Could I be a worse blogger these days? I've spent the past week working on a erstwhile contest piece, to the exclusion of almost everything else, including sleep. I forget which author said that he spent the morning taking out a comma and the afternoon putting it back in (or vice versa - the whole quote is pretty hazy in my mind), but I've pretty much been doing that with a single necklace for days. Yesterday, I added a piece of sterling chain to the necklace, tonight, after thinking about it for two hours, I took it out. I think this whole evening definitely falls victim to the law of diminishing returns. I just need to finish this piece, photograph it, submit it and stop thinking about it. I decided to enter a contest just for the experience (I have no expectation of placing or even making the finals - the level of competition is too high), and the experience, thus far, has been a little stress-inducing.
Anyway, given that I'm (once again) punting, I thought I'd show you this older piece. It's based on "A Midsummer Night's Dream". The porcelain moon face cab in the focal is by Earthenwood Studio. I made the leaves from resin. Ultimately, the leaves were not entirely a success. This is a project I'd like to revisit at some point. The leaves are light and the colors are vivid, which I like, but I had problems with the surface of the leaves being a bit rough and crude looking. I made the molds for these leaves by sticking a polymer clay mock up of each leaf in silicone molding material. The clay was not finished well enough, and, as a result, in patches the resin came out of the mold looking a little cloudy. I have a few ideas on how to fix this little problem, but the way things are looking, I may not be able to revisit the issue until May or so. I do like the overall design of this piece, though, and my friend Rachel Place used this photograph when she kindly surprised me by making the banner for my blog for me. See?
Sorry again for the short, rather bland post. If you would bear with me for another day or two, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks for visiting!
I am an intellectual property lawyer by training and have a background in English Renaissance literature. I love science fiction. I primarily watch Sesame Street these days and find myself humming "Pop Goes the Weasel" at odd moments (guess why). I can happily eat ice cream in the middle of winter when the wind chill is 20 below 0. I have been making beads and designing jewelry since 2007.
2010 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Other Finished Bead Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2010 - Grand Prize, Gold Medal Winner, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Jewelry-Making Contest
2010 - Finalist, Bead Star, Stones, Plastics and Designs with Heart Categories
2009 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay
2009 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Beyond Glass, Handmade Beads and Components
2009 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Arts Awards, Necklace
2009 - Finalist, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist, Bead Star, Pearls
A word about copyright
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