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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handmade by Kirsten Skiles Ross

Bronze oak leaf pendants

A year or so after I started making and selling oak leaf jewelry, I had a few dads contact me about ordering sets of bronze and silver oak leaf pendants, father and son pendants.  It turns out that the fathers had read the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan.  The fathers told me that in that series of books, the ranger apprentices wore bronze oak leaf necklaces and the master rangers wore silver leaves.  Those stories, and the fact that the fathers and sons loved the books so much, inspired me to get the books for my own son. My son loved the books just as much but hardly noticed the part about the oak the leaf pendants! He wanted a cloak, but had no desire for the jewelry.

I still make and sell oak leaf jewelry though I haven’t had a Ranger inspired request in several years.

Here are the leaves sawn out and ready to be annealed.

Handsawn bronze leaves ready to be annealed

Handsawn bronze leaves ready to be annealed

This little one looks like she’s helping me, but you all know better right?

Perpetuating the myth of the work-at-home mom

Perpetuating the myth of the work-at-home mom

She does not help with torch work.

Annealing with the EZ torch

Annealing with the EZ torch

handmade by Kirsten Skiles Ross

2 Bronze oak leaf pendants finished

One of the pendants was for an order. The other one is currently for sale in my online shop.

woodland leaf pendant

Hand sawn and hammered bronze oak leaf pendant

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Northern Michigan in March

The light changes

I enjoy the contrast of frighteningly bright whites under the spring sunlight up North and the muted whites of an overcast morning.

Sunny and brisk March morning in Manistee County, Michigan.

Sunny and brisk March morning in Manistee County, Michigan.

Late afternoon view of the Frankfort, Michigan lighthouse in March 2015.

Late afternoon view of the Frankfort, Michigan lighthouse in March 2015.

Northern Michigan in March

Northern Michigan in March

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Handforged Ivy Coathooks

Here are the handforged ivy coathooks that I finished a few days ago, in the snow.  A few are staying in the USA.  Several are going abroad, to Hungary.

wrought iron ivy coathooks

wrought iron ivy coathooks

wrought iron handforged ivy coathooks, organic meandering vines.

wrought iron handforged ivy coathooks, organic meandering vines.

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Forging coathooks outside

Forging in the snow

We had a day of less unbearably cold weather, so I decided to forge some coathooks for a special order.
I don’t have my forging area set up yet so I worked out on a cold concrete patio.  I was warm enough but my feet were freezing.

The forge is very efficient so was not really warming me up.

The forge is very efficient so was not really warming me up.

My daughter was freezing while she was taking these photos for me.

My daughter was freezing while she was taking these photos for me.

Forging coathooks outside

Forging coathooks outside

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