Saturday, 12 January 2013

Memories and Thanks Blog Hop Reveal

Good Morning All,

This Blog Hop is for Marianna and for someone that is close to your memory:

"  This blog hop is both for Marianna and for those people in our lives who mean a lot to us -- a mom, a friend, a brother -- anyone who has meaning to us.  Create a piece of jewelry that tells that story. For instance, Marianna loved red and cardinals, so if you would like to make something in honor of her, you could use red, or you could use beads of birds, leaves, trees, nests, eggs -- things like that.  If you have a friend you want to remember and thank and she's a painter, you could make a necklace full of the colors she often uses in her paintings.
Bead Soup Blog Party".

I'm not really a jewellery maker, I'm a maker of components for jewellery, but I thought that was still a valid reason to take part in the Blog Hop right!

I will make something from my pieces, but the time and energy I had went into thinking about the person I designed it for instead of rushing out a piece of actual jewellery. I'm going to put them together with sterling silver rings (made and soldered by me) and a ceramic clap (yet to be made by me as I am trying to work on a Nichrome hook fastening to go on it).  There were also some nice handmade silver balled head pins, but (they were sold to somebody, so I now have to make some more specifically to go with my pendant piece).

This pendant was made for my friend Vikki, I don't get to see her very often at all these days - we used to work together and speak at least a couple of times a week - since we no longer work at the Bank, it is only very rarely that we can find the time to get together, and this piece is just to say thank you for being my friend.

She funny, vital and I like to think of her as a full on flowery blossom .... we both love the colour purple, so I decided that that was a good place to start.

I made a ball of clay big enough for the base layer, and then cut it in half and scooped out the middle of one of the halves to give me a base for the pendant.  Then I re-rolled that spare half and cut out some leaves.

Next I added with the leaves to the base (staring at the bottom) and shaped them as I went using the slip and score method - I'm fairly new to working with clay, and you live and learn insofaras it is really difficult to add wet clay to wet clay and not have the entire thing collapse on you .... which it did several time!

By the time I'd reached the top there was so more shaping to be done.  I then made a Nichrome loop for the top.  Again, for anybody that doesn't know Nichrome is wire that is made to take very high temperatures, and is super hard stuff - it hurts like made to bend the stuff even using pliers.

Then the piece was left to dry to what is classed as "leatherhard".  Unfortunately in getting to this stage some of the bottom leaves were a bit battered around so I had to try and repair them ... they broke off, and so instead of throwing the whole thing away and starting again, I decided to go with re-shaping the broken bits ... nothing in nature is perfect, and friendships aren't always perfect ... they sometimes look/feel every better for being a bit rough around the edges!

Happy with all the smoothing of rough edges and scoring lines added, I popped it in the kiln to bisque fire.  This basically means that it is hard enough to take glazes, but not sufficiently hard enough to be durable.

Only thing was, when it came out of the kiln the Nichrome loop seemed to have slipped a bit to one side ... oh well, back to my comment about nature and friendship being all the better for not quite perfect hey!

I then glazed with a lovely (if a bit pale) semi-opaque glaze called "Orchid" and then went for it with some some I made myself using a Lilac Pigment, I made tired to achieve a few runs in it.  When this was dry I added a clear gloss glaze over the top, and put it back in the kiln for it's full glazing.

Whilst all this was going on, I also made the Wood Violet Flowers by rolling out the clay and using a cookie cutter shape.  Then adding a central hole and shaping them, bisque firing, glazing and firing again.

I think I might try and use some of my Fairy Small Bead caps as well, and so have been trying one out this morning with a copper balled head pin, a small dusky pink crystal bead and then a larger green crystal bead over the top, then adding the Fairy Small and coiling the head pin down rather than cutting it off and doing a loop - actually I really love it in the copper, and have just been wondering if I should add some copper in the with silver for a mixed metal look.

I have left a virtual box of tissues at the bottom of this post for all you super talented makers of gorgeous jewellery ... I make the components, I am rubbish at turning loops etc, and I am sure my lack of skills will make you sob in an uncontrollable fashion.

I can't wait to being my journey around this amazing Blog Hop.  Thank you to our Hostess Lori for putting it together (hope you are feeling better), and everybody for taking part, and for taking the time to visit me.

