Friday, February 24, 2012

We've sold our house and will be moving into our much smaller camp very soon. I've been restless for some time now, wanting to simplify my life and spend more time at home in our woods. It amazes me how much crap I've held onto just because I had room for it. I've emptied cupboards and drawers of items that I didn't even remember owning. Anyway it feels really good to be finally moving forward with our plans. I'm very excited to move into our little camp, I love it there and can't wait to be settled there.
This will be the first time in many years that I will put work on hold for a few weeks while we work towards finishing our camp addition and moving all of our stuff. We hope to be moved by April 1st so time is running out to get going. Wondering how the move will effect my studio space and new surroundings.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

 Inspiration....where does it come from? I get inspired in many ways and often wish that my brain would stop so I could make all the ideas before more come to push them out of my mind.

As I look at my cabochons, they often tell me what they might like to be. The dichroic glass cab shown here is quite large and I love the colors. In January I put this cab on my silver bench and started thinking about what to do with it. I definitely want to bezel set this cab so the first photo shows that started. Bezel is usually fine (pure) silver and I make a bezel then solder it to a piece of sterling sheet to create a bezel cup that fits the cab perfectly. Many times I draw some ideas as I have here. I think that this will be a kick ass cuff, I have drawn an idea for the bracelet cuff on one side of the cab and think that I will go with this. I'll continue the photos of this project so that you can see the progression. Right now I'm working on Valentine orders but will get back to this soon, it keeps calling my name and I find it hard to ignore.