Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Wednesday Stamper- WORDS


I hope you enjoy my contribution to this weeks
Wednesday Stamper challenge WORDS.
This journal page is 8 x 11, white gesso base, golden paints,
adirondack daubers, an assortment of stamps, sharpies, and torn text.
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Feeling Blecch


Blecch...should be a word somewhere. I pronounce it like blegth, somewhere between, black, bleek and death. I've been ill since the day after Thanksgiving. Yesterday felt like I had pneumonia, today- I just feel like I have a bad cold. Nonetheless...I just want to stay horizontal and not move but then...I feel like I'm missing out on something. I like reading blogs and seeing what everyone is up to and having time off to do this is extremely rare. Unfortunately I'm finding it difficult to keep my body in an upright position. Tomorrow we head to Monterey, CA for a family funeral. Can it get any worse?!

For now, I leave you with this photo... because it's blu..ish and how the inside of my head feels right now, which I took of the inside stairwell of the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown, MA as my husband and I trekked the 255 steps to the top lookout.
Here some pics of what we saw, I hope you enjoy.
of the top

from the inside out

to the east- the Marina
to the west -Cape Cod Bay

to the north -Cape Cod National Seashore
to the south- Provincetown High School
A diorama of what Provincetown, MA
looked like when the Pilgrims arrived

The Pilgrim's Story
The Mayflower- A room size diorama
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Monday, November 26, 2007

Etched Pendant Necklace


Pendant necklace made using steel and brass washers. I drew a design on the washers with a black enamel based Sharpie and then etched the pieces in PCB etchant for about 1/2 hour. The areas of the washers that were covered by the enamel did not etch, while the areas 'not covered' by enamel were etched. I then combined the washers with some misc. jewelry findings, a button, assorted glass beads and a few spacers and viola!

I'm beginning to like this blogging thing-- because I know that most of the time I'm talking to myself and I'm okay with it. Free therapy. Apologize in advance for the crappy photos of the artwork. Maybe in my next life, I'll be an artwork photographer.

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

My First PMC Jewelry


I took my first PMC class last Sunday and what you see here are my first pieces.

Clockwise, starting from top left:

I created a 'grunge type' nameplate for a pendant I'm going to embellish for my dear friend Irene. Using metal letter stamps and stamping directly into the clay. The back of this piece is also textured. Stamping the letters was a bit harder than I thought. You need to get the right amount of pressure.

Small charm was created from a mold I had made earlier in the a.m. prior to attending class. I used a vintage button and created the mold using "mold n pour" by Suze Weinberg. Pressed in silver clay and popped it back out of mold. I then inserted a small garnet cabouchon into the center of the flower.

Small silver owl pendant with bale. I created a mold using same technique from above this time using a vintage owl rubber stamp and baby powder for a release.

One pair of earrings using plastic template for clay impression.

...and last but not least, a large silver hand rolled bead, stamped using my Judi Kins Klimt bollio

I'm officially addicted and have purchased all but a small kiln to produce more pieces. If you have any interest in working with silver jewelry this is the way to go.

The pieces are all .999 fine silver when finished. All these pieces were dipped into liver of sulphur for some level of patina.

Stay tuned... in the meantime be sure to stop by my other blogspot: "The Artful Eye"

Friday, November 23, 2007

Heart Heavy


I found this heart shape rock on the beach in Provincetown,MA-it needed protection. So I built a fortress of dry reed.

Today, my heart aches.

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Our Reflection



On this day, we reflect on so many things for which we are grateful.
We seek comfort for those who are not well.
We think of family and friends who have gone before us.
We find compassion, where there is none.
We pray for our soldiers who are fighting for our freedom.
We pray for shelter and love for those without.
We are blessed, and we are thankful.
Godspeed.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Window Shopping


I took this picture and it read my mind. Looks scary, eh?
Have a wonderful day and don't forget a drive by "The Artful Eye"

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Bauble

I'm in the jewelry making mode so I thought I'd share this little gem I made just recently. Assorted glass beads, wire and found chain. I'm off to make a clay mold I want to bring to the PMC class today at Stamping Details. Stay tuned... I'll be posting pics of my first PMC projects. Don't forget to visit me at my other place, The Artful Eye.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

pLaY


3X3 pre-gesso'd canvas, layers of transparent Golden Fluid Acrylics , wiped on, then off. Clear transparency of text applied with gel medium and a black and white image of schoolyard hula'ing cropped with postage stamp Fiskar scissors.

It's play time, do you remember "Hula Hoops"? Have you tried to Hula Hoop in your adult life? Well if you're like me you've put on a few pounds since you were 5 yrs. of age and the circumference of the hoop is a lot closer to your waist and there's not a whole lotta room to get this thing going. Check out the beginnings of Hula Hoop. Now I was thinking, why don't they make these things so we adults can get back into Hula Hooping and by golly, I got into a Hoopnotic trance here. There is hoop. (hope)

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Crazy Daze


Another day working for the man. What's 'crazy' is that our entire company is loaded with Veterans and most of them were working. So I ask? How is that celebrating Veteran's Day.?! There were a few wise men missing but for the most part we were all in the trenches.


Speaking of wise men. Can you believe there are only 42 shopping 'daze' until Christmas?

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Remembering Our Veteran's

The American Cemetary in Normandy, France has to have been one of my most memorable experiences. I was fortunate to travel here with a man named Douglas Walker. I'll never forget this story nor this man, as he wiped the tears from his eyes as he recounted the events of the day he as a young man was ordered off the back of an American U boat, armed and facing the enemy in countless numbers. Thank you for your service to this country!

To all our Marines as we celebrate and give thanks on the "232nd" Anniversary of the USMC.
Semper Fi
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