Wednesday, April 30, 2008

April 30, 2008

I finished another pair of earrings tonight. The inspiration came from a drawing in the sketchbook made a while back when I was looking through some African artifacts on the internet. Drawings have to incubate sometimes. I think the thing was actually a rattle, but the copper disks on these earrings just simulate the round rattle. The sticks are made of PMC3, and the rest is sterling wire. I scratched some lines in the copper but they disappeared when I patina-ed the metal; the next pair I might try to etch the lines using beeswax. I don't know if the area will be too small to effectively perform this technique, but experimentation will tell.

Monday, April 28, 2008


Hello, is it us you're looking for??.....reminds me of David Cook's rendition of Lionel Richie's song on one of the first "top 12" episodes of American Idol. I loved Dave's version. But that aside, we have not been around lately, and the details explaining that would be too boring for anyone. Lisa and I have been working when we can sneak in a second but it's hard to get in the zone with that kind of action. I made some Alone Star earrings and it feels like fun to think of a name for them right now--Copper Stars maybe. Alone Stars in Copper. ASJ Copper Stars. The star is the one in our logo, but then they might feel like an advertisment. Apologies for this sub-quality photo:

I promise to try for a better photo--I just can't shoot so much silver. The disks are a 1.25" 22-gauge silver, slightly domed with the copper stars inlaid. I hadn't practiced this technique since college but am happy to say that I was able to fit it just right, thanks to a ball-peen hammer. The earrings are big and flashy but weightless.

I have also made once again the Texas Tech pendant. That thing is a beechnut to make but it is worth the effort. I think we have a picture of it on the site. And now it's Lisa's turn to post a (much better-quality) picture of her cool new disk earrings.

Have you been looking for us? If so, we are still here. As for David Cook, I do not favor him to win American Idol despite that one great performance, but I won't bore you with my opinions on that....Ciao!