Random projects

Some shots of a couple of projects I'm working on.

A very early shot of a project that's currently being called 'Eye of the Wild' or 'Fall Comes Calling' (leaning towards the latter)

Deer antler section, sterling silver, argentium silver and cabochon. (I need to look up what it was again, completely slipping my mind)

The bezel is actually set into the antler about 1.5mm. It is extremely snug in there, which took some serious patience.

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I'll be running a little give-away of something made with one of those silver domes when my Facebook page hits 300 people. I'm only 8 away now, so if you're interested and not yet a fan of page, please hop on board!

In progress shot

Of a new pendant.

Argentium, sterling silver (tube setting and jump ring), 14k, moissanite, mammoth ivory and squirrel fur.

I've still got a decent amount of work to do on this one. General clean-up, tube setting clean-up, patina applied to 'tusks', securing the fur (it's just in there to test in this shot), and swapping out the silver jump ring for a smaller one.

Overall though, pretty pleased with the way this one is turning out.

Argentium sterling silver

Playing around with argentium today care of the kiwi. Love the stuff so far. I am a big fan of fusing even with sterling, so the lack of firescale in the argentium is an added bonus.

In Progress - v1 earpiece

Just a quick shot of a new project. It still needs a bit of cleanup and tweaking, but it should give you the basic idea.

In the 'real' piece, I intend to have the 'spokes' be further up on the ear, more vertical than they currently are. You can't really see it in this pic, but there's a small connection point on the bottom, to which I'll be attaching a small chain and a bottle full of small seeds or herbs.

As always, if you're not already a fan, consider following me: - when I hit 300 followers, I'll be doing some sort of give-away

Tender Infestation

Some progress shots on a set I'm working on. Eventually I want to make the earpiece using a real, cast cockroach, but for now this one will suffice. I'll post some shots of what it looked like when I pulled out of the kiln, so you can see just how much modification was really done to it.

Sterling silver, bronze metal clay in an old 'Thing Maker' mold (heavily modified), copper, ammonia/vinegar/salt patina

Bronze metal clay in an old 'Thing Maker' mold, copper, ammonia/vinegar/salt patina, leather

The idea behind these is to represent the 'infestation' of old memories. You know how it is; You'll be sitting at your desk minding your own business, when suddenly an old memory skitters across your brain, pulling up emotions, whispering thoughts and images of the past. They hover around us constantly, collecting as we grow older, darting about as we experience the world and rouse them from their hidden nests.

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Returning soon

I will be returning to the Seattle area next week. Crazy, eh?

My skin is icky and my hands are destroyed (I have dulled the shit out of the hot-cold sensation in three fingers on each hand). Much has been gained from their sacrifice. Adventure has been had!