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Saturday, May 29, 2010

New Born Deer


While visiting my family in West Virginia my brother-in-law Ron brought me a little visitor today. This new born deer was in the field that he was mowing. It hadn't taken it's first steps yet and was perfectly calm as I was amazed at it's beauty. Later it actually took it's first step. Ron return the baby to the field and it is safe back with it's momma'.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Artblissworkshops.com


I am a very lucky lady, because I have two of the most talented jewelry artist that I call friends. Cindy Wimmer ( www.sweetbeadstudio.com ) on the left and Jeanette Blix Ryan ( www.jeanetteblix.com ) on the right.

These two friends have teamed up to create ArtBliss Workshops (www.artblissworkshops.com) This is exciting news for any of you that want to learn to use your hands to make wonderful creative art. The first weekend of workshops will be held near Reston, VA. and offers a variety of classes on jewelry and scapbooking, etc. Please take moment and read all the details at www.artblissworkshops.com I'm definitely going to be there - I've been recruited to do whatever it takes to help make this a fun filled weekend that you will remember for years to come. I can't wait to see you there. So grab some friends and create some fun.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Found Objects Class with Richard Salley

Yesterday I took an awesome jewelry class called Found Objects. We all created a pendant. The red time piece was created by a fella named Mike, he does wonderful work. I really love the heart pendant, but can't remember the name of the very talented lady that created it. The real works of art are made by Richard Salley our teacher (www.rsalley.com). Oh, and mine is in this group of pictres - its the compass rose with the vase. Of course I can see everything that needs to change on it, but not bad for the first attempt. We used 2" metal jar lids as the foundation (Starbucks, baby food, Snapple) As you can see from mine the circle lost it's shape as I hammered - Let's blame it on the 5th hour of a 6 hour class. Sounds good to me. There was some enameling (fire) soddering (more fire), etching, riveting, metal cutting and a bunch of other stuff. The filagree behind the copper compass was enameled, the compass was my attempt at etching. Behind the filagree is a piece of faux bone I cut and torched to age (faux bone is art speak for a flat sheet of pvc - go figure). There is a hidden spiral between the compass and the filagree as a washer to allow the compass to move - after all I do need to know where I'm going.
This pendant style is way to big for my personal taste, so there are ideas brewing in my brain. I think the 'guy' pendants are a perfect size and really cool. Richard sells his for $175 a pop...Anyone need a custom order? I'm for hire...especially since I am now in-between jobs...yeah another chapter.