Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Love My Art Jewelry Dia De Los Muertos Challenge

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
Mary Elizabeth Frye

I decided to participate in the Love My Art Jewelry's Dia De Los Muertos challenge and make a few jewelry pieces. I'm so glad I did! This holiday was a mystery to me, so I did some research and learned so much! I think what I love most about this holiday is how they come together, not only as a family, but as a community and honor their loved ones who have passed. I plan to celebrate every year!
Below are my jewelry pieces that I made for the challenge.
For this necklace, I first drew the sugar skull. I had fun filling in the empty spaces with different flowers and doodles.
I then made the skull into a porcelain pendant and painted it with different color under glazes. I finished it by wire-wrapping different sterling silver flower and leaf charms with gemstone and glass faceted beads. The two larger beads are porcelain and handmade by my husband Ronnie.


The next necklace was quite the challenge! I first made a porcelain cabochon with a manganese wash glaze. The back of the pendant is copper, so it was difficult to get all the sterling silver roses to solder in place. The little buggers kept popping off! I must have soldered this piece seven times. Also, I learned my lesson with the little bezel cups. Next time I won't place them so close to the bezel wall because the sides soldered together. Hopefully its not too noticeable!
I'm very  happy with how they both turned out. I've decided to keep the last necklace and wear it every year on Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos!
Some of the above pendants are listed here in our Etsy shop.
Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Put out to pasture

I have put this blog out to pasture. It was a good blog, and will still be around, but I have a shiny new one here that is attached to my website. I will still maintain this site, answering all questions and responding to all comments. Please visit me on my new blog here for my latest post on embracing the winter months.


May your holiday season be blessed and filled with happiness...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Changes

It feels as if I have been going full throttle ever since school started back up in January, and I haven't had time to even breath. It doesn't help that my son left to go back 'over there' which has left me out of sorts and anxious most days and especially nights. This pent up frustration has to go somewhere, so I have been staying really busy and working out consistently for months.  Also, I'm still posting on Love My Art Jewelry, so if you want to see what myself and the ladies have been up to check out the blog here.

 Recently, my husband and I purchased a kiln and will be working together on making beads and pendants. 



They will soon be listed on my website, along with some of these sandblasted pendants. Stay tuned!