24 February 2009

An Abundant Week...


Right after I posted my last post, I dove into those beads, and made up a bunch of new stuff! On Tuesday, I made a pair of earrings and a seahorse out of the last of those gorgeous green tourmalines. The seahorse looks so beautiful with the light behind it! The green tourmalines positively glow! I wore the earrings over to some friends' house for dinner the next day, and my friend bought them right out of my ears! Luckily I took pictures of them earlier that day! The earrings were a variation on a design I had made before, and I used the last of my scapolite trilliant briolettes for the tops of them. They set off the deep green of the tourmaline briolettes beautifully!












I was so inspired with how they turned out, that I spent much of Thursday playing with more variations. I stopped in at The Bead Shop in Hailey, on my way home from the post office, and they had these cubic zirconia briolettes that I couldn't pass up! I made 3 different CZ earring pairs in two days, then switched back to natural gemstones over the weekend to make up two more pairs of earrings. I still managed to go skiing both Saturday and Sunday! And, I finally mastered the telemark turn! :D































Then yesterday, The package I'd been waiting for arrived! I had glass artist, Kerri Fuhr make a custom bead for me. She had some really cool raven beads in her Etsy shop, and I asked her if she could make a magpie one for me. I love how funny and smart magpies are! There are a lot of them where I live, and they visit my back yard often. I sent her a picture of a pose I liked, and had her put a berry in its mouth, like in one of her raven beads, and she did the rest! As soon as I opened the package, I started working on a bale for the bead, so I could wear it! I wanted to incorporate my wire work, but not detract from the bead itself. I am quite pleased with the results, and have been wearing it all day, and admiring it! I hope you enjoy looking at it too!












If you have a chance, check out Kerri's Etsy shop. She just added the most gorgeous swan bead!
www.kerribeads.etsy.com

Wishing you all an abundance of good things!
~Pippi

17 February 2009

From bits of wire and rock come...



...New seahorses and other pretties!

I am always on the lookout for the most exquisite gemstones to use in my creations! Recently, I bought a few things from a new source in Canada. She always has a stunning selection of stones in her shop, especially watermelon tourmalines, which I love! I bought a few briolettes of the watermelon tourmalines (thinking seahorse dorsal fins), then added some dark green tourmaline briolettes, rainbow moonstone briolettes, and exquisite, tiny faceted rondels of green tourmaline and tanzanite. They arrived here on my birthday. I also ordered some super tiny, faceted, silver beads from my source in Thailand, and some cool scalloped coins to make into earrings.

I made a seahorse out of the tanzanite and moonstone beads. The color of tanzanite has always been a favorite of mine, and the flash of blue in the moonstone briolette sets off the purpley-blue of the tanzanite nicely! Then I made a pair of watermelon tourmaline seahorse earrings next.













One of the sets of coins I bought was from Malta, and feature a honeycomb with a bee on it on the front of the coin. I went with this theme for the rest of the earrings, and added big briolettes of honey-colored amber, with coiled wire caps that look like old-fashioned beehives, and sparkling briolettes of yellow sapphire to finish them off. They are bold earrings, measuring 2-5/8 inches in length, but are feather light (only 7.7 grams for the pair!)



I made up several variations on a tribal-style hoop design I have been refining for a few months. The original inspiration was a cool, old pair of gauged hoops from Indonesia, which I found on one of my favorite bellydance sites. The first of these recent tries features Swiss blue topaz briolettes, and for the second pair I used some of the moonstone briolettes I just bought. Both turned out quite nicely.














I am currently working on a pair of earrings using the gorgeous, dark green tourmaline briolettes, then I plan on making one more seahorse with green tourmalines. I'll keep you posted!

Thanks for stopping in!
~Pippi

Good News from the Etsy Wire Artisans Guild.....


Hi everyone!

When I logged in to my Etsy shop this morning, I was greeted with a message from the Wire Artisans Guild that I had been accepted as a member! They only vote in 10 members at a time, twice yearly, and have certain criteria that each member must meet. There were almost 40 applicants this time, for what was planned as 10 new positions on the team. (They ended up adding 13 new members, as the 10th place position ended up being a 4-way tie.)

This Etsy street team aims to educate buyers on the intricate and labour-intensive work that goes into the making of each piece (and the consequent pricing), the skills and techniques involved and the uniqueness of every wire-wrapped design making it a collectible OOAK couture piece. I am honored to be included in this group of talented wire artists!

Our guild is being featured on blockheadradiolive.com
1pm (eastern time), Saturday, 21 February, 2009

you can also find out more about the guild at:
wireartisansguild.blogspot.com

Cheers!
~Pippi