October 29, 2006 Monday, Oct 30 2006 

lapis and blue goldstone earrings I know what you’re probably thinking – those aren’t pendants, they’re earrings! You’d be right, of course, but they did start out as pendants. I had a lazy Sunday yesterday and was making up some little charm pendants on head pins, when I realized they would make really cute earrings. So, I made a match for each one and did up a few pairs of fancy earwires in sterling silver.

The blue ones are made from lapis and blue goldstone beads. Goldstone is a pretty manmade stone with lots of sparkle. Below, a pair with agate, rose quartz, and glass, and a pair with beads sold to me as carnelian and citrine. I’m wary of claiming that beads really, truly are what the seller told me they are since there are so many enhancements and manmade versions of stones out there, and dealers aren’t always forthcoming about the origins of their beads.

earrings with rose quartz and agateearrings with carneiian and yellow (citrine?)

October 28, 2006 Monday, Oct 30 2006 

in progress resin pendantsSaturday I worked at my studio. This picture is of some resin pendants I’m working on. The one in the center of the picture was made from eyeshadow powder and a piece of a transparency with the number 23 on it. I haven’t decided how I want to finish it yet, maybe with some sheer pigment over the number or tiny beads around the edge to make a border.

October 27, 2006 Monday, Oct 30 2006 

copper pendant framesThese two large pendant frames are made from thick copper wire – I think it’s about 12g, which is heavier than I normally use. I’m going to decorate them eventually, but for now, I was just playing around with making freeform shapes with the thicker wire.

(This photo is stored on Photobucket, hopefully it will work better than Flickr did!)

Frustrated with Flickr Monday, Oct 30 2006 

I signed up for a photo account on Flickr last week, so that I could store and organize all the pics for this project. Well, guess what? All of a sudden my account doesn’t exist, so now I have to go back, upload all the photos to my regular website, and change all the links to point there.

I’m extremely frustrated, and I have to say, I do not recommend Flicker to anyone. Maybe I’ll try Photobucket.

October 26, 2006 Friday, Oct 27 2006 

oct2606 These cute little charm pendants are made with sterling wire and beads. I made the spiral headpins, which are fun because they are really easy to make and look much more interesting than plain headpins. Plus, I’m trying to use up the rest of my ‘regular’ sterling silver wire so I can switch over completely to Argentium silver, and this 20g wire seemed perfect for making fancy little headpins.

October 25, 2006 Friday, Oct 27 2006 

oct2506This pendant is kind of a mess – just like my studio! Windows are being replaced, so I’ve been moving and rearranging things a lot, and I ran across a little baggie of old wire components and practice wire name doodles, so I decided to fuse them. This is what happens when I try to make something when I’m too frazzled to think about what I might want it to look like, LOL. I do like the little wire cone, which I made into the bail by threading a piece of wire with a balled end through it, and made a little wire wrapped loop to hang it with.

October 24, 2006 Wednesday, Oct 25 2006 

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I made two freeform pendants last night – the first one is more of my ‘traditional’ freeform style using round wire, and the second is using the square wire I was playing with last week. Studio time has been sporadic this week, partly because the windows are being replaced by the landlords so I had to move my jewelrymaking desk away from the window. Also, I picked up an antique sewing table a few weeks ago at a garage sale, which I think will be great for displaying my jewelry, but I have to figure out where to put it, so I’ve been doing a lot of organizing instead of making when I’m at the studio.

I do need to start working on some new resin stuff though, I took some of my most recent resin pieces to Casa Oaxaca (a store on Solano Ave in Albany, CA) so I need to make up some more for the show I’m doing on November 11 – Maven Urban Design + Craft Fair in Berkeley. And of course, with the holidays coming I should get prepared for open studios and a couple of other potential shows I’m probably participating in. It’s exciting, but also intimidating, to be doing so many new shows and trying out new retail venues this year (compared with last year, when I mostly stuck to open studios for selling my work).
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October 23, 2006 Wednesday, Oct 25 2006 

Another simple one, alternating stone chips on a sterling headpin.

October 22, 2006 Wednesday, Oct 25 2006 

A simple pendant – two faceted teardrops on a sterling headpin

October 20 and 21, 2006 Monday, Oct 23 2006 

Technically, I didn’t make anything on the 20th – we got back from our trip exhausted on Friday evening, so I made a few things on Saturday. Keeping up with the 365 part of the project, here are two from Saturday, both made with glass seed beads and metal wire.

 

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