Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
(Re-sin-blage Workshop Examples)
Come and experience the magic of creating resin objects. We'll make molds, fill bezel cups, and will explore the myriad of ways in which resin can be used. We will transform objects into elements which can be incorporated into unique jewelry pieces and embellishments to enhance your assemblage and journaling work. We will then take these elements to the next level, to assemble your own signature, one-of-a-kind, "charming" bracelet or neckpiece.
Valley Ridge is known for its beautiful surroundings, fabulous studio, yummy food, and top-notch known and published art instructors from throughout the United States and Australia. I've been taking workshops there for the past 5 years, and highly recommend going there. You'll be hooked, just like me!
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Saturday, December 5, 2009
But we didn't have to wait too long before she showed up. It was sooo much fun catching up with her! That girl always has a million different things going on in her life - I don't know how she does it! We did a lot of laughing, and never ran out of things to talk about.
When we left the cafe, we went to some nice shoppes and looked around. - And I thought I used to be a shopaholic... Geez, Bernie's got me beat! She did some real power-shopping and got a lot her Christmas gifts bought. And I'm proud to say I got a little Christmas shopping out of the way, myself.
But finally, it was time to say our goodbyes and head for home. I love getting together with the girls, and look forward to the next time Bernie comes to town.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
It was all tucked inside this wooden cigar box, topped with a bow (recycled from a gift I gave to her for her birthday).
And this is a tattered piece of old leather. You never know when you'll need that little added touch on an assemblage piece...
Monday, November 9, 2009
I sewed the pages together, adding the heavy cord to the spine. The cord will add a wonderful look to the book when the leather is adhered over it...
The cording is in place, and the book is now ready for the leather...
This is just another view...that's the leather that's going to cover the spine....
The leather is now on, and the wood still needs to be stained, but now it's time to move onto making the clasp and other decorative touches for it. My jewelry-making experience came in handy for this part, because I cut pieces from brass sheet to embellish my cover...
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I went to Valley Ridge Art Studio in Muscoda, Wisconsin on October 14th for two workshops with Susan Lenart Kasmer. I had never taken any workshops with her before, so it was a real treat to finally get to work with her in person!
The first workshop was all about working with resin, and discovering all the different ways you can use it. I made a lot of resin paper using pages from an antique German Bible, and also filled a lot of bezels for future jewelry projects.
(A bezel I filled using flowers from my father's funeral)
See what utter chaos my workspace is??? Well...this is how everyone's area looks when you go to art workshops. You pack anything and everything you think you might use for your project. Even if the odds are slim that you'll need it, you pack it anyhow - just in case.
The second workshop focused on metalsmithing. Susan showed us a lot of different techniques for making charms, rings, and pendants. She even showed us how to do enameling on copper, using a torch. I really enjoyed that...I've always wanted to try enameling.
(These are some charms I made)
Just a few days later, I attended RaeVn's Nest Art Retreat in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, to take three workshops from Richard Salley. He's another artist that I have never taken any workshops from, and I love his jewelry. I think I'm particularly drawn to his work because he works with iron wire like I do.
These are the pieces that I made in his workshops. It was so kewl to start working with wire again, but after each workshop, my shoulder was absolutely killing me! I went home each night and put an icepack on it.
(Pendant I made in the Friday Workshop)
(The pendant I made in Saturday's Workshop. I plan on adding some found-
object dangles to the bottom curved wire.)
(The Interior of the Pendant - the round plate began as a large washer, and
I cut the center hole into a heart shape.)
Monday, October 12, 2009
The piece began with a ring I made from precious metal clay, fired in a kiln, and topped with antique Bible text set in the bezel. For the body, I made another bezel from an old brass rosette and sterling silver bezel wire, and placed a photo of my great-grandmother inside, and set an old lens over it. The ring is secured behind that bezel, and is constructed so the ring can be taken off the piece and worn separately, if desired. The body is comprised of an antique victorian wall clip, part of an antique iron thumb latch and an old silver serving fork. I assembled the piece by doing extensive wire-wrapping techniques, using various gauges of iron wire. The chain is also hand-forged from iron wire, using an antique key for the clasp.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Kim Nugent came over to visit me many times during the course of my recovery. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful friend.