Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Snake Vertebrae Earrings?

These earrings are using snake vertebrae.  I think they look like stars or butterflies....just pretty cool.  I use gemstones.  I'm not real familiar with gemstones so I don't know all the names.  I know one is jade and one is a type of shell that's pretty special.  All the earring have hypoallergenic ear wires.  These are all $15 each

These have Chinese coins and I think they look really neat.  The one pair has brass backing and the other has flame painted copper

I'm learning to enamel and it's a new thing and I got really frustrated.  I did find out the torch head was not firing correctly...wasn't hot enough. It's still new and I'm not getting results to share yet.  But, with the frustration I needed to make something I knew so I did these cold connection earrings that I learned from Mary Hetts a couple years ago.  I'll share the enameling later!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

New Earrings

These are the new earrings I have and I have more planned.  Most of them are very reasonably priced.  If interested in a pair be sure to email me.  I'll number them.

1 - Old found metal rusty cap with turquoise and heishi and a little steam punk

 2 - pretty metal behind a pretty ornament

 3. again pretty metal behind a pretty ornament

 3 - Old metal found object with Old Roman Glass

 4 - Pretty metal behind an pretty lovely leaf

 5 - Swiveling gems and copper

 6 - Swiveling gemstones, hishi and hearts

 7 - Small brass drop spindles

8 - Brass gemstones and curlie copper 

 9 - Swiveling gemstones, turquoise, Michigan rocks and snake vertebrae

 10 - Beer bottle caps, love elephants

 11 - Beer bottle caps with bicycles

 12 - New Mexico Zia beer bottle cap

 13 - Gemstones and Snake vertebrae

 14 - Italian beads and brass bell

 15 - Raku beads with silver and copper

 16 - Copper leaves

 17 - Green leaves

 18 - Copper the tree of life and turquoise

 19 - Hummingbirds turquoise and metal beads

 20 - Fire painted copper necklace

 21- -Raku and jade

 22 - Swiveling rocks and gemstones

 23 - Brass covered leaves

 24 - Brass squares and jade

 25 - Fire painted copper rings with gemstones

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

More Scarves-always a learning experience

The first set of scarves have the blue/purple with the Hollyhocks.  These were using just alum as the mordant.  

These scarves started out the bright magenta pink.  I'm playing with PH and used an acid with the mordant.  After finishing they turned a bit of a red violet.  My water is neutral to alkaline....

Monday, July 18, 2016

Plant Dyed Silk

These are a few of the newly dyed items I have.  There are more scarves yet to be photographed. 

 Calendula Flowers and Black Hollyhocks

The blouses started off pink, white and yellow.  The yellow has some indigo sprinkled onto the front.
I'm using black hollyhocks, calendula flowers, basil leaves and flowers from last years crop.