Monday, February 13, 2006

Monday, monday...


Here are some little Sweet Horse Chestnut studs I have been working on today. They are my first orders from Etsy and this is them just after having their earring posts soldered on, and they are so white because they have just come out of the acid pickle (which cleans the silver after soldering). They will now journey to the polisher..then back to the bench for a bit of surface frosting and burnishing, and then to the gold platers'.......and THEN...out to their lovely owners' to be. I have just ordered some pretty little boxes too, to help them on their trips around the world! :)


Speaking of trips around the world...I have been thinking about this painting all day...its called Cloud Cookoo Land (how appropriate!), and its by Barbara Balmer . She is currently showing works at the Open Eye Gallery in Edinburgh, and they are so magical and escapist. I like them very much. They reminded me in a way of the paintings by Monica Cook that Shari posted about the other day. Barbara Balmer has painted all these exotic gardens and locations from around the world, (I love the one from Padua) and I like the feeling she conveys of dusty heat...just lovely.

Happy Monday to you all! xx

8 comments:

Lindsay said...

Abigail! This is my first ever blog comment - it is a 'dear diary' moment!!
So impressed by your work and the pictures look fabulous. That painting is beautiful indeed. I've never come across her stuff before. It makes me think of a really vintage piece of silk with a faded print on it...

jessie said...

Ah. Thank you oh so very much for sharing Barbara's paintings with me (us). She has such a beautiful use of colours and such.

I do hope your store does better this round. It is a shame to hear of an entire system crashing.

I enjoy your skills very much. Thanks for sharing! Cheers!

Shari said...

hi abigail!

your little sweet horse chestnut studs look so cute all together. The whole jewelry making process is so fascinating to me. So many steps involved to make the lovely creations.

Thanks for linking over to my site. And yes, Barbara's paintings do remind me in a way of Monica's work--perhaps it's the colors and the magical quality. I love Reflections Padua and Cloud Cuckoo Land.

Happy Monday back to you! xox shari

Abigail said...

Hi Jessie and lindsay..so nice to have you both here! :) xx

natalie said...

wow so much work go into those gorgeous earings! interesting to read the process

Looking forward to them *smile*

IMEDAGOZE said...

I've just learnt new thing today, thanks for sharing the process of creating your jewelry. It's good to know!

lisa s said...

oh how i used to love how things looked right of the pickle [i made jewelry in high school]....

i'm so wanting my own pair! i have to make up my mind gosh darn it....

and that painting... surreal and magical indeed - fanciful too!!!

Abigail said...

So nice to hear everyone likes to hear about the jewellery making process..I will post more about it for sure!

Lisa...do you still make any jewellery?.. I am just imagining little studs and necklaces all pierced out like your doilies..yes, how pretty is the blanched snowy silver, I love keeping it like that too with a bit of lacquer, so its white forever! xox