I feel I have to start out with something happy, because if I really titled this what I thought of February than nobody would want to read it. Another winter month....(sigh!)
I may not have been active on here (even missing my two usual monthly jewelry challenges), things have been moving swiftly at home. I recently submitted some jewelry to a magazine, for the first time! That alone is a little exhilarating. There is quite a lot of information and work needed for submitting jewelry. And I got some accepted!!! I am so thrilled! I'll post more as soon as I can.
Although I haven't made as much jewelry as usual this past month, I have been working on learning some new techniques and so, have been making components.
These are the leather infinity links from Tracy Statler's tutorial. There were some used in a previous post. But I just couldn't stop and made them in different colors and sizes of leather, too.
And then, on to some wirework. I received Cindy Wimmers' Missing Link book two Christmases back and have finally started making the components. Some are just awesome! As seen here:
And some, I still need some practice on:
I really like the look of the links with coiled wire around them and since decided that I needed to get a coiling gizmo because all of those coiled wires were done by literally hand-coiling a thin piece of wire around a thick piece of wire, which is kind of time-consuming!
And then I started working on these components for a piece for the ArtBeadScene January challenge. I had a vision of a bracelet with dangles of these wire components and links of some loupiac glass beads. I think I might still carry through on this challenge.
But all chaos broke loose in our basement and I decided to clean and organize the entire 800 square feet of it. And in the process, I moved my "studio" to a new area, which of course adds a layer of confusion every time I sit down to make jewelry. All of my drawers are not in their usual space.
It's finally settled though, so I hope to be back in the swing of things.