Monday, May 14, 2012

My Inspiration Tray

Inspiration Tray

I'm not sure if every artist has one of these but I have to have a few of these around, this is my largest inspiration tray that sits on my studio table. It's filled with shapes, texture and some of natures coolest designs. The shells are for some of my upcoming projects and the driftwood is an everyday staple that I like having around...I love the flowing lines, you just can't improve on perfection.

I love nature such as twigs, leaves and flowers but lately, the sea life has taken over my mind, in fact you'll see a lot of new pieces coming up soon from my little tray below.

This is my mobile inspiration tray...I can carry this little tray, living room or patio. It does double duty, the tray is a flower which was a little bit of inspiration for the Cosmos Collection coming soon.
The darker shell to the left, well that shell design was sculpted into a ring and then I added my Fusion detail into the side of the ring. This will be one of those OMG "Boca" size rings that I love sculpting so much.
The bottom right...that's a texture thing and as far as the starfish, that's an everyday thing, because Starfish are just cool!
If you have an inspiration tray, plate, box, etc...send me a picture and I'll post it on my blog. I would love to see what inspires you to create beautiful objects.
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Monday, May 7, 2012

A Very Thoughtful Card...

I'm not usually one for words...I like for my work to speak for me but I just wanted to post a copy of a very thoughtful card sent to me by one of my youngest clients. His name is Juston. 

Don & I met Juston while doing the Ft. Lauderdale Orchid Show and Juston was helping his Mom and Dad, who are Orchid Growers, answer questions about the plants, packing them up as well as carrying the newly purchased orchids to the customers car. Sometimes Juston got a tip...sometimes not but Juston was OK with...each tip he received was more than he expected plus, every tip he made was going for a gift for his mother.

Juston would hang out at our booth, with one eye on his booth over in the corner while looking over the jewelry. He would ask a question about a pearl or a stone, then he would think about it, carry out a few more orchids, come back and ask some more questions to the point he settled on one of my Ocean Reef Rings with a little 14k gold starfish which lays on the fan coral! He said his mom just finished painting in their house and it had starfishes painted on the wall so he thought his mom would really enjoy the ring with a starfish. 

Don & I thoroughly enjoyed talking to Juston...he was great salesman, even I bought an Orchid from him, but it wasn't just an Orchid...he had listen to me talk about all of my orchid growing failures because I constantly over water them and then just die. Anyway, Juston hearing this, brought over a Jewel Orchid and he can't kill this one, it loves water and proceeded telling me why water was OK for this particular orchid. Well to make a long story short...I still have my orchid and it's the only orchid I'll ever buy. 

After reading the card you may be thinking? Why would I send him a card that saved him time...well, I knew Juston couldn't drive so I purchased a Hallmark card with words saying...where would I be without you Mom? ...and then shows a little boy under a bunch of dirty clothes, well you get the picture. I thought after talking with Juston for three days, I think I picked the right one I hope.

Once he recieved the ring, a couple of days later I recieved this card and I wanted to share it...I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. 

I will cherish this card for a long time.

Thanks you Juston!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Glass and Sterling Silver Cuffs

The glass is starting to take shape and these are looking better than anticipated! I am blown away by the unlimited possibilities of using glass and silver together in this manner.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

New Orchids!

Dendrobium, Cattleya & a Ladyslipper

These cute little nickle size pieces will be my next small collection of orchid rings,
pendants, pins, earrings, maybe even a small orchid cuff.

My favorite is the dendrobium (center), this is going to make the ultimate orchid ring.

New Ultra Cool Stingray Ring!

This ring is in the process of being cast but I just wanted to give you a hint of
what's coming.  When I slipped the wax piece on my finger, it looked
as if the stingray was swimming across my hand plus I did
something really cool, yet functional with the tail...that you'll
have to wait for.

Be Back Soon!

Monday, April 16, 2012

New Curved Cuff Added to my Fusion Colection

The Starfish texture is the base
to my New Fusion Cuff.
The 1" Wide Cuff
featuring the Fan Coral
fused into the starfish design.
You can see where the base of the fan
coral starts wrapping itself around
the cuff.

...just a few other Fusion pieces available.
Fusion Post

Starfish Cuff
Starfish Ring
Starfish Pendant

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Fan Coral Cuff

Fan Coral Cuff

Just Completed sculpting this one...why is it that the simple ones take the longest? I knew I needed to do this cuff for a whole year, but I kept putting it off...sometimes I'm just not too bright.
This 1 3/4" wide cuff will be all Sterling Silver with a high polished starfish which could go Silver or 14k Gold plated.

I also tapered this cuff...the exact way your arm is tapered, made sense to me.

April is National Pecan Month!

"Little Pecan Box"

I picked up this cute little box while at Andre Christine's Gallery in Mooresville, NC
The artist who made the little Pecan Box is Dana Gingras.
Dana has beautiful hand carved boxes. Each box has so much thought carved into each one, it's as though while looking at the wood in it's natural state he can see the box within the wood and then he skillfully removes the box by carving it out.
I've added his impressive Bio below, but one sentence described his work beautifully... "His goal is to create something new and visually stimulating, yet still retain the natural dignity of material."

About this little box...
...Now, although I could have chosen one of his bigger boxes, like the one with the actual knot hole in the lid, or the box with the curvy wood grain that ran through the lid into the box which was so cool...but just in case I couldn't continue his art...I choose one of Dana's simpler pecan boxes which had beautiful flowing wood grain lines. I wanted to take this little box and continue the story by adding flowing pecan leaves.
My Leaf Choice
Pecan Box...Pecan Leaf. 
I'm a realist so my brain won't go in another direction and thanks to Michael McPeak, an awesome photographer on Flicker, I don't have to hunt down a pecan tree.

Not completed yet but I will be excited to show Dana our Pecan Box. I'm in the process of casting Silver so more than likely it will go silver with an antique finish.

Dana's Bio
Dana Gingras grew up surrounded by nature at the foothills of the Berkshires in Northwest Connecticut. After traveling extensively throughout Europe and the states he received his degree from The University of Connecticut. Continuing his education he spent the next four years apprenticing with noted glass and steel sculptor Larry Livolsi. Ever since he has maintained a studio focusing on large-scale work and custom interior pieces. His primary mediums are glass, metal, and wood. His work comes from the process of understanding these materials, their intrinsic properties, and inherent beauty. He currently resides in Mooresville, NC
“My goal is to create something new and visually stimulating, yet still retain the natural dignity of material”.