Georgia

Georgia

Georgia

I’d like you to introduce you to Georgia. She isn’t named for the state or the peach. By the time I finished this piece it made me think of the soft, warm, pastels of the southwest, and the very gentle curves of the landscapes that Georgia O’Keefe would paint.

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I created the pendant with a thin (1.5m) of Pearl White Polymer Clay. I covered both sides with Solar Gold Pearl-Ex powder. Then fan folded the rectangle, pinched the ends and separated the folds. Then to create a bit of interest I added a freshwater pearl in the center. The micro-macramé is called a “serpentine” pattern in shades of peach and light brown 18 gage nylon cord with freshwater pearls and a button fastener.

Special thanks go to Helen Breil for her Fan Fold tutorial and Marion Jewels in Fiber in Fiber for her amazing color selection of C-Lon cord.

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After the Rain

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I’m one of those crazy people who love the rain. Give me a cool, cloudy, stormy day and I couldn’t be happier. Thunder and lightning? Bring it on. I grew up in a small house on a cul-de-sac. On rainy days I would go to my bedroom, open all the curtains, play records on my little portable record player, and read, and watch the rain. When the rain stopped drops would cling to the glass until the sun came out and evaporated them away. However, on the shady side of the house the rain drops would continue to hold on for just a little longer, as if they were suspended in the air. Then when it became too much for them to stay they would let go and little rivulets would cascade down the window panes. In this piece I wanted to capture those few seconds before the droplets gave up their hold.

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After the Rain

I used resin, mixed in very small batches, and layer the droplets with a toothpick, making sure each layer dried before adding the next drop. I had to let the resin sit just long enough to be a consistency that would land on a level surface without spreading. It was tedious and took a few days however I am happy with the results.

Ferdinand

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Ferdinand

Ferdinand

Dear Ferdinand, this is the biggest bird I have created. He’s currently mounted into a 12” x 14” box frame. Like the Sun bird he’s designed as a necklace however with an 11 ½” wing span I imagine only someone with stature would be a able to wear it with style. Like the Phoenix exuberant and soaring into the sky after emerging once again out of the fire. That is how I felt two years ago, after chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and a second open heart surgery. As I climbed out of the ashes, even with a few tail feathers missing, I’m still fighting to live again.

The Sun Bird

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Sun Bird

Sun Bird

Bright and golden the Sun Bird flies up to the sky like Icarus soaring toward the sun. I must have felt really good during the time I created him. Really too large to be worn as a necklace however he was designed that way. I’ve debated if I should take the beads and macramé apart and display him in a frame just as he is. Fortunately I don’t have to worry about him flying too close to the sun and falling into the ocean to drown.