Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Nuthatches, Holly, Gemstones, and Holidaze

 Right after Halloween and before Thanksgiving, I find myself very busy creating in the studio preparing for the Holidaze. Wanted to share with you some of the new jewelry and glass pieces I have been creating.

 Moonstone oval and moonstone cream stones are bordered by labradorite rondelles. According to the Book of Stones, labradorite is the gemstone of magic, our innate magic. Moonstone brings in emotional balance. Adding a sterling silver clasp for abundance.
Been using the glass kiln quite a bit to make angel tiles and earrings. The red, green, and white streaky glass is fused with holly. The other two pairs of earrings are dichroic glass shinning brightly.

Nuthatches, butterflies, and holly with sterling silver ear wires. I use either sterling silver or 14 carat gold filled ear wires on my gemstone and glass earrings.

For months, I had strands of agates on the bead board. I would look at them and ponder. Last week I found some large black agates. A friend gifted me with the moss agate. Almost finished then I discovered the copper discs when looking for something else. Sometimes waiting provides just what is needed when it is ready.

Nuthatches are frequent visitors to our bird feeders. In celebration of the birds, I have created a pendant with a pair of earrings to match. Some of my jewelry is available on the website, which is now live: http://www.carolingrammoore.com. I will be at the Big Stone Gap Holiday show on November 22 from 10 - 5. My studio is on the Artisan Trail and is open by appointment only. 
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

This and That

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 I have been very busy in the studio lately. Tis the season to create for the holidays. While the kiln was busy cooking up new glass pieces, I began to think of  different ways to use things I had in the studio. What happened was this necklace I called this and that. I really liked the piece from Timeline beads with the black glass stones which came from Hobby Lobby.
 I used copper wire to string and wrap some crystals, black faceted beads, and metal beads. Then came the Tim Holtz words printed on metal, which I knew could be used for something creative. Ever have that feeling?

I added two different lengths of chain. One was copper and one was brass to create this and that.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Autumn Foliage and Flowers

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 There is nothing quite as majestic as the colors of autumn. The richness of the red leaf maple which has grown since being planted on mother's day three years ago. Black eyed susans surround the maple during the summer.
 Next to the woods, there are sassafras trees and many more tulip poplar. This is where the deer saunter into our yard. Have not seen the twins lately, but then they are adolescents.
 At the base of our yard, you look beyond the trees to see the mountains which are the colors of a patch work quilt these days.
 A few black eyed susans near the green house continue to bloom holding onto the heat.
 This Japanese anemone is one of hundreds that feel completely at home here from early spring to the deepest frost. Even when they are separated and divided they multiply. If you want any, please come in the spring and I will be glad to dig some up for you.
 While at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham last week, we identified this plant as an aster. It is well over six feet tall with clusters of purple flowers. It keeps the few bees and butterflies happy.

                                         Focusing upon the tree in the yard in the this photo
                                                  and the hydrangea in this photo.
                                         A close up to see the amazing colors of this flower.
The joy of the mountains on an October day.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Glass Fusing at William Holland School of Lapidary Arts with Julia Larson

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William Holland School of Lapidary Arts is located in North Georgia in Young Harris about two hours from Asheville, North Carolina. Classes begin after dinner on Sunday evenings. I was enrolled in Glass Fusing II with Julia Larson from Huntington Street Art Glass Design in Florida. I was one of six students in the class. Sunday night we started layering our layered pendants which were immediately put in the kiln to be fired. This was a three firing process.
 On Monday we learned about the reactive potential of Bullseye Glass. The results are see in these two photographs. The canary yellow glass was glued to a piece of clear glass with turquoise frit glued on the top of the yellow creating shadows from the frit. The tomato glass had strips of silver foil and a clear glass top. Light cyan with a clear glass base and Bullseye reactive stringers are on the right. My favorite begins with a clear glass bottom topped by french vanilla adding foil strips and then sprinkle with light aqua medium frit. This one will become a pendant.
                      More reactions with Bullseye glass, Bullseye frit, and into the kiln they go.
 This is a real fern with lots of frit in many colors. The joy of glass is you are never sure what your art glass will become until it is out of the kiln.
                      One layer of glass over fiber paper with bubbles in just the right places!
 We pulled our own stringers from scrap pieces of glass. White glass is placed onto a base of clear glass and the stringers were added. They looked like glass sculpture before they were fused.

We used mica to make a paste which had to dry at least 24 hours. It was then punched out. We placed the punched mica onto a base layer of glass add a clear top. All my mica pieces had bubbles in them except one. We also learned how to pop the bubbles.
                        The finished layered pendant with a decal and it is beveled and fire polished.
 Julia called this piece rock and roll. It is frit which has been manipulated and fused.
     We created glass tops for a very sweet wooden box. These will make nice holiday gifts.
 Using blue aventurine frit, we created a paste which we painted on a white piece of glass with a clear glass base. Dragonflies are very special to me for many reasons. The blue aventurine sparkles!
   Bird's nest pendants created with tiny strips of glass and some little dichroic dots.

A side view of the bubble in the mica tree.  These are just some of the pieces I created this past week at William Holland. My roommate created stunning jewelry with gold wire and gemstones. Several classes in many different arts are held each week from April until the end of October.
They serve a very delicious three meals a day with tea, coffee, ice water, and ice available 24 hours.
I'll be back next year for another class. Julia Larson will again be teaching glass fusing but doing different class projects. Thank you Julia and William Holland for an amazing creative week!