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[sticky post]ArtLog: all the shinies currently available, old and new
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elisem
This is the grand list of everything available -- and the sale is over. Thank you so much!

All the shinies! The sale is done. Everything that's left goes back to full price now.Collapse )

ArtLog: a good day in the workshop (work in progress)
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elisem
So yeah, it's been a rainy day, and I've been up in the workshop, and now there are two new pendants and a pair of earrings. The earrings have shades of grey and grey-blue and a sort of smoky lavender; maybe it's the rainclouds. One of the pendants is called "Unnatural Histories," and has a huge polished chunk of turitella. The other is "Bird with a Word in her Head, II" and has opal matrix and sterling silver and a lot of tiny pearls.

Also made progress on the "Bird with a Word in her Head" necklace, which is... interesting. You'll see.

Work is a great goodness and a comfort.

ArtLog: work in progress and incipient shiny sale
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elisem
I just finished a necklace that I can't tell you anything about yet except that it is mottled green mostly, and started a new necklace that seems to be about scratch-and-dent princesses, or surviving a particular set of archetype pigeonholing. (Yep, pink. Lots of pink. And some blood-red, and charcoal-and-burnt-red, and other things. And pink. Did I mention the pink? Scary don't-f***-with-me pink, actually, in some places. We'll see how it turns out.)

And this weekend, two other jewelrymakers and I will be having an on-line Open House in this LJ. Watch for it on Saturday evening. There may even be a piece or two on markdown.

ArtLog: continuing to make art about recent travels
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elisem
Went up to the workbench, thinking "Hm, not really inspired just now. OK," and sat there thinking about the travels and finishing the one about friends of Prince Eugen. Then proceeded to have a wonderful hilarious time making four pieces, one of which is a pendant about going to museums, called "Tea, with a Chance of Artifacts." By the time I got to the earrings called "'Swedes conquered 'em,' said the selkie. 'You know how they get," I was laughing and deciding I should probably go get some tea myself before I got too silly to hold my pliers.

Inspiration is overrated, at least as far as getting started. When I show up at the workbench, the muse usually does too. (And when I don't show up, it's a lot harder for the muse to find me, for some reason.)

Anyhow, tea now. And lunch, since I didn't yet. Then another bit of work perhaps, before I go drop in at a friend's place.

ArtLog: work in progress
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elisem
So here are glimpses of what I'm working on. As you can probably see, I've been thinking about comets, and about the currents in the sea around all those islands in Scandinavia and what the fish's eye view of the land might be, and about friends of Prince Eugen who might have been a bit magical.

And here are the doll necklaces I found, from back when: tiny and shiny!

More to come.

ArtLog: progress
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elisem
Photographed three pieces in progress plus a handful of things from long ago that I found. Will put the photos up tonight and tell you what I've been up to.

My current plan is to put everything I make during these four days into a proper Current Shinies post on Sunday evening, and adding the backstory in posts like I did for the first batch of trip-inspired shinies.

(Oh, and the things I found are a bunch of necklaces for dolls/action figures/MLP/whatever-can-wear-them. I had forgotten I was playing around with them, and then there they were. They could use homes.)

ArtLog: in progress
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elisem
Unlike most other days, I'm not at the workbench right now. I'm sitting tucked up in bed with a workbasket full of silver and amber and other beads. Next to me, Juan is watching various discussions of comet ISON, which right now doesn't seem to be the glorious spectacle we had hoped, but sounds like it will still provide a lot of data.

There's rice cooking, because we're going to have a snack of crispy salmon skin and nori on rice in a little while. This evening there will be salmon soup like we had in Helsinki, because I was inspired to cook these things today.

OK, back to work. I'll show you things as I get them done. Might have to start with a little tektite piece, because I'm thinking in astronomically-related ways just now.

ArtLog: work in progress
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elisem
On the workbench today are some earrings about the sea, and another pair in the process of composition which are about cold-water mermaids, and a necklace about hiddenfolk.

It's being very interesting to make art about/from the trip. More about that soon, I hope. Right now, more workbench.

Soon there will be shinies inspired by recent travels
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elisem
The workshop is calling me, and I already have pieces in progress. I'll try to give you glimpses of them as I go, and you can expect a large showing sometime soon. Meanwhile, I'll tell you a little bit about the places we went and the things we saw and what that's calling forth from the art.

And I'm going to need to order more silver. ;-) Yay, work!

ArtLog: work in progress
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elisem
Apparently the world needed an experimental haircomb with pearls and lampwork glass so that someone could wear an alligator in their hair. I look forward to finding out who this piece's person is.

There's also a necklace about a lake, some earrings about a Basho poem, and a few other goodies.

Pictures when I'm done with whatever this particular outpouring of work brings. There are beads for another necklace on the workbench, and I think they're suggesting a snarky necklace about certain science fiction, but we shall see. Also, I worked on the necklace-crown for the patient person, and it's coming along nicely.

ArtLog: work in progress
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elisem
I have finished a Big Project, and am about to go photograph it. It's destined to go to somebody this weekend. (I don't generally put photos up of special projects until they are with their people, but I might give you one or two peeks at component bits. We'll see.)

Another special project, a necklace-crown for a very patient helpful person, is partway done, and sitting in a pile of blue and purple beads on the workbench, next to a turquoise-green scarab bead that's going to be a focal point of the piece.

