New Etsy site

If you want one of my flora and fauna illustrations, you can purchase them here:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/FloraFaunaByHelen

Iris bud-framed small
6″ x 6″ watercolor in an 8″ x 8″ frame. It has a glass cover and is backed with an acid-free board.
Lithops Optica-framed small
4″ x 4″ marker & watercolor in a 5″ x 5″ frame. It has a glass cover and is backed with an acid-free board.
Brown Cactus Bird-Framed Small
4″ x 4″ marker & watercolor in an 5″ x 5″ frame. It has a glass cover and is backed with an acid-free board.

I’m not dead yet!

I think I will go for a walk…

And I have been – to work. I’ve been rather busy with work in the past year (year, really?!) and while I haven’t done as much glass and metal as I’d have liked, summer is coming and I’ll be back in the studio.

I haven’t been completely idle though…

Here are a few things I have drawn recently

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expect more of everything this summer and fall!

Sacred, Datacore #1

Kiln-formed glass, sterling silver, and copper. 3″ x 2.75″ x 1.25″

 

I am currently exploring the idea of how information and stories are stored, discovered, told, and interpreted. Looking at the variety of ways a core sample can be used to tell a story or deliver information inspired me to create my own stories, artifacts, and data in glass and metal.

LASERS!!!

I have known about laser cutting for certain metals, but thought that silver was not able to be cut by lasers because of certain refractive (?) properties. Turns out I was wrong! It just has to be a certain kind of laser.

Et voilá!

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This makes me soooo happy. To have the precision of the shapes as I designed them is just perfection. All I need to do is polish/texture them and solder on the wires, pin backs, or jump rings. BOOM.

Glass Rivets

So I did a little test and it led to these beauties:

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I have to be careful when creating these, because the glass doesn’t like to be unevenly heated, but because they are so small, it works out perfectly. I was also concerned about the silver fuming and staining the glass, but so far, the clear does just fine. I will definitely have to be careful with the colors I use because of the silver fumes staining the glass and testing which colors work best.

In addition to the glass rivets, I am working on a wearable and a sculptural piece for a possible Seattle Metals Guild show.

New Design Series

I have a new jewelry design series that I’m absolutely in love with! I have all of these available in my Etsy shop for easy purchase.

Plus, another new design I will be making more of also with an ocean/coral reef theme:

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New design & photo booth

Photobooth

I just got in my first photo booth or tent and I am so happy I finally bought one. Here are the first two pictures with my real camera (not my phone) of my new design:

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I have more earrings on the way, and will be making pendants too.

The inspiration for this new line is a work in progress ring. I’m almost there, but not quite.

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Riveting

I took a weekend class at Danaca Design on riveting with Kirk Lang 2 weeks ago. I think this will become an integral part of my jewelry and glass art. So effective and fairly simple, it allows me to connect my glass and metal without the worry of applying heat to the glass and potential shattering.

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I have 3 more pendants ready to be put together. I am remaking the bail on the red one since the metal I used to make the one pictured was not the right gauge for the piece.

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