July 22, 2014

July 19, 2014

Truckin'!

When I was a kid, we shared a  house with another family. This was in the late 1970's and they had the coolest old truck which they painted palm trees on. I always wanted one of those cool old trucks but never got around to it. Now,  I don't have the time, money or energy to give to a truly cool old truck… but I can make one in miniature!!!

For my neck….



Sigh.

July 1, 2014

We Have Color!

Opening up the kiln never gets old! Color is everything! These new pendants and beads will be bundled up and added to the shop on Saturday, July 5th @ noon PST.





June 28, 2014

Moving On...




I am thankful for the days when I feel most creative and the ideas just flow. This week was one of those weeks. One thing lead to another. And, sometimes, moving from one step in the process to another can be brutal. Feeling cozy in designer mode, I absolutely did not want to move onto sorting and glazing. The only thing that is pushing me forward is the idea of seeing these new designs with some color. Although, the idea of these done in copper clay, it quite an exciting idea….  These should be ready on Monday. Monday, Monday, Monday...

June 23, 2014

Summer in the Studio...

Getting into the spirit of warm weather, picnics at the park, ice tea and summer! If you can believe there are a few more designs. I am so excited to see these with some summer color! So much season, so little time...

Super duper, large lace frame cherries pendant

Simple frame cherries

Lace frame cherries

Cherry blossom bead.

June 21, 2014

Summer Buzzzzzz

I had played with Art Clay Silver 650 a few years ago and loved that you could torch fire it. As the price of silver has skyrocketed, so has the price of the art clay. Which was such a bummer! Over the years I yearned for the less expensive (but equally lovely) copper clay to be torch fired. THEN IT HAPPENED! Art Clay Copper can be fired with a torch! YAY! Cool Tools has it for a great price and shipped it pretty darn quick! It takes a bit longer to torch than the silver clay but is well worth it when you consider the price of a new kiln. Here are the fruits of my labor…


Knowing I had to keep a sharp eye on the pieces as they were being torched didn't stop a few from melting a bit. I find them to have their own charm! With a busy production schedule it isn't always easy to carve out time for something new, so when a bit of time poped up, I JUMPED to play with these new charms! The honey toned gemstones have been in my stash for years and were perfect for what I had in mind… the Honey necklace is one of my favorite pieces….





When I posted the original charms on my Facebook page, Staci Louise Smith of Staci Louise Originals was kind enough to offer me a bit of advice on testing the readiness of the copper charms. She told me about the hammer test where you tap them with a hammer and if it dents and doesn't crack or break the pieces should be fine. These passed the test! Another trick I read about was to drop the pieces gently on a hard surface. If they sound like metal, with no dull or hollow sound they should be good to go as well. I welcome all constructive advice and information, so please feel free to share any of your tips with copper clay in the comments!

June 20, 2014

Inspired by Summer!

It actually feels like it's been summer since January, but I am feeling particularly inspired! Here is a preview of the new sets to be listed in my shop on Monday, June 23rd at noon PST. Have a wonderful first day of summer!