This week we were prompted by Sally Russick of the Studio Sublime to Reminisce.
Reminisce - to recollect and tell of past experiences.
One thing I love about these prompts is you never know when the photo opportunity will strike. Generally this how it goes ... I ponder Sally's prompt and try to think of something I can photograph and then I am promptly stumped. How am I going to represent the prompt in a photo? Then I let it go. Surely I will find a photo to represent reminisce. The opportunity presented itself the other day as I was walking with my two dogs. Two young teenagers emerged from a driveaway and were walking slightly ahead of me. As I watched them I found myself reminiscing. ***bing, bing, bing***photo opportunity, I was so glad I had my phone on me.
I was watching this young couple. They were so cute. A mosquito was bothering her and he was determined to get it. He gently touched her waist and moved her from the of the middle of the road and guided her to toward the side of road, placing himself closer to the middle of the road. The knight in shining armor. And this is when the reminiscing began. Remember when you were young and free of life's responsibilities. There was plenty of time to hang out with your friends and spend time walking and chatting with your new love. Young love. My husband and I used to be those people. I met him when I was 18. We spent a lot of time hanging out with each other before we got married. Good times.
We still have good times. Life is just fuller now. There are days I long for more of those relaxed, easy going good times. I do my best to squeeze them when I can. It is appropriate that I spent some time reminiscing about young love since my husband and I celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary this week.
It begins with a sheet of copper. Most of my copper is upcycled copper. My husband is an electrician and is often on jobs where there are scraps of metal. He is so good to me. He will grab any extra pieces the contractor doesn't want.
I measure, mark and cut the sheet into the required size for the project I am working on.
Each cut strip is marked to indicate the desired length for the project.
Then I cut some more.
I use a template to mark where I want the holes to be. The holes are for adding a jumpring to attach additional jewelry components.
The holes are punched.
I move to the basement where I have started taking over my husband's woodworking tools. His stone sander works wonders and speeds up the sanding process. I love anything that gets me to the end results faster.
Above is the piece before it is sanded.
The piece after it has been sanded. The edges are all happy and smooth and the corners have been rounded.
Back upstairs I go. (I could use a studio proper but that is a dream. It is always good to have goals, right?) The pieces all go into the tumbler for a good scrub down. I like my pieces to be nice and clean before I apply patinas and/or inks. Another instance when, if I can get the machine to do the job I am a happy girl.
These are the basic steps I use to develop the components. I might use my Sizzex machine to emboss or impress images or I might hand stamp design elements then I add patina or patina inks. Both are areas to be covered in future blog posts.
The finished component after patina has been added. (I didn't punch holes on this particular piece because I wasn't sure if I would use it in a bracelet or a necklace design.)
This piece has been curved, ready to to be used as the focal in a bracelet design.
All the bird pieces have been colored using liver of sulfur patina and patina inks. A light sanding in between dips of liver of sulfur and also between coats of colored ink allow for a variety and depth of color.
As always you can find my work for sale in my Etsy shop, Ema K Designs.
Here are a couple of finished designs to show you how I use these copper elements in my jewelry designs. The above piece was a gift to my sister. The piece below is for sale and can also be found in Bead Trends February 2013 issue! (very exciting)_
Thanks for visiting with me. If you see something here you are interested in and it is not listed in my Etsy shop please don't hesitate to contact me. I am able to make anything your heart desires.
I often look up. I am always watching the clouds, the birds and, if you've followed me for a while, you know I love trees. This weeks prompt from the wonderful Sally Russick at the Studio Sublime is 'Looking Up'; to gain a different perspective on life. I find myself looking up often and I have a ton of pictures I could share with you from this perspective but this week I have to bring the prompt closer to events happening in my life.
My oldest son graduated from college this morning! It has been an amazing day full of joy (and much emotion for me).
My college graduate. Congratulations!
As a parent this event is full of so much happiness and disbelief that you have a child graduating from college! (That is a post for another day) More to the point of 'Looking Up', it got me to thinking about life. I remember my own college graduation so well. Twenty something is such an amazingly wonderful time of life. Now looking back I can see how you are literally standing on the threshold of the rest of your life. You are completely free to make your own choices. Most of the decisions you make are yours alone to make; without the consideration of significant others, children and yes even your parents. Life is ready and waiting to unfold before you.
It got me to thinking that once our children get older we just may have the chance to experience this freedom once again. My sons' graduation gave me a new perspective on my own life and the possibilities that may lie ahead for me. Gaining a new perspective is a beautiful gift, whether your looking up or looking directly in front of you.
Thanks for stopping by. You can visit all the participants of Week 20 Focus on Life by clicking on the photo below.
I've fallen off the Focus wagon. Today I am jumping back on with the last two prompts.
Week 18: Abstract and Week 19: Hope
I think this is a very cool picture. Something very abstract indeed! I'm not telling what this is just yet. I would like to use this photo as part of a giveaway on my Facebook page. Wouldn't that be fun?
Hope. A copper tag I made for a bracelet I made for my sister, who is a breast cancer survivor.
You can visit all the Focus on Life participants by clicking on the link below. Many thanks to Sally at The Studio Sublime for these wonderful prompts.
As always, thanks for visiting with me. Have a wonderful day.