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."
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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! : )
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!