Monday, October 26, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
W.I.P = Works in Progress. And there are many, far too many, works in progress cluttering up the Quench's bench. Maybe 'cluttering' is the wrong word. Let's rephrase: there are many works in progress loitering....nah, still not correct. However, I experienced a creative explosion this past week...new ideas, mock ups, revisiting old designs, mapping out new ones. So, the bench looks a bit like a mad scientist's laboratory.
Several years ago, I made amulet/ talisman pendants that were outrageously over worked and priced. I handmade the chains and all the findings from 18k gold, set stones in 22k gold handmade pendant settings, hung glass, pearl, and stone beads from 18k gold jump rings and created little oval nickel silver pillows. Then I attached it all together. Very medicine man meets Paris Hilton. Not surprisingly, the pieces didn't sell. However, I am still flirting with this whole amulet idea, so I have downsized my original designs to a mini amulet. I am working on a series of 6 to debut in early November.
Then, I have earring designs scattered about. I get lost in the repetitive motion of sawing these earrings out of 18 gauge sterling sheet. Besides this design, I have 4 more in various states of finish. The earrings should be listed next week in my Etsy shop.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I am enjoying a lull between orders and holiday shows. Time to relax, bake, play in the fall garden, carve pumpkins, and loll about. The ring above along with several other pieces are now home at the Center for Maine Craft in West Gardiner, Maine. Just off both Interstate 95 and 295, the gallery showcases stellar crafts from around our grand state. I am honored (and rather giddy, I must say) to be included in this shop!
Below are 2 more pairs of earrings in my Etsy shop. Maybe this down time will allow more blogging on my part! Stay tuned :)
Friday, October 2, 2009
Week 2 of the Maine Team challenge. List 5 items each week until the challenge is over and be entered to win a gift package full of Maine Team goodies! I should have paced the listing apart this week, but I had no time/energy/patience to photograph until today! Regardless, week 2 is complete and my shop is looking good for the upcoming shopping season.