Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I just whipped through The Cookbook Collector.
I thoroughly enjoyed.
It was a nice escape on some unusually cool days here in the north.
Now back to my jewelry!
I have new pictures to post, a fun pair of earrings that I am wearing all of the time.
New beads today so new earrings waiting to be made.
Posted by Kristi Wodek at 9:27 PM
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
I spent a good deal this weekend playing with the torch and practicing (despite the heat).
Here is my new set up to torch the wire. I am a bit stressed about using any of the torches in my regular studio space. It does not have a window so I am super cautious about the fumes.
So for now, I torch in the garage.
This makes me happy. When I can ball BOTH ends of the copper wire!
This is a pile of copper wires that I heated up for a LONG time and was not able to ball both of the ends. I am worried that if I used them after all of the heating they would not survive the process to turn them into earrings. Need to find out if I can recycle the heated copper pieces?
Here is a like and dislike all in one. I was feeling pretty darn good, my first earring turning out fabulous. Seriously fabulous and then.......the second earring, going good until I bent the paddle. Oh my....not good!
Tomorrow is another day. Practicing and hopefully creating!
Posted by Kristi Wodek at 11:05 PM
Saturday, July 16, 2011
I appreciate this time
a bit differently.
I missed my art time
so now I play
especially when I get to watch the baby blue birds growing up (and getting ready to spread their wings), the hydrangeas bloom and the pea pods surging higher.
i love being home
with the kids
hearing their laughs
their squabbles...okay not so much
but i do treasure these days
especially with one about to be a junior in high school!
Posted by Kristi Wodek at 9:00 AM
Friday, July 15, 2011
I thought I had a decent bead collection.
I started making boho bliss hoops in the Deryn Mentock's new class and realized...
I need/want different beads for these designs.
I love projects that make you look at things that you didn't before.
I'll be honest, I didn't look at briolette beads very much until now.
so here is how I organized my beads this past Spring.
After taking Alisa Burke's color class last summer I realized that I enjoy color and things sorted by color but for some reason was not applying that to my stash of beads.
I stocked up on some containers from JoAnn's during a fabulous sale.
Then I had the duty to own up to all of the beads that I have bought over the years with one project or another in mind.....and clearly not following through on all of these projects.....sigh.......
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
These are the first attempts in my on-line jewelry class.
Working with the torch has been a trip. Mastering the balling of the copper wire has been an achievement. Putting the techniques together very rewarding. I seriously can't wait to work on the jewelry every day. Practice, Practice, Practice!
Life is Crazy. Wonderful. Confusing. Busy.
Spent the past school year as a substitute teacher. Two long term positions and LOTS of one day positions.
And my art took a serious backseat.
Summer has been a delight.
Taking two on-line classes. One photography. One jewelry. Loving them both.
Biking. Walking. Dreaming....BIG DREAMS.
Desperately wishing my husband finds work in our hometown instead of 6 1/2 hours away.
I'll be back tomorrow.
Posted by Kristi Wodek at 8:50 PM