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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Kimfusion Reigns

Ever striving for new components to add to my arsenal as a component maker I know that new and novel pieces are like candy to the earring designer

I had been marketing my torch fired enamel matchsticks "numi-sticks" for a few years now and as a lampworker I wondered if I could apply my lampworking  technique to the enamels. The result of this was my "Kimfusions" in which the application of the glass magnifies the effects of the enamels beneath and add some extra texture and flash.

I felt I was perfectly within my rights to hoard a few for my own designing obviously!
I've paired these dangles with some of Shipwreck Dandy's faceted polymer clay beads and a few crusty discs of Roman glass. ( I sell them in my supply  shop)
Richelle even has a free tute on her blog for making  the faceted beads but her polymer clay beads that she sells are unusual and evoctive

The earwires are by our own LoveRoot Nikki Zehler

Thanks for looking!
Kimberly Rogers



Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Indian Summer Earrings

My sister and brother in law are visiting us this week.  My sister in law enjoys beading too, so today I took her to Shipwreck Beads, the largest bead store in the world!  And yes, I live just 15 minutes away.  Too much temptation, too close by!

Here's what my sister in law bought.
And these are my goodies. I used them straight off to create today's earrings.
The rondelles are Cherry Creek Jasper and the cool glass beads are called pellet beads.
 The bronzy porcelain drops are from Scorched Earth.

I couldn't come up with a name for these earrings, so I asked my sister in law.  She had an immediate response:  Indian Summer Earrings.  Perfect!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Soul Of The Sea Earrings by Cindy's Art and Soul

This holiday weekend I am at the beach. Looking outside at the clouds and sea mist coming in making the grass and road wet... feeling so grateful to be here. 

Yesterday was fairly dry and I took Miss Molly for a walk down on the beach. She loves to run free and chase the seagulls. I call to her and offer treats to keep her close.


We saw a lot of garbage that has washed up. Maybe from the Japanese tsunami? Reports say it may be washing up for years.
https://instagram.com/p/3CXOyNp_hz/

Inspiring is how nature takes things over 
and makes them her own... 

The blue on these sea shells are exactly what I had in mind when I was making these earrings. The lampwork beads are Bubby and McGurk Beads... fantastic colors!  


I really wanted to add some shimmery blue kyanite stones (which matched perfectly!) but I felt like the lampwork was enough. They really stand on their own and do not need anything more!

The starfish charms add a feeling of "at the beach".
Capped in hand forged sterling silver 
wrapped in thick 20 gauge ss wire.

Hoops are hand forged and fused 14 gauge fine silver.
Oxidized for beauty and character.
Hand polished.

Available for purchase at Art and Soul Jewelry.
(update: sold!)

Peace & Blessings~
http://www.artandsouljewelry.com/



Monday, May 25, 2015

Throwback... Monday

I know, I know.... it's not Thursday, but I'm still in "website reno" mode, and there's so much to do... 
I figured I'd show off a pair of earrings that I made a little while ago.

It may not seem like much at first glance, but there's a lot of significance in this design:

A mixture of geometry in jewelry... circle, square, triangle

Sparkling Farah Earrings by Nathalie Lesage

Think of the 3D shape of the Swarovski Cubes - Dimensions, the past, the present, the future..
 all belong in the collective energy of the cube.

The circle, representation of the Circle of Life. Never-ending, everlasting.

The triangles, found in the Triquetra charms: I have a Triquetra tattoo, and although it has many meanings throughout various cultures, for me, it stands for the Holy Trinity.

Protection, divinity, clarity.

There's usually more than meets the eyes ;)

Have a wonderful day!
Nathalie

Friday, May 22, 2015

Beach Chic



 Ah, the feel of the sand between your toes, warm wind in your hair and the cool water lapping up on the shore....who doesn't love the beach? I really enjoy making beach-y designs and these are no exception. I think they'd be perfect to wear on a vacation to the beach. They would dangle in the warm ocean breeze while the starfish crystals would catch the light in such a fun flirty way! Unfortunately we have no plans to go to the beach anytime soon but a girl can dream.....



You will find these earrings here on my website.

Thanks for stopping by, would love a comment from you!
Have a fabulous weekend,

Kristy Abner
Kristy's Kreations

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Dependents

I've been on a big asymmetrical earring making drive lately.


This pair strike me as being like an abstracted elderly couple, each leaning on the other, which is kinda what asymmetrical earrings do.



I mixed trade beads with Indonesian glass on hammered and patinated copper wire. They're available here in my Etsy shop.

Bye for now, Claire 



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Light of the World

Those of you who know me already know that I love using evocative (sometime provocative) quotes to complement my jewelry. I'm an avid bookworm and am infamous for peppering conversations with arcane underused words. My husband always gives me the eye-roll when I pull some old-timey phrase out of my hat. There are so many nuanced words out there - why stick to the same boring limited lexicon?

When I'm reading and come across a passage or phrase that haunts me, I dog-ear the page so I can come back to it and pull the quote. Sometimes they're humorous, sometimes beautiful, sometimes they hurt.

My bread and butter is 20th century fiction---pre-1980s, if I can help it---and I've been on a huge William Kennedy kick lately. His Ironweed series mixes darkness, humor, beauty, and verve in a really delicious way:

" 'Four hundred dollars there, boy,' he said. 'Feast your eyes. The sky's the limit on this trip.'

I took the money into my own hand, counted it (fifties and twenties), tapped it on my knee to even its edges as I would a pack of cards, folded it, felt its thickness and heft.

'It's nice,' I said. 'What are you going to buy with it?'

'I'm going to buy the light of the world and bring it home,' Peter said.

'Where's the light of the world?' I asked.

'I'm not sure,' Peter said, 'we'll have to go shopping.' "

When I was creating these polybells, the little radiant textured suns never really struck me until they were already formed. Earthy warm hues, abstract glyphic textures, ragged organic forms. I formed these from polymer clay, textured, cured, painted, and sealed them. They're deliciously lightweight. Once I looked on the finished bells, I knew I needed to give them a name that dealt with light. The above quote was just perfect.

Art inspires art - a wonderfully endless circle!

Happy Wednesday :) 
Nikki
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