When work does what you hope and more!

So I have been working on a necklace for a few weeks now, between waiting for supplies and and juggling other projects. The piece stayed in sketch form on my wall of ideas… on the bottom… on scrap paper.

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So when it finally came time to actualize my idea I was beyond ready for it to be done. But first I had to wait for my chain order to get here. So I made these while I waited.

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And these…

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Oh and this…

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And a commission piece… of large set of palm trees.

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Finally I got all my supplies and dove in.  I got all the copper components cut, hammered, soldered and cleaned.

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I was excited, added colors and popped the amythest into the bezel… the bezel was too big. Oh boy…
Everything worked out though, I was able to modify the bezel and now the piece is lovely! What do you think?

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I am still creating!

Check out this item in my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/listing/209874792/rustic-tree-copper-earrings-unique-gifts

Sometimes a switch in approaches keeps my fingers nimble and my mind engaged.  With holidays, trips, and appointments my days seem so full that I find myself wishing for several hours to work. (And the holiday season is just beginning!) Alas life doesn’t allow that, so these lovely earrings were made in more sittings then I can count but were finished regardless! I love the texture that was etched in these and look forward to visiting the etching process again!

The holidays are coming!

Soon holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving,  and New Years will be here and this time of year seems to bring out my most vibrant work. This recently finished centerpiece is just the beginning!  These table top poinsettias are available for sale at Multiplicity on Katy, TX,  though I’m sure they are not the last of the season!

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Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition 2014

So I am so stoked! I received word that the Lewton-Brain Foldforming Competition for 2014 included two pieces of my work in their Juror’s choice category! Check out my work and the official Awards video presented by Sue Lacy.

Autumns Touch $245

Autumns Touch $245

Lily Sculpture $275

Lily Sculpture $275

Special congratulations to all the winners! And a thank you to the competition hosts, jurors and sponsors!

First Place: “Metropolis Bracelet” by Alison Antelman, Berkeley, CA, U.S.
Second Place: “Jewel Beetle” by Kharisma Sommers, Quincy, IL, U.S.
Third Place: “Cross Foldformed Bracelet” by Hendrik Schouten, Santa Cruz, Aruba
Honorable Mention: “Strange Fountain” by Heather McLarty, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.
Innovation Award: Hand-form aluminum by Noah Deledda, Tampa, FL, U.S.
JURORS’ CHOICE:
“Hanging Garden Ring” by Alison Antelman, Berkeley, CA, U.S. (Photo by: Eric Smith)
“Sea Slug” by Stephanie Brohman, Iowa City, IA, U.S.
“The Inside” by Jungmin Cho, Seoul, South Korea
“Faux Diamond Necklace” by Lucy Louise Derickson, Richmond, VA, U.S.
“Purple” by Pat Downing, San Diego, CA, U.S.
“Origami Planes” by Diana Garcia, San Francisco, CA, U.S.
“Autumn’s Touch” and “Lilly Sculpture” by Kerye Hartzell, Richmond, TX, U.S.
“Still Life” and “Dignity” by Denys Knight, Bonners Ferry, ID, U.S. (Photos by Jay Ellis)
“Stolen Moments” by Ed Lay, El Cerrito, CA, U.S.
“Foldformed Granulated Cuff” by Frank Mancuso, San Francisco, CA, U.S.
“Strange Urban Jungle” by Heather McLarty, Los Angeles, CA, U.S. (Photo by Martha Benedict)
“Fluted Collar” by Sher Novak, Albany, CA, U.S.
“It Looks Like a Shell” and “Linear Foldform Bracelet” by Hendrik Schouten, Santa Cruz, Aruba (Photos by Chris Schouten)
“Echinacea Flower” and “Frilly Peach” by Kharisma Sommers, Quincy, IL, U.S.
“Tiffany Forest” by Gayle Whiteley Minjarez, Santa Barbara, CA, U.S.
“Wall Piece 2” by Roy Ysla, Bethesda, MD, U.S.
Jurors: Charles Lewton-Brain, Hazel Wheaton, and Alan Revere.
Sponsors: Art Jewelry magazine, Center for Metal Arts (host), The Ganoksin Project, Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, and Rio Grande.

Keeping busy

Hello out there in internet land!

So it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything new up here, have you missed me? Well, no worries I have certainly been keeping busy. Since my last post I entered another competition – Jewelspan “Cool Jewels” Competition. While I did not place, the winners had excellent work! Keep a look out for the winner’s work here!

Meanwhile check out some of my latest works and works in progress!

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June Update

Hey bloggers! Long time no see…

Been kinda crazy here, between relatives visiting,

moving my best friends, and working at the bench I disappeared from here for a while.

Lately I’ve been working towards making work fit for the Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition.

The annual Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition is a juried competition for metal work using foldforming techniques. Winners in 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and Honorable Mention receive gift certificates from Rio Grande and coverage in a print issue of Art Jewelry magazine. Notable entries recognized in a Jurors’ Choice round are included in the magazine’s special online gallery and the annual event video.

Check out the website for the competition here!

Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition

As you can see from the visual advertisement the competition is stiff!

I’m still excited to see how my work will compare, I’ve been watching this competition

for the last two years and finally I am participating. Since, you are my fans… you get a sneak preview of

what I’ve been working on! Entry for fold forming competition

Entry for fold forming competition

 

 

Tiny works

As of late I have been working rather small, enjoying the challenge of manipulating tiny pieces of metal. This pair of earrings in particular is four layers of copper cut outs, hammered for texture and to give it a much more organic look. Each layer is then pierced, threaded on to a silver plated head pin, then bent upwards and overlapping to create the swirl effect. After the flower is formed I then bend the head pin to the typical hook earring shape. The final steps involve cleaning, painting, and coating with a sealant. Dainty, simple, and fun.

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Copper and ink- $30