Now that the bulk of my summer shows are over, I went back into the studio and got busy working on a commissioned piece for our local rock shop. I begin the process by sketching using the stone as inspiration. I always thought this one would be a ring, but it decided to be a bracelet.
Here are some preliminary sketches:
The trick with this one was figuring out whether the bracelet would bend properly with the panels of silver between the bracelet bars.
Look! I was able to get it to bend properly. It turned out a bit different from the sketch, but this is what it wanted. Those little accents are citrines. The middle stone is Blue Moon Turquoise. I hate to sell this one, but what can I do? It was commissioned. I guess I'll have to make something similar with one of my stones.
I also did a little work with gold. I was totally not intending to work with gold this week, but these darned things just don't let me decide.
Here is the beginning. In the beginning the pieces always look a bit rough.
But then holy moly. This is exquisite.
Here is a photo from the front. The stone I used is called "Azurite-Malachite". I only bought two of these stones in Tucson last spring. I think I need to find another one or two. They are just so brilliantly saturated with color. The little accents are citrine. I must be on a citrine kick.
And then, just for fun, I painted our little end tables in the gazebo. Everything was too wood-like. Now I have fun splashes of color. I also put a rug out there. It's very homey. The perfect place for an afternoon coffee break overlooking our lake.