Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday Bits

Happy Friday!!
I have a couple of little bits to show you today. They both still need a little finish work on them, but I dashed out to get photos because the sky seems heavily laden with an excess of moisture. Yeah, it looks like it's gonna rain.....again.

This is for my friend Beth for whom I made the little silver hibiscus pendant. This is a little gifty-poo for someone's birthday..I'm not going to mention any names, but her name in Hawaiian mean "heavenly moon" (I think, sometimes things get lost in the translation). I left the setting around the red plume agate heavily oxidized to contrast with the 4 full moons surrounding the stone, then "waning" back to the onyx "new" moon at the clasp.

My friend Bob wanted me to make a necklace for his sister & his mother. This one is for his sister because he told me her nickname is Birdy. It took me hours & hours to design a piece so deceptively clever that no one would immediately get the connection. Did you get it yet?? Yes!!! I made a bird pendant because they call her Birdy. See, I'm a clever girl.

I'm still working on getting beautiful photos of my pieces, but still haven't gotten there. I like natural light & the natural setting of being outside, but the glare on the stones is awful. Well, until I figure it out, y'all always know you can check out my foliage situation just by gazing at the reflections in the stones. As you can see by Beth's pendant, the dogwoods have almost lost all of their leaves.
I hope y'all have a great weekend & don't let the boogey man get you.


Amy Nicole/RubyMtnBeads said...

I really love the bird. It is hard to come up with an original design for something that has been done over and over in metal, but I think you have definitely achieved it here! Kudos!

Beth said...

I couldn't be happier with the Mahealani Moon piece :) Thank you so much. Judging from all the photos I have seen you take, you know your way around a camera, and I know you said you love natural lighting, but have you tried a polarizing lens filter? It'll cut your glare, but will sometimes darken your piece if you don't get it just right. I use a circular one, so sometimes I get things a lot darker than I like.

The birdy is just delightful :) Last night my hibiscus had flipped itself around and in the weird lighting I have in my office, it almost had a neon glow to it :) Kinda spooky Halloweenish!

Willow Branch said...

Aaaw, thanks Amy!! I wasn't really going into the "silver bird" thing but my friend wanted something for his sister. I may make one to put in my shop to see how it goes.

Beth, I'm so glad you like the necklace. I always get so nervous before showing someone their new treasure. I'll have to check into a len filter, but I just have a point & shoot digital.

I didn't tell you that the hibiscus does special things on Halloween?? Ooops.


Stormy said...

Love the stone in that necklace!
The scalloped bezel looks wonderful around it.

The chick is so sweet :)

I should look into a polarizing lens filter.

Anonymous said...

Oh Pam, the necklace is beautiful and I LOVE THAT DUCKY!!

CarolynArtist said...

Pam that birdie is so cute, it looks like its chirping!!!
The stone and setting and accents are goigous!!! I love it.
I heard that sun down or a cloudy day is good for getting the stones, not directly in the sun (you probably know that already)