Wednesday, October 17, 2012

New Jewelries

*the heart is sold,     *the middle is sold

I've been working away, I made a little totem of cuffs, I believe the traditional totem usually involves a raven but this one has a hummingbird.....heart that is, bracketed by feathers. I love, LOVE turquoise bracelets so I made two, each with quite different royston stones I bracketed them with leaves, aspen and ?, the leaf I found on my trip and I still have not been able to identify, a pretty elongated heart shaped leaf.


All the little silver elements are made by me here in my tiny studio.


C is for cuff.



*sold
"Remnants" I'm still on my trip by the way, in my mind that is. When you're making things, like these cuffs, you have the ideas in your mind, but the finished product is a long way out. Setting all the stones making sheet silver smooth for bands, well, it's quite a long process. I have a hard time holding back my brain which sometimes is off to a new design, "hold on Nellie" I've been thinking about Ernestine's ranch, Ernestine is a cow with one horn up and one horn down, she looks like she's constantly making a phone call (one ringie dingie). There is a beautiful old redwood homestead on the land, a handsome little board and batten house dating from the early 1900's I would guess. For some reason the old structure has permanently etched itself in my mind. The widows are missing and the building is abandoned, stuck right there behind the barbed wire with the fly flecked holsteins. I imagine the people that built and loved that small house, selected the old growth redwood that isn't going anywhere, it still looks new, preserved as it is with that magnificent wood, still no sway in the roof. As I walked by, remnants of what used to be red curtains blew out the window opening and I started to think about the woman that cooked in that kitchen, sewed the curtains, probably tended a vegetable garden on that rich land. I bet she picked wild flowers and arranged them in a mason jar vase, well that's what I was thinking about when....

I made these *remnant earrings.



Speaking of memories, I was asked to make jewelry from this, a collection of slabs a friends mother who was a rock hound had amassed, probably dating back in the fifties and sixties. I'm meeting with a stone cutter on Saturday, I hope to make memories happen. I'm excited to see what stories these rocks will tell.

Have a good day honey bunnies, xoxo Ro

25 comments:

  1. Beautiful cuffs, remnants and slabs...how fun...happy wednesday Ro! xx

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    1. Thanks Mona, I'm excited to see what lies beyond the dust :)

      Happy Wednesday to you!!

      xo

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  2. Beautiful work! And those slabs are so cool! That's great that you can make your friend such memorable jewelry. Looks like you're going to be busy! :)

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  3. Oh I know, I see some dendrites in there, this is going to be fun!

    bzzzz, busy bee here :)

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  4. Those cuffs are so wonderful--I like the leaves that frame each stone--AWESOME, Ro!!!!

    And those slabs!!! WOW, what an awesome project for you--how do you find a stone cutter in your neighborhood anyway?? That is beyond cool, Ro--you're going to find the stories in those stones for certain!!! I hope you share photos of the process with us, if the owners don't mind--I would love to watch you bring these slabs to life....

    Enjoy your bzzzzing!!!

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    1. Thank you Caroline!!!

      I know those SLABS I'll see what I can do in regards to pictures, I love all the penciled notes and circles on the slabs indicating just where she was going to cut them.

      zzzbbbzzzz

      xo

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  5. My wrist is seriously missing one of your cuffs, me thinks. The heart...it has my heart (...heart of the raven, of course...).

    Ernestine. Best cow name ever! (Perhaps tied with Bonita, my parents first cow!)
    "...ringie dingie.." hehe!

    Remnants...I love that. Remnants of places. Remnants of ourselves. What would we do with those pieces if we could back in time and cradle them in our hands...?

    Your mystery leaf...the Northern Catalpa has long elongated heart-shaped leaves...?

    Hope you're enjoying sunny skies and cool autumnal breezes, Ro!
    xxx

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    1. ...if we could GO back in time... =)

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    2. Ah, I like that, heart of a raven!

