Saturday, May 29, 2010

Hephaestus - God of Fire and Metalworking

I've been making jewelry for over 20 years now. My tastes and interests have changed many times over those 20 years. I've went back to basics recently. I'm currently on a copper, wire and the use of limited tools, kick. Well, at least that is this week.
I'd told my friends Ann and Jeanette of Infinite Designs (see link below) that I would do line of copper jewelry for them. Well here it is, earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces completely made with copper wire of varied gauges. The only things I'm using in these new collection is copper, copper wire and various bead or bead like items. I'm really liking the way the copper acts and how fun these pieces are to make. I just purchased some vintage crystals and such to work with too. I'll keep you posted. I'm calling this collection Hephaestus after the Greek God of fire and metalworking.

Here is a sneak-peek.
Infinite Designs:
My Etsy site:

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Exquisite Jewerly - Metalsmith Rebecca Barton

Rebecca Barton
Just Begun - 2008

Rebecca Barton
Devil's Yoke - 2009

Rebecca's work is incredible. She blurs the line of create and the natural world recreating earthly wonders in a wearable form. BRAVO Rebecca!

Check out Rebecca's site at:

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Art Quote Tuesday _ Andy Warhol

"Don't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches."
Andy Warhol

Check out Art Quotes for bio, interview and images of Andy's work at:

Monday, May 24, 2010

Hiding in Plain Site - The photography of Liu Bolin

Liu Bolin was born in China in 1973.
Liu has exhibited extensively all over the world.

Can you find Liu in these photographs?
Liu Bolin
Hiding in the City No. 83, 2009

Liu Bolin
Hiding in the City No. 16- People's Policeman, 2006

Liu Bolin
Hiding in the City No. 71- Bulldozer, 2008

Liu paints himself and stands in the picture camouflaged by paint.

To see more of Liu's work visit:

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Guest Blogger - Viki Twyman from Lorie Lynn Designs

Approximately 5 years ago I was working for the Redding Police Department as a Police Services Supervisor and I was making jewelry as a hobby. At the time one of my co-workers (and dear friend) was engaged in a battle against breast cancer. Unfortunately she lost her battle in 2006. By that time, I was selling some of my jewelry and thinking about taking it from a hobby to a business. I was trying to come up with a name when another friend suggested I name the jewelry after Lorie. I loved the idea, and with the blessing of her family, Lorie Lynn Jewelry was born. In Lorie's memory, we donate 10% of our sales to local breast cancer programs.
I asked another friend, Bobbi Berg, if she would like to join me in this venture, she said yes, and we have been having a blast creating fun wearable art ever since. We think of our jewelry as pieces of art because every piece is an original, one-of-a-kind creation.
We started out making your basic beaded jewelry and after a short time decided that just wasn't the direction we wanted to go. We started adding vintage and antique jewelry pieces to our creations. We LOVED the look of the new pieces and decided this is where we wanted to go with our jewelry. It has continued to evolve and the majority of our jewelry is now made from anything old that we can find. We use old keys, drawer plates and pulls, jewelry pieces, chain, typewriter keys, can openers, rulers, etc. etc..................The hunt for all of the great stuff we use is almost as much fun as creating the jewelry.
We recently changed the name of our business to Lorie Lynn Designs to incorporate other accessories that we now offer. I have started creating fabric wrist cuffs, neck-warmers and scarves and am hoping to add handbags in the near future.
Our jewelry is sold in the Kimberly Nicole Boutique, California Decor, and Oregon Street Antique Mall in Redding, CA, and Adorna Bella in San Francisco.
Our etsy store: