Sunday, December 10, 2017

Saturday snippets

in which our plucky heroine waxes a bit philosophical, and then gets creative...

“I think... that when I die, I can breathe back the breath that made me live. I can give back to the world all that I didn't do. All that I might have been and couldn't be. All the choices I didn't make. All the things I lost and spent and wasted. I can give them back to the world. To the lives that haven't been lived yet. That will be my gift back to the world that gave me the life I did live, the love I loved, the breath I breathed.”
- Ursula Le Guin, The Other Wind


After my visit up to OlyWa I came home very much conscious of the passing of time... mostly I was thinking about what feels like how little time I have left. And that I don't want to waste any more of it than I have to.

For the last year or so have really struggled with feeling paralysed both personally and creatively because of politcal hopelessness, so now am determined to salvage as much makerie and sweetness from every day I have left in the bright world, because otherwise evil wins. My new overall goal is to be productive every day, hence an ongoing effort to make needful beautiful things every day, and to pay attention to what is still good in everyday life.

I've had this idea for a turquoise heart pendant stuck in my head for months now... rather like an earworm, but a concept... Not sure where it came from, but since it refused to leave, seemed like actually making it would be the best next step

Little did I know that finding a turquoise heart-shaped cabachon would be so difficult. What little I was able to find, was not really a good match for my vision. I ended up with this fancy shaped blue-green Morenci heart, which I promptly reshaped into a simpler motif; turquoise is a very soft gem, about the same Mohs hardness as glass, so my alundum stones were quite up to the task of a little edge grinding..

Whilst Tullia was here all this afternoon for her open studio time, I also worked on the setting for the heart pendant. Since the cabachon was taller than any of my commercial serrated bezel wire, I cut a strip of very thin fine silver taller than the stone. I then marked the height of the stone on the inside of the bezel before soldering it to the backing plate, and cut "dogteeth" into the edge so the bezel wire will easily shape to the turquoise.

The design I imagined needed several decorative granules... while I made some at first from scrap bits, I decided that they needed to be closer in size to look well in this application. So, I used some of the leftover bezel material, which was already an evenly wide strip. I set the dividers and marked out three equal pieces, about 1/8" wide, and then melted each of them into spheres, the three will decorate the point of the heart; I cut a fourth equal piece in half and made two more smaller equal spheres to decorate the bail loop.

December SMART goals (x=extra)
1 Kestrel hat backdoor latch-
2 sekrit needlebook blackhorse earrings-
3 x framed old photo -
4 x x -
5 xx -
6 x x -
7 x x -
8 x x -
9 x x -
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x


  1. Oh good for you! Wishing you all the best.

  2. My compliments on your fine jewelry work, and hey, who's that cute baby you are snuggling with?