Friday, October 5, 2012

Production Time

I have stowed myself in my basement (that's where I have my studio) and have been banging away day and night.  I have some craft shows coming up in November (3 in a 2 week period!) and I need to make sure I have enough inventory.

This is some of what I have made this week:

I could wrap Donna Millard's lampwork in an old shoe string and they would still shine!  Cool twisted clasp by Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp.
I got these beads from the Art Bliss Bead Swap so I can't give credit - but here is Marie's clasp again! I love Marie's clasp-I admit it!
Heavy Metal Beads-learned this technique from Stacie Florer at Art Bliss - this time in silver with turquoise and wrangled into earrings
Stacie mentioned "air chasing metal" in class - I was not in her class when she demonstrated this technique. But she had a sample and I was intrigued.  So I found an article in Art Jewelry Magazine (July 2012) - I will be exploring this technique more for sure!
More of the same - after creating the earrings, I formed the curve on my ring mandrel - I love these!
Heavy Metal beads - in bracelet form and in silver
Stacie's Elemental Bracelet class - I made a few of these bracelets, and here are two examples.  If I could just make these bracelets every day for the rest of my life, I would be happy!  Although they look the same, each link is different: different textures, different techniques...SO.MUCH.FUN!
On Sunday, the temperature is supposed to drop to the mid-50's here in Virginia.  I.LOVE.FALL!!!  I plan on banging on more metal this weekend - I cannot tell you how satisfying this medium has been to me.  Do you have a favorite technique that "calms your nerves"?

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your weekend!