Beads, Baubles & Jewels: Natural Basics
In this episode of Beads, Baubles & Jewels, the focus is on nature and how artists transform nature into their art. Katie shows off a collection of rings which incorporate nature in some way.
“All of these rings are from my treasure chest and they show an interesting variety of cabs, from man-made resin to hand-cut stones, opaque and luminescent. I like the way these bezels are all different, too. From left to right: linocut print under resin by Suki Allen; jasper by “anonymous artist;” vintage turquoise; fair trade moonstone; and labradorite by Jan Daniel.
“Each of these rings has a story, of course. The owl is by my dear friend Suki Allen, who is a gifted artist. She created the linocut, then reduced it in size and sealed it with resin. Amazing! The jasper is from another good friend, rockhound Jan Daniel. She showed me this ring and explained that she was very disappointed with the bezel. I loved it, of course, but she said I could only take it if I never told anyone she made it. So, the official story is that I found it laying in the road.
“My parents bought me the turquoise ring on my first trip to the Southwest to see the hot air balloons in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I bought the moonstone for myself as a birthday gift many, many years ago. It’s from Nepalese artists who work with Ganesh Himal Trading Company, a fair trade business based in Washington state. And, the side-saddle labradorite is officially from Jan Daniel. She liked the way it turned out.”
Also in the episode, Ashley Bunting with Xuron brings her talents to the screen in the form of transforming basic materials into a beautiful chain maille bracelet.
Ashley offers this on being part of the show: “Beads, Baubles and Jewels is a blast! What you don’t see on the show is the fun behind the scenes. The whole season is filmed in about a week which means many of the guests are there at the same time. We get to hang out in the green room, meet new incredibly talented designers, and catch up with old friends. Everyone arrives with projects and while we wait to film, each of us receives an extra-large baking sheet to lay out our projects and our step-by-step samples.
“I love getting to see everyone’s projects; it’s inspiring to be in a room full of creativity. This also gives us a chance to talk about and through our projects which helps finalize how to explain the project while filming.”
Metal clay is what I bring to this episode along with torch firing! Walk through this new idea with me and learn how to add a textured relief to any metal clay design. Then see how we bring it to a great finish with a torch, a brass brush, and a few jewelry-making supplies.
That’s a wrap for this episode, be sure to tune in next week to see what’s up next!
Editor Beadwork magazine and Editorial Director, Interweave Bead & Jewelry Group
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