Balancing the amount of work I do at the workbench and the amount of typing I do and the things I do around the house with the directive of my doc to "baby your wrists and arms!" is... interesting. So are the economic tradeoffs of having a finite amount of arm-use for a given week. It's looking like I will need to make shinies and sell them and then give that money to a garden-liking garden-working person who will be my arms. Fortunately, there are people like that, I understand.

OK, I go take photographs now.

Edited to add: and here are photographs of the thing I finished, or set of things, or whatever one calls it. I thought it would be pendants. It isn't. I hope the somebodies who are getting it, or them, like it. Or them.

And what are you working on today, pray tell?

ArtLog: work in progress
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elisem
(I'm alternating workbench time with box-packing time. Progress!)

There's a pair of earrings in progress called "Explaining Tigers." There are also two necklaces, and some pendants. coffeeem has seen some of them, and can testify that the muse has been at me again.

ArtLog: work in progress
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elisem
Today I made a pendant about an alligator who dreams of a chocolate moon.

I have a strange day job. Yes.

Also, I made a pendant called "A Is For Amulet" which contains an archaological fragment from a far land, a shard of wave-tumbled pottery from Tepco Beach, a photoprint of a vintage typewriter key laminated on wood and lasercut, a tiny cylinder of snowflake obsidian, and an old jewelry headpin that looks like a tiny corroded nail. And a glass bottle with cork. And sterling silver. I can't describe it, or why I had to make it, but I did. You'll see. (Some things I make are more likely to wind up hanging on walls than on people, which is why my business name is actually "Lioness: ornament for people and places," in case you ever wondered.)

Also there's a new necklace-crown, and a pair of new necklaces. If photos go well tomorrow, you'll see very soon. And I'm working on an amber piece. Well, several amber pieces. Possibly a lot of amber pieces, because the muse is jumping on me with both feet again.

It's good to be back. I just have to be very very careful with my hands. Which means stopping typing now.

ArtLog: work in progress
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elisem
There are now two new pendants and four new pairs of earrings on the workbench. One pair of earrings uses some rather spectacular prehnite. Just as I finished titling them "Before the Storm," the light changed. Outside the window, the rain was pouring down.

So, progress. I still need to write up the June Beads of the Month information sheets (mostly variants on "pearls, pearls, pearls, more pearls," so it shouldn't be too hard) and pack those things to go tomorrow morning, though.

ArtLog: a tease of names
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elisem
I've been busy getting ready for WisCon.

The Firefighter's Husband Says

Counting the Lightning
Don't Lie to the Rhinemaiden
Origin Story
Prairie Phoenix (sacred heart)
The Sky Above My Planet
Strange Benevolent Sky Machines
Triumph and Autumn

And Poison In Thy Tongue
Asking the Old Ones
Because She Can
The Circus at Midnight
Confidence. And Really Good Goggles.
Daughters of the Air
Delicate Arguments
Eight Things She Kept
Evensong in a Bottle
First Year Dreams
Goth Velvet
Her Grass-Green Mystery
Her Life As A Superhero
How To Turn Visible
I Can Find You In The Dark
The Inventor, Age Seven
Small Changes
Strolling in Faeryland
There Are Two Large Fish In This Picture. Can You Find Them?
Two Stories of How I Got Here
Walking to the Moon
Who You Calling Antediluvian?

ArtLog: work in progress
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elisem
I've been reveling in color today and yesterday. So much color. There are new lampwork earrings. There's a new necklace-crown. There are more than four new necklaces, and possibly more than six; I lost count. (Some were almost done, and I had a fit of finishing things.) There are pendants, including the vivid dyed purple crazy lace agate. Crazy lace agate is so beautiful. Also, I went wild with the Swarovski crystals.

Color. So much color. It wanted doing.

Depression? Yup, still there. Not chewing on me too hard today, but still there. But there are bright colors and there are beautiful stones, and wire to wind around them, and that's something pretty good.

I fly for refuge to the sangha of the workbench. ;-)

ArtLog: progress, and work in progress
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elisem
There is so much new work to tag and photograph! Also, many earrings to put earwires on, and then tag and photograph. And that Wind Horse jasper necklace with the nifty chain links needs to get finished, because it's almost there.

Also, I should make a list of conventions for this year, so I can see a bunch of you guys. Hi! Hi!

ArtLog: work in progress
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elisem
The muse was jumping on me with both feet today. There are a lot of earrings. There is a pendant with dinosaur bone. There is a pair of dino bone / meteorite earrings. There's a necklace mostly done with dinosaur bone and blue/white/brown glass that is giving me the giggles; it's very much a stealth dino necklace. Sneaky dinosaurs. And more. But for now, I need hot tea and toast, because it is very very cold in the workshop today.

ArtLog: finished one "Calendar of Tales" piece!
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elisem
I finished the one for February. The one for January is about half-done. Dunno if I'll do other months or not, at this point. But February's done, and I am about to photograph it, and then send the photograph to Neil.

ArtLog: work in progress
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elisem
Some new pieces tagged.
Many photos taken.
Need snack now. Starvy. Then worky again.

There is a new "Doll With A Ghost In It" necklace called "Found On The Shore." And a necklace called "Spectral Bears" with a wonderful translucent ocean jasper bear and a lot of that Peruvian opal stuff and so on. Also some pendants, including one called "Landscape With And Without Third Daughter." And a nifty sciency one called "The Experiment." I'll put up a post with links as soon as I get the photos on the website, but first, snack.

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