Spring Cleaning Clearance

I’m in a spring cleaning, de-cluttering, minimizing kind of mood.  I’ve marked down many ready-to-ship pendants, earrings and forged steel leaves to $25 apiece at https://www.etsy.com/shop/KSkilesJewelry.

Spring Cleaning Sale Notice

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2 more Earrings in the nearly daily challenge

Here are #s 62 and 63: A sterling chased and repousséd heart charm and a magical white topaz set in a simple sterling setting.   I actually think that they make a lovely pair but will eventually list them separately.  Please contact me if you’re interested in one or both.

EAD2015 Earrings #62 and 63 of 365

EAD2015 Earrings #62 and 63 of 365

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Earring a Day update and a new online sales venue

I finished up #55-61 out of the 365 single earrings that I will eventually complete for 2015.
To see more earrings, please visit the Earring section in my online Etsy shop.

Copper Pod Earrings on titanium earwires - EAD2015 #55-61 out of 365

Copper Pod Earrings on titanium earwires – EAD2015 #55-61 out of 365

I’d also like to introduce you to my new shop venue on Fine Cabin.  I’ll have a selection of my work for sale there, as well as on Etsy.  If you have a preference for where you spend your money, please let me know and I’ll list the item that you want in the place where you want to buy it.

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Empire Beach, MI April 2015

Spring Inspiration in Northern Michigan

I’ve been doing a lot of hiking on warm sunny days with the family around home and in the Southern portion of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.   The wildflower photos were all taken further inland in Manistee County, but you could see the same out at Sleeping Bear.

As you can see near the end, I gathered some ramps, or wild leeks, for our evening dinner (with permission of course.)  They were delicious.  I hope to use more in our spring meals while they are available for the next few weeks.  Yes, I’ll be harvesting them carefully, leaving plenty to grow for following years.

What wild spring edibles are you looking forward to?

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Single forged sterling silver leaf earring EAD #52 https://www.etsy.com/transaction/1022779415

Earring a Day, updated through #54

It’s day 110 of 2015 and I’m up to #54 of those pesky daily earrings. I may be diligent, but I’m obviously not working on them daily.

To see what other Earring-A-Day participants are doing, check out the facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2015.one.earring.a.day/
and the following links:

Diana Alexander https://www.etsy.com/shop/femmedebijoux?section_id=16560621

Maria Apostolou https://www.etsy.com/shop/CREATEMariaApostolou?section_id=16728463

Natalia Araya https://www.etsy.com/shop/Nataliaraya?section_id=16556385

Erin Austin https://www.etsy.com/shop/ErinAustin?section_id=16556204

Lily Bhattacharya https://www.etsy.com/shop/Lilyb444?section_id=11125273

Rebecca Bogan  https://www.etsy.com/shop/AdobeSol?section_id=16597080

Kris Braunecker https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHippieBohemian?section_id=16736436

Beth Cyr https://www.etsy.com/shop/BethCyr?section_id=16581319

Caitlyn Davey https://www.etsy.com/shop/discomedusa?section_id=10420182

Cynthia Del Giudice: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CynthiaDelGiudice?section_id=5540784

Kirsten Denbow https://www.etsy.com/shop/KirstenDenbowDesigns?section_id=16560098

Beatriz Diaz Ceballos https://www.etsy.com/shop/LaBEJoyeria?section_id=16586251

Sophia Georgiopoulou https://www.etsy.com/shop/Kosmimata?section_id=16551029

Nina Gibson  https://www.etsy.com/shop/NinaGibsonDesigns?section_id=16672499

Michele Grady https://www.etsy.com/shop/MicheleGradyDesigns?section_id=16587263

Louise Hunter https://www.etsy.com/shop/PeculiarForest?section_id=16551691

Carin Jones https://www.etsy.com/shop/jonesingforjewelry?section_id=16573805

Leidi Jorge  https://www.etsy.com/shop/MusaLuneraShop?section_id=16617461

Evelyn Markasky https://www.etsy.com/shop/markasky?section_id=16554238

Virginie Martin https://www.etsy.com/shop/VirginieMartinStudio?section_id=16575264

