Welcome to the latest installment of the Inspired by Reading Book Club hosted by Andrew Thornton. Once again, we combined two months for our reveal. And even with the extra time, I'm late.
To be honest, I had some difficulty get,ting inspired. Maybe I was preoccupied with my first trip to Tucson, maybe moving my workspace sapped my energy. Whatever it was I wasn't feeling it.
I read as far as page 50 in The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie when my very insightful seatmate on the plane to Tucson told me it was ok not to finish a book. There was so much imagery that I found myself rereading many passages, but I just wasn't holding the meaning. Plus I already had a page of notes of possible design ideas -
*a stone gate with 2 elephants facing each other
*a tiger penis in a golden bowl
*bells on the ankles of dancers
While the tiger penis was tempting, I went with some cloisonne elephants from my stash of charms. I found matching pearls in Tucson (Ironically from a NY supplier - Pearl Conceps)
I used gold filled wire to connect the components and craft earwires.
Next up on the reading list was Difficult Loves by Italo Calvino. This book is a collection of short stories translated from the original Italian. At times I felt the translation fell flat. I was intrigued by The story titled "The Enchanted Garden", in which two children sneak through bramble into a garden where they picked flowers, swam, played ping pong and had a snack. Unfortunately, they were unable to enjoy themselves because they felt they might get caught. Before leaving they spied a boy inside the villa who appeared to be equally uncomfortable. What caught my attention were the collections of framed butterflies on the wall. I wanted to create something with brambles and/or butterflies, but my muse was hiding.
I was resigned to the fact that I would just skip this book and head off to the Jewels By JAR exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. And wouldn't you know it, Joel A Rosenthal had a designed wall of butterflies and dragonflies.
These are actually jewel encrusted brooches. Finally I was inspired.
I decided to try a new technique at the last minute.
I took and etching class in Tucson. The instructor Amber of String Bead was wonderful.
So bright and early this morning, I shaped and prepped the copper.
I drew a sketch, then drew on the copper with a Sharpie. And placed my earrings into the the etching solution.
I am sure I heard Amber say she often left her pieces in solution over night.
I learned a great lesson today - copper pieces cannot stay in ferric chloride for 5 hours.
Never fear - I will try again!
For now enjoy these pieces I etched in class. They kind of remind me of brambles. What do you think?
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