Monday, April 7, 2014

A Little Torch action...



Beautiful Mr. B helped me this weekend to get my torch set up and it is located in his studio...who would have ever thunk that he and I would be working on metal side by side...certainly not me.
Now that I have taken metalsmithing and have some of the fundamentals down (well more or less) I can speak his language and understand what he is saying to me about how to work the metal...



This was my first attempt...He gave me some lovely old bronze sheet which I texturized using different techniques...the metal was roller printed at school using bits of old border lace.





the ring base was hammered with a texturing hammer 
and then cross filed...

I just plunked the top onto the band and went for it...
then hammered it to the shape of the band...
I got some lumps...but I like them and it's meaningful to me...
I embrace my "mistakes" as you never know what will evolve from them...






 This ring was my next experiment...everything is an experiment at this stage...



First I hammered this rectangular shield shape and used an old made in Paris metal stamp to create the lines, hammered the whole thing on the concrete studio floor and then made the dimples with metal punches...

next came the ring band..thick metal with a cross hatch design..


I have never worn big rings like this but I tell you it feels powerful to
wear a big statement ring on your pointer finger...


This one is close to my heart as it is my first real made by me ring.


I love working in metal, the torch and all the tools....It is a more authentic way
for me to design as there are not as many bits and pieces to deal with...beads, wires, wrapping...
I tended to get all confused and maniacal with all those bits around me and too many choices..


 I love texturizing and hammering metal...and soldering is magic.



Because I know there is more where these came from I have listed this in my Etsy Shop...
It is my first metalsmithing piece in there...big girl pants on!





Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A trip to the Getty...




A trip to the Getty always makes for a beautiful day out...





I love these structures....
rebar with bougenvila growing in them...


Beauty all around...
A perfect day...

If you are ever in Los Angeles, make sure
you visit the Getty Center and also the Getty villa
on the coast...


oh yeah...
some new earrings in the works...


just listed in my Etsy Shop....






Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Just when you thought I've done everything...



I bet you didn't think of this....



Tonight at 9pm I start taking drum lessons...

Cray zee I know...I'm a middle aged woman...

but it is something I always wanted to do so I thought why not...
The lessons are at the local Parks and Rec...

Boom boom bang

Thursday, January 23, 2014

New work...cause I'm tired of destashin....

Well I did a dang good, no, great job of cleaning my studio/kitchen table...

I have pretty much dedicated the whole room to a studio space...I love it..all my little comforts...my favorite pictures, crystals hanging in my southern facing window, rainbows shooting throughout the room...I have Pandora hooked up now too so it is always blasting away... how much do I love Pandora!!  endless hours of listening pleasure that I designed myself and with lyrics and biographies of the artists...bliss!


 The cleaning does continue ....I have drawers to clean out yet...tabletops with crap on them...I have bits and pieces to assign to new places where I can find them without a mad insane search.  All the things that I know I will never use are pretty much at their new homes or are on their way....two destash boxes are still listed ..filled to the brim with good things...They are just not me anymore  When I first started with jewelry making I went cuckoo with supply buying without any plans....so you end up with a lot of things that don't work together...Also my style has changed and basically I love to make everything myself or get it from someone else who does.   I have found that the more stuff I have around me, the more confused and unhappy I am...It takes away from my focus....My AADD kicks in big time and I become frustrated.   The clean up will help to remedy a lot of the problem...I can feel it helping already.  Clean space uncluttered mind.  I am hoping it will help me to get over some of the slumps I have been feeling lately.

So....

Today I made two pairs of earrings on a table that is clean...unreal!  I made one pair, cleaned up the mess, put everything back in its place ...oh man oh man...I hope this keeps up as it feels so friggin good to be organized..                                


I had these beads that I made a couple of weeks ago...  I made them with polymer clay and two molds that I made from old rosary beads....I never made molds before and this is a really great technique especially when you want more than one of one thing...funny how I avoid doing something that I know will be great but just because I've never done it before... I get scared...silly me...more than silly,  downright self-sabotage.

I am pleased with the way these turned out...I did my super distressing technique...they came out looking old, worn, and dull finished ...just the way I like them...Polymer can look shiny, cheap and well, looking like plastic...I hate that...so I work and work on them until that goes away... they end up looking like old wood.  Several layers of paint and then a waxing and buffing.

I used the distressed pewter findings that I have in my shop right now and my steel frames.  I finished off with some tiny little brass Virgin Mary medals... When I want to keep them, I know I done good...



The next pair I did are ones I did before...I love the design and it's one I can do without to much frustration  since I already figured out all that's needed to make them look like this...



wrecked and wasted


These have Scorchedearthonetsy drops, copper tubing, twirly steel wire
and old wooden rosary beads...



The cleaning and destashing continues meanwhile but the light at the end of the tunnel
is enormous...I have still have  a ton of work to do...the garage comes next or maybe my "dressing room"...

and in the words of one of my favorite artists....


Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
― William Morris

peace out ...bh.



