Thursday, November 7, 2013

Plod Away Thursday

I just spent entirely too long trying to figure out, not entirely successfully, what to title my post for today. My one day a week where Sawyer is out of the house for more than three hours and I have some long-awaited time to focus on some bigger projects, or bigger-scope collection planning. Or, like today, spend 20 minutes browsing Merriam-Webster.com trying to find a synonym for 'work' that rhymes with Thursday.

I'm sure you'll be interested to know that there are several words that couple with "away," which suited my needs pretty well, but when I wrote out the one that sounded the best, suddenly the wider implications of "Bang Away Thursday" didn't seem appropriate for a post title. I use my time so well. <⁄sarcasm>

There are, of course, still lots of projects in progress on my desk that need some attention. The blog post for my two winter shows is still awaiting input from some of the other artists in my smaller show. In the scheme of things, however, that's a pretty small potato. I'm also working intensely on a new collection of work for those shows that features more of my lampwork. I've been playing around with some designs and finally decided on creating a bunch of bracelets along this line:

Encased Frit Lampwork Bead Bracelet

Of course, as I was putting this one together, it seemed that every time I finished connecting one link to another I thought of something else, some other element I should have added in between them, or made them a different size, or put them in a different order than I chose. There's a certain poetic justice in that since I was presumptuous enough to make it in sterling right off the bat.

For as long as I've been making jewelry, you'd think I could throw a simple loop-and-wrap link bracelet together without a second thought. Apparently, even with experience, making something that has mainstream appeal yet remains unique, is comfortable and has an even weight - visually and physically - all around the bracelet yet isn't too heavy, always takes more thought and pre-planning than expected. At least it never gets dull :)

encased frit bead earrings

The implication of all that for today is that I need to head to my torch to make beads. In my cold garage. Let it never be said that I'm not dedicated to my art. Brrrrr. At least then I'll have the beads I need to forge ahead. Hopefully, by the time I put together my tenth bracelet in the collection, I'll have it right :)

November Snow
I should fire that up!

There are two books I've always appreciated for their insights into, not only designing an aesthetically pleasing piece of jewelry, but jewelry that is made well and wears well (in comfort and durability). They also remind me that there are no shortcuts to making enduring jewelry. Those books are Ancient Modern: Polymer Clay And Wire Jewelry by Ronna Sarvas Weltman and The Jewelry Architect: Techniques and Projects for Mixed-Media Jewelr by Kate McKinnon. Obviously I need to take another look myself. Have you read either of those books? What was your take-away from them? If you haven't read them, I highly recommend you glance at a copy the next time you're at your local bookstore! They are great resources for jewelry artists working in any medium!


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