Hostess, Lori Anderson       Pretty Things

 Adlinah Kamsir                   Dream Struck Designs
 Aimee Biondolillo               Aimee's Jewelry Treasures
 Alicia Marinache                 All the Pretty Things 
 Andra Marasteanu               Handmade by Indra Marasteanu 
 Andrea Trank                      Heaven Lane Creations
 April Grinaway                   Brooklyn Bead Goddess
Barb Solem                         Vivi Magoo Presents
Becky Pancake                    Becky Pancake Bead Designs
Beth Emery                         Stories by Indigo Heart
Bonnie Coursolle                Jasper's Gems
Cassi Paslick                       Beads: Rolling Downhill
Catherine King                    Catherine's Musings
Cece Cormier                      The Beading Yogini
Chandra Leitz                     Juniper Goods
Charissa Nesler                   FireStorm Designs
Charlie Jacka                       Clay Space
Christina Hickman              Vintage Treasures Jewelry
Christine Murrow               Charis Designs Jewelry
Christine Stonefield            Sweet Girl Design
Chrizette Bayman               Bead Soup Mix
Cindy Wilson                      It's My Sea of Dreams
CJ Bauschka                       4 His Glory Creations by CJ
Crystal Thain                      Here Bead Dragons
Cyndi Lavin                        Beading Arts
Debbie Rasmussen             A little of this, a little of that
Denielle Hagerman             Some Beads... and other things I like
Diana Gonzalez                  Arte y Poemas
Diane Hawkey                    diane hawkey
Dita Basu                            ankarshilpa
Donetta Farrington             Simply Gorgeous
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell     Deeliteful Jewelry Creations
Emma Todd                        A Polymer Penchant
Erin Kenny                         beadiful therapy
Erin Prais-Hintz                  Treasures Found
Gina Hockett                      Freestyle Elements
Gloria Allen                        Innovative Dreams Jewelry
Heather Marston                 CSW Designs
Inge von Roos                    Inge's Blog
Iveth Caruso                       Creative Atelier
Jacqueline Marchant          Fiddledeedee Jewelry
Jami Shipp                         Celebrating Life!
Jean Yates                          Snap Out of it Jean, There's Beading to Do!
Jennifer Reno                     Musings of a Crafty Jenny
Jenny Robledo                   Peppa's Dream
Jennifer VanBenschoten    Jewelry, Art and Life
Jessica Klaaren                  Cellar Door Jewelry
Jessica Murray                   Whimsical Monkey
Joan Williams                     lilruby jewelry
Jo-Ann Woolverton            It's a Beadiful Creation
Joanne Browne                   josjewels1
Jodie Marshall                    Jodie Marshall Lampwork Beads Wearable Art
Johanna Rhodes                 Fire Phoenix Creations
John Rasmussen                 Rasumussen Gems and Jewelry LLC
JuLee Wolfe                       The Polymer Penguin
Julie Bean                           Blue Pig Blog
Karen Mitchell                   Over the Moon Designs
Karin King                         The Sparklie Things Blog
Karin Slaton                       Backstory Beads
Kat Douglas                       Washoe Kat's
Kay Bolton                        Toodles and Binks     *YOU ARE HERE*
Kelly Hosford Patterson     The Traveling SideShow
Kim Ballor                          Vitamin C ... A Daily Does of Creativity
Kim Dworak                       CianciBlue
Kim Houston                       The Pink Martini
Kym Hunter                         Kym Hunter Designs
Laren Dee Barton                Laren Dee Designs
Lea Avroch                          LA Jewelry Designs
Leanne Loftus                      First Impression Design
Liddy McLaughlin               Liddy McLaughlin Art
Linda Florian                       Lily's of the Valley Jewelry & Creative Creations
Linda Inhelder                     Must-Haves Jewelry
Lisa Hamilton                      Simply Irresistable Jewelry
Lisa Suver                            Fancee That
Lori Bowring Michaud        Artfully Ornamental
Lori Poppe                           Adventures in Creativity with Lorillijean
LouAnn Elwell                    Southpass Beads
Mandi Effron                       Craft-o-licious
Marcia DeCoster                 MadDesigns
Marcia Dunne                     The Alternative Foundry
Marie Covert                      Creating Interest
Marjorie Savill Linthwaite     bennubirdrising
Marlene Cupo                        Amazing Designs by Marlene
Martha Aleo                           Ornamento
Marti Conrad                          Marti's Buttons -n- Beads
Mary Ellen Parker                  BeeTree by m.e.
Mary Govaars                        MLH Jewelry Designs
Mary Lindell                          Mary Lindell Artisan Jewelry
Maureen Connolly                 Mrs Beadsley's Workshop
Maybeline Tay                       The Jewelry Larder
Melissa Elgin                         The Addicted Beader
Melissa Mesara                      one-eared pig beads
Menka Gupta                         Menka's Jewelry
Michaela Pabeschitz              la mar de bonita
Mischelle Fanucchi               Micheladas Musings
Mona Rae Baroody               Who Does She Bead She Is?
Nan Emmett                          Spirit Rattles -- Spirited Earth
Nancy Pedersen                    Something Heartfelt by Nancy
Natalie Davidson                  NorthShore Days
Nikki Douglas                      Bead It and Weep
Pam Farren                           re-maker
Pam, the Crazier Sister        The Crazy Creative Corner
Pam Traub                            Klassy Joolz
Priya Krish                           Hellopalz  
Rebecca Anderson               Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag                 Becca's Place
Robin Kae Reed                   Artistry HCBD
Rochelle Brisson                  a creative chelle
Rosa Maria Cuevas              Helena de Troya
Sabine Dittrich                     perlendschungel
Sandi Volpe                          Sandi Volpe
Sandra McGriff                    Creative Chaos
Sarah Goode                         Pookledo
Sarah Singer                         String a Song of Sixpence
Serena Trent                         All Things Made Jewelry
Shai Williams                       Shaiha's Ramblings
Sharon Palac                        Sharon's Jewelry Garden
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson    Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections
Sheila Davis                         Stone Designs
Shelley Graham Turner        Fabric of My Life
Sherri Stokey                       Knot Just Macrame
Sherry Baun                         Unicorns Jewels
Skylar Bre'z                         Brising Beads
Stephanie Haussler              Pixybug Designs
Tania Spivey                        Moobie Grace Designs
Terri G.                                Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter                         Tapping Flamingo
Terry Matuszyk                    Pink Chapeau Vintage Jewelry
Toltec Jewels                       Jewel School Friends
Tracy Kruse                         Goldkisses Art
Tracy Martin                        Nutkitten's Jewelry
Zia Parks                              Anzi~Panzi's Work Shoppe
Zoe Marcin                          Beads, Tea and Sweets



