There are still a few spots left in my sculpting class on October 28th.

Sign up at the Wickford Art Association (Wickford,RI) and go to Classes – Current Classes in the menu.

It’s a fairly simple project in some ways so it’s perfect for beginners, but I’ve taught it to my clay guild as well and they loved the little guys.

 

If you’re local to Southern Rhode Island (which includes most of the state and a good part of Connecticut), then stop by Saturday or Sunday to see me at for HopArts.

Saturday & Sunday – October 14 & 15, 2017
10 am – 5 pm [rain or shine ]

I’ll be at Forbes’ Flowers,
866 Main St, Hope Valley, RI

I’m one of over 30 artists at various studio locations on the HopArts trail. I’ll have some art (including my award winning Space Kraken ) and my jewelry, and I’ll be working on a small sculpture piece if you’d like to see how it’s done.

All studios are located within a 7 mile radius in the towns of Richmond and Hopkinton, and easily accessed off exits 2 and 3 on I-95.

It’s a great collection of artists and skilled crafts people with really gorgeous work. You can get all your holiday shopping done ahead of time, or find something unique for yourself.

And one of the cool things this year, is that they used a picture of one of my necklaces on all the promotional materials. 🙂




 

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)

 
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