Wednesday, April 29, 2009

"Crystalline Entity" - SOLD

5" by 5" - Marble, dalles de verre, dichroic glass, mosaic gold, Carroltons
After a few days of pendants, it's back to the wee wall mosaics for me. The dalles de verre are so much fun to play with. For those of you unfamiliar with this material, it's these big plates of glass that are an inch thick. They cut very irratically, which is something I really enjoy. Someday I hope to have more than two colors of it!
As for the background, I got partway through, then had to rip it all off. Sometimes what I think will work doesn't; in this case I had to trade in the rectangles I had been working with for squares.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

"Turquoise and Red"

1 7/8" by 1 3/16" - Turquoise, mosaic gold, glass, filati, sterling silver base
Email to Purchase at $130 USD
I love the color combination of turquoise and red. At first I wasn't sure how it would work in a single piece of jewelry, but I really like the effect. What's funny is I went in the studio to do something in a chartreuse green, and this is what happened. About as far as you can get from green.
This is another piece that is a bit more expensive than usual owing to the sterling silver base. A number of people have been asking where I get my bases. I get them from Tiles and Tools in the Netherlands. The website is listed under my suppliers list towards the bottom of the blog page.

Monday, April 27, 2009

"Drops" - SOLD

Approx 2.3" by 0.7" - Gold, filati, stone, sterling chain, silver plate base
Not only do I love this pendant, I love the picture of it. The pendants, with all the gold I tend to use, are particularly difficult to photograph. This may be my best photo of any of the daily mosaics. I'm also really please with the gradient of light to darker golds, as it is nearly seamless. If you are a mosaic artist, you'll know how difficult a color gradient is to do well!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

"Stacked Pendant" - SOLD

Approx 2.3" by 0.7" - Mosaic gold, smalti filati, silver plate base, sterling chain

My camera did not take a great photo of this, despite ideal conditions. The background white all kind of melded togetherand looks very flat. In real life, the background has loads of texture, much like my marble pieces. I love the effect, but you just can't see it well here. Might try again later--white is so hard to photograph.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

"Fire and Agate" SOLD

2" diameter - Agate, dichroic glass, sterling silver base and chain
It's been a crazy couple of days at the part time waitress job, and sleep became a priority today, so I'm posting one of my jewelry pieces that I've had for awhile. Owing to the lux, and pricey silver base, this piece is a bit more expensive than the others, $130 USD. The photo is a bit more "cherry" than the actual piece. I'm still trying to figure out how to photograph the jewelry correctly. The dichroic glass is really amazing and shiny in this piece, which the photo doesn't portray at all.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

"Mountain Lake" - SOLD

7" by 7" - Marble, stained glass, rocks, filati, turquoise, jade
Remember how I said the day after "Penguins Marching" that I was trying to do something similar, but with rocky mountains? I finally figured out how to do it, and what wasn't working. However, I must admit that my favorite part of this piece is the little trees made out of semiprecious stone chips and smalti filati. I need to find an excuse to make more of these.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

"Hanging Out"- SOLD

6" by 7" - Mexican Smalti, glass tile, semi precious stone, pearls, mosaic gold, marble

This one was very enjoyable to create. I got to sit in the sunshine on the first day that one could really sit outside here, and had no time constraints. So I just got to create, and it didn't matter how long it took. Hindsight being 20/20, I wish I had left out the top green smalti piece, but I like it in too, so no matter. If only all days could be this pleasant.

Monday, April 20, 2009

"Floating" - SOLD

6" by 6" - Fused glass cabochons, marble, pearls
I don't know how I feel about this one. It was definitely better in my head. I think it probably needed more contrast, more color. One the other hand, there are some areas of very nice andamento, and I love pistachio green of the pearls, although I think they should have been oriented the other direction. May have to try something with them again tomorrow.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

"Coming Apart at the Seams" - SOLD & "Red Swirl Pendant"

6" by 6" - Sea Urchin Spines, smoky quartz, pearls, marble

WHEW! What a weekend. I actually created this yesterday, but didn't have a minute to post. For those of you who don't know, I work a part-time job waitressing, and strangely, this piece is kind of how I feel at the end of this weekend. Almost coming apart at the seams, what with people calling in sick with no replacements, people starting and getting fired the same shift, people just not showing up..... I did, however, love using this many sea urchin spines all at once. It felt so decadent to do. And since I didn't post this yesterday, you get a second mosaic today:

Red Swirl Pendant

Approx: 2.3" by 0.7" - Mosaic gold, filati, silver plate base, sterling silver chain

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I don't know if anyone noticed that I also mentioned I might make jewelry. I have a fascination with tiny things. When I first learned origami, I promptly went home and found out how small I could make a paper crane. This prompted my first entrepreneurship as an origami jewelry artist--at the age of 12. I might be considered a little crazy for working so small, but I really enjoy it.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

