Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Here are the group of snow globe pins I was selling at the craft show. Green was most popular and none of them are left. I still have a few left. Pins are about 1-3/4 inches in diameter, have a pinback and with a little ingenuity can also be hung on a tree or a wall. There are tiny glass balls inside that look like snow. Polymer clay tree sits in the middle.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Not insect jewelry but an insect tattoo, a temporary tattoo. And I got it at the public library. It was in a basket on the checkout counter along with some plastic bugs. There might not be a real insect like this one, none that I've seen. I put it on my lower leg.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
August 23, 2008
Here are some pieces I've been making for the Maine galleries open in this summer. Now we are having beautiful Maine weather. The pin on the left is about 3 inches high and 1-3/4 inches wide, all sterling silver, it has a round turquoise set above and black onyx cab below.
On the right side is a sterling silver beetle holding up a flower, 2-7/8 inches high and wide. The stone is a citrine.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I made some new bird pins and sent them off to the two Maine galleries I sell to in the summer months. They are Deer Isle's Turtle Gallery and Alone Moose Fine Crafts in Bar Harbor. The images are small on the blog page but click on the image and see a larger image. All are made of sterling silver and have a semi precious stone set below. Largest size is about 3 inches. Prices are $70. to $90.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
April already and then it's close to the end of the month. I'm making bird pins for Maine galleries opening soon for the summer, and am getting ready for a studio tour in my neighborhood at the end of next month. Here in Maine it was a sunny day today. Just 66º but that is warm and it felt like summer, or the January thaw when it was 65º but now all the snow has melted. Then the temps went up to 76º. Time now to shed a few layers of clothing. Daffodils are blooming and maybe we'll see the tulips soon. Time for gardening. Miniature garden tools at left, the handles are made from chopsticks.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Not just insect jewelry, how about this Pear Pin? The pear shape is embossed in sterling silver and has a textured background. The copper frame is also embossed and surrounds the pear from the front and back. Measurements: 1 inch wide by 1-1/2 inch high.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Think about it...a special order. Here's one I made for someone in L.A. which combines the Love Bug and a sweet flower. This Love Bug Pin has green onyx eyes, and is made of sterling silver.
We keep having winter weather. Snow yesterday, but it is melting fast. Maine has had more snow this year than in a long time. Good for the ski resorts, hard on the back for shovelers. This will make the spring more wonderful. I love how Maine is so white and stark in the winter and so green and lush in the summer. Such opposites in one place.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
After they were found in the wild, I brought the bugs home with me. I added a semi precious stone to the back of several, and some received jeweled eyes. Then I made each insect a home. Here they are climbing over their new condos. Sizes: insects are within 2 inches long; their boxes are slightly larger.
Insects are made of sterling silver and boxes are wood with metal screens.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Even though we are still in the dead of winter, I felt a shift yesterday that spring is close. Then we had a little snow passing through today. It freshened up what is on the ground.
Across the street from me, a house was torn down and a new one is going up. There were all kinds of giant diggers, scoops, cranes, big trucks to remove and then bring in some dirt. Now the foundation of the house is covered over. Guys were working in this freezing weather. Recently it's been quiet. What's next?
Back to the bugs. I've added an early photo of the insect pins. They were roving around, and a photo was snapped. I made a new fly bracelet for the galleries this time.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Another new year, a fresh start, and my first blog. I make jewelry that tells a story. What's a former English major to do? I like the 3rd dimension of objects. I'll tell you about new pieces I'm making and link viewers to my website. My jewelry career began in 1970. It's been so much fun, I can't stop. I continue with the insect jewelry which I've been making for over 10 years. There are and have been other forms, and you can see them on my website. I work directly in the metal and use many tools and techniques. Figuring things out is a good challenge.
Maybe a little talk about the weather? Maine had lots of snow in December, broke a few snowfall records, and now it's melting. From a day of 9º to a few days later and 65º, what a switch. They call it the January thaw.