Saturday, September 12, 2009
Studio Saturday and Time in the Studio for Labor Day Week Bead-a-Thon
Welcome to Studio Saturday! Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.
Last week's winner is Alice! Congratulations! You have won a set of three Gnome-Land beads from the studio of Heather Powers at Humblebeads . Send Heather an email with your address and she will send them right out to you. Adorable, aren't they?
Now to the Studio of Lynn Davis to see what's going on there this week.
Hi, thanks for dropping by the studio. It's a little cleaner than usual. The reason: I've been off work from the day job for the four days of the Labor Day week, and the majority of the time has been spent in the studio.
It's a rare treat for me to have this many days available to spend in creativity mode, so I tried to make the most of them, all day, morning and night, too. And I tried to get as much prepared in advance as possible so I'd have lots of things to work with as I did my marathon sessions. What a luxury!
Lately I've been having fun combining the cast pewter with resin cabochons. I love the old-time look of antique jewelry and try to replicate the feeling, while still having a somewhat modern twist to them. See the words "SWEET BABY" inside the focal picture?
I also enjoy word games, allusions and rhymes. Adding words to the resin pieces has been fun, like doing a jewelry crossword puzzle. These earrings are a word play, you know the word association game, someone says a word and you say the first word that comes to mind. That's what is behind these earrings - DOOR - KEY ... KEY - LOCK. Word puzzles and brain teasers that make you smile. They're called DOOR POST earrings, for tongue-in-cheek reasons.
On some of the pewter I've been adding a coppery-bronze patina. Other pieces are darkened like old silver, while some I've left with the bright silver-grey pewter tone.
Post a reply to this question, and if your post is chosen next week you may win one of my new resin pewter Faux-tiques!
:: What's your favorite metal tone for your jewelry when making up your Art Beads - copper, brass, bronze or silver, bright or dark - and why? How do you choose what metal tone to use with various beads or design ideas? What do each color of metal settings or wire signify for your particular design? ::
Posted by Lynn Davis, who is going back now to continue the self-declared Labor Day Week Beading Marathon!