Cha-Arts – at the Cross Mills Library
Saturday, September 9th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
4417 Old Post Road | Charlestown, RI 02813-0909 | (401) 364-6211

View the work of local talented artists in Charlestown’s multi-site art show. Art will be displayed at the Cross’ Mills Public Library and three other locations.

I’ll have my art and jewelry, including new necklaces, bracelets, my Wonderland series, dragon’s eyes, and much more.

Hope to see you there!

 

I ordered some new colors of reclaimed sari silk ribbon recently. And I finished up some more polymer buttons, this time coating them with resin. They look better in person as they catch the light.

Here’s a couple of the new wrap bracelets I made with them. And I’ve been doing some other resin experiments that you’ll see on the blog soon.

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Couple little critters that I made recently out of a mix of Sea Green and White Premo.

The octopus and fish have pan pastels applied for shading.

And the octopus is sitting in a real shell.

 

I made these clay buttons awhile ago using vintage metal button bezels.

The wrap bracelet is made from reclaimed Sari silk ribbons. Gorgeous colors and very comfortable to wear.

I’m on the computer constantly during the day and the nice thing about a fabric bracelet is that it doesn’t clank against the keyboard.

This one was my favorite – an experiment using resin – and it sold right off my wrist to a friend from work.

I’ve got more in the works 🙂

 


Here's a few bracelets I made recently.

They all started as a veneer of pan pastel on textured clay and they're inlaid into vintage brass hinged bracelet blanks.

The bracelet blanks are great and I'll be sorry when I run out, but they are a little tricky around the hinge. I have to carefully undercut the veneer for the tab to fit in.

I really love the matte look of the pastels. Fits really well with the clay.

 

I got a chance to make a few earrings at RiverFire last week.

I used some textured polymer pebble beads I'd made awhile ago and added tassels made from reclaimed sari silk.

I think they're fun. I might still change out the earwire though. Something darker or handmade would probably look better.

 

Having the studio organized again has been great. It needs to be tidied up again already – a never ending process – but I can actually find things! It’s so amazingly nice 🙂

So, in honor of that, I’m going to do another challenge in July, but without any particular rules.

I just have to make things. And that can be clay, or jewelry, finishing old work or whatever. I just want to have some fun and get back into a good studio practice.

I’ve already made 30 dragon’s eyes, some bracelets, a tiny fish, a little octopus in a shell, and assembled some earrings. Some of those need to be baked, sealed or finished though so I’ll post them when they’re done.

 

I sold a dragon eye at River Fire recently, and realized I only had a couple left. So over the last week or so, I made another batch of them.

I think these are the best ones yet. 🙂 And they look even better in person.

I’m using a UV resin from Lisa Pavelka* (Thanks Michelle for introducing me to it!) that you don’t have to mix, and it’s really clear. It’s a little more expensive, but much easier and nicer to use.

I also used to put a beading hole through the eye like a bead. This time, I embedded a wire loop at the top. The eyes are now flatter, lighter and easier to display, and I can let everyone pick their own chain or cord instead of making them all the same.

Here’s my table with all my mica powders laid out. This is the most time consuming part of the process, but also the most fun.

I use my fingers, needles, and tiny little micro brushes to apply the powders and scratches and each dragon’s eye ends up very different.

Oh and if anyone wants to check out the resin, or the UV light that I got to set it, the following images are Amazon affiliate links directly to the ones I got. You can wait for a sunny day, but the lamps are simpler and more consistent. (There are various options so look around for the one that best fits your needs)

 


More from our friends the toads.

They’re definitely inhabiting this stump full time. I’m not sure if this is the bigger of the two toads, or a third one trying to move in.

It was much braver than the usual toads who duck back down anytime they sense movement.

This guy stood up tall when we came by to make himself look bigger and scarier instead.

And for anyone in Southern RI, have you ever seen a raven?

I’m pretty darn sure I saw one yesterday. Enormous black glossy bird perched in a tree by the road.

I was expecting a vulture, but then I looked at its head and it was the crow style shape – just much bigger.

I didn’t think we had them in New England but it seems like a few are spotted here now and again.

 

The kick-off event is June 22nd from 5 to 9pm, continuing every Thursday evening through August 31st.

A 10 week series of events held every Thursday in downtown historic Wakefield Village along the Saugatucket River from June 22 – August 24, from dusk (vendors will be open at 5pm) till 9PM.

I’ll be there as an artist vendor near 343B Main St in Wakefield in front of Mama Bird (#4 on the map below).

RiverFire’s floating fire baskets will be lit on the historic Saugatucket River in the Village of Wakefield, RI. The intoxicating aroma of fires and sound of live music will fill the air as visitors stroll the riverbanks and historic Main Street of Wakefield. The events will conclude with our Endless Summer Celebration, being held on August 17th.

Free parking is available in the municipal lot near 323 Main Street in Wakefield. This is a free, family friendly event, non-perishable food donations to benefit the Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale are accepted. Street vendors and artists are set up by 5pm, RiverFire and live music starts at 7pm and goes until 9pm.

The live music line up is as follows: 6/22 Phenix Ave, 6/29 Gary Hopp & Friends, 7/6 “Ladies Night” with Chakulla with special guest Leo Tremblay, 7/13 Jason Colonies with special guest Aivan Durfee, 7/20 Barbi Beyer Band and a cappella group Blues Crew, 7/27 Oscar Love, 8/3 Greyhound Dream, 8/10 Ted Sorlien Family & Friends, 8/24 TBA, 8/31 TBA. Main Street stores and restaurants will also be open late with special offers.
Also join us on 8/17 for a special WVA event called “Endless Summer” including Hawaiian performances from Z Boys, The Indestructibles, The Mintones. Follow Wakefield Village Association on Facebook for more details and updates.

 
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