Saturday, November 26, 2011

Seaglass Pieces

Here is my newest seaglass design.  I try very hard to create pieces that don't cause me to have to drill the seaglass.  I have quite a few pieces awaiting new homes but I know I will have to drill them and that has kept me from creating.  For some it is inevitable as they are oddly shaped or small.  The only other option is silver smithing which I have a great interest in but that will come in time when I am able to dedicate the money and time needed for a new craft.  

This piece is extremely large.  I created a spiral bezel to hold the glass and then tightly wrapped the cap portion.  This is going to be a prototype so to speak as I need to be sure that the piece will hold properly.  I know that I could wrap additional wire around the piece but I don't want to take away from the beauty of the glass.











Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Gift of Bellina

I was thinking today how happy it makes me when someone buys one of my pieces.  I always imagine them receiving the item and hoping they are delighted.  I will frequently get feedback from the customer that I will read over and over.  I will find myself grinning ear to ear.  It is a very special feeling to know that something you created has provided happiness for another. 

Many people would view jewelry as just a material object.  And in some cases it is.  Many items are mass produced, put together by machines or hastily whipped together in sweat shops.  My methods are vastly different.  I infuse each item with love.  I believe that items hold energy and when I joyfully create a piece for another I believe that energy is carried within the item.  While I am creating I imagine the item being worn and admired.  I try to never create an item when I am in a bad mood.  If I am getting frustrated because of a difficult piece I put it down and return to it later.

This apatite bracelet is the perfect example.  I choose only supplies I am drawn to.  Be it for their color or texture or just something I may feel when I pick up the item and inspect it.  I never pick an item based on how quickly I can put together the end product.  For some it is just a form of income.  For me it is an art.  This apetite is exquisite.  I admire the sparkle inside the gems, the beautiful blue greens, aquas and teals.  The soft smooth surface.  

I photographed the nuggets themselves to show the would be buyer the beauty of the stone by itself.


 





Each stone is inspected for chips or significant cracks or large imperfections.  Any that contain these are put off to the side not to be included in any of my pieces.  I create the piece examining how each stone fits next to the other.  Then once complete I begin photographing.  I spend a long time admiring the piece, getting the right light, and showing all facets of the piece.



Since I photograph on a macro setting many times I will see "flaws" that cannot be seen with the naked eye.  I have more times than I can count gone back and completely recreated a piece.




Once a customer has bought the piece it is carefully packaged so it will not be damaged in the mail.  Depending on the fragility that may mean bubble wrap inside the gift box or colored or printed tissue paper.  They are boxed up and completed with ribbon, business cards and more bubble wrap. 



This is my process of creating and you can't buy that in a big box shop!  Thank you for giving the gift of Bellina.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Discover-Mr. Frank

Every so often I come across a shop in my search on Etsy and I gasp in shock that they are seemingly "undiscovered".  I came across one of these today and decided I needed to start to share these shops with the world.  Etsy can be very difficult to navigate in terms of getting seen.  I come across some absolutely exquisite craftsmanship and am simply astonished at the low hearts and sales clearly due to the fact that are not being seen by enough people.

Today I came across Mr. Frank. He is a decorative decoy carver. And his work is absolutely breathtaking. The intricacy that goes into this type of hand carving is truly to be admired.  Look at the attention to detail, it's amazing. And only 26 hearts! Please show Mr. Frank some Etsy love!










Please take the time to visit Mr. Frank at his website  www.mrfrankscorner.com or at his etsy shop www.mrfrankscorner.etsy.com

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

It's So Squeee!

I see so many items that make me squeal with delight.  I love cutesy stuff so I decided to start sharing some of my finds.  So on "it's so squeee" you will find items that evoke sounds of awwww, sooo cute, adorable, or some soo cutesy that you can only squeal like a tiny piglet.  Here are a few for this week, all about bunnies.























Sunday, November 13, 2011

Winter Wonderland

I certainly miss the snow when the holidays roll around.  It just doesn't feel right when it is in the 80's and full sun.  But even in the desert the same winter cold's still hit.  I currently have the worst sore throat ever!  OK maybe not ever, but it definitely is in competition with strep.  Here are some sparkly winter treasuries I have been working on.


Forest Fog 8X10 Fine Art Pho...
$20.00

Yes Dear - Male Cardinal in ...
$10.00

Vintage silverware Let it s...
$9.50

SNOW WHITE Fudge. Approx 1/2...
$9.50

HYDRANGEA - Mineral Eyeshado...
$4.95

Christmas Acorn Ornaments, 1...
$25.00

Winter of 2009 Red Barn in a...
$45.00

Snowflake Lip Tint - Tinted ...
$6.25

Fine Art Photography Snow Ar...
$20.00

Mens Garnet Ring Rustic Ster...
$65.00

Christmas Tree in Snow Fine ...
$25.00

Holly Berry Earrings - Bronz...
$19.00

SNOWCAKES Bubble Bath Bar
$3.80

Winter White Felted Acorns s...
$12.00

Red Berry - Glass Globe Orna...
$15.00

Baby Bear Hat In Cream Pearl...
$19.00




Winter Photography, Tree, Sn...
$30.00

A Winter in Paris Ring. Snow...
$50.00

Snow Ball Cake Lollipop
$18.00

tiny star post earrings in i...
$15.00

snowflake garland bunting
$12.00

Chandelier Crystal Earrings ...
$23.99

CHRISTMAS holiday artwork by...
$99.00

Star Snowflakes Christmas Tr...
$14.95

Glittery Christmas Star Urch...
$30.00

Silver Sunrise 8x10 Photogra...
$20.00

White Cowl - Neckwarmer Spar...
$56.00

Crocheted off white scarf lo...
$48.00

Goats Milk & Honey Lotion Mi...
$4.00

White Simple Pendant, Wire W...
$32.00

Vintage Ornament Winter Whit...
$12.00

Maison Wall Shelf .Hand Pai...
$68.00

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