Nancy Nearing https://www.etsy.com/shop/NearingPolymerClay?section_id=16565446

Nikki Rees https://www.etsy.com/shop/NRjewellerydesign?section_id=10085261

Debbie Ritchie https://www.etsy.com/shop/fentondesign?section_id=16560107

Ligia Rocha https://www.etsy.com/shop/LigiaRocha?section_id=16565116

Anna Severina Fell https://www.etsy.com/shop/SeverinMetals?section_id=16554502

Kirsten Skiles Ross https://www.etsy.com/shop/KSkilesJewelry?section_id=16551427

Tammi Sloan https://www.etsy.com/shop/MyBrownWren?section_id=16576587

Victoria Takahashi https://www.etsy.com/shop/Experimetal?section_id=16554272

Diane Tchakirides https://www.etsy.com/shop/artnestbydiane?section_id=13770904

Maria Veltsou https://www.etsy.com/shop/MOVinspiredjewellery?section_id=16733342

Sara Westermark https://www.etsy.com/shop/sarawestermark?section_id=16554593

Sara Wilbanks https://www.etsy.com/shop/sarahwilbanks?section_id=16554685

>off etsy links :

Ponsawan Silas https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1580607858822404&type=1

Mary Lu Wason http://www.maryluwason.com/store/c21/Asymmetrical_Earrings.html

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Manistee County sunrise March 29, 7:18am

Spring sunshine

I am fascinated with the sun as it shines over this Northern land in spring.  I don’t know how it will show up in my artwork in the future, but I’m sure it will.

I want to do some exploring while we live up here and am looking at this book for ideas.

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These earrings are made from sterling silver, cut into asymmetrical ovals and textured with a cross peen. Each earring is different, but they have similar lines and length. The shapes remind me most of tree bark or perhaps cicada wings. EAD 24 & 25.

Earring a Day Progress

This is the 86th day of 2015 but I’ve only made it to my 36th earring a day.  I seem to make these in short spurts, usually while working on other pieces.

Hammered silver hemisphere earrings. EAD 22 & 23:  These earrings are made from sterling silver, cut into half circles and textured with a cross peen.

Hammered silver hemisphere earrings. EAD 22 & 23: These earrings are made from sterling silver, cut into half circles and textured with a cross peen.

These earrings are made from sterling silver, formed into twig shapes and soldered into little branch bunches. EAD 26 & 27

These earrings are made from sterling silver, formed into twig shapes and soldered into little branch bunches. EAD 26 & 27

These earrings are made from sterling silver, cut into asymmetrical ovals and textured with a cross peen. Each earring is different, but they have similar lines and length. The shapes remind me most of tree bark or perhaps cicada wings. EAD 24 & 25.

These earrings are made from sterling silver, cut into asymmetrical ovals and textured with a cross peen. Each earring is different, but they have similar lines and length. The shapes remind me most of tree bark or perhaps cicada wings. EAD 24 & 25.

This is a single earring featuring a natural amethyst nugget bead hanging from sterling silver wire. EAD28

This is a single earring featuring a natural amethyst nugget bead hanging from sterling silver wire. EAD28

4 foldformed brass leaves for EAD #29-32

4 foldformed brass leaves for EAD #29-32

EAD #33 This is a single earring of sterling silver fused into a highly textured and abstract natural form, with a pod-like or tribal shield shape.

EAD #33 This is a single earring of sterling silver fused into a highly textured and abstract natural form, with a pod-like or tribal shield shape.

EAD #34 This is a single earring of sterling silver fused into a highly textured and abstract natural form, with a pod-like or tribal shield shape.

EAD #34 This is a single earring of sterling silver fused into a highly textured and abstract natural form, with a pod-like or tribal shield shape.

EAD #35 This is a single earring of sterling silver fused into a highly textured and abstract natural form, with an abstract draped form.

EAD #35 This is a single earring of sterling silver fused into a highly textured and abstract natural form, with an abstract draped form.

