Sea Blue

Sea Blue

We’re having such a hot day today and some images of the sea seemed very appropriate!

They ‘re all photos from various spots in Chalkida and the surrounding area of Evoia, that I’ve taken recently.

Hope you enjoy them!

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Studio Updates: Practicing New Macrame Knots

Studio Updates: Practicing New Macrame Knots

“Cord Mess”

This is how things started yesterday! I wanted to practice with some new macramé knots, after completing this bunch of bracelets recently:

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They are all made with Lark’sHead Sennit, which is a knot that I find simple and stylish.

Sherri Haab’s book Beaded Macramé Jewelry is a very nice reference to all the basic knots:

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This time, I wanted to try the Alternate Half Hitch Knot, tied around a filler cord and to incorporate some tiny faceted hill tribe silver beads in the design:

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I finished the bracelet with three labradorite nuggets:

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Making macramé jewelry does not require special equipment. Here’s a simple way, to hold your work in place while knotting:

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.....and this is another one that I finished, using fuchsia waxed linen cord and silver beads. By making it, I wanted to practice the wrapped finishing knot, which is a type of sliding closure.

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I’m keeping these two for myself, but I’ll be making more soon!

Other than that, I completed another custom pair of Crocheted Flower Earrings, by combining these two colors:

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They proved to be a very popular design!

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Ode to Pebble

Ode to Pebble

I’ve been looking at my older sketchbooks the other day and found this piece of paper that I had glued on it. It’s a poem by the polish poet Zbigniew Herbert about the perfection of a pebble. Here’s an english translation of the poem that I strongly recommend reading!

The pebble
is a perfect creature,

equal to itself,
mindful of its limits,

filled exactly
with a pebbly meaning.

Zbigniew Herbert

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Funny to realize how recurrent themes keep appearing and affect one’s creativity. I must have kept this poem 4 or 5 years ago…..not being sure why I did it back then. These days I’m returning to my earlier obsession, collecting pebbles and finding inspiration by examining them.

A sample of my latest finds:

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What am I doing with these?
  • Spreading them in various spots around the house.
  • Arranging them in wooden bowls or recycled glass jars.
  • Making rings and other jewelry.

The possibilities are endless!

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Ring-a-Day Weekly Round Up #1

Ring-a-Day Weekly Round Up #1

The week started with this beautiful White Pebble Ring, which features one of the white pebbles, that I recently collected. The pebble is half drilled and secured into the fabricated sterling silver band and setting.

Then I decided to start a new series of rings made with summer fruits and vegetables.

I started with a zucchini, shaped into a pod, attached to a plastic band, which was cut from a discarded vitamin box:

Next, it was time for two peppers, one red and one green, which were cut and shaped into pods:

Watermelon is probably the ultimate summer fruit! This time it is cut into a rectangle. Two of the seeds are added on top as a little extra decoration.

On Friday, I worked on the ring for the 4th Ring Formula. We were supposed to make a functional ring. The parameters of the challenge were set by Kest of Vagabond Jewelry. I decided to make a Parmesan Grater, just because I always enjoy a little extra parmesan on my spaghetti!

Back on the fruits rings, which means that Saturday it’s cherry time!

The week ended with the rings from the Prismacolor Experiment:

Some of this week’s highlights from the Ring-a-Day Flickr Pool:

RAD 7/13/10 ‘Shell Rings #1’ #176 by Kathryn Riechert. Perfect for summer or whenever you want to be in a summer mood!

Rings made with sugared almonds by Jaqki of leftwingofthecrow. Inventive, colorful and playful!

Ring a Day 195/365 by Thomasin Durgin of MetalRiot. The ring holds a found note of a person’s federal tax info, quite an amazing find!


Ring a Day 196/365 by Shannon Conrad of Rubygirl Jewelry. A lovely curled strip of brass.

Kathryn Cole’s beautiful stacking flower rings.

And last but not least, as Evelyn Markasky writes: “A ring that Fred Flintstone would have give his wife, Wilma!

RAD #178 7/15/10.

Visit the Flickr Group to see more!

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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.

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The first layer of color, sprayed with Matte Finish:

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More layers and spray between each one:

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

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

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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?

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Some additional Info:

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