Thursday, December 21, 2006

A teaser, a test

As I'm not one for reading directions, at least when things seem obvious, I just dove right into this blogging thing without any training wheels. Thought I was going to have to download some FTP software so that I could upload photographs, but Blogger makes it easy for you and does all the work. So I thought I've give it a go using the scans I make of new pieces. I have a light cube, all the appropriate lighting and a digital camera; but I haven't yet set it all up. I use the scans as a quik n dirty way to catalog each piece for reference. The piece on the top above is "Purple Phantasy" .. a wire wrapped piece with fluorite, ametrine, an intricate little square Bali bead, blue goldstone wrapped in a herringbone weave, a Swarovski pearl, and that large triangular stone is sugilite. The scan doesn't do it justice. The piece below it is called "Sparkle" .. just a simple beaded piece, but I sell 'em as fast as I can make 'em. Just granulated Bali spacers and bead caps and Swarovski pearls and crystals; but it does sparkle! Besides the green I also made it in Tahitian, brown and creme rose shades. Sold some to a local jewelry store and they keep coming back for more. No complaints! But I am going to have to get more of those Bali bead caps soon!

All the new stuff, the chain maille, the wire worked goodies, the Precious Metal Clay (PMC), etc., is going to have to wait until after the New Year. Though I've got a million ideas to work into pieces, it's just been a bit crazy lately. I did manage to dig up a bunch of plants on a three-acre plot where we let our dog run loose for daily romps .. plants with perfectly sized and shaped leaves for PMC imprinting .. and popped them, dirt n all, into an aluminum lasagne pan and set them in front of a window in my studio. Here it is December 21 (Happy Winter Solstice!) - and even though we haven't yet had any significant snow fall, that can't last long (this is the "almost Great White North" after all). I was afraid the plants I'd staked out would be lost beneath a white blanket with no chance for organic imprinting until the spring. And they like it. They're actually thriving! I think if I leave them alone long enough, they'll continue to grow; and I'll have a continuing supply of these artsy little plants. In fact, while the weather remains a balmy 40 degrees, I may just go buy a couple more lasagna pans and dig up a few of the other interesting plants I've noticed on recent romps .. well, until I run out of room for lasagna pans.

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