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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Falling leaves

Happy Autumn / Fall to you all!


I've been in autumn mode for some weeks now. I've also, as you may have noticed from my recent posts here, been loving asymmetrical earring designs. The enamel leaf here is from C-Koop. I got it months ago and had forgotten all about it. I spotted it when looking for something else the other day and knew it was time to use it. I had the Vintaj copper leaf on my table already, so these fell together quite nicely.


They're available here in my Etsy shop.

Bye for now, Claire

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Gnarled, Sweet, Firey Autumn

It's no secret that I like to emulate the organic in my pieces, especially when it comes to my beloved polymer clay bells. I bite off all my nails every time I sit down to create them because it's hard enough to get one bell ~just right~. Getting a harmonious pair is almost impossible. 

Last week the deliciously crisp fall air here in Ohio was calling me, so I slipped on some grubby shoes and headed down the road for a hike at French Park, an old heavily wooded area famous for the variety of trees it showcases. 
 




Talk about a feast for the senses - as soon as I stepped foot on the trail, the beauty of autumn washed over me. The spicy sweetness of leaves crunching underfoot, the floral potpourri of freespirited goldenrod bending in the fields, birds twittering, the thump of dropping nuts as squirrels scurried to store for the winter, a crisp breeze against my cheek, and a smoky woodfire burning somewhere in the distance.

 

I came home envigorated, headed up to the studio, and created this polybell pair. The colors remind me of firey fallen maple leaves - rich mustard, burnt orange, crispy edges, and a hint of natural decay. They're incredibly lightweight - not quite as light as leaves, but almost.

It's a labor of love to form, texture, paint, and seal each bell, but the results make me squeal every single time.

Hope everyone is enjoying the change of the season!

Happy Wednesday,
Nikki

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Victoria

I love the look of these medallion connectors from AD Adornments  and I wanted to pair them with something sweet and delicate so I chose Czech glass pansy beads in a lovely shade of lavender. I used Irish waxed linen cording to tie it all together.


 Picture found on Indigo Dreams on Tumblr.
You can find these earrings here on my website.

Thanks for stopping by! Would love a comment from you. 

Kristy Abner
Kristy's Kreations

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Big Sky Blues

I picked up two pairs of Kristen Steven's awesome beaded links when I saw her at Bead Fest in August.  I actually haven't made very much jewelry in the month since then.  My focus has been on learning more about ceramics.  But I can't go too long without feeling the tug of of my love of jewelry design.
Beaded Links by Beadwork By KAS
So for these earrings, I dangled some semi-translucent, sapphire colored, Czech glass beads from Kristen's beaded links.
I discovered that my Montana Blue Swarovski crystals were a perfect match with the beaded links, so when I made the ear wires, I added bit of sparkle to them with the matching crystals.
 In my dreams, I'd love to wear these earrings with this outfit-
But realistically, I think these earrings would be stunning with something like this-
The Big Sky Blues earrings can be seen in my shop now.

-Linda

Friday, September 26, 2014

Persimmon Blooms


Even though it's officially Autumn, these flower beads really inspired me to stop what I was doing when I received them in the mail and head into the studio. They are a gorgeous color! I always love opening my packages from Karen at Arte Bella Surplus! I'm never disappointed. If you haven't checked out her Etsy store, you should!
Persimmon by Hayami Gyoshū found on Windy Poplars Room on Tumblr

You will find these earrings here on my website

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Kristy Abner
Kristy's Kreations

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Subtlety in textures and color

I'm attracted to the textural subtlety that my "silk" Fretz hammer produces when I hammer metal with it... I wasn't sure about it when I first ordered it a few years ago, but I always love the results when I use it. My inspiration this week is Subtlety in Textures and Colors:


http://www.nathalielesagejewelry.com/collections/designer-earrings-copper/products/emilie-earrings

One of my very favorite "subtle" gemstone to use is Labradorite. See the hint of purple on the top left gemstone? And the hint of green flash on the top right one? (seen in both the picture above and just below)... the purple (especially) makes me go ga-ga lol

I love to chase the "flash" of Labradorite, depending on the direction that the stones are cut, and how the light hits it, you get these gorgeous colors, it's like opening a present on your birthday :)
 
http://www.nathalielesagejewelry.com/collections/designer-earrings-copper/products/emilie-earrings

You can also see some beautiful flashes of blue in the larger bottom gemstones... yummy!
And look at the "Silk" texture on the bottom hoops... I love how the look changes depending on the angle and how the light hits the copper (above and below):
 
http://www.nathalielesagejewelry.com/collections/designer-earrings-copper/products/emilie-earrings

This is the hammer that I've used. 
It looks funky a bit, and it's not a cheap tool, 
but the results are subtle and pretty darn cool, if you ask me :)
Silk Texture Fretz Hammer at RioGrande

http://www.nathalielesagejewelry.com/collections/designer-earrings-copper/products/emilie-earrings

Of course, I had to mix my metals again... I've left the copper and sterling silver au naturel, because so many love their metals bright, but I can oxidize them if a buyer prefers the antique look.
The rich warm hues in the copper are perfect for Fall.

These earrings are listed HERE on my NatLJ.com website :)

So, what about you??
Do you have a favorite subtle touch that you like to use when you make
(or 'see' when you buy) jewelry?
Do you have favorite textures that you tend to be more attracted to?

I'd love to hear about it!

Have a great day and thank you for stopping by!

Nathalie Lesage
Metalsmith, Jewelry Artist

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

At The Beach Earrings



I named these At The Beach because I am (as this is being posted) at the beach! Probably the last of our 90 degree weather here in WA and we decided to go to the ocean where it's in the mid 60's. That's fine with me! I love the beach and I love camping. 

We are headed to a spot that is also near the Hoh Rainforest. I am hoping to re-charge my creative batteries and gain inspiration. I have never come home from a trip to the forest or to the ocean feeling uninspired. So, I am really looking forward to it! 

My inspiration for these? The beach of course! See my Washington State Pinterest board for more of where my inspiration comes from. 


However, I actually collected these beach glass (or sea-glass) pieces while visiting California. I have very fond memories of that vacation and still draw inspiration from it. 

The bright and shimmering Kyanite seem to fit very comfortably with the frosty white glass. Our Pacific Ocean  (like I own it?) *usually does not look *that blue. But it still reminds me of water and of the ocean, non the less. 

I've gathered my components around hand-forged, fine silver hoops and hammered dangle charms. Hand stamped with little star-fishes. Oxidized and hand polished on the high spots to show off their character. 

Available at ArtAndSoulJewelry.com 
Cindy