WIP, rafflage

Some WIP, pre-oxidizing.

I had a mess of key rings which some geodes and bits from Uruguay had come on. I had no use for them but before tossing it occurred to me that I'd been looking around for ring things with all the lariats I've been making. Lightbulb moment: I soldered them.

Some I just wire wrapped (top), some I wrapped with stones (right, with steel wire- it's solderable!) and some I went full solderbonkers on. The key is trying to apply the solder in balls, not peaks. I'm still not 100% sure how to manage it. I know the solder, iron and surface need to be super clean. I think the surface needs to be non-molten so the solder doesn't just blend right in. If anyone knows more, help a sister out in the comments.

I've also been having some serious fun making chain. It's always easier than I expect and I wonder why I don't do it more. But here too I struggled a bit to get solder globs instead of peaks and had to sand some sharp bits away.

Here this cuff needed buttons for a closure, so I made some with antique African cocowood discs, leafed tin, Roman glass and soldered pin. This is one piece of wire that connects on the underside. I need to get some stretchy fabric/cord/lace (?) for the loops now.

Some caged baby the original way, just cuz.

I'm working on a triple wrap bracelet and a lot of the links here are soldered. I have a very minutely stitched strap to finish this. But then I wore it today and realized that the mop hearts with arrow are going to have to be cut in half because they simply don't curve enough. I hate bracelets that have long flat elements, I find them unacceptable.

The bail kept popping off this heart. I tried several different epoxies before I realized I'd have to solder hammered copper there after sanding the top of the heart til I got to bare metal. So now I guess I have to retake all those damned pictures just for this bit! I can be grateful it didn't pop off after being in the hands of a buyer though.

As I've mentioned, I'm all about the lariats at the mo. That and my exercise classes.
The other day I was in spinning class and I was up in the standingish position, checking myself out in the wall o' mirrors and thinking, "Damn, I look just like one of those badass people that do the ... thing that I'm doing right now (!!!)... OMG am I one of those badass-- no wait, calm down." Like, I'm not but I'm super getting there. What was I talking about?
Here's this amazing treasury Pricilla of yesdearsister (previously readbetweenlines) made for Wildthorne:
And Theresa of thoughtfulhands shared her awesome results from my tute:
Orbitals. Polymer clay art beads, cored with layers of neutrals and brights.
Aren't they awesome? 
OK, finally here's today's raffle for these babies:
And the winner is: Cindy's Wicked Good Beads! Etsy convo me to give me your address, etc.
How did this turn into such a long post? I'll save the gifs for next time.


First Raffle Pick

Hello my lovlies- so far we have raised $232 for Wildthorne! Thank you so much, lets keep it up. Today I'll do the first drawing for these one-of-a-kind speckled polymer beads.Springtime. 5 speckled polymer beads in mustard, coral and light blue pastels. 10mm.
Anonymous asked if she could pick her prize but if people pick their prizes they'll pick all the big stuff first and then there'll only be little things to win and I'm trying to raise some moola here, ya see?
Anywho, the winner is: Lori Ackerman!!! Please convo me here.
I've removed the one name from the pile, the rest of the name slips stay, including any other entries by someone who already won. So you could win more than once. Everyone else would probly be pissed, but it could happen.
I've been making my own chain, the process of which is in no way related to this entrancing gif I wanted to share:
It's on a page showing how all kinds of things are made.
See you in a couple days for the next drawing and another gif!


Raffle Fundraiser!

Remember two years ago I had a raffle for my dear SparrowSalvage after her tragic car accident? You were all so wonderful and supportive, and now that another dear friend is in a spot I was hoping you could help out again.
The wonderful Kim of Wildthorne had an accident which lead to a bad concussion. She can't work or even focus for very long because of headaches and she has no insurance. And this is just after a horrible custody fight which left her resources quite depleted.
The idea actually came from Sparrow herself, who is also fundraising for her by selling, not raffling, some special items at discount prices. Like so:
The Bones of the Earth - tribal assemblage necklace - talisman charm of found objects - modern tribal - for Wildthorne
                                          The Bones of the Earth - just $35

You can also get something custom from her shop.
Sparrow Salvage custom order - personalised assemblage earrings - design your own artisan jewelry -Sparrow Salvage textile assemblage necklace -  design your own artisan jewelry -  personalised custom orderpersonalised skinny cuff or bangle set -  design your own textile jewelry - Sparrow Salvage custom order
Or something directly from Wildthorne's gorgeous shop.

A song of the earth - Smokey quartz, rustic wood, and Artisan clay bead strand necklaceFull moon tide. Amethyst, sterling silver and copper necklaceFalling leaves - rustic sterling silver and copper earrings

HOWEVER, if you just wanna give a few bucks with a chance at something worth a lot more, you can enter my raffle! Look at all the prizes:Sale. What Is This Thing Called The World. Cosmic Iridescent Victorian Tribal Assemblage Necklace.
This cosmic assemblage necklace.

