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.
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...