Experimenting with Prismacolors

Experimenting with Prismacolors

Much of my work has to do with implementing color in various forms: by setting gemstones, applying colored resin, incorporating paper cuttings or adding fibers, silk, felt, cords and more.

The use of colored pencils on metal seemed a very attractive path to explore and the last issue of Art Jewelry Magazine (July 2010) provided just the perfect incentive for it: Jill L. Erickson has written a very detailed article on How to Layer Colored Pencil on Copper.

I ordered a box of prismacolor pencils and while waiting for some more supplies to come, I decided to start playing with what was available. What I’m missing at the moment is the Workable Fixative, which is supposed to be sprayed on the piece, after each layer of color. My good friend Mary Lu Wason has recently tried this technique on these rings, without using Fixative. Instead she sprayed with Matte Finish between layers and that encouraged me to give it an earlier try.

This is the textured sample copper piece, after gesso has been applied. I think this was my first mistake, the gesso doesn’t seem to be applied quite well, the brush strokes are too strong.


The first layer of color, sprayed with Matte Finish:


More layers and spray between each one:


Looks like we are getting somewhere! Turpentine has been applied to help blend the colors:


This is the final piece, after being tired of applying colors and spay for so long!


Of course this is not what it’s supposed to look like. I have to experiment a lot more, which is something I’m looking forward to!

But I can always make some rings for Ring-a-Day by cutting this test piece, right?


Some additional Info:

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A Glorious Return

A Glorious Return

Gloriosa Superba is a tuberous plant, native in Africa, Southeastern Asia and parts of Malaysia, although now it is cultivated in many more parts of the world.

I first saw this plant two years ago in a gardener’s catalogue and immediately I ordered a tuber. I think I must have planted it on April. As summer arrived, gloriosa had already started blooming. It was magnificent, the flowers were superb and they resembled the flames of the fire. This is why it is also known as Flame Lily.

And then, due to an accident while watering it, the stem was cut off. Needless to say, I was devastated!

Next year nothing happened, no new stem appeared. I thought it was over.

......and then, all of a sudden, this year, gloriosa decided to surprise me and appeared in all its glory!

In this photo, the bloom is just about to open:


Almost open:


Fully open:


Some info about this plant from Wikipedia.

More on how to cultivate it here.

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What Is Ring-a-Day

What Is Ring-a-Day

Ring-a-Day #133 5/18/2010 “Fallen Leaf”

On January 1st 2010, jewelry designer Nina Dinoff initiated a challenge, according to which participants were to make one ring each day for one year. The rings could be made out of anything, there’s no restriction regarding the materials and not all of them have to be wearable.

So that gives us plenty of freedom and makes it a perfect creativity exercise!

Several designer around the world joined this challenge. The flickr group, where all the rings are posted, has now over 350 member. More than 11.600 rings have already been uploaded.

I couldn’t miss all this fun…...So on January 6th I decided to join the group and have been making all sorts of crazy rings ever since!

Just a few examples of my contribution to this challenge so far:

The Indecision Ring, as it was named by my dear friend Evelyn Markasky:


Hollow forms, cookie holders, buttons and flowers:

Ring-a-Day Challenge, Rings #73-81

Crocheted flowers, hibiscus, leaves, shells, tulip petals, succulents and roses:

“Flower Power”

Found toys, pencil shavings, gemstones, recycled paper tags…..and -of course- more flowers!

R-A-D Challenge, Rings #162-170

Drawing with wire, rings made exclusively out of wire, found and collected from the streets!

“The Line Series”

Since we have almost half a year ahead of us to complete the project, I’ll be posting weekly round-ups of the rings that I’m making, along with highlights from the work of fellow artists.

If you want to see all the rings that I’ve made so far, here’s the link to my Ring-a-Day Flickr Set.

......All the amazing creative rings of this group can be found at the Ring-a-Day Flickr Pool.

Enjoy them!

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Studio Updates: Making the Aquamarine & Driftwood Pendant

Studio Updates: Making the Aquamarine & Driftwood Pendant

It’s been a while since I bought these two gorgeous stones: one aquamarine and one prehnite cab:

aquamarine & prehnite

I’ve already made a ring with the prehnite, which you can see it here. But I wasn’t sure what to do with the aquamarine, so I started sketching until I came up with an acceptable design:


This was one option for the bezel, which was rejected! Maybe I’ll try this another time!

sketch 1

This one is closer to the final piece:

final sketch

Among other things, I collect driftwood from the beach and I thought it would make a nice combination with the aquamarine. Here is a small portion of my collection! I wanted to attach the driftwood with some thread or other strong cord but it didn’t work well at the final stage of adding the driftwood, so I decided to wire-wrap it instead.

I also considered replacing the driftwood with a piece of branch coral but the ones I had available were either too short or too long.

As I was filing the sterling silver base of the pendant, I decided to try melting the edges to achieve an organic look…...and then…..as I was playing with the torch, I thought it would be even better to reticulate the whole piece!!! After cleaning, oxidizing it and give it a final finish, this hand-dyed silk ribbon seemed appropriate for hanging the pendant:

silk ribbon

I got it from JamnGlass on Etsy. This procedure describes -most of the time- the process of designing and making my jewelry.

  • Materials, like stones, ribbons etc., provide an initial inspiration.
  • Sketching comes next
  • But then again, as I actually start making it happen, I often change my mind along the way, start improvising and decide what works best!

Hope you like the final outcome!

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To Blog or Not to Blog?

To Blog or Not to Blog?

Today I’m very excited to start my new blog!

But why another blog? Aren’t there enough already?

That may be true but it doesn’t change my desire to keep a journal of my daily explorations and to share ideas, content and processes with friends, fellow jewelers and enthusiastic crafters.

So this is the place where you can find more about:

  • what I make
  • what I like
  • how I see the world through my photography

Let’s see how it goes!

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