This necklace sprinkled through with little gems.
The Wraith. Victorian Tribal dollhouse assemblage.
These earrings with sterling wires and greybirdstudio charms.The Garden Gnomon. Rustic bohemian green purple red art assemblage earrings.
This big ring with an ancient Hebron bead and a headpin from Numinositybeads.Million Crested Sun. Layered hebron bead assemblage ring with gold leaf, salvaged hardware and lampwork.
These pretty, girly earrings with antique wired flowers at the base of the dangle.Sale. The Faithful. Asymmetrical assemblage art statement earrings. Antique vintage recycled, orange ivory gold.
This soldered beach glass charm.
Rocket Kids beach glass charm with solder and ephemera.
These large hole polymer art beads:
Orbitals. Polymer clay art beads, cored with layers of neutrals and brights.
These speckled polys:
Springtime. 5 speckled polymer beads in mustard, coral and light blue pastels. 10mm.
Yeah there's a lot of stuff to win. Every couple days I'm going to randomly pull a name from a hat and announce the winner here. The rest of the entries will remain in the hat for the next prize.
Each entry costs $4, so be sure to enter your donation amounts in multiples of 4. But wait! If you tweet/blog/facebook/tumblr about this raffle, you get entered again! Just include a link to your comment below.
Thank you guys in advance for any little bit. The last time I tried this, the majority of the donations were just $4 each but they added up super fast.


Studio time!

Finally some time in the studio to get down with some makages.
Like this my latest giant lariat. It's all about lariats, ladies!
Don't know what to do with a bunch of components? Make a lariat! Don't know what to do about your employment status? Make a lariat. Don't know what to do with your unwanted pregnancy? Make a .... oh god. Oh, no, no, abort that thought. Ugh, unwanted mental image, more like. Just, don't make a lariat with your unwanted... ugh, I'm gonna just shut up now.
Phew, back on track. Here's another giant thing I never finished or listed full of Patroness beads.
Like these huge antique African Bauxite tubes.
Check this guy out. I love graduated sizes! You can actually see a lot of that in my lariat dangles as well. This guy is all about the graduation. Plus it incorporates some huge faux ancient polys that I didn't know what to do with.
As well as this cool-ass leather button from Uruguay. For this piece I wanted a really thick leather cord, but I didn't have anything like that so I just fucking made my own!!! I know! Just wrapped cord around other cord and used wire and also a bit of quick dry epoxy resin to keep everything in place on the inside. 
You know what's kind of amazing though? This was all this stuff I had just sitting around, including way too much leather cord. When you're inspired to make, it sure is different.
Even simple things are so fun and satisfying. Check out that sexy graduation.
So inspired to make was I that I didn't even mind going in and making a zillion of these designs that I have plenty of supplies for and sell well for me, which I think of as production work, as they call it in the art jewelry sphere.
Order and Harmony. (Some of these are listed, some not yet.)
 Like these little plaque guys.
 They're all a little different, with lots of beads from my Kathyhaul. (OMG I just realized Kathyhaul was over a year ago guys. Time is freaky.)
 And ear wires I fashioned from matte black eye pins that I hammered for strength.
 I'm even trying some out with these fatter plaques, see how they do.
Added some carved bone from Kathyhaul and such.
Some caged babies without the soldering, cuz why make more work for yourself if you don't have to? Like have you ever poked your nose into a jewelry making book and they always start out with showing you how to make jumprings? Even though you can get a thousand of them for a dollar? What is that? Time is energy people. Like, prioritize.
Some baroque pearl ones which I grunged up with gilder's and acrylic, since these beads were overly pristine.
Pair of starry shard babies.
Someone recently asked me if I ever have trouble photographing iridescent things, trying to capture the iridescence of something. What I do is I increase the saturation on the iridescent part until it conveys how it really looks in my hand. I end up having to decrease the saturation in the stuff around it though. 
 Though usually I have to drastically decrease the saturation, as my camera and photoshop conspire to make my subtle pictures more interesting.
 Here's some tin cones using my own polybabies, which I've really been enjoying now that I've destashed some and can look around a bit. As I pick these back up I'm like, "Damn straight I made these. They rock."
And finally these. OMG I suffered trying to find shit to put turquoise-and-red beads on to after buying a handful of these a while ago. Finally used them all up thank friggin god. Who came up with this damned combo? Of course, people who lived in subtle natural landscapes and so were drawn to bright colors that pop. 
.And yeah, I've been using these faux amberish polys in everything. It's like I recently discovered the red/brown/gold range of colors and everything works beautifully. 

I wanna thank you all for making the launch of my tiuute super awesome. As in the past, I turned off the 10% coupon after 48 hours, though in the past I gave a warning. This time I was keeping you on your toes? But the commenter coupons are still open. 
  Let us celebrate with cat gifs.
Oh also this thing because it made me laugh for 10 years:
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