Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Aileen Lampman - Ai Jewelry


Aileen Lampman's jewelry struck me with it's meditative quality. The leaves are exquisite. She uses the philosophy of the Lotus Flower in her work, it is beautifully worded on her website.


I love these earrings, I imagine as you wear them the movement is beautiful!


These are one of my favorites as well. I imagine I'm looking at the night ocean with a star filled sky.

Here are some of her upcoming shows:

The Wells Street Fall Fest in Chicago, September 10 & 11th and The Fairfax Festival of the Arts, Fairfax, VA on October 7 & 8th.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Optical Illusion Pendant


I was so excited to make another piece of jewelry from sketches in my sketchbook. Here you can see I laid out different inspiration and sketches.


This necklace I made is movable and instead of accurately drawing the two pieces I dissected a Dr. Seuss book and scanned what I needed and shrunk the image down to a smaller size for a pendant.


You can see the Dr. Seuss wheel in the upper right hand corner, my copper and my silver with the pattern rubber cemented. The patterns are going the opposite way on the pieces of metal.


Close up of the rubber cemented patterns and on the right hand corner a convex mirror from home depot to go behind the pierced patterns.


Getting ready to mark the drill holes, aka all the white spaces need to be pierced.


Ready to pierce!


The copper and silver are pierced and the glass mirror is drilled.


You can start to see my plan of layering/overlapping.


I lined up the metal and drilled holes, then soldered the tubing to the copper piece (in middle of sandwich) since I only wanted the top piece (silver) to move. I made the tube rivet to hold them together. The sandwich is silver on top, then copper in middle and mirror in back.



A shot to show you the size of the pendant on a regular sized bench pin.


The chain made of large jump rings that are then twisted, I also liver of sulfured the chain so it was darkened in the cracks and went with the piece well.


Finished piece! I love the final product, because it spins and makes you very very dizzy! I finished it the day before the 4th of July and wore it to a 4th of July party. The copper also was given a heat patina when I soldered the tubing to it. I liked the reddish color a lot and decided to keep it.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Intersections 2010

I love the 3-dimensional look of Nikolay Sardamov's jewelry, this piece is made of blackened silver. See more here. I didn't realize that the pieces are first built up in wax and then cast in one piece in silver or gold.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Melissa Schmidt


Melissa Schmidt creates glass orbs and makes really fun jewelry out of them.
This piece is titled Daisys for Days!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Bicycle Art





The Bicycle Art was found here along with many other pieces of bicycle art. This particular piece is in the Cleveland area at the start of a bike trail. I love seeing it and loved finding out what it was made of!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

I think my dog is part Kangaroo!


I mean look at that back leg. She can bounce really high and lick you in the face.
Oh yeah those are my pj bottoms with the skulls! 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Winner is...... (Drum Roll)


J!
Thanks to everyone who shared their favorite artist. As you know I love finding new art to enjoy.
J please email me your address so I can send you the book!
valerie(at)vahjewelry.com

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Jewelry Art & Science


I love the patterns used in Nevous System's jewelry. Above is the Coral Necklace. They use the computer to create their designs and several machines to make them!

Uncommon Jewelry Design Challenge


Calling all jewelry designers! Here's your chance to get your products in front of UncommonGoods customers. We're looking for unique pieces and fresh designs that we haven't seen anywhere else. Think earrings, necklaces, cuff links, watches or bracelets, and whatever else you think will make us say "wow".

Prize: $500 + the opportunity to sign a vendor contract with UncommonGoods.
Deadline: Enter up to five of your unique designs before August 31st at 11.59 pm.



The image above is of Thermoscope Earrings that you can buy at UncommonGoods. They are actual thermometers and change temperature. I actually own a pair I bought in a gallery years ago while I was up at Haystack School of Craft.

For this competition I would suggest looking at the jewelry UncommonGoods normally sells and looking at their price points as well. If what you want to submit seems to fit go for it!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Saturday Flight... Yes I flew a plane!


This past Saturday I had my first plane flying lesson. I got to do everything but land and park. I got the plane ready for take off, I actually took off and then flew for a half hour. It was simply amazing. I got to do some awesome sharp turns and felt the g-force. It was way better than any roller coaster.

As we started to ascend we were over Lake Erie and the water and sky blended together so I couldn't see the skyline, I had to use my gauges. It was beautiful.

Everyone kept saying oh it'll be so scary in such a small plane. I honestly had more room than on a commerical flight and a much better view. It was just breathtaking and exhilarating. My adrenaline was pumping!


Blooming Naked Ladies in my Stonehenge Garden





My Garden is Eating the House!


My Vegetable garden started small and is so big and hungry it's starting to eat the house.


Here is one of the Zucchinis in his natural habitat.


I decided to take him inside, and show you how big he is compared to me.

Looking for a Good Wax Worker any suggestions?


At work we are trying to find a place that sells a wax worker and wax pen similar to this unit.


We specifically want a wax pen like this one. It's flat and sharp.


You can see in this photo the handle is longer. The only draw back on this unit is the handle does heat up some. But what we have found is that in none of the catalogs is there a unit with a pen this nice. They are short, the end of the pen is all wrong and the handles heat up so hot we can't hold them after a while.

If you know where we can get a unit like this or you can suggest a good unit that you use I would appreciate any advice.


For fun here is my bench at work, a picture of Bentley (my parrot) to the left, along with a small blue macaw. Then on the right is my brass rhino that normally holds y wedding rings. You can also see a Dog Training book in the far right corner, I have a lot more to read on that subject!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Blog Give Away!



I have decided that every few weeks we're going to have a book giveaway here on the blog. My bookshelves are packed with art books, business books, art/business books and jewelry books. I hope these books can inspire you the way they have inspired me.

In the comment section under this blog post please tell me who your favorite artist is (dead or alive) and what your favorite piece of artwork is by that artist. It can be in any field of art. I want to know what you love! And if you are so moved even explain how that piece of art inspires you.

Make sure you follow the blog and tell others who may want to enter to win this weeks book, Making a Living in Crafts by Donald A. Clark. To Follow the blog you can go to the right side of the page and click on 'join this site' or below that you can follow through Facebook.

The winner will be drawn and announced next Wednesday night.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Kim Webster - The Glass Gardener


Kim Webster was originally from Ontario Canada and then moved to Oakland California where she found a whole new world of Plants. She studied horticulture and glass blowing. Kim says, "There are many similarities between the process of gardening and glassmaking. Pruning shrubs and trees gives me a chance to discover the architecture of the plant and to make decisions about how to work with it; what to expose, what to eliminate, and how the resulting form and proportions will fit within the context of the whole garden. The process of sculpting hot glass is much the same.  When inspired by something in the landscape, I first sketch to experiment with ideas. I imagine how to achieve the colour and form, look for something I want to exaggerate, plan how I can manipulate traditional glassblowing tools and techniques to achieve my vision, and envision a cold-working process that might enhance what I’ve made in the hot-shop.  Then of course, there are the mechanics of assembly to consider … "


This piece is title 'Teal Agave' and lights up at night with the use of LEDs (shown above).


The 'Floral Fancies' are assembled using jewelry making techniques and her newer Fancies have LEDs as well.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Jason de Caires Taylor


My Sister sent me a link to the article Drowing Beautiful. The sculpture is created by Jason de Caires Taylor. The art work is about art and the enviroment. He creates artificial reefs below the surface of the Carribean Sea by creating sculptures of diverse people that are made of cement. They are placed on the ocean floor so that the sea life can grow on and around the sculputres. They are many beautiful images on his website. Please take a look.