Botanical sketches

Botanical sketches

Red oregano dried bloom and drawing

These are some recent drawings of botanical forms that I’m collecting. The drawings are next to each natural specimen and I’m putting them all to an inspiration board that I’m slowly compiling.

There’s no intention to translate them into jewelry designs yet. I’m collecting them because I find them interesting and stimulating.

....eager to discover where they will lead me!

Hibiscus dried blooms and a drawing:

hibiscus

Specimen found at the beach:

natural specimen

A page with all the dried samples and drawings:

dried samples

A couple of links that I like:

  • A page of Geninne’s new botanical journal.
  • A preview of the new painted calendar from Bookhou containing some wonderful and minimalistic, botanical illustrations.

If you haven’t participated already, the book giveaway will be open until Sunday morning. A copy of Elizabeth Olver’s The Art of Jewelry Design will be sent to one lucky winner.

Happy weekend to everyone!

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New necklaces plus a couple of rings

New necklaces  plus a couple of  rings

Heart Necklace, Jade Necklace, Chrysocolla Necklace

A few days ago I finished these necklaces that I talked about in an earlier post. By making them, I wanted to combine playfulness and simplicity at a fraction of the cost. A sliding knot makes the length of the necklaces adjustable.

They will be part of a new series that I will be preparing.

The “heart” is in sterling silver and it is combined with coral and waxed linen cord in purple and turquoise/blue.

heart

Heart Necklace

A big, faceted chrysocolla briolette, hill tribe silver starfish charm and flower shaped pearl:

chrysocolla

Chrysocolla Necklace

The next features a faceted jade briolette, hill tribe silver “leaf” charm and russian amazonite.

jade

Jade Necklace

....a few more photos of the necklaces:

necklaces

Sometimes I like to shift to my old wooden background!

necklaces2

Against the wall:

necklaces3

I finished another Black & White Pebble Ring yesterday. Somehow I resisted the temptation to post it again for Ring-a-Day although it wasn’t easy! Compared to the previous, the white pebble on this one is bigger.

b&w pebble ring

Black & White Pebble Ring

In the spirit of simplicity that I mentioned at the beginning of the post, I made this one for Ring-a-Day today:

peridot ring

Peridot Ring

It’s thin and tiny and features a 3mm tube-set peridot cab. The band is sterling silver and the tube is soldered on a brass base. I thought the green of peridot would look nice combined with the yellow of the brass. It needs a little bit of clean-up and finishing…..I think I will do it tomorrow.

Art Jewelry and Jewelry Artist arrived simultaneously yesterday and I didn’t get a chance to look at them yet. I think I’ll be spending the next of the afternoon by the pool reading them.

magazines

pool

...and just so there’s no misunderstanding, the pool is not mine! It is shared by all the residents of the building were I’m living. Nothing fancy and luxurious but it works great when the heat is unbearable!

Also a reminder that my book giveaway is still on and that you will be able to participate until Sunday morning.

Have a nice afternoon!

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Jewelry Design Book Giveaway

Jewelry Design Book Giveaway

The story goes like this: a few years ago, I can’t remember when exactly, I bought The Art of Jewelry Design. From Idea to Reality, written by Elizabeth Olver. It ‘s an excellent reference and one of my favorite books ever.

Unfortunately, two years ago, as I was moving to my new home, I lost the book and couldn’t find it anywhere. I was thinking of buying it again and actually I did last year, when I found it on the bookshelves at Foyles, London. I re-read it and couldn’t be happier that I had my favorite book again.

Funny thing is, I was looking at some old boxes recently and there it was, the original copy of the book! So now I have two and as much as I love the book, I don’t need two copies!

I’m giving the original to one of you. The book is in excellent condition and I haven’t written on it anything, I only developed this habit later!

A few more pics of the book:

book1

book2

book3

All you need to do is leave a comment on this post. The comments will be open until Sunday, August 8, 2010, 10:00 a.m. GMT. Then I will pick randomly one winner and I will post the results on Sunday afternoon. I will ship internationally, so anyone can enter!

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Bits and pieces from the studio

Bits and pieces from the studio

So many ideas are bouncing in my head that I always find it hard to only focus on one project at a time.

....then I read this wonderful interview by jeweler and multimedia artist Mary Hetts and I ‘m starting to feel much better about my creative processes!

So lately, I started gathering some stamps for an idea that is under development. A few of them are presented in the first photo.

I’m sorting out my old sketchbooks and gathering ideas for a new series of simple pieces, combining my love for geometry, nature and fibers.

sketchbook

These are a bunch of simple initial letter bracelets, a custom order for personalized teacher gifts.

bracelets

A sneak peak of some adjustable length necklaces that I’m preparing.

starfish

heart

What is your preferable way of working? Do you focus on one thing at a time or are you working on multiple projects simultaneously?

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Ring-a-Day Weekly Round Up #3

Ring-a-Day Weekly Round Up #3

R-A-D #201-202 7/26/2010 & 7/27/2010 “Brass Bands”

The rings that I made this week for Ring-a-Day were mostly metal. The two bands above were made for a young couple and fortunately they count for two days! They’re made of brass and the one on the right is hollow form.

On Wednesday and Thursday I tested a couple of ideas for simple bands, by making copper samples:

band1

R-A-D #203 7/28/2010 “Copper Band”

leaf

R-A-D #204 7/29/2010 “Copper Leaf”

I applied a sepia filter to both photos just to make them a little bit more interesting.

On Friday I was running out of time and I decided to post again the White Pebble Ring that I made that day to fill an order. This is the same design as R-A-D #188. Although I have set this rule to myself not to post the same design twice, I had to break it at least once!

pebble

R-A-D #205 7/30/2010 “Another White Pebble Ring”

On Saturday, I incorporated a dried oregano bloom, which is actually a rare species that grows on the nearby mountains. It’s supposed to be red when it’s fresh. Now it has a pale purple color and a delicate structure, which I find very appealing.

oregano

R-A-D #206 7/31/2010 “Red Oregano Flower”

Today, apart from being Sunday, it’s too hot to do anything! This is a leftover piece of thread from the placemats that my mother sewed for me. I like the color a lot!

thread

R-A-D #207 8/1/2010 “Leftover Thread”

Now I’m on ring #207 and number 365 doesn’t look so distant anymore! Since I joined the project on January 6th, I’m always five rings behind. I didn’t think of trying to catch up, not until recently. I had this idea on my mind that the project will end for me on January 5th. Lately, I ‘m thinking that I would like to finish together with the other participants that are still on it…. So maybe I’ll do some extra rings….or maybe not!

Time for this week’s favorites from the Ring-a-Day Flickr Pool. So many wonderful rings are added each day and it’s getting hard to choose only a few!

RAD #198 7/28/10

A ring featuring Evelyn Markasky’s signature techniques of anticlastic forming and enameling.

RAD #68

An origami-inspired ring by Lesley Tinnaro.

Ring a Day 37- a new picture of an 'old' ring

This may be an old ring but the photo is new and gorgeous! A unique design by Colleen Baran.

Ring a Day 208/365

This ring is part of a conceptually strong series by Thomasin Durgin, dealing with “american terror”. More info about this series on Tomi’s blog.

All rings, which are now over 12.000, can be found at Ring-a-Day Flickr Pool.

Also, a very exciting announcement: Ring-a-Day has been accepted as an exhibit for the next SNAG Conference, on May 2011! More details can be found here.

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