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Over the past couple of days, I’ve been working on some new earrings to take to Coyote Creek Studio Arts in Fairplay. As a result, I created a new series that I’m calling Nature’s Embrace. These earrings remind me of leaf variations. They provided an opportunity to mix textures and metals. For this series, I am using brass, nickel silver, sterling silver, and copper. I find that each one seems to have a delicate quality.

I’m happy to post the reveal of these today and I hope you enjoy them. I look forward to making more and if any of you are interested in similar ones for your Christmas gift giving, please feel free to contact me.  The photo credits on all of these goes to Dan, of course!

Leaves

Leaves

Approximately 2″ long . Textured Nickel Silver  with Argentium ear wires ~ $30.00

leaf patterns

Leaf Patterns

Approximately 1 1/2″ long.  Textured Brass with brass ear wires ~ $17.50

serenity

Serenity

Approximately 3/4″ long.  Textured Nickel Silver & Copper ~ $15.50

Harmony Leaves

Harmony Leaves

Approximately 1″ long.  Textured Nickel Silver & Copper ~ $20.00

Natures Treasures

Nature's Treasures

Approximately 1″ long.  Textured Sterling Silver & Copper ~ $27.50

Today, Dan & I will be heading to Fairplay for the town’s Arts & Crafts Holiday Celebration. Dan is taking a new framed photograph that will be available for purchase at the gallery too.  And I will be taking these earrings for the holiday shoppers.  If you happen to be in the area, please stop by Coyote Creek for the holiday festivities.  Many of the artists will be at the gallery for a “Meet the Artist”, including Dan & I.  There is a lot of beautiful work in the gallery, including some of Lexi’s!  And Lexi will be there today too, so you would have a chance to meet her and chat.  Wouldn’t that be fun?  😀

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

Those of you who follow my Reflections of a Glass Artist blog, may recall a recent post about Lexi’s Dream.  To sum that up, after Lexi and I had our soul searching evening, she had a dream about a glass bowl.  She encouraged me to make it and I did.  You can read more about Lexi’s dream piece by following the link to Lexi’s Dream above.

Now, my husband/best friend/soul mate, Dan, has had a dream.  In it, I have made either a pair of earrings or a pendant that look like very detailed…almost realistic leaves.  He thought they may have been Maple leaves.  He said the details were almost exactly like a real leaf.

The coincidence here is that I’ve been thinking about leaves.  I love their beauty.  I knew I needed to incorporate them in my work at some point.  Clearly, it’s time to do that and see if I can capture the essence of Dan’s dream……..

I feel compelled to answer what I perceive are these calls to my creativity by the people I trust & love the most in my life.  The outcome from Lexi’s Dream was even more ideas for glass work, as I feel is evidenced by my Fallen Leaves bowl.

I just incorporated a leaf into my new logo:

I came up for the idea of this new logo as I was working on the redesign of my website.

It’s clear now that I need to begin working on leaf designs for a new series.  Stay tuned for further developments.  In the meantime, I have been working on more of my Soul Searching series and I look forward to publishing some of  the latest works in this series.  You can see a glimpse of a few of them on my website.

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

HandMadeChainAt the start of this, I had no idea what went into the process.  I think I am approaching the completion of this piece and I am truly amazed at how long it has taken me.  Now there were some personal circumstances that hindered my ability to spend as much time on this as I normally would.  However, I may just be on this learning curve and it is taking me a lot of time.

Fortunately, I can give you an idea of where the chain is headed.  In my last post, I know a number of you could tell how much I loved these little leaves and wanted to incorporate them into the chain.  A fellow silversmith and blogger, Nicola Callow, suggested adding the leaves as links or making different solder points to keep the leaves.  My mentor, Lexi Erickson, suggested having the leaves as part of the main focal point.  Well, all of their suggestions added to what I thought I could do, and this is the result of having the leaves in this chain.  I still want to pursue Nic’s idea of having leaf chain links and that will be for another chain.  I hope I have the strength…or rather the time.  I think this necklace will be a cumulation of Nic, Lexi, and my take on things.

Right now I have to cut some more links that form the off center marquis shape for the double links between the oval links.  I am using square Argentium silver wire for those links and I’m adding some texture to them.  I’m certain there is a more efficient way to complete the stages that build the chain segments, but I haven’t figured that out yet.

I do think I will want to add a patina of some sort to this one.  JAX has a nice pewter patina that I will consider, or maybe I’ll just use good ole Liver of Sulpher gel.  I will post a picture of the finished chain.  When I take breaks from working on this piece, I have worked on a new design for earrings and a matching pendant…pictures to come.  And I’ve been working on glass too.

Hope you have enjoyed the journey of this piece so far.  Here’s wishing all of you a great week of creativity.  Remember, aspire to be more as an artist and a person!

Kathleen Krucoff


Artist and Metalsmith

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