Welcome to the blog at Club Creative Studio. If you are new here, Friday is typically reserved for a post called: “Feature Friday”. I happily highlight what I am working on or a recent project on Friday.
I have a new love for soldering and I have been busy creating and building up an inventory with this medium as a focus. I have soldered a bit in the past however, I have never taken this art to this extreme, creating several successful hand-made pendants.
The recent creations have been placed as a new category on the website under Soldered Art. Also, many items created with a sea theme will be available in a venue in New Jersey along the shore.
Club Creative Studio’s Soldered Art is designed to be one-of-a-kind, statement pieces. I have incorporated a variety of elements to include, wire, ceramic tile, shells, mixed metals, hand-rolled polymer clay and glass beads, charms, buttons, stones, semi-precious gems, crystals and a few other surprises.
Please visit the Club Creative Studio website shop and see what is in the tab category called: Soldered Art. Also, our Facebook page includes occasional “Sneak Peak” photographs of art as well, so you may get to see an item before it is posted to website at: http://www.facebook.com/clubcreativestudio
If you like your jewelry to be worn as a focal point and extension of your personal style, check out the category Soldered Art.
Club Creative Studio has been a busy place. I have had a great time working with my mixed metal recently. Discovering how and what I want to create by meshing layered metals in a cold connection (rivet technique) is a fun challenge. Of course, I wish to also incorporate my hand-made beads as well.
I have been working with 24-guage sheet metals. I have found that to be the most beloved thickness to design and make my jewelry with. My studio is quite noisy when I decide to texture my metal pieces because I am hammering and pounding. I have a new textured hammer that is double-sided and has interchangeable ends for making interesting designs. And I also use my chasing hammer as a multi-purpose hammer for smoothing and doming, shaping and riveting. The ball-peen hammer is my main punching tool and I love the surface texture I can pound using this type hammer.
Recently to incorporate my hand-rolled clay beads, I create a pendant using mixed metals and a cold connection, then add Club Creative Studio one-of-a-kind beads to the art. What a great combination. To see more, be sure to check on the Facebook page and online. I will be adding sneak peek photographs and items available for in those particular venues.
I will be taking photos of my metal working tools at some point and use them as a blog topic. Would that be of interest to you? Let me know what other tools of my trade you would like to learn more about. Be creative every day!
Club Creative Studio’s post today highlights the special delivery from the mail this afternoon. My special arrival came today, it was a box of beautiful beads. The beads in my photograph were sent to me specifically for the Bead Challenge called: Bead Soup Challenge & Blog Party, #7.
Susan Sheehan is my Bead Soup Bead Challenge Buddy. We were paired from over 500 participants in Lori Anderson’s Bead Soup and Blog Party Challenge. She is from New Hampshire and works primarily in glass, creating wonderful beads, many with the floral motif theme (which is right up my alley). We exchanged boxes and I received mine today! She should get the box that I sent her by Monday.
The excitement starts to build the minute you are assigned your bead partner’s name and location. I had a chance to look on Susan’s website and read a few blogs once I knew she was assigned to me. With exchanged contact information we are able to keep track and communicate along our creative journey. It is wonderful that we have put together totally different packages to inspire each other. She creates in her studio and can be found selling her art at: http://www.susansheehan.etsy.com The challenge aspect comes next as we sit in front of the bead stash wondering what to create and how to use the elements in front of us. I anticipate using a few of my own items as well, but, the majority of the supplies will come from the pile she has gifted me.
What’s in her shared treasure box?
Admiring this selection, the first impression that I had was she has a great sense of color. The combinations are wonderful and I am inspired to create starting with a good color palate in front of me from the get-go. She included an array in styles of beads which will certainly make for an eclectic feel of whatever I end up creating from this collection of bead types. I am faced with working with a variety of shapes, sizes and weights of beads and that is a challenge unto itself. I am not afraid of mixing metals so the copper-colored chain and the silver clasp and bead caps don’t frighten me.
Susan has challenged me to basically create using pink, turquoise, and brown. There are many larger beads all of which can combine to become focal beads or serve as a focal bead all alone. The obvious choice is using the large amber-colored glass round as the main focal bead. It made me think immediately of using it as part of a center tassel, at first glance so I will see if that changes when I hit the design table or not.
