Sunday, July 22, 2012

Busy In The Beehive

When I think of summer, images come to mind of lazy, peaceful, warm and endless days....

Where's MINE???!!!

Don't get me wrong ~ I'm not complaining because it's all good and I'm so busy in the hive, but summer is fleeting!

Second session for Artful Gathering 2012  has begun,

and I'm already thinking about registration for Art Retreat in The Desert 2013!
So, let me share a few things with you that have been happening in my studio since we last visited.

One of the classes I'm taking is Soldering Flambe with artist Kecia Deveney.  After taking Riki Schumacher's "Overcoming the Fear of Fire," I was ready to dig in ~ micro torch and all....
Here is a trio of practice pieces in the beginning stages...
They will be "foofed up" with resin, vintage images, vintage rhinestone, etc.  I'll be posting finished results next week.  I think it's a good beginning, even though I have a long way to go with technique.  Kecia is great and so encouraging and torching is really not scary at all!

My second class is Etched and Layered with artist Diane Cook.  The newest technique I've learned is how to etch metal ~ a bit daunting as you get to work with some big girl chemicals.  Diane's video and instruction are hands down amazing.  

So, on Sunday I was ready to give it a go....I etched these 4 cuffs and a piece of brass that will be repurposed into jewelry. The cuffs went from this stage....



  to this.....

But, you see, these are just the "bones" of the cuffs ~ just the beginnings.  I hope to have them finished by the end of the week so I can show you next Monday!

Last weekend was our Scrap Happy Retreat ~ 3 days of dedicated art time with amazing women, food, and fellowship ~ who could ask for more?!!

Here's a peak at some of the bracelets I completed...







And a pendant...

detail
And a collar necklace...


And if that wasn't enough ~ we had our Tucson Swap Queens on Monday night!!  The theme this month was Patriotic ATC's ~ take a peak!






artist ~ Sandra








And our Tucson Swap Queens turned 1 year old this month!




What a rockin' group of ladies!!

As for me, I'm recovering from a nasty bout of bronchitis and still have 4 more days of antibiotics to finish.  So, I will leave you now as I'm a little worn out and should rest.  I still owe you some pix of the Flea Market finds, but those will keep till next Monday.

Have a beautiful week and enjoy what's left of summer - you know those Big Burger Holidays are right around the corner!!

Stay well and be safe....blessings!
xoxo
Karen

4 comments:

Katherine said...

Oh so much going on! :D I agree with you, the summer has been racing by! And look how much beauty in your creations! So may lovely things and I cannot wait to see the end results of the cuffs which, by the way, are fantabuous!!! My daughter looked and she loves them already! WHAT talent!

Hugs,

mrsthesun said...

Woman....you are amazing! I am in love with all of it. Love the cuffs, LOVE the Madonna and Child pendant, love the bracelets, and love what you're doing with the class (Soldering Flambe). Just one question
.....when do you find time to sleep??
Rest up and take the rest of your medicine. Looking forward to hopefully seeing you soon. Ashley and the boys come home tonight.
Love you,
Nancy

Fran. said...

WOW Karen just stopped by to catch up!! You sure can rock out the jewerly it's like you are going to college for jewerly making!! You are so blessed to be with kindred spirits for fun!! The Swap Queens are amzing. It looks like you were blessed also with a trip with your hubby. And the Rose Bowl Flea Market girl!! Oh I would love to go there!! Even the tickets are cool!! I feel very blessed to have won your dollie in your giveaway!! I can't wait to get it!! I love that pic of you and your hubby on the ride, you look like kids!! I'll let ya know when I get my dollie!! Thanks again, XOXO Love, Fran.

Laurie said...

Karen you are SO talented! Those bracelets -- swoon!! I've been wondering how you were doing on your online classes!!