday, August 28, 2016
I guess that's my goal for this week, restock earrings. I've made a pretty good stab at it so far this weekend, right now in fact I'm working on more time in a bottle and rainbow bottle earrings. I'm making more watch part earrings ( the above pic are some of my past hits) and cat gear and retaining ring and and and...
as always, never enough time.
What earrings do you like? Do you wear different ones everyday or do you have the Steady Freddy pair that you wear almost everyday?
Earrings can say alot about a person. I tend to cycle amongst favorite pairs, and if I'm not wearing them it's probably because I'm sick or ran late in the morning.
Right now my favorite pair I can't wear, because I lost one of them. I'm about ready to remake them because I want to wear them again! And then I will find the missing brat!
My other favorite pair is hoops with pearl drops. Then the retaining ring ones, and the blue with vintage watch face, and oh, the pair with pocket watch regulators, and.....
So what does your favorite pair of earrings say about you? Maybe you haven't found them yet?
One of the kewlest things about making jewelry is knowing, bone-deep, that somewhere, someone(s) is wearing earrings, and they are their favorite pair.
And I made them.