Wednesday, March 31, 2010

BARCC

I'm on the run today, but I wanted to shoot off this quick bit of info. I have seen a number of tweets from Shira Lipkin aka shadesong of late about her Walk for Change fundraising for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. Being that she has been around the BPAL communities and doing this for a number of years, I have recognized her passion for this cause.

Because of my recent estimated tax payment, I'm broke as broke. However, I have announced that the next two sales at Elements & Artifacts will go 100% toward her fund. It's for a good cause. Spread the word! :)

On a related note, I want to hear what causes you are passionate about. It will help me as I try to figure out what my next charity auction/collection will be. I'm definitely eyeing RAINN, and I think I could do something really good with it. But I do want other ideas because I'm a planner, and I'd like to think things through to see what sort of inspiration comes to me. :)


ETA: Done! The first two sales made after the BARCC announcement above were donated to the First Giving page here. Good luck!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Cupcakes and Dragons

A fellow member of the SF Etsy Street Team made a Treasury of sweets, and my cupcake earrings are in it!


Sugar Rush


Even more exciting (today, at least) is that I DID IT! Today I finally fired up the torch for some soldering, and while the torch is a fire-breathing dragon, it's not the scary fire-breathing dragon I thought it would be. The experiments went wonderfully and I'm getting some good ideas for what I can do with it as I evolve my wire and metal work. I even made my own ball headpins today!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Eeee!

It's finally happening and I am so excited! I just made the first bracelet for a new jewelry collection which has been in the works for nearly two years!

On Art, Revisited

So much of art, to me, lies in the way a piece can affect or inspire the emotions of the viewer. I don't mean severe swings from laughing to crying, though that is certainly possible. Rather, I think of art as successful if it can invoke subtle shifts of mood or act as an impetus toward a new thought, discovery, or inspiration.

When I can glimpse something in someone's creation that opens up my mind, that sparks the emotions or an understanding of the subject matter; when I suddenly find a long lost memory stirred to life again because of something I am viewing; when I find myself transported, even for a moment, as I am caught up in viewing the flow of an ink line or sparkle of light off of a faceted gemstone...that is when I feel it rises to being art.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

New Work and Wire Settings!

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I had some stragglers that didn't make it into my spring collection. I wanted to spend some extra time focusing on learning how to wire-wrap a setting a for a stone pendant. The truth is, I never thought I'd be able to do it. About 3-4 years ago I bought a wire-wrapped seraphinite pendant and was fascinated by it. I used to turn it over and over in my hands, using my eyes to trace the lines of the wire to find out where they came from and where they went. It seemed so simple, yet some reading and experimenting had me believing it was nearly impossible. Turns out, I just needed to start at square one and work up. I can't say it's easy, but it's definitely not impossible!

I used a lesson by Earrings by Erin to make the two Thunderclap settings that are in this update, and now that I have a grasp on some ways to secure a stone in snug armatures, I feel like I can adapt things and branch out into a few experiments of my own. So, there will be more, but not without a lot of practice. :)

Here are some of my favorite items from this update, from L to R: Thunderclap, La Luna, Radiant, Majestic, Strands of the Ocean, Ocean Gypsy.







You can view the rest of the new work at Elements & Artifacts. Stay tuned at my Facebook Fan Page, because I'm announcing a contest there this week!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Pic Click!

Here's a new way to browse Etsy! I love how visual it is. www.picclick.com/etsy

Friday, March 12, 2010

Le Gothique - I Aim to Misbehave

What a fun surprise! Today I got a tip-off that one of my Luciernaga necklaces made an appearance on Le Gothique. It's a lovely Firefly-related write-up and I'm sure Captain Mal would approve. :)

Friday, March 5, 2010

TeamBPAL Treasury by galahad!



This Treasury was gathered by galahad of TeamBPAL! A pair of my spring rhapsody earrings are included. Click here to view the Treasury page and explore the other artists that are included. It expires on Sunday March 7th.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Springtime!

It's now springtime at Elements & Artifacts! I just released a jewelry collection full of Nymphs, Dryads, Greek Muses, a rhapsody of spring flowers, and lots of new wire work!

The work in this collection is a mix of old and new; I tend to revisit and evolve my work through certain timeless concepts such as seasons, months of the year, and sabbats. With those, I add in new subseries that have been the subject of my research. At times, ideas for collections can be months or even years old. I tend to percolate them in my brain and my sketchbook until they're just right. I also have to wait for the right time of year to roll around in many cases.

It has now been 6 months since I bought a bench block and jeweler's hammers and began my journey with hand-forged wire, ornate wire wrapping, and metalwork. I'm marking it here because it was a very positive and inspiring turn for me. I was following a dream that I had previously thought unreachable, and I was stepping into something that would give my work it's own distinct style.

Here are a few items from the collection, with ~50 more at my website! There will also be a handful of jewelry stragglers in a few weeks; I'm working on learning a new and exciting wire-wrapping technique, one I've been wanting to learn for many years, and I needed a bit more time.













Elements & Artifacts Spring Jewelry: Nymphs, Dryads, and Greek Muses