Archive for May 28, 2012

Adding Silversmithing to My Repertoire

Though I started out stringing beads, I am constantly trying to improvement upon my rĂ©pertoire of techniques and methods to add interest to my designs. I recently took a metalsmithing course and I’m hooked. I hammered, torched, soldered, forged and did things to metal I had never done before. Below are some of the results.

My silver design

Here is the sterling pendant I made by first annealing then forming the wire into this shape, then hammering for effect.

Choices, choices

Now I have to figure out what to do with the pendant I just made. Here are other metal pieces that I made and possibilities abound as to how I'll mix and match them. I wonder what I'll do............

Finished Necklace

I decided to string black recycled vinyl discs, center the pendant and hang a sterling ring, inset with a Venetian glass (trade bead), that is too small for my finger. It's become one of my personal statement pieces.

Tell me what you think.

Father’s Day Treasuries – A Celebration of Handmade

Mother’s Day has hardly passed and now all attention is on the upcoming Father’s Day. To get us in the spirit and to help us with our shopping, I’ve assembled a few items made by Etsy artisans to whet our appetites. Enjoy, and shop Handmade!

‘Gifts for Him – Father's Day Preview’ by rmateen

No sooner has Mother's Day passed than we start gearing up for Father's Day. Here's a treasury to help you get started.

PERSONALIZED PHOTO GIFTS- Great Gifts for Fathers Day-These Photo Tags Make Lasting Memories for Him or Her. - lonestaraccessories
PERSONALIZED PHOTO GIFT…
$10.00
Personalized Fathers day art- Anyone can be a father quote, but there is only one daddy- special gift for new dad- monogrammed - didiStyle
Personalized Fathers da…
$16.50
Keychain - Father's Day - Accessories - Hand Stamped Metal - Father's Day Gift - themadstampers
Keychain – Father's…
$12.00
Father's Day Card. Card for Dad. Thanks For Killing Those Spiders. Black, Yellow, White. Blank Card. - JulieAnnArt
Father's Day Card. …
$4.00
Leather and Rustic Copper Unisex Cuff Bracelet Fathers Day - andiestevensdesigns
Leather and Rustic Copp…
$27.95
Personalized Father's Day Dad Key Chain - Layered and Riveted - Hand Stamped Key Chain - Gift for Him Hero First Love - FiredUpLadiesHammer
Personalized Father&#39…
$26.00
BEST DAD EVER - Hand Stamped Vintage Coffee Spoon for your Coffee Lovin' Papa this Father's Day (tm) - jessicaNdesigns
BEST DAD EVER – Hand St…
$12.00
Father's Day Gift - Inspirational Dad Quote -  Personalized gift for father with message on Stone - 8x10 Matted Photograph - inspiredartprints
Father's Day Gift -…
$35.00
New Dad personalized sports style shirt - Father's Day Gift Idea - BabytalkDesigns
New Dad personalized sp…
$18.99
Father's Day Daddy Tile - AllThingsVinyl09
Father's Day Daddy …
$8.99
Personalized Money Clip - Hand Stamped Accessories with Scripture - Custom Mens Gift -  Fathers Day Groomsmen Gift - FiredUpLadiesHammer
Personalized Money Clip…
$21.00
Steampunk Cufflinks - Vintage OMEGA Rose Gold Petite Watch Cuff Links SOLDERED Wedding Anniversary Fathers Day Gift - Jewelry by edmdesigns - edmdesigns
Steampunk Cufflinks – V…
$345.00
Man Shaving Soap Father's Day Detox Body Wash Clay Soap Wild Man 4oz - WildRoseHerbs
Man Shaving Soap Father…
$10.95
Hand Stamped Jewelry Personalized For Him Fathers Day Dog Tag Keyring - BeeBaublesJewelry
Hand Stamped Jewelry Pe…
$22.00
Personalized Map Initial Cufflinks from Recycled Maps --- Fathers Day Gift for Traveller - zoeymarchjewelry
Personalized Map Initia…
$76.00
Soap Gift for Guys // Men, Beer Soap, Handmade Soap, Cold Process Soap, Vegan Soap, All Natural Soap, Gift for Dudes, Father's Day - sweetpinesoaps
Soap Gift for Guys // M…
$15.75

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

Mother Memories

My mother has been gone (i.e., joined the ancestors) a little over five years. For some reason, this Mother’s Day had me missing her more than usual. I usually send Mother’s Day cards to aunts and other beloved women warriors in my life. This year, I didn’t have the energy or will to do so. I had a mental block preventing me from thinking of anyone but my mom to whom I couldn’t send a card or pick up the phone and say, “Happy Mother’s Day.”

Strange that this would be the case after five years, particularly since I thought I was long finished with the grieving process. Perhaps we never really finish grieving the loss of mothers. I’ve been exploring ways to incorporate my mother into my creative process, a way to honor her, remember her, keep her close. One of the ways I’m currently exploring is through a story collection. I’ve just begun the process, but I’ll incorporate sayings, photos and other elements of the myriad of projects my mother worked on that remind me she’s with me throughout my own creative process.

Here’s what I have thus far:

Let me know what you think. I’ll keep you apprised of my progress on this project. In the meantime, should you wish to create your own memory art pieces, check out my previous blog on Three Must Reads For Artists and Creatives.

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