An (almost daily) attempt to expand my creative skills; to use new materials in unexpected ways; to have fun with wearables; to be as un-precious as possible about turning ideas into accessories.
Too thick to be a stud (like I originally planned...), so I drilled through the width of this little ceramic piece and turned it into a teensy pendant. The pop of purple is some of that Marabu porcelain paint.
Shaking the yarn-wrapping concept up a bit. Not sure how successful this was, but a decent attempt at something different.
This. Fucking. Yarn. Jamieson & Smith 100% Shetland wool from the Shetland Islands, bought on-the-go from a small shop on a cobbled street in the heart of Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival last year. We hit the packed city after five blissful days on a bicycle up the English coast and along the Scottish border; we were tired and smelly and harried; we were kinda sorta lost; but I just *had* to stop and nab a skein. Sheesh.
The earrings are two bits of aluminum wire, bent into shape and then wrapped, with a couple cheapie hooks I got from General Bead in SF.
These were meant to be ceramic studs, but I made them a bit too thick. (Whoops!) Luckily, I think they might be even better as danglies.
We recently biked around the perimeter loop of Lake Tahoe. It was freaking beautiful--and at 73.8 miles, the longest ride I've been on so far. Just after Emerald Bay, which was bordered by what felt like a series of never-ending climbs, we stopped off at Meeks Beach to put our feet in the water. I found some trash, which I tossed, and these two stones, which I turned into this necklace.
20 June 2017
Last time I went home, I found this little shell shaped like a wiener on the beach. Now it's a little pin shaped like a wiener on my tote bag.
19 June 2017
Nabbed these three-inch metal rings from the local craft shop for a cool .60¢ each, then wrapped them with some spesh yarn I bought at Purl Soho in Manhattan on a work trip years ago.
18 July 2017
More fun with Marabu porcelain paint--this time sponged on, which eliminated some of the streaky brush effect--plus a special appearance by some super old orange yarn I've had kicking around forever.
17 June 2017
Did a little experiment with a once-fired ceramic pendant and some Marabu porcelain paint, which gives a pretty cool finish without the need for another trip to the kiln.
16 June 2017
This little stone from the shores of Lake Tahoe (kinda sorta) looked like a mini-sneaker, so I (kinda sorta) turned it into one.
15 June 2017
This ceramic pendant is part of a series I made to experiment with shapes, rotations, and colors. I cut the half-circle out, then shifted it around a bit so the holes and chain were off-kilter. The underglaze is sponged on (front, back, and sides) with clear glaze on top.
14 June 2017
Tested out this Marabu porcelain paint on a once-fired ceramic piece, then wrapped the cut-out with some leather cord.
Oldie but goodie that I like more as time goes by. The necklace is composed of a simple crochet chain stitch, repeated (and repeated and repeated and repeated...). Before tying it together in the back, I strung a handful of wooden beads along; they fit snugly enough to stay in place, but not so much so that I can't rearrange them a bit.
One of my early gos at ceramic jewelry. Still dig the big chunky beads.
My first real experiment with metalworking, thanks to a tutorial from my mama (a jewelry-making maven). Made this one a few years ago but it's still one of my faves.
I spied a Wendy Chien necklace in the wild and was totally inspired to turn this old wooden curtain ring into something a little more refined.
More treazh from Hermosa. Tough to tell from the photo, but there's some really lovely purple and orange hues that sweep naturally across the surface.
Found these beautiful shells at home in Hermosa. They are weighty in a way that is very satisfying to wear.
These bitty bangles have been around since last year's ceramic sessions, but I wasn't ever quite sure what to do with them. The Dremel made it possible to drill a few fresh holes and put them together in a way I hadn't thought of before.
I sat down on my 36th birthday and used a pin drill to (verrrrrrry slowwwwwwwwwwwly) transform these deep blue shells from Bolinas into a new necklace. Gave me a good boost to get going with this experiment.
I'm a chronic beachcomber. I grew up on the coast in southern California, and always had at least one jar full of "perfect" stones that I found down by the water. Last time I went home I picked up a bunch of awesome shell bits and pieces which I laid out and stared at forever, figuring out how I wanted to puzzle them together. I used my Dremel to drill the holes, then tied each of the shells together with leather cord I bought at Mendel's up on Haight.
3 June 2017
Mission Fabrics in SF sells little ziplock baggies of leather scraps, and probs every third time I go I'll buy one; now have a pretty large sack full of seriously irregular offcuts and discards. This collection was generously beefed up by my friend Amy, who makes beautiful leather and canvas goods for her Good West Co. brand. I dug in and pulled out a handful of pieces to play around with, and glued them together for this necklace; was super stoked when I realized I could drill a hole through the thick, rigid leather with my new Dremel, which made it super easy to link everything together with jumprings.
2 June 2017
I can't remember where I found this perfect little flat stone, but I do know I picked it up because it looked like a foam finger. I've transferred it between various jars of treasures over the years and when it recently resurfaced I was like: 'Fuck it. I'm making this official.' I drew the hand in pencil, then went over the lines with a black acrylic marker. The pin back I glued to the flipside only partially covers the big blob of ink I made on my first try.