2/1/11

Barathrum. Necklace.Barathrum.Barathrum. Necklace.
I'm all excited about these earrings. First, I finally figured out what to do with the wired beads I mentioned a couple weeks ago. Fancylinda sent a convo w/an example of wired beads that looked nothing like these but made me realize they had to be connected to something hard and stable. Thanks girl!
Selcouth. Papered Filigree Earrings.Selcouth.
I cut a big round filigree in half, sanded, oxidized. Then I papered it with watery white glue. Then I had to burn all that off b/c the paper was too crispy and not flexible/strong enough to really wrap around the filigree curves. The burning with my hardware heat gun made the whole house stink and created two big burn marks on my floor.  OK, so then I found the right paper and had to do all the little holes. Dremel, baby. But then I learned an exacto knife first is best. But then I had to re-oxidize all the parts filed back to shiny by the dremel. Then topcoat glue seal. Then wire in the beads. Hammer the sterling ear wires. Scratch my butt. Drink some coffee. Fall back on the weird-word-titles for lack of inspiration.... Pick my nose....

6 comments:

Corvid Delights said...

The Selcouth earrings are incredible! Perhaps I need to scratch my butt, and drink more coffee to come up with your kind of brilliance.

fancylinda said...

The earrings are fantastic! And truly your own - absolutely nothing like the picture I sent.

stregata said...

Yes, really, no one realizes the amount of work that goes into jewelry - to say nothing of the expense of coffee and the damage done to body parts from other body parts. LOL And we won't even mention the damage to the floor...
Fantastic solution, I am drooling once again.

jamberry_song said...

Hahahaha! You're quite wonderful, you know that? :3

~Debi said...

I truly love reading your blog entries. Girl, you are the most real artist I know. (and my favorite) Both pieces are awesome. Thanks for sharing your creative process on the earrings...even the funny parts

Chelsea (TangoPig) said...

Okay, I'm really in love with the paper over filigree. I wonder if that could be done with my collection of triple-exposed photos that i have for some reason. Probably too stiff.