But I was looking around today and found an old jewelry pin I made, on sale on eBay. The Dead Rat Pin. I made it because of an experience of my neighbor, finding a rat in her basement, cornered and chewing on the cement wall.
I've been working on some new earrings and will soon post my creations as soon as I photograph them. I'm not putting them in my Etsy shop right away, just want to show what I've been doing for the past week.
This morning I went out for coffee, but most importantly a hot cross bun. Alas, I was too early. Hot cross buns come around this holiday season which is coming to an end. I got coffee and considered a cinnamon bun except the best ones come from Standard Bakery in Portland, and I'll just wait.
I have to design some new earrings for this summer. My jewelry sells in a few places in Maine that are open for the season, Memorial Day to Labor Day.
My idea for new work is formulating in my mind. I've been making lots of drawings and am trying different forms together, especially geometric shapes that play and interact with each other within one earring.
This is most important to me in my designs: each earring needs to be light in weight and comfortable to wear, and I want each piece of a pair to be a mirror image of the other. These parts frame the face of the wearer.
I make each piece individually, and this year I'm working with mixed metals, mostly copper and silver since I feel they relate to each other metallically.
In the alloying of sterling silver, a very small part is copper which is added to the fine silver. Copper makes the sterling silver more rigid and it holds up better than fine silver. When heated, fine silver is very mushy and bends quite easily even when compared to the same gauge or thickness of sterling silver.
I'll be selling some of the new earrings in my Etsy shop, but will also post them in this blog.
Early on, creativity was encouraged. My jewelry has always been a form of playing and problem solving. Every piece challenges me to work out a puzzle, enabling me to create an object.
I've been designing and producing jewelry for close to 40 years. I live in Maine, in a beautiful seaside city with urban conveniences next door to the beauty of nature, the ocean and quiet spaces.