EAD #36 This is a single earring featuring one of my handmade and hammered brass leaves hanging from a niobium earwire. It's patinated to a dark green black and then highlighted back to the brass underneath.

EAD #36 This is a single earring featuring one of my handmade and hammered brass leaves hanging from a niobium earwire. It’s patinated to a dark green black and then highlighted back to the brass underneath.

I’m getting ready for a soldering workshop so get ready to see something more geometric than I might normally make as I practice side-by-side and T-joints before I teach the class.

To see single earrings from other participants in the challenge, click https://www.etsy.com/search?q=EAD2015 or visit the following sites:
Diana Alexander https://www.etsy.com/shop/femmedebijoux?section_id=16560621
Maria Apostolou https://www.etsy.com/shop/CREATEMariaApostolou?section_id=16728463
Natalia Araya https://www.etsy.com/shop/Nataliaraya?section_id=16556385
Erin Austin https://www.etsy.com/shop/ErinAustin?section_id=16556204
Lily Bhattacharya https://www.etsy.com/shop/Lilyb444?section_id=11125273
Rebecca Bogan https://www.etsy.com/shop/AdobeSol?section_id=16597080
Kris Braunecker https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHippieBohemian?section_id=16736436
Beth Cyr https://www.etsy.com/shop/BethCyr?section_id=16581319
Caitlyn Davey https://www.etsy.com/shop/discomedusa?section_id=10420182
Cynthia Del Giudice: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CynthiaDelGiudice?section_id=5540784
Kirsten Denbow https://www.etsy.com/shop/KirstenDenbowDesigns?section_id=16560098
Beatriz Diaz Ceballos https://www.etsy.com/shop/LaBEJoyeria?section_id=16586251
Sophia Georgiopoulou https://www.etsy.com/shop/Kosmimata?section_id=16551029
Nina Gibson https://www.etsy.com/shop/NinaGibsonDesigns?section_id=16672499
Michele Grady https://www.etsy.com/shop/MicheleGradyDesigns?section_id=16587263
Louise Hunter https://www.etsy.com/shop/PeculiarForest?section_id=16551691
Carin Jones https://www.etsy.com/shop/jonesingforjewelry?section_id=16573805
Leidi Jorge https://www.etsy.com/shop/MusaLuneraShop?section_id=16617461
Evelyn Markasky https://www.etsy.com/shop/markasky?section_id=16554238
Virginie Martin https://www.etsy.com/shop/VirginieMartinStudio?section_id=16575264
Nancy Nearing https://www.etsy.com/shop/NearingPolymerClay?section_id=16565446
Nikki Rees https://www.etsy.com/shop/NRjewellerydesign?section_id=10085261
Debbie Ritchie https://www.etsy.com/shop/fentondesign?section_id=16560107
Ligia Rocha https://www.etsy.com/shop/LigiaRocha?section_id=16565116
Anna Severina Fell https://www.etsy.com/shop/SeverinMetals?section_id=16554502
Tammi Sloan https://www.etsy.com/shop/MyBrownWren?section_id=16576587
Victoria Takahashi https://www.etsy.com/shop/Experimetal?section_id=16554272
Maria Veltsou https://www.etsy.com/shop/MOVinspiredjewellery?section_id=16733342
Sara Westermark https://www.etsy.com/shop/sarawestermark?section_id=16554593
Sara Wilbanks https://www.etsy.com/shop/sarahwilbanks?section_id=16554685
>off etsy links :
Ponsawan Silas https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1580607858822404&type=1
Mary Lu Wason http://www.maryluwason.com/store/c21/Asymmetrical_Earrings.html

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One pendant and a lot of earrings, inspired by twigs, rocks and textures.

Blog-o-sphere Think Tank – “What inspires you?”

What inspires me?

The stillness in nature around me

Sunshine over snow, March 2015

Sunshine over snow, March 2015

Sunrise Mar 19, 7 47 28 AM

Sunrise Mar 19, 7 47 28 AM

Texture on bits of leaf and bark

texture deliberately embossed from the imperfect anvil surface

texture deliberately embossed from the imperfect anvil surface

The leaf forms too, but you already knew that

sterling silver oak leaf pendant in progress

sterling silver oak leaf pendant in progress

Forged sterling silver leaves and drusy agate in progress

Forged sterling silver leaves and drusy agate in progress

The lines of dried wild vines

Forged coathooks installed in a client's home

Forged coathooks installed in a client’s home

For more inspiring posts, please visit the following blogs:

Andes Cruz:  https://andescruz.wordpress.com

Pallavi Gandhi: https://studioat605.wordpress.com/

marie bell ::  www.pencilfox.com

Kathleen Krucoff:  https://kathleenkrucoff.wordpress.com/

Tosca Teran:  : http://nanopod.me/2015/03/20/inspiration

Catherine Witherell:  http://happydayart.typepad.com

Beth Cyr – http://bethcyr.com/blog/

Allegra Sleep: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/allegra-sleep.html?tab=blog

Shelagh Blatz: www.designsbyshelagh.com/blog

 

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EAD2015

Single Earrings Challenge Update – a study in asymmetry

This is the 77th day of 2015, but I am still only at earring #21.  I’m sure I’ll catch up at some point.  For now I’ll enjoy the journey.

I like to use up my bits of scrap silver for these creative play projects.  I fuse them into new forms with great textures.  In fact, the layered texture is what interests me the most about fusing.  Click on each photo below for more photos.

#14 of EAD2015 - This is a single earring of sterling silver fused into a highly textured and abstract natural form, reminiscent of a tower door or asymmetrical house. This single earring hangs approximately 1.5 inches from the bottom of the earwire.

#14 of EAD2015 – This is a single earring of sterling silver fused into a highly textured and abstract natural form, reminiscent of a tower door or asymmetrical house. This single earring hangs approximately 1.5 inches from the bottom of the earwire.

EAD2015 #15 - This is a single earring of sterling silver fused into a highly textured and abstract natural form. It makes me think of the wind in winter, blowing over snow. This single earring hangs approximately 1.75 inches from the bottom of the earwire.

EAD2015 #15 – This is a single earring of sterling silver fused into a highly textured and abstract natural form. It makes me think of the wind in winter, blowing over snow. This single earring hangs approximately 1.75 inches from the bottom of the earwire.

#16 of EAD2015 - This is a single earring of sterling silver fused into a highly textured and abstract natural form. This one has a faceted pink quartz bead at the top. This single earring hangs approximately 1.75 inches from the bottom of the earwire.

#16 of EAD2015 – This is a single earring of sterling silver fused into a highly textured and abstract natural form. This one has a faceted pink quartz bead at the top. This single earring hangs approximately 1.75 inches from the bottom of the earwire.

These earrings are made from sterling silver fused into a highly textured and abstract natural form. Each earring is different, but they have similar lines and length. They work together beautifully as an intriguing sparkly abstract pair. EAD2015 #17 & 18

#17 and 18 of EAD 2015, put together as a pair. These earrings are made from sterling silver fused into a highly textured and abstract natural form. Each earring is different, but they have similar lines and length. They work together beautifully as an intriguing sparkly abstract pair.

#19 and 20 of EAD 2015, put together as a pair. - These earrings are made from sterling silver fused into a highly textured and abstract natural form. Each earring is different, but they have similar lines and length. They work together beautifully as an intriguing sparkly abstract pair.

#19 and 20 of EAD 2015, put together as a pair. – These earrings are made from sterling silver fused into a highly textured and abstract natural form. Each earring is different, but they have similar lines and length. They work together beautifully as an intriguing sparkly abstract pair.

To see the rest of the earrings, including #21, please visit the Earring section of my online shop.

#21 of EAD2015 - This is a single earring, set with moonstone, circles over circles, highly textured, reminiscent of the winter moon. This dainty single earring hangs approximately .75 inches from the bottom of the earwire. EAD2015 #21

#21 of EAD2015 – This is a single earring, set with moonstone, circles over circles, highly textured, reminiscent of the winter moon. This dainty single earring hangs approximately .75 inches from the bottom of the earwire. EAD2015 #21

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