Date set, plane tickets bought for a wonderful trip to Ireland, I suddenly feel stressed!!
A year ago I began three projects for three special friends in Ireland. Would you believe I've not finished with them? Off the back burner they come......to be FINISHED before our trip so I can hand them over personally. Still so much to do......in so little time. It's a good thing I work really well under pressure!
That being said, my creative muse kicked in last night. But did I work on those three projects listed above?
Why of course not! I veered off course and ended up making some earrings that turned out amazingly well.
So last night's creative adventure begins now:
Working with ImpressArt is a pure joy! Above is the hammer, steel block, metal stamp, and of course some brass to stamp on.
Next comes out the Artistic Wire, my Beadstrom 4-Piece Tool Kit from Beadalon tools, ear wires, jump rings, assorted back beads, and head pins..........and you have the beginnings to some awesome earrings!
Ankh: With the ImpressArt metal stamp, I stamped the brass strips. The Euro tool was used to punch the holes at the top & bottom of the strips. After being stamped, the brass was colored with a black sharpie. This fills in the little stamped images so they stand out. Next, using an artist pencil eraser, I erased all the sharpie ink off the surface metal. Added some bead dangles......wha la!
The Nile: Once I completed one set.......I just HAD to create another! Different of course! Here is the same technique used minus the bead dangles. The pictures do not do these pieces justice!
Exile: Changing up just a bit, I used brass wire on these next two pieces. Here I used brass wire to wrap and square beads. Loved the way these turned out!
Boadisea: Same wire wrap technique but with flat round beads at the bottom, round beads at the top, and a brass bead with a black center.
Now, BACK to the three Ireland projects!! Time is short and the work will be long. A labor of love to be sure!