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Off to Arisia
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laurieopal
This is a snap shot most of the work I just finished. (click on the image to see it larger) Everything is packed and ready to leave with me in the morning.




Lots of new work.  I'm pretty excited about it.  I'll be  posting some individual pictures when I get back.

I have a black silver lace like necklace I'm especially happy with right now.

Looking forward to seeing folks at Arisia.  I'm on the dealers row in room 340

And bless my cat sitter.

Exploding Flowers
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laurieopal
I'm in the midst still of getting the work done for Arisia.  I'm wondering if anyone who reads this diary will be there.

I've have all of the lost wax work set, finished as pendants, earrings etc.  Lots of work with pliers and design.

Still have some steam punk antique beads and parts jewelry to make.

Took some time out and photographed three commissions.  Two of them haven't been seen yet by the folks that commissioned them so I can't put them up yet. 

But I can put up a photo of Nancy Cobb's  pop art pendant with the exploding flowers set with the Madagascar ocean jasper.  This is the first piece I've done with a comic book visual vocabulary.




Please click on the photo for details.  Actual size is 3" wide by about 2.25" high.

I hope I get a chance to work in this vocabulary again.

I've talked to some very helpful people who make letterpress type.  Was hoping to get there before I leave but it's just too dense.  When I get back.  I still want to have some words as part of the carvings.

Mood: Jeweler's Back


Back At Work
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laurieopal
I had a lovely New years Eve and Day and now I'm back at work getting ready for Arisia.

I went to wild_irises's New Years Day Open House.  Saw lots of people I really like and don't see often enough.  And I got to see the alien artifact brooch on whumpdotcom.  Since I make my commission work _for_ the person, it's very gratifying when I see the pieces on them, especially the first time.

I've spent hours today on the fine tool part of polishing.  Sawing off sprues and then doing delicate smoothing and cleaning with the tools before I actually start working on this group of pieces with the polisher. Then  I use a flexible shaft with a variety of wheels.

Nancy Cobb was visiting and saw her Pop Art piece so I should have a photo of it up soon.  Took some quickly that I'm not thrilled with. Will try to spend enough time on it tomorrow to get it right.  Given how dense life is, I may have to settle for an only OK photo.

The cherry blossom tree with  small gear flowers and rubies is finished.  I'm bringing it to my friend Bayla at Arisia so I won't have the photo up til I get back.    I looks just like I envisioned it at the Museum.  Folks who read the link will note that I decided on cherry blossoms rather than peach and the rubies will be on the trunk rather than in the flowers.  But the essential vision is the same. This piece is also part of the developing new work.

I'm spending some time with a friend tomorrow afternoon and while we're talking I'll be working on the shambles and steam punk dragons.  Doing the design work with steam punk parts, antique beads, odd shamble bits   etc.

Mood: 2010ish

Best for the holidays.
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laurieopal
My best to everyone for the holidays...whatever that means for you.

I've finished up as much as I could today and with a bit more work tomorrow, I'll take some time off very gratefully.

I set most of the rings I made in the last month or so. Have a stack of packages going to the post office tomorrow. Rings that I needed to size for people that got delayed because I was sick, and a lapis dragon ring commission that is timely.

And I put away the many of the stones that have been living in my work space.

Lots more to do next week but first I have 4 days off. I'm leaving for Arisia on January 13th so it's going to be dense again before I leave.

And all the casting is done!!!!

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