Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Winter is Coming!

OK, at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere.

And this year, I'm happy about winter and all that comes with it: snow, Christmas, Thanksgiving, jewelry sales, fires in the fireplace with roasted marshmallows...

See, last year, I was rather bah-humbuggish about the whole thing. Perhaps it was because I was still in the middle of graduate school, whereas this year I'll be done on December 12th. Who knows?

These earrings were a spur-of-the-moment design. One of those where you're in the middle of something else (in this case, making little crystal Christmas tree earrings), and you drop everything to delve into a new project. They have faceted milky glass squares at the bottom, three sizes of sparkling Swarovski crystal snowflakes, Swarovski bicones in an icy blue, and handmade hammered sterling silver rings to add visual weight but not physical weight.

The hardest part was photographing them. Trying to capture the clarity and the sparkle is difficult! If you look at my Etsy store you will see all my other attempts. This particular photo was done with a black acrylic base with a really low F-value (I think that's what you call it). I had to reduce it all the way down to a minus 2.

I'm hoping to get out into the studio this afternoon, since I have the day off from teaching (Veterans' Day here in the US), so I should have some new stuff to show you for the next couple of days.

Have a most creative day!

Until tomorrow,


http://www.matthewweld.com/ - pastels

http://www.studio206.etsy.com/ - jewelry store


magicmyst said...

Your photograph shows them as very sparkly. I like the creation. It is hard to imagine Christmas filled with snow. Today is going to be 31 c. I am not sure what that is in farenheight and it is only Spring. Kay

Anonymous said...

Those are stunning! I can't imagine how hard it would be to photograph something so delicate and get it to look exactly how you would like, but I can tell you from the picture, they look great!