Here's what's on my bench... (It's Bead Table Wednesday.)
Copper and turquoise. No, that's not turquoise, but it was sitting with my photo props and is making its internet debut. I actually don't know what stone it is; I inherited my great aunt's rock collection and I think it was in there. She used to polish her own cabs -- very cool. I remember digging through her dops and tumbled rocks and such when I was a little girl, which probably planted seeds for my love of making jewelry.
Anyway, what is the copper part of that picture? I don't take time to do a lot of sketch-planning in my jewelry making, but I did sketch out some things to cut out and hammer and play with for my fall line, which I'm calling Sonoma. I'm planning to use hammered copper, plenty of turquoise (and other teal things), some verdigris patina on copper, and oxidized silver. Like this...
|Leather, copper, sponge coral, turquoise, c. 2007|
Alas, my studio is across the hall from my sleeping kids so I haven't done much hammering lately. It forces me to plan more, which is a good thing.