Thursday, October 1, 2009

Chain Gang Earrings

Thick handmade sterling silver jump rings are linked together to form sections of chain, then hung from sterling silver ear wires.

The earrings measure 1.25'' from the top of the ear wire and come with hypoallergenic ear wire guards (so you don't have to worry about losing one).

The chain and ear wires are oxidized and then brushed with a wire brush to bring out highlights.


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Writer's Relic Necklace with Labradorite

This necklace is part of a collection called "The Writer". The collection is a work in progress and is based on the theme of writing.

This necklace features a sterling silver piece of torn paper made with lost wax casting techniques. The "paper" started as a sheet of wax which I textured with actual text about the definition of ART. I then tore the sheet of wax up into smaller pieces for irregular torn page type edges and cast it myself in sterling silver.

The metal "paper" pendant measures 3/4'' x 1'' and was oxidized to bring out the text. I added an 8mm faceted diamond shaped labradorite bead for some extra color. The bead has great bright "flash" with shocking blues and greens.

The pendant hangs from an oxidized sterling silver 18'' figure eight chain with a lobster clasp.

*This necklace has a "sister" piece torn from the same wax page that had a long richly colored iolite briolette. The sister necklace was in a gallery show and a special artist feature during a black tie event.


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Hammer Texture Circle Necklace

This necklace has a great rustic feel to it and the circular pendant has a nice weight. It isn't at all dainty.

This necklace took some time to make and a lot of heating and reheating of the sterling silver wire that makes up the circle. It isn't easy to get 10 gauge metal to do exactly what you're telling it to do. The wire was annealed and formed around a round ring mandrel. The ends were soldered closed and it was work hardened in a tumbler with stainless steel shot.

I hammered the circle with a ball peen hammer to give it a nice texture. I made a wire-wrapped bail for the piece from sterling silver wire to keep with the rustic look. I added the pendant to an 18'' sterling silver figure eight chain with a matching lobster clasp and then oxidized the whole piece. I used steel wool to bring up highlights in the pendant and chain.

The pendant measures 1''x1.25'' (including the bail). The circle itself is 1''.


Dashes and Eights Earrings

These earrings are a new favorite of mine...

Organic circles are cut from 20 gauge sterling silver sheet and textured with lines and eight-like double circles. The circles measure 1/2'' and are oxidized and steel wool finished to bring out the metal's pattern. Clear and bright 6mm faceted round aquamarine beads hang from the bottom of the circles.

The earrings measure 1.5'' from the top of the ear wires and come with clear hypoallergenic ear wire guards so you don't have to worry about losing one of your new treasures.

* I used the term "organic circles" to describe the fact that the circles are not perfectly round. That was a bit too stuffy for my vision for these earrings.


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Swirl Earrings

Gorgeous browns - perfect for fall.

Sterling silver hoop earrings measuring 28mm are carefully wrapped with sterling silver wire. The wire secures six 4mm faceted smoky quartz beads along with a 12mmx2cm brown glazed swirl embossed ceramic drop to each hoop.

The earrings are oxidized to a brown color instead of black to accent the brown in the ceramic drops.


Sunday, August 23, 2009

Pin-Up Girl Silhouette 2/20

This etching took a lot of thought and planning. It was done for a group collection with the theme of "The Nude" and spent time hanging on the wall in a gallery show. The silhouetted nude with the floral background took on a 70s Bond Girl appeal.

This is a limited edition print, printed by hand by me. I drew the design onto a copper plate, etched the metal in acid, cleaned the plate up and then decided on the ink I wanted to use. I chose a super soft, extremely high quality Charbonnel Etching Ink in sepia printed on Rives BFK white printmaking paper with hand torn edges.

I hand colored the etching using a warm chocolaty brown under black watercolor for the silhouette and to add a bit of "pop" I filled in a few of the background flowers with bright pink and yellow.

The etching is matted using bright white acid-free mat board with a linen finish using archival matting tape. The mat is done in a hinge style (front and backing) and is ready for a frame!

The print itself measures 5.5''x7.5''.
The mat measures 7''x9'' with a 3.5''x4.5'' opening.

The print is signed, dated, and numbers 2/20.

I only have two of these to sell - the rest have found homes!


Monoprint Triptych Card One

Signed and dated...

A handmade 7''x5'' card and envelope set. The card is blank inside. With three (3) 1''x2.25'' rectangular monoprints are mounted in the center of the card. They are printed on BFK Rives white printmaking paper with black ink and mounted with an acid-free archival adhesive.

This card is completely one of a kind - monoprint means "one print". No two can ever be the same because of the printing technique.

This card is meant to be more than just a card - it's a perfect little piece of artwork ready to be matted, framed, and hung on the wall.