Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Calaca y flores for Dias

100% recycled!  Flowers cut from a cookie tin, skull from a mint tin, the beads from a broken mid-century Italian rosary with parts missing, now repaired and ready for Dias de los Muertos. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Little Red Owl and the Egyptian Moon

An assymetrical pair, on niobium wires, all of recycled tin.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Papoose Reworked

Strung on deliciously caramel colored walnut jasper.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Chocolate Cowboy

Another truffle mould, with agate beads strung on knotted silk, set in copper.  My continuing adventures with hand engraving are shown on the back of the setting.  I love the soft, autumnal colors of the beads, as if taken from a forest on the edge of autum, with soft greens, caramel browns, creams and yellows.  I have used a star milagro for a chain tag, and scratched my initials on the back.  Will list this soon in my Etsy store.  The papoose pendant is being reworked with walnut jasper beads of a delicious color, to call to mind walnut vanilla creme.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

My Inner Papoose

The chocolate mold (positive part) now set as a pendant in a short necklace of hazelnut twigs, unakite, and antique carved wooden rosary bead with a handmade hook and eye catch, strung on knotted silk.  The hazelnut twigs are traditionally used by First Nations people for healing purposes, and they have been found to have antioxidant properties; the similar use of copper is well known, so I think of this little necklace as a talisman for healing.  The papoose looks a little like a chrysalis, too, and I find her irresistable, myself!  Even if you don't go for the healing theme, the colors are gentle and earthy, which makes it good for autumn.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Hen Scratchings

Do you want to take up an arcane and demanding art? Try hand engraving. The tools must fit your hand ergonomically; you must have a super-expensive swiveling vise, googobs of patience, gimlet focus, and absolute mindfulness. Of course I have none of those. Just a roll of masking tape, a block of wood, some tools from school that I never learned to use properly, and I am too timid to sharpen them or shorten them, for fear of ruining the temper of the steel. But! I am trying anyway, since it occurred to me that plain sheet metal settings could be a bit more interesting with some patterns on them. Here are some of my scratchings, on a copper setting of a very interesting little object: a maquette for a chocolate mold from an out of business chocolate shop somewhere in Wyoming. Yup, it's a "papoose" that came in a set with a war bonneted chief, a horse and covered wagon. Very American -- wipe everything out and turn its vestiges into souvenirs. Mow down the trees and call it Walnut Hill, pave paradise, etc.  Then go out of business.