Monday, June 25, 2007

productivity vs. procrastination

Friday through Sunday was particularly gorgeous in Jersey. Oftentimes, fabulous weather makes it very hard for the natural procrastinator to get anything real done. I, however, managed to enjoy the weather and get some real jewelry making time in.

Friday could be argued to have been busy-work, but it really was important. My work station had gotten out of control.

I took the morning to get that reamed, now it looks like this...

Saturday, I worked on taking pictures with my new camera. The macro on this one is not as good as the old camera I lost. I am having problem with blurriness with this camera, not so much lighting as before.
I am also experimenting with antiquing. Liver of sulpher is my new favorite (smelly) friend. I was intimidated by this green and noxious substance, but now I call it the elixir of oldness. My husband politely inquired if everything now has to be submerged in this god-awful stuff. I offered him nose plugs. I'd been debating about whether or not to LOS my first paisley set. Saturday it got dunked. I think it really improved it. It might need to be darker, I might dunk again after I get my tumbler.

Speaking of which, this weekend also proved my need for a tumbler. I was polishing some pieces, sitting on the deck. My Dremel grabbed a pendant, whirled it out of my hands and sent it through a crack, under my deck. I had to crawl under the deck to retrieve the piece. Thankfully, very little rain (so the leaves were not wet) and no dead animals, and I found the pendant.

I am ordering my tumbler and shot today, and everything will be tumbled safely in my kitchen or basement, haven't decided yet.

Sunday, did some drawings (I have to force myself to plan designs and put them on paper, very bad habit, very hard to change). I also completed a small pendant inspired by fabric, but it is in the same spirit as my paisleys, so I'm thinking of grouping them and calling it something morrocan inspired.

Here is a last photo of my outdoor work set up, complete with assistant. The first piture I took, she wasn't in, then she seemed to see that I needed someone to pose so she jumped on in.

Is this too rambly so far? I guess its just the newness.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

begin at the beginning

Well, I did something today that got me off the proverbial "pot", and into the blog. I signed on to join something called "Year of Jewelry" hosted in the creative wire area of delphi forums. You are challenged to create a piece of jewelry a week for a year (but you sign up quarterly). I'm a little pitty, but excited. They allow you to incorporate a journal into the entries, I thought that would be cool, plus, I just was interested in doing something like this for a while. So here it goes. I had asked for some help naming my blog (as a tool of procrastination, I felt the name needed to be something very clever) and decided to just go with what I know, my jewelry line, plus the name was available (who the heck besides me has used the word epiphany since the movie Angel Heart).

To practice inserting pictures, I will show you my beautiful logo, which my talented sis Abbi created for me. Well, in the immortal words of Eric the midget, "goodbye for now". Next post, pics of jewelry!