Monday, January 30, 2012

Beady Faces and Other Things

I haven't been able to do much in my studio since my mom's surgery but I wanted to try some of the new spring colors. So I mixed up a batch of Tangerine Tango and made a pair of beads. I like the white on the beads as opposed to the sparkly pearl ex. There was something about this color that needed a more neutral color in the lines.

While I was taking pictures of the bead, I noticed this funny little face in it. Cute and very orange. Funny, I don't seem to mind this color as much as I did at first. I can take it in small, very small amounts.

I am hoping that my mom will be home by the end of the week. Then I can stop driving and get back in my studio.

Too much time away from my studio is not good for me. But I am happy that my mom continues to improve with each day. She even had her hair done already at the salon in the rehab facility. She is too funny!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Kathleen Dustin is Coming to Metalwerx!!

This past weekend I was supposed to be taking a one day class at my favorite jewelry school, Metalwerx in Waltham. It was a class on photographing your jewelry and I was really looking forward to it for months. Then my mom got sick and her surgery was scheduled for the day before the class. There was no way I was going to be able to go. Even though my mom insisted I go, I cancelled.  They were very understanding about it and gave me a credit for another class as they will be offering it again.

When I went to the Metalwerx web site to see when the class would be offered again, I nearly fell over. There at the very bottom of the page,  a class called Translucent Techniques and Design Decision Principles with Kathleen Dustin. I had to look twice. Kathleen Dustin? Here? At Metalwerx? This summer? I couldn't believe it. Of course I signed up right away! Metalwerx doesn't usually have classes in polymer. They are all about the metals. But I have been asking, so someone must have heard!

It will be my first polymer clay class. Until now I have been using tutorials and experimenting on my own. Not only will it be my first polymer clay class, but one with a shining star of the clay world! I am more than a little excited as you can see! I have heard that she is a fantastic teacher as well! Now I have to wait for summer.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I Made Birds!

Some simple birds by Roberta Warshaw
Some simple birds, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
I must be in a bird frame of mind now that it has snowed and the birds are flocking to my feeder every day. I even had the cardinals again the other day. I love feeding the birds. I could watch them for hours. And so could my cat! The other day there were 6 or seven pairs of mourning doves. They always come in pairs but that was the most I had ever seen at one time.

I want to take a minute to thank everyone for all their kind words, thoughts and prayers for my mom while she had her surgery.

Mom came through the surgery well. The cancer is removed and yesterday she had solid food for the first time since Thursday. We are all so relieved I cannot tell you! In a few days she will go to an extended stay rehab facility to finish healing before going back home.

I have been busy driving to and from the hospital and so haven't had much time to make things but I did manage to squeeze these simple bird beads in.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Brown Paisley Bead

Brown paisley bead by Roberta Warshaw
Brown paisley bead, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
A new customer has inspired me to try new things. She really likes paisley. I had never thought about doing a paisley bead and now it seems, I can't stop!

A few days ago I made a few new color samples. One of these new colors is called Rich Brown. It is from Julie Picorello's book and I really do love it. The color is made with gold and alizarin, which I was already familiar with but she adds black to the mix for this wonderfully rich and glowing color.

I plan to try more of these brown beads with different color bead caps. This bead cap is also a formula from her book called Taupe.

Her colors are very different than what I have been used to working with. Almost all of them incorporate either gold, silver or ecru. Her formulas makes wonderful, shiny colors!

Monday, January 16, 2012

This Week.....

Special order beads by Roberta Warshaw
Special order beads, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
My mom's surgery is scheduled for Friday. I don't think I have ever felt this scared and nervous in all my life.

I am going to try and remain positive and hopeful that all will be well. I have cleared everything from my calendar so I can just be quiet and meditative and send positive thoughts out into the universe.

I am also working on some custom orders. The above bead is one of them. I like the colors. They are full of life and hope.

Something I sorely need this week.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Moving along.....

I am pretty stressed out right now. There are so many things going on at once. Of course my mom's health is front and center. Tomorrow she sees the oncologist and her surgery will be in 2 weeks.

I am trying to get in at least a little studio time each day which helps me deal with everything. I like making these simple "pages" They are fast and I don't have to worry about using them for anything. Just pure experimenting/sketching.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Sketchbook Challenge January doodles

I have no idea how I found this web site called The Sketchbook Challenge but I did and now I am hooked.

Every year I buy a new sketchbook in January and try and fill it with ideas, sketches etc. It works well for the shapes and overall design of jewelry pieces but for polymer I seem to do much better when I just design straight into the polymer clay.

So I decided that I would try doing the challenge directly in the clay. As you can see on the left, I have left 3 holes for connecting the "book" when I am done. Although I am not positive that is going to work. There are two things I don't like about leaving the holes and that is they take up a lot of space on the small page and the book may end up being too thick. I may just bind the individual months together instead of the entire year. That could prove to be too cumbersome.

I hope I can keep it up because it is helping me free up my jewelry designs which I think have become too repetitive for my liking.

We'll see. One day at a time.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Breaking hearts

New pendant by Roberta Warshaw
New pendant, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.

My mom's diagnosis is not good. She does have colon cancer. My heart is breaking. I don't want her to suffer. I made this for her this weekend as a kind of charm or amulet or whatever.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Novie Trump

Requiem for Raven by Novie Trump
Requiem for Raven, a photo by Novie Trump on Flickr.
I don't usually make resolutions because I can never keep them. But one thing I resolved to do in 2012 is post more work of others on my blog. I get tired of talking only about myself and my work.

Yesterday, while perusing the internet for more information on making and designing reliquaries, I came upon this sculptor, Novie Trump. Do check out her flickr site. Her work is just lovely. Her designs are simple but powerful. I wish I could touch them but this will have to do for now.