Archive: September, 2015

How to Finish

When I’m looking for my material (at the thrift store, estate sale, dumpster, etc), it’s usually got a fair amount of “patina” on it, necessitating clean up.  I start with a steel wire brush on the Dremel which leaves a soft “glowing” finish. Depending on what the surface decoration is (if there is any), I might leave it or go over it with sand paper. This leaves a brighter satin finish.

24 Sep 2015
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Upcycle Umbrella 

You never know when inspiration will strike. So far, I have found and dismantled two discarded umbrellas.  I haven’t figured out what to do with the handle but the rest of it is ripe with possiblies. I have in mind some kind of flower/bow/bustle creation for the fabric.  The long “ribs” are useful,for my displays. The shorter metal supports are used in the jewelry (including the tips).

24 Sep 2015
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Art Westport Wrap Up

I recently participated in the the Art Westport event in Kansas City-this was my third year. I like this show for a number of reasons–location, easy load in/out and the option of a “quad” booth space. The small space makes me focus on what’s the priority for display. Plus I don’t have to lug around that tent! PERFECT weather. Wonderful people. A very good show.

22 Sep 2015
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Something’s Missing

Recently, there were some adjustments/upgrades to this blog. As a result, the photos for the most recent postings aren’t visible. I might go back and re-load the images but right now, that has limited appeal. Instead, I might just keep it fresh with my most recent efforts.

recent works

pinwheel brooches and assemblage necklace

09 Sep 2015
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From Doodle to Do It!

A lot of artist/designers sketch out their ideas before they make their masterpiece.  Me, not so much. When I  do sketch things out, it’s very rough just so I don’t forget the idea.  This sketch is surprisingly close to the final product.  It’s a bib-style necklace with a little mobile action too.

02 Sep 2015
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