In the middle of projects

I’ve been trying to finish some pieces for the shop but I think I’ve been distracted by a new found interest in metal smithing — particularly working with hammered wire. It’s been very interesting.  While I had been experimenting with working with my tiny hammer and seeing how the metal wires react given the different gauges, I’ve since progressed to filing open edges which should make it safe to wear.  (You don’t want the sharp edges of the wires scratching your skin.

Hammering wire has a different design effect from just looping the wire or handling it to take this or that shape.  Flat wires can also provide a good base finding for necklaces and maybe bracelets, although I haven’t gotten that far yet.  I’m learning that I have to count the times I hammer a particular area and the direction my hammering moves also affects the shape of the flattened wire.  While I had thought that hammering wire would thin it, it does so in a way but the expansion of the wire in a different direction actually makes it harder and sturdier.

I’m hoping to finish and post a piece or two over the weekend as I am starting to get back into polymer clay.

This time, I’m going beyond simple hand conditioning and actually rolling out the clay in the pasta machine’s thickest setting.  I’m going to “punch out” beads from these.  I’m also trying to create some bead molds.  (One of two – not bad.  The second that didn’t quite work out will become a bead pin cushion when I bake headpins.)

Work in progress: The Thank You Postcard ProjectI’ve also been busy doing postcard backgrounds and flower embellishments for a postcard project in the works.  It’s something that is taking shape very slowly but requires quite a volume of pieces to take off.  I have over a hundred postcard backgrounds and maybe almost a hundred flower embellishments for starters, but this projects involves more than just my favorite pieced paper flowers.

I’m gathering my stash of background papers, bought from the store and made from prints and watercolor and other inks.  I am thinking of different ways and means to create, using up gorgeous paper napkins as backgrounds, and gathering other graphics I had created during my short stint with other art for swaps.  I’ll write more about that later.

Meanwhile, time to get back to the wire and the hammer and hopefully get a post or two up at the shop later.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

De-stashing and upcycling

Promises should be kept, I know. I had promised to post more regularly but everything has been moving rather simultaneously in the different facets of my world. It has been a struggle but I haven’t quite given up yet on reviving this space.

Spring is gone, and summer is here.

While I have successfully gone back to creating and selling on Etsy, I need to step up the posting and the creating, while indulging my continuing experimentation and organizing.

Work in Progress: learning my way around a hammerThe good news is, I’m beginning to use up my stash and I’ve found a new way of creating findings by using my hammered wire. I’m also working on being braver with stringing and I’m looking to do more of that in the coming weeks. So while I haven’t posted much here, I have been doing a lot of experimentation and crafting as far as the shop is concerned. There are nights when I don’t realize how I’ve let the time pass me by as I sit working in my craft corner, and before I know it, it’s past midnight already!

Crafting has always calmed me and has helped me to bring myself to a quiet place where I can think more clearly.  Maybe that’s why I get so absorbed in the creating process and I lose myself in it.

I’m also trying to upcycle this ton of freecards (advertising postcards) that have been stocked in my attic forever.  I’m doing a “Thank You” project that will utilize them but I’d like to leave it at that for now.  That should help me move my supplies which have been sitting untouched here and in the office.  I’m trying to sort what I need and what I don’t, and trying to find new uses for what I have.

I have always had a love affair with paper and it has never been easy for me to throw it away. But things can’t stay as “supplies” forever! Yesterday, I fished out some color photocopies of some watercolor backgrounds I did maybe two years ago and pasted and cut them as postcard backgrounds. The originals had gone into my first art journal. I have also printed off some choice photos from my portfolio and I do a mod podge process which turns them into a canvas-like texture print. (To do or not do a tutorial on that…. It’s not really rocket science!)

So there.. I hope to post more but let me hit publish on this one so I can get the blog rolling…