Happy Pi Day! Here is my contribution to Pi Day 2011. Lovingly made from scratch using organic ingredients, and decorated with crust cutouts made with cookie cutters from my oldest sister on the birthday of my older twin sisters. Happy birthday, Margie and Julie! Love you, Mary!
Pi Day Pie - Plenty of Pi to go around 14 March 2011
This week I finished a ring and started another one in my metals class, came up with two new earring designs, and made one of the designs already.
I am still perfecting my bezels in my metals class, so I have been making rings. This week's ring features a beautiful and unusual Australian boulder opal. I bought a number of boulder opal cabochons a few years ago, but have only used a few of them so far. This one is one of my favorites! The sparkling vein of opal looks like an aerial view of a river. I wanted the setting to accentuate but not overpower the stone. I sketched out several possibilities before settling on this design.
I melted bits of fine silver wire from my scrap container to make the balls on either side of the bezel, and I used a letter "v" stamp inverted to make the design around the edge. The band was cut from 18 gauge sterling sheet, and hammered for texture. I have not oxidized it yet, and am not sure if I will, or if I let it patina naturally. We shall see.
My other project this week started as the flash of an idea, which I sketched into my jewelry journal. I had an idea for a pair of hoops and a new paisley design, and a yummy new string of tourmalines with quite a few in gorgeous shades of dark blue, so I jumped in and started making the hoops. I tipped each spiraled petal with a blue tourmaline, with a green one between each petal.
The blue hoops turned out beautifully, and I loved the design even more in real life. I decided to try one with pink tourmalines instead of the blue, and took advantage of my work (and the perfect light for photography), by snapping pictures of the whole process while making them, so I can write a tutorial for the design.
I am just starting Week 10 today, so I will share the second pair of the lotus earrings and more in my next post.
I have always loved making things with my hands. It has always amazed me that I am able to take an image in my mind and make it come into form. Like magic!
I will never have enough time to create all the wonderful things waiting to come to life from my imagination, but you can see a few of the lucky ones that actually get made here.
I hope they bring a bit of joy to your day!
Thanks for looking!