Knot – finished Wednesday, Jun 6 2007 

argentium silver knot pendant

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Knots Thursday, May 31 2007 

silver knot This knot is made from Argentium silver wire. The photo was taken after pickling off the excess flux, but before other cleaning and polishing – see why I like working with this stuff? Very minimal clean-up involved. I’ve since tumble polished it and now I’m trying to decide if it’s done – a very minimalist piece – or if it should have some stones and things added to it.

This is one of several knot pieces I have in progress at the moment. I’m happy with the knot aspect, which is something I’ve been thinking of playing with for a while, but I’m not sure quite where I’m going with these.

In the meantime, I’m finishing up some resin pieces that had been set aside since the Maven Fair. I have a show this Sunday with the Pleasanton Craft Mafia (it’s at A Work of Heart Studio, 1060 Willow #7 in San Jose, CA from 11:00-3:00) and I’m hoping to have most of the currently in-progress resin pendants finished in time for the show. I did the last layer of resin on about 5 or so last night, so if it sets up well, I should have time to drill & add bails, but the pieces that still need another layer most likely won’t be done until Guerilla Fashionista in July. But more about that later….

Better picture & a WIP Friday, May 18 2007 

fused pendant Here’s a better picture of that fused pendant. It is so hard to accurately capture the detail, but you get the idea. I’m getting faster with my fusing technique, and figuring out some tricks that get the pieces to turn out the way I want them to, rather than leaving it up to trial and error. That’s one of the great things about mastering a technique – when you first learn it, there’s so much experimentaion, which is really fun and creative. Then as you get better at it, you can control the results more, and that leads to a more purposeful design process. At least that’s how it works for me – once I have a technique “down” designing becomes easy, and I often get design ideas from my experiments while I’m working on mastering the technique. I’m at the point where I can control the type of fusing I’m doing on this style pendant, so now I can focus on trying some designs I’d been thinking about.

I also got up the courage to try a design that I’ve been thinking about for a while. It involves metal “knots” that are fused at the ends. I guess the basic idea was originally inspired by Loren Damewood’s intricate knotted metal rings, but I had a more freeform style in mind (of course). I have a couple that are ready to be tumble-polished, and then I’ll decide if I’m going to add any pearls or stones to them.

I also started the piece below, which is maybe going to be a pendant and maybe part of a bracelet. I haven’t decided how much I want to embelllish it yet, so it’s sitting on my soldering pad until I figure out how to finish it.

3D fused pendant in progress

After Maven Fair… Wednesday, May 16 2007 

I made/finished a *ton* of new pieces last week in preparation for Maven Fair…but unfortunately was so focused on getting them finished that I didn’t take the time to properly photograph much of anything. I did snap some shots at Maven, but without my good lighting set-up, most of them didn’t turn out too well. Here’s one decent photo of a resin pendant:

brass, resin, silver, acrylic paint

And here’s a really bad picture of my favorite new fused pendant. I think I posted it in progress a few weeks ago, and it’s really beautiful now that it’s finished (yeah, tooting my own horn, but I’m really happy with it….). I’ll post a better pic after I take photos of the new stuff that I didn’t sell before photographing.

fused silver pendant with snake-like curves

Hopefully in the next few days I’ll be posting lots of pictures, especially of the latest batch of resin pendants. I have big plans to start working on some more all-metal pieces, and there’s a bracelet design floating around in my head, which is rare for me – I hardly ever make bracelets, but if my design idea works out, that could change. Maven Fair was a blast, but it’s always a relief to be finished with a show – they take so much of my energy for a week or two before the actual show, and of course the day of is always pretty busy.

I have some news – my work is now being represented at the House of Lyndon gallery in Gallup, New Mexico. They are showing some of my favorite wire wrapped pieces and some metalwork, including one of my fused fine silver pendants.

Also, I have a show coming up in San Jose on June 3rd. Details are on the Pleasanton Craft Mafia site .

Stick pearl pendant Tuesday, May 8 2007 

pendant with freeform shaped stick pearl This pendant is one I actually forgot to post a few weeks ago. This interestingly shaped stick pearl/shell (I’m not sure what the technical term is) is so beautiful that it took me a long time, after buying it, to figure out what to do with it. I went with a simple freeform wrap in Argentium sterling silver, and dangled a pearl at the end.

Fusing project – in progress Thursday, Apr 26 2007 

fused silver pendant, in progressI started working on a new fused pendant. At this stage, I shaped the base, which is made from Argentium silver, and fused some small pieces of thin-gauge fine silver to it.

I’m taking a little break to figure out where I want to go next – I was thinking about adding another structural element and then wiring on some pearls and stone beads later, but it might also be nice as just the wavy metal piece, so I have to decide which direction to go for the final design.