I must admit, I’m no fan of summer. I hate farmer tans, and I almost always get one, and mostly on my left arm from driving! I don’t do well in the heat, and it’s so dry in Utah. Since I’m a cloudy day, rain and thunder kinda gal, this doesn’t work out too well for me. I’m kind of like Eeyore. If I could walk around with a dark rain cloud over my head, I would! However, unlike Eeyore, this would make me happy 🙂
Spring, on the other hand, is a-ok. It rains, grass grows, trees burst into life, it’s not too hot (usually), and flowers pop up everywhere! I’m on a flower kick, lately, so I thought I’d share some of my flowers with you.
Forgotten Flowers Stacking Rings. Like little wild flowers growing between the cement cracks in an abandoned industrial yard.
Copper Lily with Green Amethyst. Like a flower on the prairie, growing around a rusty piece of farm equipment.
Copper Bell Flower Bangles. Like the tiny flowers from a vine growing on a chain link fence.
Grow. The mantra of spring.
Happy spring, everyone! Let’s hope that summer takes its time getting here.
These are my Tiny Treasures Stacking Rings. There are three sterling silver bands, and two slim copper bands. The treasures are a copper dot, a fine silver domed disk, and a 6mm aventurine. Yummy! This set normally sells in my shop for $90. Want to enter to win this set of stacking rings in your size? Check out my Facebook page here. I’ll have details up later on today. Make sure to tell your friends too. The more people participate, the more likely I am to giveaway two sets!
Over the last couple of days, I’ve been trying to decide what my theme will be for the first month of the Flickr Four a Month challenge. My birthday is in January, so being the narcissist that I am, I knew whatever I made had to have garnets. I was going to continue on my art nouveau kick, but you can’t wear the same prom dress two proms in a row (I wouldn’t really know about that, actually. I never went to prom. Not for me.). So I searched ‘January’ online to get some ideas. I found out that January is National Soup Month in the U.S., but I’m not all that interested in soup. However, several interesting things have happened in January. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday is in January. In fact, it’s the 15th, same as mine! Ellis Island was opened in 1892, and President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. All very inspiring events, but nothing was grabbing me. And then, I found it. In January 1559, Elizabeth Tudor was crowned Queen of England.
I have a fascination with British royalty from the days of old, and Elizabeth Tudor in particular. So I’ve decided this is the direction I’m going to take for the month. I have several ideas that should last me for four pieces. Because my predilection is toward industrial themes, I’ll throw a little bit of that in there too, so don’t expect anything too historically accurate. I’m going to try and blog a bit more this year, because I flat out sucked at it last year.
Here’s what I’m starting with.
One partially used sheet of sterling silver. Original dimensions, 2×6 inches. There should be enough here to last most of the month… I hope.
Well, I did it! I finished RAW! Here’s number 52/52.
I call this one “Evolve” for a couple of reasons. First, it really took on a life of its own. In fact, the band and the top were supposed to be two different rings. Second, because it represents all of the personal evolution I’ve gone through this year. I started out as a hobbyist working in metal clay, and I ended as a self-employed artist working in traditional metalsmithing techniques (and a little metal clay too).
2012 is bringing a new challenge: The Four a Month challenge. I’m really excited about this one! It will be nice to experiment with techniques, materials, themes, and to make something other than rings (although I’ll admit they are my favorite things to make). Check out the Flickr page for this new challenge daily. Some amazing artists have joined up, and I’m sure there will be fabulous pieces! If you would like to join the challenge, feel free! The more the merrier 🙂
Happy New Year! Here’s to our continued evolution.