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This ought to be my last post before I go teach in Virginia Beach. So stressful! I mean, airplanes and shuttles and that... never leaving my house again! Anyways...
 The beachy things seem quite a hit, so the day I got my period, I made a ton more. These above are actually modern-day tintypes that a photography friend sent since she didn't like the photo results. They're quite dark so I'm using the reverse with paper, just for the tin.
  I like finding things that don't match but are what I think of as equivalent. The top bits above are a good example of equivalents. Though overall the simplicity of these is just the kind of thing that makes me not feel like an artist. Don't know if it matters.
 These are also equivalent on top, tin type backs below.
Here, very equivalent-y. Also an inverse thing going on- beach stone above in one, below in the other, victorian/non-tribal bit above in one below in the other. And room for solid perfume! Also, shaded moonstone.
 Here's what these y'all helped me with ended up like. A friend sent me all these hand-made white flowers so I stuck them everywhere. I forgot what she said they were made of. Some kind of paper clay? Flour dough? Cream cheese?
The sticks and focal globs here, as well as lots of other stuff all over this batch, come from Jorji's new supply store, 4ophelia, which is awesome and you should check out. She also has a beautiful new jewelry shop, nearlylost, which I've already faved the crap out of.
Here's some darker ones. The orange drops are Chinese plastic and the things above them are expensive Etheopian. I think it shouldn't matter.  Usually don't care, but when you have truly expensive bits sometimes it's hard to mix in cheapos...
 The blurry mop drop here was a bead but I used it as a cab after darkening it with alcohol inks. Does it matter if I do or don't feel like an artist?
 I think it may be that I'm not incorporating a bunch of old things that were intended for different purposes. I'm a little lost without my vintage bits, I think.
Maybe after my teaching gig when I finally get myself to organize, I'll find some little religious bits... Headpins above, 4ophelia.
I made two bright orange pairs since Sparrow sent me a bunch of bright orange things. What's funny is I forgot to add the earwire to the one above with the faceted bead and I photoshopped the ear wire in. I'm a nut!
I have a cuff from an escutcheon shipwreck sent me:
You see a different special bit depending on the angle so I'll just drop four pix here like I'm all about myself.

 Look, from this angle the cab looks green.

 The keyhole has a snippet of galaxy and the headpins are from Numinosity.

 That's it.


neshuma said...

And we all be about yo' fine self too, cos it's such a damn joy to check your work. [The little flowers are glazed cold porcelain. Although cream cheese was a most excellent guess.]

Sharon Driscoll said...

Uh, what is this about you not feeling like an artist? It doesn't much matter where the "bits and pieces" come from. Vintage is great when you can find it or afford it. What really matters is that you can imagine or reinvent what you have on your table at any given moment...and you do that very very well. Don't forget to take finished jewelry with you to your class. Put price tags on it too! I have taught at Beadfest (about the same as what you are doing) and most of the time the students also like to purchase finished items. Maybe I'm preaching to the choir and you already know this.

Beatnheart said...

love the earrings...try not to stress you’ll do great...I envy those ladies that get to see you in action up close and personal...cool.

Eva said...

Love all the earrings - brilliant combinations. And the cuff... Oh, it's just magic!

Star of the East said...

Gorgeous earrings. You ARE an ARTIST!
Have fun teaching, they will love you there.

Tribalis said...

hey Marina! I like the new earrings and you do great and you know this.. don't make charm.. :)have a good trip!hug, d.

La Fileuse said...

So much fun in these earrings ! The cuff is gorgeous; it reminds me of Aztec jewelry.
You'll do a great job with your class. Stay focused : everyone should be able to go home with a little something handmade. If you reach this point, everything will be alright ! ^^

PipnMolly said...

Love the eye popping burst of reds and orange earrings.
I've no doubt you'll have a wonderful experience and be invited to teach at many more to come.

rubyd. said...

What a fabulous group of earrings! They are a pleasure to behold.
Whether simple or complex, you have so much spark in your work.
Good luck teaching. I'm sure your students will love all you have to share.

Sparrow said...

I have a theory on your 'I don't feel like an artist' thing but I'll convo it. Every time I read your blog I give up jewelry. Stick that in your pipe, lowly assembler! pro tip- YOU CAN'T

Jiorji said...

pffftt i know right??!! my mind just exploded!!

i love those dried flower resin cabs.