|Trying to figure out what I am going to make for the Build-A-Line challenge|
I've been struggling with my project for Build a Line Challenge sponsored by B'sue Boutiques
Let me back up a few steps. For those new to me, Hi! My name is Kat BarronMiller, and I'm a jewelry artist From Iowa. My Company Name is Midnight Kat Productions, and I make steampunk inspired jewelry that I call Mechanical Romance. I can't just call it steampunk because while there are gears, cogs and watch parts, there are also bits and pieces of vintage typewriters, sewing machines and cash registers. I don't always put things together in a steampunk way either, I adore taking vintage bits and making a modern statement with my jewelry.
I really wanted to participate in this challenge, because I think it will help me face up to a fear I have - that if every piece I make isn't OOAK, I'm not a real artist.
I know that's a silly fear, but like anything that involves feelings, you can't just talk it away.
but maybe I can do it away... the whole idea of this Build A Line challenge is creating a line of reproducible jewelry. I don't have to stop making OOAK pieces, this is just adding to the mix.
|Now that I've decided what to do, it's time to do it. I've cut out the heart from a cookie tin, embossed it and now I'm sanding it so the relief pops out.|
I've been making jewelry since 1996. For many many years I made this one design over and over, using hematite rings. It was by far my best seller... and I made them until I was ready to vomit. I was so happy when I decided to stop making them, even if they made me money.
I don't ever want to feel like that again. like I only make things that I think will sell, without any heart and soul.
I need to make items that are sellable of course, but I don't have to sell my soul in the process.
|Matching up watch faces to backgrounds and hearts|
I have been playing around with design ideas for the last couple of weeks, but it was only last night that I came up with the winner. The problem was the heart. Honestly, I'm not a heart gal, so using hearts as such a central part of the design, it threw me. I decided I needed to make the hearts myself.
|Probably my favorite part! Riveting everything together. Do you know I hated riveting at one point a couple of years ago? Now it's the Bomb!|
Each heart is cut out of old cookie tins, then I emboss them. I also like this because I can cut each heart from a different tin, which will make each piece alike but oh so different with minimal cost and effort.
I'm pretty pleased with the first broach.. I use a B'sue bezel for the background.. I love the border on this one, and I've turned it 90 degrees so I can use the bail for the chain. I found some great vintage teardrop pearls that I used on this one.
So what do you think of the prototype?
|This is the first one, all done!|
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