If you've followed this blog for any length of time, you'll have recognized that I have a small love affair with gradients. So it was only a matter of time before I did the earrings in one. I was worried about getting the gradient transitions in the same places, as while the earrings I create will never exactly match, neither did I want them to be wildly different. And to be just a little off could end up looking like an error. So I was pleased when I managed to gradate these to my satisfaction.
You know, with my love of gradients, I'm surprised I never embraced the ombre hair fashion. Guess I'm a blonde through and through. Though every so often I do get the itch to revisit the pink...
In keeping with the theme of materials I can no longer access, I present this deliciously juicy pendant, moving from an orange red to a blood red with a true red in between.
The material here is red gold smalti, which used to be made by Orsoni. I managed to acquire a decent amount of it a couple years back, but I'm already panicking as I see my stash dwindling. I rue the day when this red is gone from my palette. Hopefully someone will revive the manufacture of the red gold.
This will probably be the last of the wee squares for awhile. I produced this at the request of my Vicki Hanson-Burkhart of M3 Gallery, my lovely hostess for the last half of November. She repeatedly mentioned how much she lovely the really small pendants as part of a stacked necklace look. And you know what? She's spot on.
As you read this I will be hunkered down and working on my piece to enter into the juried Mosaic Arts International exhibition which runs concurrent with the Society of American Mosaic Artist's conference, held this year in Philadelphia from March 11-14. Submission for the exhibition ends on December 15th, thus I'm a bit behind the 8 ball, having only come up with the idea for the piece on December 4th. I'm frantically working to get it done in time. Wish me luck both in finishing it, and having it accepted into the show if I do. Registration opened for the conference on December 6th, and they had 100 registrants in the first 90 minutes! In addition to some fabulous sounding presentations, the conference puts on loads of workshops. I'm teaching "Precision Mosaic Jewelry" on March 11. While we naturally make jewelry in the class, the workshop would truly benefit anyone who wants to work small or to improve their cutting skills.
I realized recently that this piece has never put in an appearance on the blog, so I thought it was past time that I posted it. This earlier piece has a bit more texture to it than some of my others, owing to me constantly updating and upgrading my creation process.
You'll probably notice that unlike my usual mosaic jewelry offerings this one is figurative. Occasionally, I base a piece of jewelry on a fine art piece. This one is based on a work I produced in 2004, "Pablo."
The pendants in just golds, or just white golds, or a mix of the two have been really popular over the years. However, I haven't yet done a gold blend that is quite this yellow. It is very gold, with a touch of brown. Though I have never been to India, I imagine this to be the colour of gold one would see in the numerous jewelry shops there.
As much as I tend towards wearing silver, this more yellow gold looks great with my blonde hair, so I might just have to make myself a pair of earrings in this blend.
While at M3 Gallery (so sad I leave tomorrow), owner Vicki Hanson-Burkhart asked me to make a square pendant in her logo colours. It nearly perfectly matches her blue green square logo.
I won't be able make many more in this colour tone, as one of the golds that I used in this piece is no longer being made, and my stash of it is limited. So enjoy this soft aqua hue while you can! I will be making a few more in a similar colour that will be available at Vicki's gallery, so there is still potential to get in on the teal.
I hadn't anticipating spending this much time in North Carolina, my travels were to take me to Tampa, Florida, and some warm weather before I headed back to the frozen tundra of Canada for the holiday season.
(Alright, not really tundra, my hometown is an urban city of one million. But cold? Most definitely.)
But serendipity intervened, and I have been here enjoying North Carolina. Oft times the best parts of travel are the unplanned segues. If nothing else, the nomadic life certainly keeps me on my toes.
I don't have kids, but I've heard you're not supposed to have a favourite child. May the mosaic gods forgive me, but I have a new favourite set of twins, these elegant, captivating earrings. They are creamy white gold, pearlescent, and ridiculously light reflective. They warranted three pictures for your viewing pleasure.
Thanks again to the lovely Jo Braun for being the purveyor of the excellent mosaic gold used here.
I am so glad I decided to start posting another picture for each pendant. It really gives a good view of the details, and the light reflectivity of these.
I celebrated my first American Thanksgiving last Thursday with the Burkhart family in North Carolina, who made me feel so welcome. I contributed brussels sprouts with bacon-- because everything is better with bacon--and helped make apple pie. I hope everyone enjoyed the day and stayed safe and sound.