Before I get to the current pics - I need to show off Nathalie's work. Do you remember this pic from a few weeks ago - This was inspiration 1:
"My bracelet is a “looser” interpretation of the image... my thick swirly wire that supports the focal represents the tendrils, and the big round focal (a lampwork glass cabochon made by one of my friends) had those bright colors, shape and flow of the big tropical flower. "
You can see more of Nathalie's work on her site.
Also check out her Artfire Studio
This next piece is one I designed with the dogwood blooms as the inspiration. Loosely, as I used cherry blossoms instead...
This piece was more of a compilation of sorts. I actually designed the branch at the last metal clay play day. In Kate McKinnon's newest book, one of the projects was a branch made from a fine silver wire armature, then built up with clay and paste. I've had this sitting on my workbench unfired for a while - I also had some cherry blossoms cut out from paper clay in a little dish of bits I keep on my bench.
Something quite bizarre happened somewhere along the line though. When I put my pendant in the kiln to be fired - It had three full blossoms, when it came out - half of one blossom was completely missing. And I mean gone. Right there on the tray, before I even picked it up - a chunk was missing. The missing piece wasn't on the tray, or anywhere else in the kiln. Two possibilities - 1) it vaporized, or 2) I'm loosing it. I prefer to go with option 1. :-)
That's all we have for this week..I hope I didn't miss anyone!
For next week- here is your inspiration pic: Home for a Knome - We invite everyone to play along. Make something, anything at all, inspired by the weeks picture. Send it to email@example.com with the subject "Inspiration Fridays"