It's such a lovely feeling to finish a commission and be happy with the results. However there's nothing that makes me more anxious than the moments before I hand a painting or piece of jewellery over to my customer. You want them to be delighted, but you hope that they'd say if something wasn't right. I find it really stressful. It's only a split second before you find out, one way or another, and then ... relief! Ahhhhhh!
This week has seen me successfully deliver a number of commissions and work hard on a few new ones.
This is one of my favourites. The challenge was to make a fingerprint heart to sit on a chain with an existing pendant. The heart had to include the fingerprints of three grown up children.
I used my newly acquired photoshop skills and my new photopolymer machine to help transfer the prints to silver and with a little engineering help from my friend Clare I managed to fit the two pieces together so they sit perfectly.
The result is a completely unique piece of jewellery and I couldn't be happier.
I may even make it available to commission on Etsy. It's such a nice idea to have your children's prints but also would be great for a bride and groom or an anniversary pressy. Possibilities are endless.
This is what it looks like on it's own:
I was also really happy to deliver a really great dog tag style finger print pendant and a painting of Instow to a very patient friend. I can't show you these as they are pressy's and I don't want to accidentally ruin any surprises.
Well, as with most new year's resolutions, things have not gone as well as I'd have liked.
However, I will not give up! My aim is still to post once a week, to marvel at my triumphs, tragedies and other general goings on! :)
I suppose Friday night / Saturday morning is a good time to look back on the week and ponder. It's been a good one on the whole. I have spent most of my arty time working on commissions, both jewellery and painting and I am pleased to say that I have finished my painting of the seaside town, Instow. Painted for a friend, it was meant to be a Christmas pressy, and is, I'm ashamed to say, very late. I do hope she likes it! I am very pleased with the finished work. I will post a photo when she gives the ok! :)
At JASSO (the local Jewellers and Silver Smith's Association I attend) I have been learning etching techniques to help me produce another commission. It seems to be quite a long winded process at the moment but I'm sure that will get quicker as I go along. I'm etching a design on to a small shallow dish. It's so exciting to see an idea that was sketched out on paper only a few months ago now developing into a 3D piece. I can't show you pictures of that either, as the recipients might see and the surprise would be ruined! Sorry about that!!!
Finally a little word on my studio. There are still more boxes of bit and bobs to be taken over and sorted but I am pleased to report that I have been able to do some work in there, and mighty comfortable it is too! Here are some earrings and bracelets that I've made this week using the most beautiful pearls. Done, boxed and now for sale in No Two Things.
Although many people did their soul searching about the New Year a couple of weeks ago, I have had a shaky start, and so my New Year starts today.
My sister has been gently encouraging me to write a little more on my blog, rather that just posting pics; so here goes!
I'm hoping it will be a bit more interesting to you lovely people on the world wide web and will help me focus my thoughts and be a bit more productive.
I have so many ideas and possibilities running around in my little nogin; add to that the attempts to make a small income...or at least break even and I find myself running backwards and forwards and achieving very little.
This week is shaping up to having a number of things to focus on. I have a seascape to complete, my new studio to finish moving in to and a number of silver projects which need to be made.
Please wish me luck and if you'd like to hear more do follow me.
P.S. If all goes well today, there will be prints available on Artfinder by the end of today