Monday, July 23, 2012

The Jewelry Mojo is Back

I wanted to take a hiatus from book and paper making for a while and focus on jewelry.  I had a hard time getting started, especially after I lost my Southwest ring I made in Richad Salley class back in May.  To try and get the mojo back I signed up for Diane Cook's "Etched and Layered Cuffs" - an online workshop sponsored by Artful Gathering ( .  It did the trick.  I etched 4 brass bracelets and finished one, three more to go.  While the etching solution was out I etched some copper for earrings and 2 brass pieces (4x6) for book covers.  Can't wait to get back to all of them.  Too bad my real job gets in the way of having fun.  I just need to bite the bullet and actually retire so I can focus 24x7 on art and other important people in my life.  Back to the etching... here are some photos of the etched pieces and the finished bracelet.  Hope you like them as much as I do.  I also pasted photos in facebook:

 The finished pieces has a filigree and butterfly broach attached using cold connections.  The domed cuff is about 11/2" wide.

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Photo Art Album

I finished a custom order for my handcrafted Photo Art Album.  I put a lot of time and heart into this album.  It will be given as a first anniversary gift for the my friends daughter and son-in-law.  To see photos go here:

I took pictures of the top of each page.  The bottom half is a mirror image of the background with an attached transparency with an archival 4x6 photo sleeve.  The covers are made from polymer clay with a leather spine, hand sewed signatures using Greek leather cord.  All pages are printed on matte photo paper with embellishments added after printing. 

Sneak peak: