A lesson in recycling

I had always been taught to use a container at my jeweler’s desk to catch metal filings, so I could melt those little bits and make more things…. but I never really took that seriously since I was working on things that seemed so small as to be inconsequential.  Well guess what.  Even though small, it adds up!  See those 10 little balls of silver near the top-middle of this picture?  Those are were made from  the metal filings from the other silver shown (like, literally I collected all the bits I filed off of all those circles shown in this picture).  HOLY MOLY.  What didn’t look like a very big pile of metal dust turned into something I use on other jewelry with almost no work on my part, other than to be a little more diligent about where my dust falls.






I can’t believe how much silver I’ve wasted up til now.



Iron Owls



I didn’t make these, but I made them look like new. When I got them, they were rusty and the four little peg feet on the back had crumbling plastic covers.  My favorite gas station attendant helped me get these sand-blasted and then I spray painted them with a self-etching primer, followed by shiny black.  I luf them and they live on my kitchen island now (instead of in that box of broken things waiting to be fixed).  Picture on the left is with flash, right is without. I couldn’t decide which I liked better, so I am using both.

A few new paintings




Maybe keeping better track of what I make when is in order.  I’m not sure when I made these other than it’s sometime since October.  Yeah, we’ll say these are from October 2014.  Or November.



Latvian Easter Eggs!

Successfully convinced BOTH parents to take some time out of their evening to make these with me! I love making these eggs.  Unwrapping them at the end and seeing what patterns you’ve made is the best. It’s like Christmas.