Monday, 24 February 2014

Monday Monday .....

(click me if you wish to hear the song by the Mamas And The Papas)

There are no musical bones in my body - but I do like music. Way back when, I played the trombone and the glockenspiel in the junior high band. Since then, I have not created anything other than bad shower music (and yes, songs to my kids -  but they have to love your voice right? Right!)

I have this habit of remembering a line from a song and then using it to emphasize what I am saying (like the line 'Can't Stand that Day' when sung by the Mommas And The Papas). That is a good thing, because I rarely know more than one or two lines. Well enough rambling. And the link above? It does not have much of anything to do with this post, the song has just been in my head all day.

I have had the most incredible last few weeks. The feedback that I have received both here, on facebook, and in person, has been truly amazing. I feel a little bit like Sally Field must have felt like when she won her second Oscar at the Academy Awards - 'You like me. You really like me'. The positive vibe fairies must be flying overtime. I really appreciate all the good thoughts coming my way... but like everyone who experiences some success - this has created an issue for me - where do I go from here? There is so much I want to do, but choosing what I should do first, and then do second, well, you get the idea.

When I have so many ideas flying around in my head, it is hard for me to wrangle them into some semblance of order, So I am trying my very best to create a list of them, in an effort to make sure that none of my ideas slip  away.

And now the fun starts --- sawing shapes  ---  picking the ones I will move forward with.

There are old techniques that I already know, and many new ways to use them - like wire wrapping ends on kumihimo, maybe using kumihimo in wire or maybe adding beads. Oh, did I forget to mention that my crochet chain in wire is almost done ---  turn that into a necklace - or enhance it by adding beads. Oh my, I think I need another day or two in my week.

I want to work some more on hammered and formed pieces, on bezels (both plain and enhanced), on patinas too, and electroforming ideas are jumbled in there as well! And new materials, like fibre, intrigue me. Oh, how does all this work together? I really can visualize the final look - I just need to sit down, take a deep breath, and figure out how to make all of it. There are just so many finished pieces that are possible - but I do realize that I will need to take baby steps to get there.

Someone once told me that Rome wasn't built in a day. And they are probably right. Doing it right will take some time. Even though it's not very likely, I am still kind of hoping that I can find enough time to do everything that I can visualize, during this week, or perhaps next week at the very latest. I wish to do it all right now - today! Why does Monday have to end so soon? - Can't Trust That Day.

Here are some photos. Enjoy!

stick coral

simple clasp

gratuitous earring

And some of the metal shapes at various stages of completion...

shapes to saw and file

neck piece at back
earrings in front

the beginning of a chain


ready for enamel?
Thanks for visiting.....


  1. What a lovely post! I loved everything about it, but I think there's just one thing missing. She's about 2 feet tall, furry and oh-so-pretty. Great job Mom!!!

    1. Thank you - I guess your consultant was helpful. Look for the furry one today!

  2. I don't work a lot in metal (well, except for the obligatory chains and findings), so I always find it interesting to see what is up on the metal scene. Love the copper :)

    1. Thank you for your comment. I appreciate it. Copper is nice to work with and so lovely after obtaining a patina/

  3. I loved seeing your various stages of metal projects. I can't wait to get done with moving so I can give metal sheet and patinas a try. Love our work and will come here often for inspiration.

    1. Thank you --- good luck with your move - it can seem like forever sometimes.