The collar necklace, as I may have mentioned previously, is six ounces of a combination of fine, sterling, and argentium silver, along with real-deal turquoise (none of that fake stuff). The bracelet and earrings haven't been weighed yet, because the whole collection is currently at the photographer for their close up. I'm excited as to how this collection turned out, and I hope to find homes for all of them. I also intend to make more pairs of earrings because they're cool.
In addition to silver, I have a copper bracelet with the turquoise beads. This one is an experiment in symmetry, because my wire weaving work is more free form (which is a fancy way of saying I don't have a plan). I have completed it, but not photographed it yet. Here is a progress picture. The finished bracelet has patina added to it to darken it so the weave stands out more.
One thing I learned during the patination process is that since turquoise's color is caused by copper, it can be affected by the liver of sulfur I use to darken the copper wire. So the colors are a little darker for now, until I buff the surface to bring it back up. That was quite a shock when I got it out of the bowl, though. Learn something new every day! Next time I'll just paint the liver of sulfur on instead!
In other news, I just found out that I got accepted into the Winnsboro Art & Wine Festival in Winnsboro, Texas. The festival takes place November 10-11, and there will be multiple wineries there, plus artists from across the nation, including me! It's a bit early for the details, but they are forthcoming.
For those of you keeping score, Winnsboro is in northeast Texas, north of Tyler. Since it will be in mid-November, it should feel like fall and be quite nice to spend the day hanging out and visiting. The festival will be located in their downtown, and the streets will be closed to traffic. I wonder if there's any good barbecue out that way? Guess I'll find out.
In the next installment, I'll talk about the expansion of my instrument key pendant collection to include flute and oboe keys. I still need to come up with a cool name for this collection, but I'm coming up with nothing at the moment. Oh, well. One crisis at a time. Now it's off to see what on earth my cat wants that warrants all this biting.
Greetings, everyone, and thanks for checking out ye olde blog! Since it's been a month and a half since the last blog, there's been quite a bit of goings-on here in the studio. For the sake of brevity, I'm going to divide things up. This blog I dedicate to the upcoming show prep.
My first show of the autumn season is in Midland, Texas at the Museum of the Southwest from September 8 to September 10. The event will kick off Friday evening with a gala preview party from 7pm to 11pm. I'm not sure what to expect, but judging from the ticket prices ($100 for open seating and $200 for a guaranteed seating), it's going to be quite a night! If you want tickets, call the museum at (432)683-2882 for purchase. There will be a silent auction to benefit the museum's many art programs for the community. Speaking of that, I need to make a piece to include in the auction. Saturday and Sunday will be open to the public, with general weekend admission being $5 per adult and $3 per child. I hope to see you out there! For more information, please visit their website:
My next show will be in Dripping Springs, Texas, which is down near Austin. This will be The SHOW's second year, and I'm excited to be a part! Check out the fancy postcard they sent. My jewelry is even on the front in the lower right corner next to the pearl ring, so now I'm postcard famous! The Show is September 30 to October 1. I hope to see you there! Here is The SHOW's website for more information: www.artistsalliancehc.com/theshow.html
In other news, apart from being up to my armpits in musical instrument repair and turquoise stone setting, it has been like an episode of National Geographic up in here!!! For months, there have been rumors of bobcat sightings in backyards, and Mr. Karlsson and I even caught a glimpse of one in our back alley. However, nothing prepared us for one morning a few weeks ago when Mr. Karlsson took a peek into the backyard as he was nuking his breakfast. He came and dragged me out of bed, whispering "we have kitties in the backyard!" Now, those of you who know me know that under normal circumstances I do not do mornings, and woe be unto you if try to get me to be enthusiastic about ANYTHING other than coffee before 7am. However, I do make exceptions for backyard interlopers. There were not one but THREE bobcat cubs lounging around in our backyard. Apparently, Maw Bobcat dropped the kids off at daycare under our patio table while she went to catch some rabbits, and hopefully decimate the squirrel mafia that insists on continuing its reign of terror by burying acorns in my flower beds and eating all the bird seed and chewing through the wires of my neighbor's car alarm. Mr. Karlsson and I stood glued to the kitchen windows while our cats (who stay indoors on a permanent basis) were losing their minds about the OTHER KITTIES. I managed to get two fairly decent shots of them, although not all together, and none of their mom. They were cute, and I had to resist the crazy cat lady urge to go get a closer look. Eventually their mom must have called for them, because they suddenly hopped over the fence and disappeared.
In addition to the bobcats, I also found several tiny Texas spiny lizards hanging out on my studio window. I suspect they were trying to apply for apprenticeships, but my furry apprentices nixed the idea unless barbecue sauce was involved. I only got pictures of two, but there were three little lizards in total.
In my next blog, I'll post about the Court of the Turquoise Queen. What, you didn't think I'd leave well enough alone, did you?!