Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Linner Thought..... maybee


*pendant is sold

I have to admit my muse may seem a bit sketchy sometimes, but it all makes cents to me. My work started with turquoise, three bracelets, beautiful petite stones bracketed with stamping dating back a century with my antique stamps. Everyday is a new opportunity to grow and sometimes I'm surprised where my thoughts and work may wend. I'm following the news just like you are and I worry about the diminishing bees and I wonder where we're headed in terms of farming. I treasure them, the important role they play regarding our existence, I'm hoping we head back from whence we came.


brooch

I've been wanting to make turquoise insects for some time now, so I finally did. These pieces are like small sculptures, nothing is cast, each piece is made by hand, the turquoise is Royston from AZ.


I sprinkled a bit of pollen on each of them.....


and suspended this one on a 30 inch chain so you can admire it too.


*sold size 9 1/4

I wandered into the oak woodland with this pretty Sleeping Beauty droplet.

*an old, burned up truck rests on it's axels on an offshoot of one of my hiking trails, someone has spray painted peace signs on it and it now houses an enormous colony of bees, I tread quietly when I go there to bird watch.


A leaf plucked from the understory rests on the band.



"1909" size 8

This change in work may be surprising to you but when I handle turquoise I always start to think of American history regarding the stone, so I turned the page and started a new chapter.


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I love the mixes of metals, textures, color in this ring. I like putting the penny back in circulation, it contains no solder, it rests in it's frame unharmed.



1906 Turquoise History

The ring led to a the pendant, rooted in the West it contains stories of the past, antiquity.


The chain can be adjusted from 17 to 19 inches.


size 9

The pendant made a bread crumb trail to the Buffalo Compass Rings. The coins are not set, if you decide you would like this ring you can also choose which side of the coin you'd like.


*7.5 is sold

These ring have a nice heft.


They got me wondering just who the brave was that has his portrait immortalized on the coins. The coins we designed by sculptor James Earl Fraser and the indigenous man is actually a mingling of three Native Cheifs, John Big Tree, Iron Tail, and Two Moons. The American Bison also had a proper name which was Black Diamond.


This is where my brain has been traveling. Showing new work is always a little difficult for me, thank you for always being so nice, even when you're thinking....what the..........??

xoxo Ro

30 comments:

  1. OH! How very, very wonderful!
    I LOVE the combination of the copper coin & turquoise, oh my gosh..and LOVE the Indian Head nickles..what beautiful rings they made. I'm so excited for you Ro! fun, fun!
    and the BEE's!!!! no words, no words!
    :-)

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    1. Thank you Deb, I always appreciate a soft landing :)

      I really have to say I love them all like babies!

      xoxo

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  2. ...not only prolific, but so soooo beautiful!

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  3. AWESOME! As a girl who grew up in the Southwest, I applaud where you're going (as well as the thoughtful process of getting there). I too love turquoise and the environment and the Native American coin addition really touches me.

    *Been following you for a while, just never posted before.

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  4. Hi Jill,
    So nice to meet you! I think the coins add a bit of sincerity to the stones, the textured metal always evoke the feeling of tin ceilings, of the old west.

    Thank you for bravely posting!

    xoxo Ro

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  5. Your bee-themed pieces have to be some of my absolute favorite that you've done! The leaf skeletons (I'm guessing) to pattern the silver for the wings is *brilliant*.

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  6. Thank you honey bunch!
    You have a very good eye though I used tomatillo husks saved from last summers veg garden :)

    xo

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  7. A gorgeous new chapter, Ro. Your Requiem for the Bees...ah, sweetness. (And bees finding a home in the burned up truck. It seems so apropos.)

    LOVE your Buffalo Compass Rings! And so great to learn the history of the images on the coin. They are both indelible images, even for this transplant.

    xxx

    Can you believe it: I have wooly socks AND the heat on!

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    1. Thank you Ash, I appreciate it.

      I love those rings too, it's always interesting to learn something new Black Diamond!

      We turned the heat on too!!!!!!!! YAYYYYYYYYYYYY!!

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  8. Your brain has been traveling to very nice places... xx

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  9. Whoa! If I am thinking "What the....?" , it is because I am in awe of the amazing work you do, Ro. I am consistently SO impressed with the ideas, the craftsmanship, and the way these phenomena come together -- allowing your beauties to come to fruition.

    The bees are wonderful, turquoise gorgeous, and coins are very cool. Thank you for the names from history too!

    Wow. Wow. Wow. That's it. Wow.
    xxxooo

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    1. Aww thank you for the spirit boost Lisa, I'm a little chicken sometimes..

      Her name I learned is spelled Ann E., Anne Elizabeth. I'm grateful for her help, she's hilarious btw :)

      xoxo

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  10. P.S. Annie, you look amazing! :o)

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  11. I'm with Songbird on this...absolute WOW. Just step back for a moment and consider the absolutely unique nature of these pieces...you'll attract a whole new set of historical jewelry fans! :-)

    And those BEES--with hearts of turquoise--oh my GOSH. These are inspiring!!!

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    1. Thank you Caroline, my dh collects coins and I've always been fond of these two in particular.

      Oh and the bees, it was fun trying to figure out just HOW to make a silver bee.

      xo mine turquoise friend!

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  12. Ro,
    I love everything - inspired and clean as always :) oxoxox
    A

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    1. awwww thanks Allison, "clean" is important, thats a nice compliment!

      xoxo

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  13. WOW!! Ditto Songbird's comment. Am impressed with each & every piece. I particularly love the bee pendant & brooch - tomatillo texture was perfect for the wings:) I've been fond of bees since I was a kid & worry about their diminishing population. There is someplace in China where fruit trees are grown & they have to hand pollinate because the bees are gone.
    I sure do enjoy hearing about your creative process. It's inspiring! So much history in those coins. Your pieces are the most wonderful incorporation of coins that I've seen!! xoxoxo

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    1. When I moved to this house 10 years ago it was all grass nothing interesting growing here. I dug a little plot for tomatoes in the spring.......no bees. I looked at them every day and after moving away from a previous gorgeous garden, I cried. I bought lavender and put it in between the tomatoes and after about a week I counted the same 5 bees every day. I finally dug out all the grass and replaced it with a diverse variety of plants and we must have bees by the thousands now, scads of different varieties along with awesome wasps, moths butterflies. I LOVE THEM! I thought I was going to have to hand pollinate too. I had not read that about China, that makes me sad.
      Did you know the same bee colony is trucked all over the US following the growing season? Now they're being poisoned by systemics, who in their mind ever thought poisoning plants was a good idea? You kill the bad and the good insects that way. When I was little I got stung all the time, now I'm very allergic, that's why I keep quiet :)

      Thank you I like the coins too!

      xoxo

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  14. Absolutely no "what the ..." here. I think these new pieces are amazing. I have loved watching your evolution over the past couple of years. It's so interesting to see where you go, and you take me with you -- thinking about your style makes me think about mine, and where I want to take it. Thank you for the inspiration to travel!

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    1. Thank you for following the evolutionary process. I bet you feel the same way, whatever inspired you yesterday has been achieved completed, on to something new, fresh day, new page.

      go for it sister!!

      xoxo

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  15. Gorgeous Gorgeous work! I'm not surprised half of them have sold already. I wish my muse would be so favourable towards me.... ♥

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    1. Oh I know those ruts Emma.....those are painful, those are good opportunities to do something else.... once you stop trying, *IT happens :)

      *here's what I always appreciate about your work, it's "YOURS", stay true!

      xo

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  16. HA! Just read your first line again.....makes cents to ME now :o) !

    XO

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