Saturday, February 20, 2010

Creating Journal Pages

My daughter and I have been working on our Creative Entrepreneur journals.  I wanted to post some photo's of what we have been up to.  This is my daughter Madison's cover for her journal.

She has been an inspiration to me, working hard on not only the artwork, but all types of great ideas about her dreams and wishes.  Believe it or not she is only 7 years old!  She is going to do some amazing things in her life, I can just tell.  She is very creative and motivated, but even more important she has the courage to be who she is and go after what she wants in life.

Here is the front cover of my journal:

We have been working with the book that I talked about in my Dec 30th blog, The Creative Entrepreneur.  There are exercises to do that help you to evaluate your business and develop new ideas.  Here is a glimpse into a few pages from my journal with questions and some ideas that I've been thinking of.

I think the greatest thing about Lisa's book is that she suggests that you not only think about creative ideas, but that you make your journal itself a work of art.  It's really been fun and enlightening to think creative and to play with creative ideas of how to express my thoughts.  I highly recommend her book.  Check out here website.  The Creative Entrepreneur

I am still working on the silver jewelry pieces that I started last week.  I have been photographing the process and will publish photos next week.  Thanks for checking in!  Have a wonderful day.


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Snowed in, but thinking Spring

So, like I said yesterday, we have about 40 inches of snow on the ground.  But, I've decided to start thinking of Spring!

This is the time of year that I stock up the stores with new designs for the spring.  I love making new pieces.  The first thing I do when I begin the jewelry designing process is to create pieces of silver from precious metal clay.  After I create my pieces, let them dry, and sand them, I put them in the Kiln to fire.  After 2 hours of firing at 1650 degrees, all the water and binder that make the silver clay pliable burn off and I am left with a piece of fine silver.

After I get the silver pieces out of the Kiln, I have to brush them and put them in a tumbler for 2 hours to bring out the shine of the silver.  Now, this next step may seem a bit crazy, but then I turn them black with antiquing solution. Now it's time for an 8 step process of light sanding papers to bring back that high shine to all the raised parts of the silver while leaving the dark color in the details of the design. Next week when I make silver again, I will take photo's of each step to show you the process.

This first piece I used Liver of Sulfur to get more of a bronze type finish:
Now, it's time for the fun of creating a piece of wearable art!  I did some bending, some beading, some wire work and this is what I ended up with:
 I used garnet and amethyst  to add a little sparkle to this sculptured piece of silver. 

This next piece of silver, I used Black Max to antique it and then after polishing added a swarovski crystal.

After beading, this is the necklace that I created:
The process of creating jewelry involves many steps, but each step of the way brings the final design closer.  Well, it's time to go up to my studio and start creating!  Thanks for checking in with me.  I will do a blog next week with more details about the precious metal clay (pmc) process.  If any of you are interested in working with pmc or have starting working with it and have questions, please feel free to ask!  I have learned a lot about the process from taking classes and trail and error, so I know what it's like to be learning a new skill and feel like you have a million questions and aren't sure where to turn.  I welcome your questions!


Friday, February 12, 2010

Hello from the Snow!

We have been snowed in here for weeks!  I've been working hard on new jewelry pieces and promise to post some new photos this weekend.  In the meantime check out some of my new valentine pieces on etsy!

More to follow.....