Monday, August 3, 2015
After visiting New Mexico last month, I have been even more entranced by the Zuni people's fetishes. The small hand carved animals that hold spiritual beliefs. The bears have multiple properties, but one of them is protection and I like that.
Being inspired, I have continued on with making them. Sometimes they are colors layered, once in a while they have a common Native American design like the heart line and now as you can see in the middle photo, they might have a landscape or another glass technique within their body. It's like having a nice little canvas to paint upon with molten glass.
I've added other animals and birds to my list of fetishes, as well as more techniques. I think I'm going to continue in this direction for awhile and see where I go. Ideas of a 2 day class or even a full week have formed as well. I love how a culture, a location and an art form come together in one item. More exploration to be continued.....
Monday, July 6, 2015
Sometimes, it's just what is the part that should be the focal part of the bead. Is it the hand, the bird, or the combination. The hand is the harder part to make, and the bird is the colorful focus. So I want both. The technical detail needs to be showcased for adding value. For a beadmaker, that's the hand. Keeping the fingers extending and and all a bit different, takes experience and technique. The bird is far easier to make, but adds charm for the viewer and wearer. Being blue, it could be interpreted as a bluebird of happiness.
So for me, I prefer the bottom photo. The bird looks cute and chubby. The hand shows enough for the viewer to see that there are individual fingers cradling the bird. Which view do you prefer and why?
Monday, June 29, 2015
Here is one of my latest whales as a custom order. It is on a stand for the photo, but it was made specifically for a bead embroidery necklace project. If you aren't familiar with that craft form, the artist attaches a focal bead (this gray whale) whose fins are pretty flat on each side. It will lay flat on a sturdy base material. The artist usually embroiders with tiny seed beads around it and creates patterns and designs with other materials as well. So it makes a necklace. - saying like a super duper extraordinary "bib". That doesn't give it the importance and artistry it deserves. I'm just not sure how to describe it otherwise. Hopefully my customer will show me when she's completed it. I know they can take a long time.
I am in awe of anyone who works with seed beads. They make my eyes cross and fingers twitch. They are so tiny and for me, very hard to use.
I am trying to post once a week, but I have some busy stuff coming up- so if I miss a few, I will be back. Meanwhile, I'll leave you with another bead photo...I have plenty of those! And don't forget my business page on FB. StudioMarcy. Come find me there and see more photos, more often... Peace, love and owls to you.
Monday, June 15, 2015
Then I wanted to make a glass stand for it using the yellow and turquoise theme (layered turquoise transparent over the yellow for the green look.) and formed one side that was mostly deep turquoise and the other side primarily yellow, to see whether my assumption that I'd prefer the blue side with the contrast, over the yellow side. My answer is "yes", but I like the yellow side more than I thought. Surprised me a bit.
So now I'm asking your opinion. Do you have a preference? Yellow or blue side? If you were picking two colors that aren't typical whale colors, what would you choose?
Monday, June 8, 2015
It gives me ideas for making fluffy dandelions. I've always thought about how would I make those. Perhaps this is the first step? Or a way of making "fireworks" that's another one I've contemplated about over the years.
Is there something you have been muddling over to interpret in glass or in another medium?
Sunday, May 3, 2015
I was lucky to be partnered with Marybeth Rich who is "Forest of Jewels" online and on blogspot. She sent me such a super fantastic array of materials (see remaining ones below) that I had a hard time deciding what to do. The top is the necklace I made. I added some bits of "me" to her lovely copper clasp and turquoise and natural stones. The copper pieces I found when visiting AZ and had been waiting for a chance to use them. I already had some of my lampwork "eggs" and the shell bead, which I think tied it together. Above the shell it looks like a chunk of wood, but is some of the polymer clay stash, which Marybeth sent. See below for my cute bracelet that I made with more of it.
These are my extra beads that I still haven't used. (I use white paper plates to see the beads better- no 20/20 eyes anymore!) See how amazingly generous she was? And what made each packet seem like a special gift was that she packaged them in her handmade paper envelopes.
And here is the wire bangle I made from her polymer clay pieces.
I love the sparkle and the opaque textures mixing together. I kept the pink cord on the focal piece, because I like the mix of the hard beads with the soft cotton. If I had more, I would have added it between some of the bead sections. I left the largest design piece on the end. I like it like a big dangle, instead of in the middle. And of course, I had to add a touch of "me" in it too. Just the simple purple lampwork beads which blended in well.
Here is the list of the other Swap Hop Members. I swiped it from Marybeth's page. (shhh, don't tell) Please visit Marybeth next, if you haven't been to see her already. I linked her name with her blog to make it easy for you.
Friday, February 20, 2015
I fell in love with this photo by Vadim Trunov. I have had a long love/hate relationship with the critters. My head says they are pests, by the many times, we've had to evict them from our attic, or had to redo roofing from their voracious gnawing. And of course, coming back from a trip and finding our outdoor furniture torn apart...apparently the pillow stuffing would be nice and soft in their nests. But, I still think they are cute. Especially from a distance.