Friday, January 17, 2014

Will the destashing ever stop?

I have made a new years resolution to clean out my studio.  I have been gathering, collecting, keeping, hoarding and making myself fookin nutzs in the process...everytime I need to find something I can't...every drawer that I open crap falls out all over the place... Something had to be done...had to...this time I really meant it... sooo
                                                               DESTASH BOXES


I'M TAKING PRIORITY BOXES AND LOADING THEM TO MAXIMUM
CAPACITY...

tons of beads from all over the place...
some I've had for 30 years...
bits and bobs and this and thats..
a mere $35 plus shipping gets you a box...






SPARKLE 



Today I found a lovely post on Creative Bead Chat which has a bead drive to send your unwanted jewlery making supplies to this home for girls ...they have a program to help them make some money by making jewelry...well PERFECT!   So the rest is going to them...which makes me feel good and I don't have to take countless more photograps and then list it all on Etsy...feelin fine in the 2014!!!
click here to donate yourself..




Meanwhile
this is happening in Los Angeles...


Big giant fire to the east of us...this picture was taken  around noon on Thursday.
Today everything is covered in ash...
we haven't had rain since i don't remember when...
whatta mess...
but when we did get a drop of rain awhile back this happened...
these are all California Poppy shoots...
more than I've ever gotten before...
ought to  be glorious in a month or so...
toodles bh.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

I am back...I think.

To the legions of fans who were wondering what the heck has happened to me, well...
I have finally finished my metalsmithing class and wow... was it ever "challenging" to me...

saw these suckers out......



They became this 3-dimensional  riveted bracelet...
a true anguish to make...



Then...


the little brass box...less torture... even some triumph..!

and on to...

THE HOLLOW RING






I am use to staying at home, going to yoga for an hour, coming back and just putzing around my estate....Make some jewelry, putter in the garden, cook something once in awhile, sit on the porch and drink tea, play my uke....that is my day...and I love it...


  It was hard to go to school!  All of my time went into the class and everything else I do in my life just fell away.  My eating, my yoga, cleaning my house, cooking..laundry....no one had socks, pants or shirts.   My husband starting doing the laundry and the man works some 80 hours a week...





second side added


I loved the class and the teacher and the kids in the class especially...so young, so crazy and just everyone was very different and unique...we became a little family and it was cool...

I did learn some great new skills.... 
I can solder and cut and file and bend and roll and tumble and rouge..
I can make paper models and show 20 drawings of stuff I'll never make....
I can make a box, a riveted bracelet and a hollow form ring....

 But most importantly.... I learned that  I love to stay home and do my own thing..!!!! I am so ok now with my life ...I have found things that totally keep me busy and that I have a passion for...I am not lonely or bored...and I love my house, my garden, my yoga, writing and music.




So here's my final project
A Tahitian pearl  
hollow ring....

see the blood!  see the sweat!  see the tears!

This bugger was hard as hell to make but Beatnheart never gives up a fight
so I kept at it until I did it ...The End!


and so onto 2014 



 I am cleaning up the remnants of 2013 on my worktable.

I will be destashing some things in the up and coming days weeks so pop on by the shop if you need any more crap 
beautiful, unique, findings and beads ...


all the best in 2014
my bloggy friends
blessings 
and peace...
xxbh







Sunday, October 20, 2013

Jewelry Affaire Magazine Autumn 2013

Here's my shameless self-promotion...

I'm in the Autumn Issue of Jewelry Affaire Magazine...



A nice two page spread...
with text written by me...



These earrings were just returned to me from the photo shoot
and are now available for sale in my

and for inquiring minds...


The Long Beach Open Studio art walk was killer!
I did really well and now it's got me thinking about
maybe doing some more events like this ...
It was great to sell stuff directly to the customer and see what they
pick out...and see it on them...



Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Long Beach Open Studio Tour






I am pleased to announce that I will be showing my work at the Long Beach Open Studio Tour
on October 12th and 13th, at 3868 Gaviota Street up in Bixby Knolls.   I have been very busy working on new designs ....this along with keeping up with my metalsmithing class up at Long Beach City college has kept me at the work bench....My poor Etsy shop is suffering because of it and I haven't put a thing in there in what seems like ages...

I'm making some of these just for the show...these however went to my special bestie before that could
happen...I think I'm going to try to make  something similar as these are way too cool...


I just love these sea urchins...got a lovely stash of them recently,
but was a bit put off with the hole drilled in the center...
couldn't quite figure out how to work with them but found out
that the extra wire work involved actually seems pretty cool.




These sold right out of the box...I tried something new with the polymer
I added inks over the top and the craziest colors happened...like Tiffany glass almost...
Making some more of these for the art walk...





  I would love for you all to attend but of course since most of you are all over the world I don't think I'll be seeing many of you, such a shame...wouldn't it be wonderful...

 Also the Long Beach Ukelele Club will be playing on Sunday, of which I am a proud member, so it
ought to be a great weekend...

  Here is the website to the event ....The Long Beach Open Studio Tour



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