This past Saturday I took a 1-day workshop class on Precious Metal Clay (PMC) at University of the Arts. This stuff is awesome- it's basically clay with silver particles in it, and when you fire it in a kiln the clay goes away and leaves 99% pure silver behind. You can form it and put textures in it and add glass and stones. I think I'm in love with it and hope to explore it more. I made these two pendants that I love, all in this one class!
So went to visit one of my GBFs in NYC =) What a sweetie....he had a set of stick-on gems as a little gift for me. When we hit the club that night and spotted a mini pumpkin at the coat check....well we were inspired and stole the pumpkin.....bling bling bling ;-)
A festive scarf for the newest member of our little family- our beagle, Heidi. I had no desire to dress my little one up in an uncomfortable costume for her first Halloween with us, but I did think she needed something to show the spirit of the holiday.
This scarf/bandana was a snap to make, and best of all, I was able to utilize my stash. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out but I do wish I had made it to fit over her collar. She didn't seem to mind this new accessory, but I do think she wore it to humor me. (According to my boyfriend, at one point when I wasn't looking she attempted to eat it.)
I'm thinking a turkey-themed (fit over the collar) scarf is in store in a couple of weeks. :)
I recently had the opportunity to create custom jewelry for a friend's bridal party to be worn in her autumn wedding. It was a very fun project as I was free to create whatever I thought would look nice on her ladies. I chose a palette of ivory, chocolate and citrine to compliment the brown, ivory and mango they would be wearing on the day of her early October wedding.
Each of the six matching necklaces were composed of yellow citrine faceted briolettes and ivory and chocolate brown freshwater pearls. Each briolette is wire wrapped in 14 k gold filled fine wire. The trio is accented with 24 k Bali gold vermeil headpins and suspended from a delicate 14 k gold filled chain.
The earrings feature a citrine teardrop and a cluster of ivory freshwater pearls hanging beneath gold vermeil French earwires.
I am so pleased with how the pieces turned out. The style is so different from anything that I've ever done, and I think that I would like to try other pieces using similar materials. The bride was pleased too, and said they brought the ensembles together nicely.
This past week I was finally able to string the handmade beads I posted back in July. The finished product is a double stranded necklace composed of polymer clay beads and vintage brass components. I blogged about it here. Hope you are all enjoying Philly's autumn-like weather! I know I am : )
Click on the picture above to see me chatting it up with Bill Henley on The 10! Show last week! It was for moms to be, and my WrapADoodle Swaddle Blanket was featured.....along with some other local mompreneurs....it was really fun :)
Jeanne inspired me to post the collaborative bra that my sister and I made for the BRAvo exhibit! Ours is more decorative than wearable. My sister first added all the flowers and ribbons, and then I added the beads and keys and clock parts. It is called "Strapless in the Garden of Time" and is dedicated to our aunt Nancy who died in 2006 of cancer.
Hello all. I thought I'd share a few photos of what I've been working on as of late.
A few sets of polymer clay beads basking in the sun. Each bead has been sanded with 400 and 800-grit sandpaper, glazed three times and now they are ready to be strung. I'm awaiting a few more components but hope to begin the necklace construction by the weekend.
These darling feather wings were a custom order for a photographer in Canada. I had an absolute blast painting all the feathers to look like a real blue jay. You'd never guess it, but all of the feathers started out powder blue. These are my first baby angels, scaled down in size for infants.
I've been so focused on finishing jewelry and collages for sale lately for a rash of summer shows, but I just have one more show lined up. So I'm working on something just for fun and not for sale. It's a nice change of pace- I think it's important not to get too wrapped up in making things I think people will want to buy! This is a little collage book (a lot of the materials are being cannibalized from my failed attempt at a Daily Sketchbook Project. I got annoyed at how quickly that book filled up and became unwieldy, so this new one is an accordion book which is more expandable.
Philly Makes! is a group blog for artists, crafters, designers, and makers of all sorts who live in Philadelphia. Participants commit to create and post one thing per week. A "thing" can be just about anything you might make- a piece of art, a scarf, a bicycle, a website, your dinner, whatever! It can even be a work in progress that you'd like to share and get feedback on!