"I Walk the Line" - SOLD

5" by 8" - Obsidian, slag glass, marble, mosaic gold, eco smalti, pearls
Thank you everyone for your comments on yesterday's piece. Yes, I can be a bit hard on myself at times, but I'm a firm believer that self critique leads to improvement. It was a much better day in the studio, and I'm pretty fond of this piece. I can't believe how this marble and the eco smalti coordinate. You almost can't tell which is which.
On a side note, I came up from doing this mosaic, and asked my husband what we should do with the rest of the day. We decided to paint the bathroom, at 3:00pm. So it's 10:30pm, I'm covered in paint, and we only have the primer on. We have only one's gonna be a late night.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

"A Jungle of Mistakes"- SOLD

6" by 7" - Smalti, mosaic gold

So after the mosaic high of yesterday with "Penguins Marching", which was so exciting to produce, and received so many lovely comments, I just couldn't get inspired today. First I tried something similar to PM, but with rocky mountains, and it just wasn't working. Just tired and blah--so I organized a shelf of smalti. Still no inspiration.
And so today, I present a mosaic "what-not-to-do". I created this while teaching an indirect class shortly before the conference. I thought it could be a back up daily mosaic in case of illness, or odd life events. But when it got flipped over, I hated it. Still do. The main issue: Can anyone besides me tell that there is a fantastically formed fern in the background? This is what happens when you don't use enough tonal contrast from your foreground to the background. So instead, it just looks like some nice leaves with a weird red line running through the middle. Dang.

Monday, April 13, 2009

"Penguins Marching" - SOLD

7" by 7" - Glass, smalti, filati
I don't know if I'm the last person to see "March of the Penguins", but I saw it last night and was just enthralled. I've done very little landscape work in mosaic, but was compelled to try my version of the Antactic Emperor penguins on their long walk. I love how it turned out. I've never done a layered glass effect before, and this seemed just a perfect way to accomplish this idea.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

" B-Cut Bumper Cars"

6" by 6" - Mexican Smalti, marble

I love B-cut smalti. I love making it have texture that you have only some control over. It has a mind of its own, and you get what you get. Shearing it is a bit dangerous; I recommend eye protection and leather gloves. So after practicing my shearing, I arranged them on my substrate and then added yet another "Spilimbergo-ish" background. This time, I actually think I achieved the modern laying pattern that they do so well.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

"Rhythmus Interuptus" - SOLD

5" by 6" - Tiger Eye, mosaic gold, marble
After two days of fairly complex mosaics, I needed to do something simple and rhythmic. It's kind of like hitting the reset button for me to do something like this. A nice little calm, happy mosaic, I think.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


7" by7" - Shell thing, sea urchin spines, glass, mosaic gold

This size is about as big as a daily mosaic can get. Still trying to work with a more modern "Spilimbergo"style, and I think each day I get a bit closer. I do love the versatility of these sea urchin spines. I'm also having fun coming up with the blends I've used the last couple days.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

"Sea Hatchlings" -SOLD

4" by 7" - Ammolite fossil, sea urchin spines, rock, Mexican smalti, marble, mosaic gold
This one was a bit of a slog. The main bits came really easily, but the rest of it became a difficult decision. Actually ripped off some areas before I settled on this background. I've really been trying to figure out the laying pattern of the Spilimbergo school of mosaic, and each time I try, I think I get a little closer.

Monday, April 6, 2009

"Springtime" - SOLD

6" by 7" - Marble, glass, quartz, fluorite, pearls, millefiori, rock
Spring has finally come to where I live. This means it's finally in the double digits on the thermometer. For those of you in the States, this means it's finally in the 50's. For someone who has been in the depths of winter for 4 or 5 months, this means I'm THRILLED. So to celebrate, I had to do a "spring" piece, with soft greens, pinks and peaches. This piece was probably a bit too involved for a daily mosaic--it took longer than usual, and is perhaps a tad busy.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

"Reverse Jellyfish" -SOLD

6" by 6" - Glass Cabochon, Mexican smalti, dichroic, obsidian, garnet
Many mosaic artists over the years have mosaicked jellyfish. This is my contribution to the mosaic jellyfish world. I reversed the colors that one would normally use: clears, whites, and pinky reds, with blue water, and replace them with their opposites. My red smalti did not go as far as I thought it would, so towards the end, I had to pop in some deep oranges. I think it turned out to be one of those serendipitous problems. The inky black cabochon is from my stash from Marian Shapiro. Thanks Marian!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

"River Jam" - SOLD

5" by 7" - Rock, pyrite, marble, smalti, turquoise, and more...

Whew! Back from the SAMA mosaic conference. My husband really likes this piece, but I'm still undecided. I got a lot of new "goodies" to play with at the conference, both at the vendor show, and from friends who generously brought me treasures for my daily mosaics. The central rock in this piece, for example, is courteousy of Jenny Perry. To me, this piece is what happens when I have too many new toys; I want to play with them all, and the result is a bit mish-mash.

In case you want to know what too much new mosaic stuff looks like:

So many tesserae, so little time.....