Tuesday, August 31, 2010

abalone component combined

Today's ring was a product of salvaged components that I had made at least 5 years ago, combined with seed bead inlays and another component ring with abalone and jet inlays.
it's been really interesting to me to use these "pre-made" components (they were all made by me, but never used in jewelry before) I feel like I am resurrecting these little possibilities, giving them new life as rings.
The process is really fast because I'm mostly just re-arranging the pieces and composing them as new. It feels like I am making collage, and that is a really satisfying thing :-)
you like?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

one of a kind Brooch

Arcing Abstract brooch

This is one of my series of one of a kind pieces that I started making this year, called "Bundled Treasures"....

They are inspired by the little treasures that I always pick up when I take walks out in the desert, the mountains, the city or the seashore. I am constantly taking in every visual detail, and finding little treasures of shapes and colors, just scatted about the world, waiting to be found.

The Bundled Treasures series is my was of incorporating these found objects into my artwork. I've really enjoyed making these pieces,  the playfulness  of the design reflects a whimsical and poetic aesthetic.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Elise and sharkey's day

I cracked one of my teeth last week, went to the dentist this morning. It's been filled, and now I'm hoping it's not just a temporary fix.

so I had to have a dental theme today for my "ring a day" ring.....

After the dentist I was in my studio listening to All songs Considered....and they started playing William Burrows and Laurie Anderson's collaboration of "Sharkey's day"

Now, I hadn't heard that song since High school- when my music geek friend Elise introduced me to Laurie Anderson's Music.
"it's Sharkey's day...it's Sharkey's day today..."

I had these shark teeth hanging around from the last gem show...and a spool of old cloisonne wire. they seemed perfect materials for a ring.

So, you see...in a roundabout kind of cosmic way it is Sharkey's day today. So why not commemorate it with a ring? :-)
**Dedicated to Elise MacDonald**

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Web site newly Launched!

One of my projects right now is to create a website for myself and my jewelry that is independent of Etsy. Don't get me wrong- I love Etsy, I simply want to have a gallery page, where I'm not only selling my work but also showcasing my designs.

I'm approaching this as if it was a piece of art- keeping my pages pretty fluid,
adjusting and honing the site as an evolving entity. Translation: This new site is a work in progress-
I'll be adding to it as time goes on- and when I publish new pages I'll be posting it here.
Here's the new site: Http://cosmosmoonjewelry.com right now it's very visual- many images, not much info, which is how I like my sites:-)
Let me know what you think!
thanks- Ciao- Maureen

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Nancy Lee's ring

So... back a few months ago I posted on my Facebook status that I would do a bunch of my "ring a day" ringsInspired by my friends- I asked those interested to post their ring size- and I would try to make a ring using the things I thought I knew bout them as inspiration.

and then, School Vacation happened. LOL, not that there was anything wrong with that... But, it did mean that I would be taking time off from my studio to hang out with my kid and hubby. So I did.
NOW, I am re-entering the studio, brushing off the list of names, and peppering my ring a day stream of conciousness with a few "inspired by you" rings.

Ring #1 in the series is inspired by Nancy Lee. I only know her over the internet, and what I know is that she is a metalsmith, has a great smile and sense of humor, and recently opened a studio space in Indiana called "Flame Art Studio". I've been hanging on to this flame lego piece all summer long- when I saw it I knew it was perfect for her ring!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Aug 16 rad **Sproing!

I said what I meant and I meant what I said.....
here's the new beginning of school, and my new start of making a ring a day. I'm enjoying making these adjustable rings- they have a nice freedom about them and they are super comfortable too.

The torch fired piece is one I made quite a few years ago- it's been on my workbench , begging for a leading role. today is it's big break!
Bravo, enamel!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

revving back up- ring a day

well, school's almost back here...Cosmo starts 3rd grade on Monday.
Which means that I will be returning to my full time studio practice!
and with that...Ring a Day (once more into the brink of madness!)

I figured I'd give a warning- and mark a starting point once more.
I am committed to further my explorations, and hoping that my long absence
won't be looked upon poorly. I simply had to make a choice
to go on hiatus during the summer, so I
could spend more time with my growing-like-a-weed kid!

so, to all of you who told me your ring size...back in the spring when I posted
"Ring a day, for you"...be on alert! I'm going to tackle that list first!
:-)you have been warned!
ciao- M

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Summer Pomegranate

Summer Pomegranate
Originally uploaded by cosmosmoonjewelry
every summer my clothesline gets invaded by a huge Pomegranate bush. we have hundreds of pomegranates at the end of summer.
Does anyone know a good trick for juicing these things? we usually just end up with a big mess:-P


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