Lottie said...

I can see that this is going to be truly stunning - and how thrilled your friend will be to receive something that you have made - every single component - what a treasure

Charlene Jacka said...

Beautiful work! I admire your attention to detail it really shines through.

Karin said...

Lovely work!

Here Bead Dragons said...

Love what you have made - it will be so awesome for your friend when she receives it. Truly a treasure.


Sea of Dreams said...

I think this is an amazing tribute to your friend...and I really enjoyed reading about how you make your pieces!

Becky Pancake said...

Thanx for sharing your story. Your pendant is wonderful. Vikki is lucky to have you for a friend.

Christine said...

All of the elements are beautiful - I'll check back to see the finished piece. I enjoyed reading how each piece came to be.

pinkchapeau said...

It's lovely so far, I know your friend will be touched. I've never worked with clay so this was fascinating for me to read, too!

Andrea said...

Wood Violet Flowers what a unique concept. Beautiful work and I am sorry you don't get to see your friend much these days.

Donetta said...

I love your story, and the little tutorial...I've never worked with clay, but it's definitely on my "to do" list! Your components are lovely.

Terri said...

Some body has to make the components ... And you do it oh so well! What a beautiful tribute to your friend, Vikki. I know she'll be deeply touched.
Hope you are enjoying the hop.
Terri G.

Dyanne said...

Thank you for sharing you components and memories of your friend! I lost my best friend in 2008. Keep making memories with your friend. Someday, it will be all you have. Happy hopping!

TesoriTrovati said...

I especially love your description that in life and nature and friendships nothing is perfect. I am sure that your friend will be delighted with this creation. Thanks for sharing your story and creation. Enjoy the day. Erin

Kepi said...

Very nice

April Grinaway said...

I've never worked with clay. Your work is amazing! Thank you for sharing.
Peace and Love.

A Polymer Penchant said...

That's going to one gorgeous labour of love! I have to say as soon as you brought up the copper I thought, "what fun, a mix of metals - two friends coming together". Whatever you choose I'm sure she will love it