a polyp ring

green polyp ring

I made a new ring by accident. Well, I made up the design as I went along… the murrina (the little glass cabochon) was the starting point, and at first I wanted to include it in a new pendant design, but halfway into the process I decided it would make a pretty ring. And while the result is not bad, it’s not quite perfect…

green polyp ring

You can’t really see it on the first two pictures, but the ring isn’t round -it’s a little lopsided. On the back, the oval base and the ring don’t fit perfectly (although they’re soldered and strongly connected) and there are some unaesthetic gaps. So I guess this one will have to stay in my own collection… 😉 And next time I work on rings of a similar design, I know how to fix it.

ring

When I’m working on a piece of jewelry, it’s the first realization of a design that I’m most attached to.  They’re the freaks, the poor little monsters and misfits, all cracked and gapped and limping, but they mean a lot to me! With the following realizations of the design, I correct the mistakes so they’re technically and aesthetically better and ready to go out into the big world and I love them too, but they don’t have the same appeal to me as their first-born siblings…

I wonder what would Mr Freud have to say about that, eh? :-p

sunsets & summer trees…

During the week of holidays after my college exams I was able to retreat to the studio for a couple of days, for the first time since September. I guess it’s a good thing the studio is in Ronse and not in Ghent, or I would be there all the time instead of working for school! 😉

As usual, I had many ideas, but I didn’t have all that much time. So instead of rushing to try to realize those ideas, I worked on a couple of pieces that I had started in Feb. 2010, from a batch of glass cabs I had made in the summer of 2009. It was nice to finally get around finishing these! Or at least these three, as I didn’t get to finish  the whole pile…

In other news, you can find them on Etsy!

I called this series essence (on flickr & etsy), because the organic shapes and colors remind me of moments of quietude… Which in these dreary & cold February days mostly means the warmth of summer to me, so here I am again with sunlight and green leaves! 😀 And one starry night too.

sunny green trees brooch
starry night pendant

 
sunset earrings

glass cabs!

Back to business: meet the new projects!

Thanks for letting me share that personal stuff of my previous post with you. I went back and forth about writing and publishing it to the world, putting myself out there, but whether I want it or not, it is part of who I am/who I’ve become. I don’t need to talk about it all the time, but I’m glad I got it out. 🙂

And the future looks bright: these are some little things coming to life on the workbench:

  • Fossilized coral (I just lovelovelove it! Look at them! They’re practically paleontological murrine! 😀 ) pendants and brooches with glass coral branches…
  • Opal glass cabochons with fused murrine, waiting to become pendants, rings, brooches, … (not sure how to name them yet -I can’t call everything microcosmos, can I? :-p )
  • … and a broad, solid silver ring set with a single murrini. I must give you a better view when it’s finished. Right now it’s on my finger, as a good luck charm for my upcoming tests at library school. You know, new jewelry needs test driving. It’s a very hard and tedious job… 😉
  • and this little goddess is getting a sister! Now what head to choose…? hehe

I’m also working on a bigger project (relatively speaking) involving torchpulled murrine, fusing and copper and am already dreaming up the next one. So stay tuned…

Goldsmithing at Syntra West: my course so far

my goldsmithing course  so far

Here are some of the results fo the 1st semester: on the left our assignments in brass and another alloy which name i always forget (it’s the paler metal in which the bracelet and that one ring is made).

But now it is getting pretty interesting… designing a necklace on our own. Woohoo, now we’re talking!
So you see those silver grains? That’s the start. They are molten and poured into a mould for wire, and then that longish wonky clump gets rolled through the rolling mill until the wire gets the diameter it needs…

My chain design is a pretty simple one: just connected round loops with pins here and there. But of course those pins will hold glass cabuchons, and that’s where the fun begins! 😉

I’ll try to update as I progress…