      Bonita, who could eat a bonita, well yes Ernestine stole my heart, not sure what her real name was but she was pretty cute, cut a place in my mind.

      I love old buildings, abandoned windswept places, houses filled with memories, ones unknown to me, I always want to stop and inspect.

      No it isn't a Catalpa, I know that tree, it looks like a walnut only no fruit and it was nestled in the aspens, I think I need to take a leaf in to our botanic garden and have it identified, I'm thoroughly stumped.
      (did you like that pun:)?

      Oh well no cool breezes here, I'm imagining them.

      xoxoxo

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    3. Bonita lived a good long life, was treated like a princess, and was never eaten! (She was such an ornery thing, I imagine it would have been a bit like chewing on bootstraps, anyway.) =)

      It's always such an inspiring treat seeing the treasures you find. You are a constant reminder to me to stop and look at what's around me, to see the beauty in every stalk, in every flutter, in every living thing. I'm grateful for that.

      Do let me know if you identify that leaf. I'm curious, too! =)

      Hope you're having a lovely day. (Today I'm also grateful for big sisters. When they're not bossy, they're pretty darn irreplaceable! Just, um, don't tell her I said that.)

      xxx

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    4. I really like that muy bonita!!

      I'm so happy to inspire, I can get tripped up on shadows a few plumes of grass, an unknown leaf, I hope to inspire.

      I just can't guess that tree it's driving me nuts! When I get a moment I'll run it in and let you know.

      I AM a big sister but I'm not the bossy one, just for the record :)

      xoxo

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    5. "...I can get tripped up on shadows..."

      ...which is also equally inspiring, really, because it reminds us we're not alone in the muck or walking around in the tall grass on our lonesome.

      Big sister britches: of course you're not. And I'm sure your younger(s) would agree. =) (I'm second-in-command, older to four. The youngest calls me Nana. Cheeky little tart.)

      xxx

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  6. Oh my gaaaawd RO! I love the cuffs, as usual...Beautiful work, so earthy!

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    1. He hee you always make me smile island girl!!

      thank you!
      xo

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  7. Ro !! Those slabs look like so much fun !
    The first thing i like to do with slabs is wet them, get a feel for how they will look when polished. I can't wait to see what you do with them!! Don't keep me waiting tooooo long ;)
    Rae

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  8. Oh man Rae, I WISH you lived next door!!

    I think there's some good stuff in there.

    I will vetten them.

    (vetten, German slang for wet :)

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  9. Lovely work! I look forward to seeing the surprises those slabs hold. I'm sure you'll make the most of them.

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  10. Gorgeous work as always: that pile of slabs makes my fingers itch...let me know if I can cab something for you!!! xoxox

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  11. Thank you Allison, I may just do that, I know how busy you are. I met some folks at a local gem show, I'm going to see what they think. A large majority are from TX, red plumes, marfa etc. I wish you were here :)

    xoxo

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  12. Haha sunny Alison! Love that image of your fingers itching :).

    Ooooooh. I think I actually see a pencil line on a slab there.

    Caroline, you are right...beyond cool is a wonderful description. And precious Ro-bird, your new work is stunning!

    Totally stumped....mwah ha haaa! I appreciated that one. ;-)

    I like your pace when you go on an adventure. (I have a feeling that the two of us might not get too far if we took a walk together. We both have the same style! We might not get a great distance exploring, but we'd SURELY have great fun ♥.)

    Happy vetting and happy Thursday.
    xxxooo
    P.S. Just got our internet service back - it was gone after the earthquake Tues. p.m. Did you happen to hear of it? It was in Maine but it was shallow so we felt it for a number of seconds...

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  13. Oh wow, Lisa no I didn't hear about it. It seems like quakes are more prevalent everywhere now, not just here, I wonder if it's all that fracken! Scary, I'm always afraid they won't stop!!

    Ha, you're right I like to examine, I'm sure you do too.

    Glad you are okay, loss of internet is a gift :)

    xoxo

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