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Monday, May 31, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Driftin' Toward Summer........

Memorial Day is next Monday and I'm driftin' into summer with my newest Beachy Bohemian Jewelry creations.

This bracelet reminds me of the ocean with floating green sea glass and white fluffy clouds floating overhead.

Another braclet inspired by the colors of water and sky. It has glass seed beads, shell, fresh water pearls, an aqua square ceramic bead and handmade fabric cord.

This necklace has been created with 3 fiber cords, a suede cord, tiny seed beads are sewn onto one of the fabric cords. The danglies hanging above the shell are wood and bone beads along with orange sponge coral beads. This one is my favorite!

Fibers.........fibers...........fibers...........fabric..........seed beads.............
I wire wrapped this antiqued metal cross with silver wire and stone chips and nestled it into a shell.

Can't you just picture this necklace with a cute sundress? or tank and shorts?
If you're interested in any of these pieces, they are available, just give me an email shout!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A Filing Cabinet Brain.....

I've been experimenting with fiber and making my own cord out of strips of material. I don't know about you but I have a "filing cabinet" type of brain, meaning that I see something I like and I file it away deep in the inner recesses of my brain only to have it resurface at some strange time, sometimes even many years later.......Such is the idea for the fabric cording! I remember seeing a fiber art display at a modern art museum many, many years ago with a necklace made from about 50 fabric cords and last week while I was driving to work that memory resurfaced.
Suddenly I'm driving down route 82 designing a necklace in my mind!

And, this is the end result of my filing cabinet brain, resurfacing ideas, a long drive to work!
The necklace is made up of 2 plain fabric cords, one cord with tiny seed beads sewn on it, one cotton string with antiqued bone beads, one knotted cotton string with wooden beads on it, a leather hand painted heart, silver metal charm, tiny shell and orange fresh water pearl. It measures 16 inches.
Does anybody else out there have a filing cabinet brain? :-)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Big News.......

Well here's the big news that has to do with this leather green heart pendant. I'm conducting a few mixed media/altered jewelry workshops this summer. I'm calling them Green Heart Art Retreats. If you'd like more information and a list of the July Workshops please go to the Green Heart Art Retreat blog. The retreats are set in a wooded area in a covered pavillion by a Shenango Lake. I like to think of these workshops as "where art meets nature". I welcome beginners as well as advanced artists. When you get to the blog look to the left of your screen for the July class listings. Please email me if you have any questions:

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day! I'm consider myself very fortunate to have a wonderful mother. I hope all the mothers in blogland have a great day!
I made these pins for my mom and my mother-in-law. The center face is paper on wood and the face stamp is from Lost Coast Designs (one of my favorite stamp companies). I call these pins my "sea flowers" because the batik fabric reminds me of the colors in the ocean and that sweet little face looks like it's looking through a port hole in a ship.

I've got some exciting news to blog about this week so please visit again to see what it is. It has something to do with this...........

Are you curious??????

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Altered Jewelry....

I've been working on many different pieces of altered jewelry lately and experimenting with different backs, materials and images.
I used Grungeboard for the wings on this glass tile piece. Sorry about the photo quality, I must have moved just as a snapped the photo! I attached the wings with Loctite Gel Glue. This stuff has a really strong bond and bonds almost instantly, plus its easy to dispense with the skinny tip, you can place it exactly where you want it.

I cut apart an old heavy duty yardstick, (you know the kind that your mom use to chase you around the kitchen table with because you wouldn't do your math homework......well maybe that was just me, perhaps others didn't get threatened with the yardstick!) to collage on. Old thick yardsticks make a great base. I used Distress ink to give it the subtle yellow color. Again, I must have moved when I snapped this one too!
Oh no! Some poor butterfly lost a wing! The wing is from Tim Holtz new line of Alterations Steel Cut Dies. This pendant was also done on a yardstick. I left the back natural so you could see the numbers and lines on it.....looks pretty cool, actually you could wear it on either side.

I entitled this pendant "King Neptune". This one was created on a wooden blank. Again I used Distress Ink to color the wooden blank and then layered it with decorative papers. I just love that little seahorse. I've always wanted one of those for a pet.

Ahhhh, vintage wooden dominoes! One of my favorite things to collage on. How about this broad? She's all ready for summertime fun! I think her name was "Trixie" and she liked to dance the Jersey Shore Rag.
And here's her best friend "Myrtle". Myrtle was the Jersey Shore Swimming Champion circa 1924. What's even more amazing is that she won that title while swimming with both her black wool knee socks and her hat on!!!! Notice the silver cup she's proudly holding.
This collage pendant is made out of a clay filled poker chip. Remember the way we view things has a lot to do with our perspective at that given time. I've learned through experience that time and distance can greatly change your perspective of events that have occured. Lastly, Saturday was the first day of Spring Turkey hunting here in Pennsylvania. Gary got one up on my mom and dad's farm. I had to take of picture of the beautiful feathers. Just look at the iridescent quality of those feathers!

I hope all my friends in blogland had a great weekend!