Having some fun again

I had the opportunity to clay along with some friends last week and it was so much fun!  My favorite piece is a necklace I dubbed “Yippee!” because it felt so good to make it.  Pure fun.

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Playing around with a quick center tube rivet:

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Playing around with purple and green:

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Sorry about the crummy photos.  My usual photograpghy set up is still packed up from a guild demo I did ages ago.

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Channeling My Work

Sorry, I can’t resist the bad pun.  Here is a selection of Channel Pendants I’ve made recently in my Bead Bazaar production frenzy.  Click the pictures for a full view.

These channel pendants are 2 inches long and approximately 0.25 inch wide.  They are lightweight and fun to wear.  And they are quick and fun to make as well.  I bought a forming block a while ago which has square channels in it as well as the more common round ones, and it takes me just a few minutes to make the metal channels.

I had to take yesterday off from the studio.  I was more than a little burned out and I felt like I was getting sloppy.  The designs were all looking the same and all I was feeling was frazzled.  I’m better today.  The fact that it’s a lovely sunny Fall day might also have something to do with it.

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Captured Strata Series

The Connecticut Bead Society’s Annual Bead Bazaar is next weekend and I’ve been busy making work to sell at the SCPCG booth.  I have a pile of silver boxes I made over the summer ready to be filled, but instead I’ve been working on a new idea.  I’m calling the series “Captured Strata”.  This was one of those ideas that quite literally dragged me out of bed last weekend.  Fortunately, I’m happy with the results.

They’re pretty straightforwad to construct, but the soldering gods have not been smiling on me so I have had some trouble with the bails.  I think when my metalsmithing class starts up again in a few weeks, I am going to have to spend some serious time practicing soldering.  The limitations of my tiny butane torches, coupled with my inexperience, really make soldering challenging.

In addition to the Strata series, I’ve got a few other pieces done.  You can find my latest work on Flickr.

If you are in the area, check out the CT Bead Society’s Bead Bazaar, Saturday & Sunday, September 13 & 14, 2008, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, North Haven, CT.

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