Friday, July 6, 2012

My Studio

For years I've made jewelry at the kitchen counter. It has been a terrible place to do the work I love doing, but it was a necessity. Being in a power wheelchair, and having a handicapped accessible apartment, I've had to used the kitchen counter because its open leg well allows my wheelchair to fit.

Recently all of that has changed. I've converted my bedroom into my studio and it makes me happy. Surrounding myself with the things I use to create my designs, as well as the art, statues, sculptures and carvings makes me feel at home and comfortable. There's no need to rush, I can savor working slowly. An open window brings the sound of birds and bees and the fragrance of warm air, cut grass and the welcome sound of neighing horses from the horse farm next door. Working in front of windows blesses me with natural light, which I love. Making jewelry is a daylight endeavor.

In the living room I like to read at night or watch television, but I'm not a big fan. I sleep in a wonderful lift recliner and get a better sleep than I did in my bed. Too bad I didn't make the change sooner, but I enjoy it now and that's what matters.

Works in Progress

No small news that this blog is a work in progress. I just can't seem to blog on a daily basis. I can't even tell you that I wish I could,  because that would be a lie. Blogging isn't a top priority in my life, even when it's about my own jewelry.

But since this blog is about my jewelry, and I adore making it, here's a collage with some of my works in progress.

Top Left:
A 12 x 16.5mm natural South Sea Pearl dressed in 24k gold vermeil waiting for delicate sapphire gemstones...

Large Middle:
Small sparkling faceted emerald briolettes will perhaps become a necklace or a bracelet....hmmmm...

Bottom Left:
Almost too small to see, this beautiful triangular fused dichroic glass pendant in pink, lilac and silver, along with a slew of brilliant amethyst chips and faceted rondelles - and hand hammered sterling silver drops - will make a stunning pendant necklace.

Middle Right:
A huge labradorite pendant, along with several sterling silver edged labradorite stones and several coin shaped labradorite pieces will make a fabulous piece for a woman who loves this gemstone.