Thursday, May 28, 2009

Very Late Sneak Peek

I was very lazy this past weekend and never got around to posting pictures of my new bronze pieces. He's back! King Arthur is back in my line up. I have also added a new piece. I have been calling her my Geisha Pendant. My husband doesn't seem to like the name though. Both still need some polishing work but I am pretty happy with the results. Have a great weekend everyone.

King Arthur

Geisha Pendant

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tuesday Treasuries

I am in two treasuries this week. Lori choose my Sea Horse Pendant for her Fabulousness Treasury and Janice picked my Victorian Floral Charm for her Around the World with EMC Team Treasury. A big thank you to my teammates Lori of Modadimagno and Janice of DestinysCreations. Sorry to my EMC Team, I have been slacking on grabbing treasuries over the weekend. It was a great Memorial Day weekend. I got a few new pieces done. I will be posting pictures of my geisha pendant tomorrow.

I received good news last week. I got into the Champleve Enameling on Metal Clay Class at the
Metal Clay World Conference in Bloomington, IL in July. So I will be learning BronzClay from Gordon Uyehara and Champleve Enamel from Pam East. Yeah I can’t wait! A very expensive and early 30th birthday gift to myself.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Gifts for my Mom

I know Mothers Day was a week ago. But my Mom's birthday was this past Monday. Lots of birthdays in the month of May for my family. The list of beauties below are some items that I think my mother would love.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tuesday's Treasuries

My Etsy MetalClay teammates are very sweet. Karena of kaleprimitifs and Lori of Modadimango place me in their treasuries this week. Thanks guys!

Karena has added a few new bronze pieces to her shop, I love her new Posies in Bronze Earrings.
Karena Posies in Bronze Earrings

Lori has added several shells pendants to her store. I love her new starfish and sand dollar pendants. But the oyster shell is my favorite. It reminds me of home (sniff.)

Lori's Sea Shell Pendant

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sunday Sneak Peek

Its was a very quite weekend. I was home alone, my husband was away at a golf outing in Indiana. I spent most of that time catching up on house work and organizing my studio space. I figured that not being able to see the floor anymore was a sign that I might want to reorganize my work space. I was able to finish a few pendants, including one new pendant. I think I have decided to name it Wind. I should be adding this pendant to my shop this week.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Bronze Age

1. Crescent Earrings 2. Brocatelle Earrings 3. Sunshine Flower Earrings 4. Tribal Dome 5. Braille Heart Pendant 6. Arrowhead Pendant
7. Bronze Shield 8. Sapphire Mussel Necklace 9. Beachcomber Pendant

With the sharp increase in the price of silver, I think I will be doing some more experimentation in bronze. I have been working on several new pieces, that hopefully I will finish soon. It seems like my bronzclay pieces take forever to air dry. Bronzclay is a wonderful material. It is not as forgiving as silver clay and is very temperature sensitive. I think I completely ruined my first few batches until I turned down the temperature in my kiln. There are several good resources for Bronzclay out there though. I have always found the learning section on CoolTools to be very useful. There is a new book on my radar as well, Sherri Haab has published a new book that called Bronze and Copper Clay Basics.

Most of the montage of bronzclay pieces shown above are from Etsy MetalClay members, Jen Kahn, Lora Hart, Kaleprimitifs, Mango Tango Designs,Kfehrdesigns and our honorary member Celie Fago. (Who I would love to take a bronzclay class with, if I only had the time and money to get to Vermont this summer) The eighth pendant is a mussel shaped pendant from Twinklefish. Twinklefish has several lovely bronzclay shells and seahorse pendants in her shop. The ninth pendant is from Beadserroneous Shop. She has a little bit of everything in her shop but I love her bronzclay pieces. Have a good weekend everyone!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Tuesday Treasuries

I was lucky to be in three treasuries this week. One of those treasuries made the front page. A big thank you to Lori of Modadimagno designs for placing my Tri-Tulip Pendant in the "Think Shiny" EMC Team Treasury.

I am also currently in the "For the Knight" Treasury that is currated by Oncetraveled. My Checkmate Pendant is in the "For the Knight" Treasury. Oncetraveled has a cool store, she reclaims vintage stamps and turns them into pendants on recycled scrabble tiles. I like the one that is listed below.

Oncetraveled India Pendant

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sunday Sneak Peek and Front Page!

It is always exciting when you make the front page. You know something is up when an item goes from 20 views to 115 views in one afternoon! This front page lead to the sale of my mirror flower charm. Sweet. A big thank you to Pianobenchdesigns for placing me in her treasury! Pianobench designs have several cute wire designs. I love her "Love Necklace"

I am working on a lot of bronzclay pieces right now. I found an incredible snow owl mold the other day. I believe its an old soap mold, I made a bronzclay mold of him. Pictured below is the unfired green piece of my snow owl. The owl is huge though he is 3 inches long. I am hoping by firing him in bronze I can shrink him to a more manageable size. Is 3 inches long and an 1.5 inch wide just too big to be a pendant?

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Birthday Gift for my Grandmother

My grandmother turned 80 this week. I was so sad I could not be back in Massachusetts to help her celebrate her birthday. For her birthday I made her a scallop shell pendant. Growing up I used to collect shells on a small beach close to her house in Centerville. I still have a lot of the shells I collected when I was a kid. I still remember some of the nasty sun burns I used to get walking up and down the beach. I sent her gift in the mail today, hopefully she will like it. Her birthday was yesterday, it's late I'm such a bad granddaughter. I was thinking about adding this to my shop but my nautical themed pendants do not seem that popular. Hmmm. Should I add this to my shop. What do you think?

Monday, May 4, 2009

Tuesday Treasuries

I am lucky to be in two treasuries this week. Voscoleccion placed my pirate ship pendant in her "Chocolate and..." Treasury.

Check out Voscoleccion shop. She makes glass pendants and rings, my favorite is her Red and White glass pendant.

Red & White Glass Pendant by Voscoleccion

The second treasury is a EMC Team Treasury called "Think Shiny". A big thank you to my team mates for including my Victorian Leaves Pendant in this treasury.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Welcome the New Members of the Etsy MetalClay Team

We have three new members to welcome to the Etsy MetalClay Team. These new members are Judy of Teefeebijoux, Nicola of Murano Silver and Oshrat of Terra Firma Studio.

Oshrat of Terra Firma Studio was born in Israel and moved to the United States a few years ago. Oshrat jewelry illustrates her love for abstraction, shapes, and texture.

Terra Firma The Trio

Nicola of Murano Silver lives and works in the little village of Market Deeping in the UK. She is a Designer Member of the British Jewellery Association. Check out Nicola jewelry on the following websites,

Judy of Teefeebijoux was first introduced to metal clay at the BeadFest in Philadelphia. Most of her techniques have been self-taught and she is currently experimenting with bronze clay.Judy is also a member of the PMC Guild.

Judy's Linen Disks Earrings