Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
1. Returning Home Fine Silver Necklace, 2. Bronzclay Leaf Earrings, 3. Blossoms_Dark_Sm, 4. Chinese lantern 2, 5. peony pin, 6. Spiral, 7. In safety's keeping, 8. spiral, 9. vintage garden in bronze earrings, 10. polkapin Created with fd's Flickr Toys.
Today, Thursday October 30 at 4:00 Pacific / 7:00 Eastern in the Treehouse! Just go to Etsy, click on Community and then Virtual Labs. Then enter the Treehouse and enjoy the fun! The ten members whose work is pictured above are all participating, each showing 3 gorgeous items from their shops.
There will be pop quiz's and door prizes and much throwing of cupcakes and kisses.
Although I'm not doing the show myself, I am having a 24 hour sale in my shop to celebrate our very first Trunk Show! Please go and take a look. My sale will start on Thursday morning and end Friday morning. And as a special treat for all my loyal readers, I'll drop a little somethin' special in with your purchase if you type "Born In A Trunk" in the comments box.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
1. ring-on-finger, 2. Urbanscape Wine Stopper, 3. UV Resin Ring Dots, 4. Natural stone pendant., 5. DSCN0895, 6. Bird in Flight - Fine Silver Handmade Link Turquoise and Pearl Bracelet, 7. Spooky Tooth Ring 3, 8. mod necklace, 9. Fine Silver Horse Pendant, 10. sea urchin earrings, 11. bird, house, 12. Heraldic pendant Created with fd's Flickr Toys.
These are all metal clay jewel-ers who have posted their work on Flickr. I really wanted to find eye popping work from artist's I haven't been familiar with before. It took me over two and a half hours to find these.
Not that there weren't lots of photos to choose from, but good work combined with good photography was really scarce. I searched under "metal clay jewelry"; "PMC"; "fine silver jewelry"; and "ACS" (there were only four pages tagged ACS). I'm really surprised how difficult it was.
This is a testament to just how important it is to take the best photos you can and tag them correctly if you want folks to see your work.
Luckily, I think I found some really great pieces to share with you. Enjoy.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I just found out that three images of my beads will be in Barbara Becker Simon's new book! I'm the laziest person on earth, and don't usually submit photos for publications that have deadlines - but this time I got my rear in gear and it paid off! I'm really excited. You better all go out and buy it now. Or in April when it hits the stores. :- D
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
When Barbara Becker Simon was in L.A. a little while back to teach a workshop, she shared one of the books she used to get inspiration for textures. "Art Forms in Nature" by Ernst Haekel gives a wonderous look into the microscopic world of all kinds of organisms.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Created with fd's Flickr Toys.
Angela Crispin is an amazing artist. She's one of the most inventive and creative metal clay jewel-ers that I know. She loves adding interesting materials to her designs like Faux Bone™, Copper, Acryllic and Polymer clay. And that ring in the top left corner used a soda can's pull tab and faux grass from the craft store! Clever, clever.
Read more about her creative life here. And have a lovely weekend making some amzaing work of your own.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
I thought it would be really interesting to look at a body of work from a single design studio. 2 Roses is manned (and womanned) by husband and wife team John and Corliss Rose from Southern California. For the most part John is the lapidary and Corliss is the metalsmith who loves polymer clay, but everybody works on everything and the resulting collaboration is astounding.
Exacting workmanship and a serious sense of humor is evident in every piece (does anyone else think "On Top of Vesuvius" looks like a Borg battleship?), and the found objects they choose to employ in their designs are a delightful addition to the mix.
You can see a whole portfolio of their work by wading through their Flickr photostream and read a great profile about them in the Orchid Gallery.