The Occasional Shiny — Leap Year Edition!

I’ll blame the leap year for my artistic predicament.  Fortunately, a bit of time with the BFF Lana and her daughter, my niece, Olli, has been good therapy for the ol’ muse muscle.

Also the Best Cat

Check out that awesome kid. And that awesome person's foot.

Apparently she’s started collecting shiny rocks somewhat recently (a hobby I fully approve of) and wanted to share some with her absolute favorite aunt ever (Me!  She told me so!  OMGYAY).

Christ, no wonder why people make insipid mommyblogs.  I could brag about this smurf-faced toddler for AGES.  She opens her mouth and the most effed-up things fall out.

Anyway, we decided to use them to collaborate on a project!  A bracelet!

Stones 'n shells

I'm thinking of adding charms to it over time because I am a ridiculous sucker and hypocrite about disliking gooshytalkin' over kids.

We also made food together.  And played legos.  She also told me a story about a horse named Number 17.

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Y’know, sometimes inspiration comes from just about anywhere.  Lana and I were hanging out in her kitchen, chit-chatting, when I noticed her awesome tea service.

It was chipped 10 minutes later.  Oops.

See the little curly thing pointing towards the top?

It even has lil beady lookin’ things on the side.

Potential name: tea set.  Potential colors: blue and white.

Sadly, I have to wait to finish it until I get home to my hammer and anvil.

The phoenix is still coming together bit by bit.  I’ve been taking apart bits and putting them back together and ugh.  Plus this coming month is absolutely INSAAAAAAAAANE.  A ~super secret thing~ for my mom’s birthday in just over a week, people coming to stay at the house at the end of the month, a million things in between like doctors appointments.

OH OH I did forget to show off my ridiculous Tuscon Gem Show booty:

Happy birthday to me!

Eventually I'll get close-up pictures.

Now tell me where I put half of this crap >_<  It’s been one of those years.  Fff.

Few more projects on the table.  Time will tell and, hopefully, the ol’ winter depression will let up enough to keep me productive.  Either that or I’ll start mainlining pictures of my ridiculously cute niece and her equally adorable slut-cat.

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So where’s the Shiny?

It just needs to be photographed and I just need to get off my ass and post something. The phoenix has been consuming my work time and the progress isn’t very obvious save to me. I’m making the wings today, though.
Got the stuff from the gem show, which ALSO needs to be photographed and posted. Depression is a helluva thing and between Things and Stuff that are Personal and not having left the state in too long, it’s hard to convince me that anything is worthwhile.
I’ll get there.

The Daily Shiny — 2/09/12

Ahh, this is much better, much more what I was going for.  Just needed to muck with things a bit more.

A lot more interesting

Day job indeed. Suck it!

Still got a ways to go.  The carving is slow going but pretty rewarding.  It gives good practice for when I start applying techniques to metal clay.

Gonna be maintaining radio silence for a couple more days, likely, but hopefully it’ll pick up again after I get my gem show swag.

The Daily Shiny — 2/7/12

When a friend basically tells you to not quit your day job re: clay, it kinda takes the wind out of your sails.

Nonetheless, I’ve still been dicking with it.

Hella Dickin'

Dickin' dickin' dickin'

Idunno, I still need to muck with it.  This is what I run into when I make things.  I overdo it.  Never quite satisfied.

My parents are at the Tuscon gem show, so in about a week, expect lots of pictures of my swag.  It’s almost my birthday, after all, and they pick up so much stuff for me 😀

The Daily Shiny — 2/3/12

Spent today post-back-shot working on the phoenix.  Reworked it a couple of times, but always in an upward direction.

Breakin' the law!

Still trying to figure the beak out, but now his belly is colored. Birdbelly!

Decided to add more feathers and details.  It’s been slow going.  Lots of my inspiration came from http://www.firemountaingems.com/galleryofdesigns/jewelry_design_gallery.asp?docid=940J though I’m not very into the idea of directly copying people.  No matter how much the internet loves carbon copies of the same kind of jewelry and patterns.

He has 'flair' and 'zazz'

Fixed the beak some, added a few more feathers.

And more feathers

Kinda went a little more crazy with it.

I added more texture than that, even, but didn’t get a picture before bed.  Tomorrow, I’ll post more.  I’m hoping to add a swooping tail to cover up the fact that I have 0 idea on how to do bird feet in polyclay that won’t completely get bitched up or look stupid.  It’ll be longer ‘feathers’, swooping down from the back and under the wing and down a bit  Till trying to figure out if I just want to have one wing outstretched to the left to hook onto a chain or to do two wings.  Might have to dick with photoshop somewhat in order to figure out what I want to do.  Definitely I want it to be dramatic.  Also I’m hoping to add some details with black permanent markers after baking for that charred look.  So far, though, so good!  Here’s hoping I don’t fuck it up because it’s my first project and I’m way, way in over my head.

The Daily Shiny — 2/2/12

Got my sculpy supply in the mail today!  I’ve missed you, claaaaay!

The gold is the best color

Leaves and the start of somethin' I hope turns out. It's kinda above my level of expertise.

My hands are all pink now, but fortunately I started working with the red stuff exclusively after making the leaf.  A bit of messing around and I got the idea for a phoenix necklace centerpiece.

Definitely not a turd

Forming the body.

It's a start.

Just look at that fine beak.

He looks mad

And that graceful plumage!

I’m now considering whether or not to make the wings out of clay or to work them out of metal.  I DO want them to be somewhat detailed and am hoping I can pull this off ’cause sure as sugar I have NOT done something like this… ever.

Keep your fingers crossed, folks.  It’s kinda typical for me to jump into the deep end as far as projects go.  Likely I’d make far more money (AT http://jeshala.etsy.com HONK HONK) if I could just churn stuff out instead of constantly attempting to top myself. Practice makes perfect that that almost doesn’t count as practice when I do that.

There’s a lot of my past pieces at http://jeshala.deviantart.com/gallery/27011032 but not the whole kit ‘n caboodle.  Someday I should update it, but the lack of interest there is staggering, especially if you don’t glue a gear on something or form it into a rough key shape.  Not that gears don’t make interesting additions to certain pieces!  They’re really cool as links in a necklace!  Just… y’know, steampunk, blah blah.  Kinda gladdish that fad is ending.  Too many people were dissecting perfectly functional antique watches in order to glue the gears onto plastic shit from oriental trading.  Anything I took was from broken stuff.  THAT IS BECAUSE I AM BETTER THAN YOU!

Someday I’ll even use the gears.  Cascading, they’d look astounding.  Don’t think any of the chinese resellers quite do things like that.  For a good laugh about resellers, look up ‘love birds’ on etsy and count the number of times someone claims to have it be an original design (the original was a winner of a contest once), a stay at home mom, or a real hardworking artist.  Then cry into your diet coke with me because they’ve made thousands of times the sales I’ve made.