6/27/12

Remember back in the day? My scanner atrocities?


Hey Ladycakes. I have a necklace in the upcoming Jewelry Affaire. I got an advanced copy and was kinda impressed with some of the projects. For sure a lot of girly rhinestone stuff, but not at all simplistic like you get with some jewelry magazines and like I expected with this one, seeing as it is considered Belle Armoire Jewelry's easier...  mentally underdeveloped sibling. OK, I guess that was just me then! But yeah, my page ended up rather wordy since I thought I was describing how to make three necklaces but they chose just one. Plus this was my 1st attempt at describing how to make anything. Now when on earth will I be getting the pieces back? Ugh I have such a problem with long-term projects! And patience and anything that requires delayed gratification. Thus my lack of new tutes, which is certainly not for lack of ideas or supplies...
Above right is a page from the issue I liked. I got a thing for salt shakers. And this is my page:



Anywho- it's surprising how inspiring simple can be. When pieces are over-tho-top professional-looking where you know you'd have to take a class on gold smithing to even come close, my eyes often just glaze over. Often it's the simplest things- things that make me go "I could do better than that!" that prove most fruitful. Sure I also like to see how I can 'cheat' the fancy folk with simple materials- thus my use of tin and UTEE, etc, but... If any of you are stuck in a rut, I recommend simplicity for inspiration. And  always try to find specifically what it is about any given piece that appeals to you, so that you can focus on that for your work.
Any anywho- amember I mentioned making pendants? Here's some as conveyed by my uglification machine, ie, the scanner:
This one's particularly wonky since it can't lay straight.
 There're also several, like this one, that are awesomely reversible and also some treatments you can't really see well...
But now, everyone's favorite part, pricing. Any ideas? Anyone? Suggestions? Comments? Rumors and innuendo? Dirty jokes?

Here you really can't see what's going on since this pyrite is a perfect cube. Not perfect, just I mean, it stands tall off the chestage. It has a high level of pokey-outage. To bezel it I used tin and Mighty Putty, one of these 'as seen on TV' products. Soon I'll be working a ShamWow and PedEgg into the mix.









Here's another in my sear-your-eyes-off-with-the-neon series:

I know I coulda been patient and taken pictures before showing you this scanner nonsense but I won't have the opportunity for a bit. I'm leaving town for a couple days as my brother-in-law's lovely, kind and always-smiling mother has passed due to cancer. Now is the time to be grateful for all I have and to see my amazing niece/nephew/sister/brotherinlaw/etc, who I never give enough time to.

Apparently my niece was talking with her cousins about who has a grandma, who has a great-grandma and who has a great-great grandma. Later, my mom overheard her mentioning the fact that she also has a very good grandma! See, these are moments you gotta store up for later...


8 comments:

jenna said...

Damn it! I was just at the bookstore a couple hours ago and I picked up that issue and went, "17 bucks!? Pffft!" I wish I had know you had a project in there. I would've sprung for it.

Little Brown Sparrow said...

17 bucks?!?! DAMN. We never get those mags over here, unless they're in those fancy bead boutiques I never go into cause everything is too polished. But YAY for being published and JEEZ they made your stuff look fancy!!! You make it look Fanci, which is much more to my taste, but there's was fancy as in spelled with a 'y', like classy. I like you spelled with an 'i', like interesting. Okay i lost it a bit there, but I LOVE PENDANT. I think 25-35 is fair for them, depending on what's in em and how much swearing was involved in the construction. Also that neon thing? Totally would wear that, which is a huge surprise for me cause you know I don't wear anything we make and I'm not into neons. My weirdness baffles even me.

artistic rejuvenations said...

...and how much swearing was involved in the construction.~love that line!the pendants are beauty.
congrats and sorry for your loss at the same time.

Alice said...

Congratulations!I just got my issue and have been slowly digesting it. But now I'm going to head straight for your feature. I signed up for their email and they always have discounts on many of the regular issues like $2.00 off plus free shipping. And will we be seeing some salt shaker pieces here in the near future?

I love all your 'scanner pieces', especially the ones with the old coins.

3 Little Kittens Studio said...

Sorry for the loss in your family, enjoy the precious time with the rellies, we never know who will be taken next!

Congrats on the article, will have to track it down! The new pieces are yummikins... the ones that really tug at me are the "guidance" pendant, and of no surprise to you, the neon eye popper! I'll be chomping at the bit when that one is listed! Colorific! And I can layer it with my others, yes! Fingers crossed I'll get to it in time!

fancylinda said...

Congratulations on being published! I'm going to go to the bookstore and pick up a copy today. And I love the new pendants - I agree with Sparrow - $25 to $35 apiece.

alteredarcheology said...

Congrats on being published, that's pretty darn cool. I hope you get your pieces back soon, that would drive me crazy too. And congrats also on the art and soul thing, tho I do not envy you having to do that whole public speaking bit, yikes! Love your pendants, those are gonna fly outta your shop like your tutes.....
Hope your trip goes well, a death is a time to celebrate that persons life and accomplishments.<3

Flotsam Tide said...

Hooray on the publication, I am so proud of you. Thanks for the reminder on simplicity... your reminders and nuggets of wisdom always help to refocus.

I love the pendants, each and every one is varied and beautiful. $35 seems a fair price to me. Condolences to your extended family, your spirit and support will be a comfort.