Let me count the ways. It is warm in texture and in color. It is different: not gold nor silver. You can actually find earrings in the retail world…or in my studio. Yes, copper has moved into the mainstream. I’ve been using it in my jewelry since the late 90’s and I remain firmly committed to this orange-y metal. Now there is a clue why I like it!
This necklace is named Anisoptera, the species name for dragonfly and which, translated from the Greek, means uneven wings. It is made in Mexico from Patty Healy (CA) designs and executed in copper and brass. What I find unique about her use of copper is that she has it heated with a torch resulting in a bright and warm red-orange color. Note also the brass accents soldered on the wings and those perfect brass bug eyes!
I wanted the necklace to stay with the copper color, so I used a coordinating strand of dyed freshwater pearls with a tad of apricot pearls as contrast.
I made the clasp from copper wire: I hammered the circle flat and hardened it in that process; the toggle is bent copper wire. I want my necklaces to look as good from the back as from the front! I made earrings to accompany the necklace. The earrings are 1 ½” long with copper ear wires.
The necklace measures 18 ½” long. The dragonfly is 3 ½” long and a little over 2” wide. “Anisoptera” is light and easy to wear, not to mention fun! The price is $125 and includes shipping.
This necklace is named Anisoptera, the species name for dragonfly and which, translated from the Greek, means uneven wings. The pendant is made in Mexico from Patty Healy (CA) designs and executed in copper and brass.
I last wrote in the Fall. Now it is Spring. I am not yet a good New Englander as I don’t enjoy Winter weather. It’s my opinion Winter is definitely over: the weather feels warmer; bulbs are emerging from the soil; I’m tempted to put out pots and fill them with flowers. The lesson Winter teaches me is to embrace Spring.
It also seems that each time I write there has been a transition in my life and this time is no different. My husband Don’s long eight-year journey with Alzheimer’s Disease ended on March 8, 2013. He died very peacefully and quickly. Those of us on the journey with Don were gratified that he always had a smile for us and never stopped teasing us. He recognized us each time we visited. Our memories of Don are happy ones. It’s been a long goodbye.
There will be a Celebration of his Life in Saratoga, CA, on April 20. This summer there will be a memorial service and interment in the Columbarium at Glastonbury Abbey, Hingham, MA, followed by an East Coast celebration.
Transitions are important for personal growth and I look forward to whatever changes and opportunities will flow into my life and will be forever thankful to Donnie for twenty wonderful years.
“Chic Thrills” features a charming koi fish centerpiece I have had for a long time, waiting for the right mix of beads to show it off. Well, when nearly matching vintage orange Lucite (what plastic was called in the 1960’s) beads came into my possession, I had the answer. But what contrasting color to use? An odd green, don’t ask me why. I was so excited by the time I assembled the large faux pearl, the beetle wings and the small faux pearls, that I can’t remember how the colors all came together! The fish is Asian in its origin as indicated by its large popping eyes and its elaborate tail display. It is a vintage piece perhaps made of resin with lots of nice carving marks on it. The five beetle wings are iridescent and pointy and most unusual. A great conversation piece. The necklace is almost 19″ long and the centerpiece dangle is 4″long. Hammered gold-colored metal clasp, gold-filled wire connections in the dangle. The price is $159 which includes earrings featuring green and orange beads with a beetle wing.
“A Smashing Good Time” is a classic sterling silver and turquoise necklace with a contemporary spin that the silver used here is a special basket weave pattern mastered by the Hill Tribes of northern Thailand. The clasp is also sterling silver by the Hill Tribes. The turquoise chunky beads mix smooth and veined specimens of Chinese-mined turquoise stones. The necklace is 23″ and the basket weave medallion is 2″ in diameter. It is priced at $135.
“Flash Forward” is also color-forward: semi-precious amethyst beads matched with lime-dyed branch coral. The branch coral is bezeled with an electroplated gold bail for a shiny, blingy look. It is attached to the amethyst necklace and secured by two vermeil (gold plate over metal) beads. The necklace ends with more electroplated gold beads and a gold metal clasp. Think of this piece as a fabulous good luck charm and wear it well! The necklace measures 18″ and the centerpiece is 3″. The price is $129.
I’m very excited to have my home studio up and running. I’ve been beading in my leased space in neighboring Norwell since January 2011. In January 2012 I removed my beading worktables and supplies to my home studio and started selling our personal collections in the funky Norwell space.
Don and I have truly collected a lot! I donated everything I felt was “surplus” (read “I could live without”) before leaving California. After opening about half of the boxes transported to Massachusetts, I realized I still had a surplus! So I triaged what I can live without and have arranged it all in my delightful shop.
Shop visitors love seeing home accessories arranged in an artful manner and often want to acquire my collection for themselves. Gosh, that’s called a sale!
So, yes, I am having fun. But I need to spend more time designing necklaces and I have some bracelet ideas I’m itching to execute. To satisfy those artistic needs, I will relocate my Norwell shop to my home studio after Labor Day so all my time can be creatively spent…whether arranging collections or playing with beads!
Moving along, one of my goals for my seventh decade is to bring myself into the 21st century of social networking. This is personally important since a lot of my heart, spirit, and friends are still in California. I am at peace with my decision to re-establish myself in the Massachusetts seaside community of my childhood. In fact, I am enjoying the journey that unfolds every step, every day. I hope using Facebook and a blog will help bridge my two coastal worlds.
I see Facebook as a casual and friendly way to keep in touch and I hope to learn my way around it.
Blogging will be my way to open my studio to collectors who are closer to a computer click than to an actual visit to my studio. I plan to blog only twice a month so I don’t drive you crazy with updates and show-and-tells. An opt out feature will enable those who don’t want such frequent postings not to receive them. And for us chatterboxes who opt in, responses can be made through the blog or Facebook.
I’m looking forward to my brave new world as a social networker. Maybe I should buy some Facebook stock!? Just kidding, this will be a creative journey! Please join me!