Monday, January 24, 2011

Cool Blog to Follow

I just found out that Rio Grande the supply company has their own blog The Studio Rio's Blog. Check it out!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The manipulation of light is beauty...

Muhammad Moussa says this about his work: "My designs are the result of a romantic pursuit of the beauty of light and its transformative qualities. My intent is to give everyday objects a life and a presence beyond their functional existence."

You can see more of his work here, Artful Home.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Waves of Waves

This week at work we are finishing a lot of waves so I thought this brooch by Jewellery Theater fit well.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Snow Day!

I wanted to share with you some pictures of our snow, 11 inches of snow! That's me next to Joe's car that has a snowhawk. (A snow mohawk.)

Here is one of my several piles I shoveled off of the driveway. Some areas are too difficult for the snow blower. I think next year we will be upgrading the snow blower. 

I shoveled for an hour and half and then fell over in the snow. I deserved a break!

Joe titled this one "Valerie Whining"

Headed out for more shoveling. Stay safe out there!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Masquerade Ball

I had forgot to share the mask Joe bought to wear to a Masquerade Ball at his work this past fall. We bought this from Goblin & Crumb on Etsy. It was wonderful to see all the different masks people wore. Some more elaborate than others.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Jewelry & Gift Show in Cleveland Ohio

This Saturday and Sunday there is a Jewelry & Gift (& Gem) show going on at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. There will be jewelry and gemstones for sale. I'm going to go check it out! A gemstone dealer left a message on my phone about it, his name was unfamiliar. I'm guessing I must have bought something from him in the past. I love knowing what's going on in the area!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Dad's Christmas Ornaments

Every year my Grandad would use his lathe and make wooden Christmas tree ornaments for the women in the family. Well now this tradition has been passed down to my Dad. This year he made the angels above out of white oak.

Another photo of them all lined up, looks like their having a secret meeting!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Today is National Smith Day

I just found out that January the 6th is National Smith Day to honour and salute Captain John Smith as the first Smith to arrive in America. But now it includes all people with the last name Smith and others who work in professions such as wordsmith, metalsmith, goldsmith and so on!

Suzan Rezac Metal Inlay

I am captivated by the beautiful metal inlay of Suzan Rezac's jewelry. I believe I have posted her work before but I found some new pieces she has made and am falling in love again. She uses the technique of metal inlay which you can see her video of here.

There are several ways to do the technique of metal inlay, it is the process of permanently inserting wire or sheet of one metal into the surface of another type of metal. Then she patinas the metal and that is where the real contrast of colors comes from.

This last necklace is made to look like pottery shards, I truly love her craftsmanship.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Glass Blowing at the Glass Bubble

I wanted to share with you some great images from my glass blowing class. That's me above reheating the glass in the glory hole.

Here I am using the Marvering Table to push the molten glass to the end of the punty and keep it symmetrical. I picked up that glass from the furnace of molten glass that was at about 2,000 degrees. I was wearing a leather glove on my hand closest to the kiln and it smoked several times. It was hot!

In this image I'm using a file on the bottom of a drinking glass to groove where I want to break it off of the punty (rod the glass is on). After you are finished forming your piece you break it off the punty into the annealer kiln where it will sit normally over night as the temperature slowly drops. The temperature has to be slowly dropped or the glass will crack due to thermal stress.

This is my final piece I made which is a bowl, in this picture I'm spinning it out to flare it. There was a very high risk of this piece collapsing but I wanted to go for it!

Here are a few of the items I made a drinking glass above and below. The blue in the glass below is actually just a little bit of blue frit I rolled clear glass in. It only takes a little bit of colored glass to really make a piece pop.

My favorite piece is the one below. It is the bowl I was talking about that I had to spin out.

I had a great time glass blowing at the Glass Bubble with my boss. Thank you!
Historically glass blowing dates back to 50 BC, I'm always amazed at how many of the trades use many of the same tools since they began. It makes me feel connected to the past. I love making things!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Beer Bottle Cap Ornaments

Now that everyone has received their Christmas Presents in my family I wanted to share with you all my fabulous beer bottle cap ornaments. I made snowflakes out of beer bottle caps! Don't you love them.

Just kidding! They were fun to make but they were also a joke, I saw beer bottle cap Christmas tree ornaments on the Internet and thought they were tacky and wanted to create my own. I hot glued them together and had a good time! I did actually give them to some people, maybe next year I'll make everyone a pretty Christmas ornament.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Last two days to view John Paul Miller's Jewelry

Today and Tomorrow are the last two days to view John Paul Miller's Jewelry at the Cleveland Museum of Art. I'm planning on going to day and I'll let you know how much I love it. I'm hoping I can take some pictures, I hear his drawings are there as well.

Happy New Year 2011!

It's a new year and a new decade! Hope you had a great night last night! (Picture from Hong Kong New Years Eve 2011)

I've been brainstorming ways to make this blog much more interesting for you and I hope you'll stay tuned to see what's coming up.

Also in 2011 I'll be working on The Best Year of Your Life (kit) by Debbie Ford. I'm hoping to challenge myself and open myself up to endless possibilities. Every week I have a card to read and sounds like it has some type of assignment. I'll keep you updated on my progress. You're welcome to purchase this and join in, let me know what you think! (I believe I actually bought this some time last year and am now getting to it, better late than never! : )

I wanted to keep you informed of the upcoming competitions, submissions due in January:
American Jewelry Design Council New Talent Competition
MJSA Vision Awards
Harmony Jewelry Design Competition
(As a side note on this last one, doesn't seem realistic, "Participants must design the jewelry item using production manufacturing techniques and be able to produce the jewelry item at wholesale for no more than $25 including materials and labor." So from my point of view you aren't creating something very creative.)

Here is a good blog to follow to keep up on Lark Book Submissions and Competitions!

Oh Lark Books, how I have applied over and over and been rejected. Even using professional photographs. I know it's the way it goes. I'm hoping to purchase my own photo set-up so I can present you all with professional photos of the jewelry I'll be making!

Have a fantastic weekend!