Monday, May 31, 2010

Ned's Head

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to create something about Ned Kelly. Our famous, rugged bushranger from the early 1800's. So a couple of weeks ago I thought, I wonder if I could do it with metal, so I started to bang, pull, twist and play with some copper sheet metal. Then Ned's head appeared, and the rest just fell into place with making a rather crude hammered steel jump ring chain. In Ned's head is 3 photos of him through different stages of his life which you can view by looking through his slit in his helmet.
Above his helmet is a vintage police buckle that Jen (see she is to blame for all this jewellery making) LOL and hanging from the buckle is an etched brass bullet, representing the many bullets that were fired upon Ned in his famous gun fight at Glenrowen.
Love Sarah

More jewellery making going on

Yes I defiently caught the jewellery making bug.. (thanks Jen) Here is another piece I have been playing around with. Again Tim Holtz'z clock faces which I adore, an aged circle mirror with those cute kids from Collections and beautiful crown bezel.
I am loving the process of jewellery making at the moment, the whole piece making, glueing, riveting, screwing, chaining, sawing, etc. Its very fullfilling when something comes togeather and works, and that is pretty too helps..
In regards to some emails I have recieved about selling my jewellery pieces, I have to say I really am in 2 minds at the moment about it. Call it a lack of confidence mainly, but also some of the supplies I use. For example the metal wire and findings that I use are no where near superior like sterling silver or gold in that fact. Many of my pieces are made from annealed steel wire and copper which can and does tarnish and rust with time. So I dont want somebody to return in 2 months time saying my chain has rusted, or links tarnished etc.. And lastly I really wouldnt have a clue on how much to price my items. See its just dilemma after dilemma that I struggle with. I am sure I will come to a decision soon enough, but for now, I am just happy to learn, experiment and create.
Love Sarah

Off with her head

While I was making my "Marie Marie" book, I got totally distracted with experimenting, learning and making some jewellery pieces. I unfortunately didnt get down to Melbourne while Susan Lenart Kazmar was out to learn all her tips and tricks. But I was inspired to give many of her techniques a go. So I opened her book, watched her DVD and after the lovely Jen sent me a jewellers saw to play with, I got stuck in.
This piece is inspired by one of Susan's pieces she designed on her DVD, I used one of my favbourite Zettiology stamps as the etched design, I just removed her head. The picture inside the window is an old etching picture of Marie Antionette being lead to her death, hence I have named this piece "off with her head."
Lastlty I would like congratulate my dear friend Jen Crossley on opening her wonderful new website A Mark in time. where there is yummy goodies for making all sorts of wonderful creations.. Go forth, stop by, and enjoy what she has to offer..
Love Sarah

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Marie Antionette Mixed Media book

Introducing ***Marie Marie***, a mixed media book on Maire Antionette.
I had the great pleasure of taking a weekend class with the uber uber talented Judy Wilkenfeld in late 08 where we learned many of her creative secrets in creating wonderful mixed media books that tell a story.
After the last couple of years of collecting bits and pieces, and getting the story of Marie and the sequence of how "I" wanted her story to be told, she is finally complete. Please enjoy the slide show of her story through my eyes.
Love Sarah