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Fun Guy gets me Published!

 

I have the editor of Belle Armoire Jewelry and my husband to thank for the honor this time.

The editor contacted me and asked that I submit some of my jewelry for publication.  I didn't feel I had time to figure out what to submit so asked her to tell me which pieces caught her eye.  This one was one of them.

 

Artisan Jewelry

Looking for a Fun Guy

Mushroom Jasper, lampwork, yellow turquoise, bone, linen

 

What Came First? Chicken or the Egg?

 

In this case the chicken!  As a lifelong creator and learner I've taken quite a few workshops in my life.  I like to experiment and try new things.  The older I get the more time I have to do so and the greater benefit to my brain and art I think.  Years ago I took a class on electroforming and promptly came home and took some small plastic chickens and gave them a coating of copper.  Then they found themselves in a jar since I had no idea what I was going to do with them, but they made me smile every time they caught my eye.

Art Glass and Nature's Slow Hand

Picasso Jasper earrings

Meadow Sunrise

Lampwork beads by Bead Fairy

Picasso Jasper

 

Charmed, I'm sure

Artisan Pendant

Wind Dancer (SOLD)

(glass cab by Mikelene Reuss)

 

I've been published in Belle Armoire Jewelry!

The next best thing to having a client fall in love with one of my pieces is to be published!

The current issue (Summer 2018) of Belle Armoire Jewelry features one of my statement necklaces and the coordinating lampwork earrings.  The editor contacted me earlier this year and asked for a few of my pieces for consideration.  This set was selected to have a feature so that means I got paid, too!

Dipping My Toes back in

Blue Gem Turquoise Pendant

Dippin' My Toes

Blue Gem turquiose, fossilized coconut shell, sterling silver

 

In just a little over a week I'll be re-opening my jewelry studio for another season of creative playing.  I know I'm ready, because I've been collecting new stones that are inspiring me.  

By the Sea we go Two by Two

Artisan Earrings

Monterey

Lampwork by Bluehealer, vintage filigree stampings

 

Excerpt from Walt Whitman's Sea-drift:

Shine! shine! shine!

Pour down your warmth, great sun!

While we bask, we two together.

Two together!

Winds blow south, or winds blow north,

Day come white, or night come black,

Home, or rivers and mountains from home,

Singing all time, minding no time,

While we two keep together.

 

Seashell Earrings

She Sells Seashells

Lampwork and freshwater pearls

 

Angelfish Earrings

Angelfish Earrings

Amazonite, Lampwork by Alisha White

 

Artisan Earrings

Collector or Magpie or Hoarder

Artisan necklace

Shiny Objects

(Lampwork by Manuela Wutschke and That Bead Girl, Vintage beads and buttons)

 

The Inspiring Sea

Artisan Pendant

 

Briny Deep

(lampwork cabochon by Mikelene Reusse, Labradorite, Inspiration Mine Gem Silica, Freshwater Pearl - all set in Sterling Silver)

 

A Jelly-Fish

Marianne Moore, 1887 - 1972

Visible, invisible,
A fluctuating charm,
An amber-colored amethyst
Inhabits it; your arm
Approaches, and
It opens and
It closes;
You have meant
To catch it,
And it shrivels;
You abandon
Your intent—
It opens, and it
Closes and you
Reach for it—
The blue
Surrounding it
Grows cloudy, and
It floats away
From you.

Sea Pottery Jewelry

Mixed Media Jewelry

Broken Pieces

Sea Pottery, Vintage brass and copper, Swarovski crystal

 

In addition to sea glass one can find sea pottery shards along the beach especially if you're near an old dump.  Pottery shards can be as decorative as the ironstone plate piece as seen in my mixed media piece above and blue and white pendant below, or of a more utilitarian use like a redware bowl piece or white stoneware.