My Mom had really wanted to buy the hand nicho necklace I had in my Etsy store. I told her she absolutely could not buy it from me. I would make her her own. So I did and sent it to her for Christmas. The big silver capped beads are amethysts from Tibet. Then there is faceted chalcedony and iolite all strung together on a silver chain. Inside the nicho is a vintage bird image from one of my treasured trade cards.
I also made these necklaces for friends this Christmas...
i call this necklace a traveling necklace. there are beads from all over the world. it is nice and long so it can be worn with a big sweaters in winter. i love the silver chain on this piece. it is chunky, chunky.
this was the first time i wire wrapped a large stone. i think it turned out all right. i added the blue stones (which i forget if they are topaz or quartz. must remember to label everything!) and pearls to faceted amazonite with a herringbone wrap, and chalcedony. i finished it off with a little clay bluebird of happiness.
and this was the piece i had posted a sneak peek of a little while ago. it features a gorgeous piece of labradorite and pearls. i made this for my sweet sister.
I am so excited by a couple of Christmas presents i received. When my husband asked what I wanted this year I said classes. That was all I wanted. I really want to learn more metal smithing techniques because that seems to interest me the most. I love the idea of forming adornments with my own two hands. So I've signed up for an eight week course at our local Fine Arts Center with the basics of fabrication, creation, and design. And I've also signed up for a four week class in silver clay which begins in February the day after my birthday. I think that will be a wonderful way to celebrate.
Our Fine Arts Center also has a fabulous Jewelry and Lapidary Open Studio equipped with jewelry casting and fabricating equipment including casting centrifuge, burnout oven, and combination grinding/polishing machines. I honestly have no idea what most of that means but I can use the studio for only $10 a day!
And they have an amazing dark room that I have used many, many times. I am looking forward to getting back to my true love, black and white film. While I have had a lovely year of shooting digital I long to have my eye to the darkness, peering at my negatives, cropping and enlarging them to just the right magical place on fiber paper. It is the most meditative of the arts for me. It completely satisfies my right and left brains with the mix of science and art. Oh how I miss it!
i'm off to finish undressing the Christmas tree. i am trying to hurry through it so i can get back to work on an altered book i'm preparing for a round robin. it begins in January so i need to get it in gear. xoxo - k