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.



9 comments:

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Dear Cynthia,
I am in awe of your enthusiasm to have a clear out …… I need to but can't summon up the will to do it !!!!! Haha
I love the way that you have distressed those beads …. they look beautiful and very old.
…. and, keep telling us about your de-cluttering …… it could inspire me !!!! XXXX

Lela said...

Some might call it spring cleaning.... I call it clearing the mind & setting sights on a new horizon. (Whoa, that sounded deep, huh?) :D

Lela said...
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Lela said...

I have no idea why that comment posted twice...I didn't resend it. CrazyBlogger. But I want to add that your earrings always amaze me!

Lucie said...

I love the beads you made from antique rosary beads! and indeed, the plastic look is what I hate with polymer clay but these creations of yours are stunning! They look like wood!

RaggedRobyn said...

Those round jolly earrings are frickin' incredible! I love everything about them, and your beads are insanely scrummy. Beautiful surface! <3

OldLady Of The Hills said...

You have been busy!! And how wonderful that you have cleared out and cleaned up so much "Stuff", as George Carlin used to call it----Making room for more creativity!!! BRAVA, my dear! Lovely New Things!!!

Chris said...

I am SO impressed with your destashing and organizing! I struggle with that concept....

Earrings are LOVELY~~weirdly neato. Bless you!

Anvil Artifacts said...

Wow! Your work is always amazing, but the finish you got on your new polymer beads is fantastic! Your studio space sounds like a delightful spot to work in.

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