The tube beads dotted with mini-seed beads and floral theme motif are about one inch long, there are four of those. Two brown rounds are not identical but have been made with the same feel. She included six interesting pink glass mosaic feel beads that shimmer in the light, those are cool as well. With an interesting mixture of tiny crystals and Lucite, I can imagine using them as little accents of color and dangle beads right now at first glance.
The highlight of her box are of course her hand-made glass floral beads. She has included ten for me to use in my creation. They are dotted with spots of turquoise, pink, brown, orange and a little bit of purple. Wonderful!
After I let my “soup” simmer overnight, I will think about what I want to create and then sit down and design, arrange and question. I plan to document my creative thought process and share the development of my special arrival…my box of beautiful beads. Be sure to visit this blog again as well as the Club Creative Studio Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/clubcreativestudio for updates on my beading challenge process.
Club Creative Studio’s Blog today is called: Between A Rock. I have used stones, rocks and gems in several art creations. I have never felt like I was”caught between a rock and a hard place” when designing with them because there are so many options to incorporate wire to create mixed media art.
One recent and particular custom piece comes to mind to speak about because it had special significance to the person requesting that I design an item that incorporated her “fool’s gold”. This nugget was special because her husband was a truck driver and he had the idea to “do something with this” someday. He did not get around to it but, she kept it close to her heart since he passed away. Fast forward to 41 years later, his bride decided for him to do “something” with it she gave it to me to create something special.
She wore the necklace I created on the day that what would have been their 41st wedding anniversary.
It is a sweet story that I will never forget.
I love knowing that special meaning can be associated with art. I love knowing that something that I created with love had more love associated with it for someone else.
If we take time to look around our world, you might find yourself appreciating the little things in life like rocks and pebbles. The next time you find one, take time to admire the marbling effects, the texture, the shape and even the weight of nature. A mere stone is special if it is a single stone or grouped into a functional or natural setting. Here are photos of a few man-made stone walls found in the Western part of North Carolina. I could not resist taking photos of my views. I wonder if you appreciate them as well.
Many natural stones or dyed rocks have interesting patterns, as highlighted in my cuff bracelet design here. Enjoy, admire, own it.Historically, stones have important status. Paleo archeologists have discovered evidence dating back 250 million years suggesting that pre historic man used warm clay, earth and stone in medicines. The use of clays for healing was also recorded around 2500 B.C. in Mesopotamia. Some scholars also believe that other prehistoric ancestors used ochres made from naturally tinted clay and iron oxides were used not only to paint caves, but also to heal wounds. Interestingly, iron is a main element in the basalt stones used in modern-day stone massage therapy.
Lodestone, a magnetic rock, was discovered in China around 8th century BC. It is believed that needles made from these magnetic stones around this time replaced bone acupuncture needles. And in Japan, warm stones were worn around the waist to aid digestion. Stones also play an important role in Native American beliefs. Some tribal elders believe stones to be ancient beings that have souls. Stones were also used in northern Europe as the original electric blankets without the electricity. People would put warm stones in bed. Warm stones were also used during childbirth to help reduce pain and spasms.
And, if you found yourself in the generation of the PET ROCK, or know of the WORRY STONE, rocks take on additional meanings. I have been working for the past few days creating bracelets that have wire and various stones. I like the feeling that there is a deeper connection to nature when I am creating with stone. I’ll be highlighting those creations soon as I find ways to perfect my wrapping techniques further.
What type of people like stone jewelry? I think anyone can “rock” this look because it is natural and can be a very neutral accessory. People are drawn to the earth themes of wearing a stone accessory. It is quite opposite from the shiny bling of a diamond or gemstone. Adding a rock item to your collection of accessories provides a variety in range from semi-precious stones or a common rock you can find on a curbside or natural forest path. No matter if a stone is man-made or dyed, it can bring a look of nature, calmness and simplicity. Smooth or rugged, a stone piece can be a statement piece of wearable art or a simple highlight of what nature has to offer us. Stones can be used in their natural state, carved, polished, combined with other elements, caged in wire, attached to a pendant and even made as a faux clay bead. There is no limit to the display of a real stone in jewelry except for its weight. Many artists attempt to mimic qualities of stone in other mediums. A common look is from turquoise, and marble. And why not? The natural stones can be expensive and hard to find, not to mention heavy to wear in their real states.
Please visit and revisit the Natural Stone section in the Club
Creative Studio online storefront. Inventory changes often!
Club Creative Studio is sharing theme art in this Feature Friday post today that has been inspired by music on the radio. It’s that time of year that the sounds of Christmas fill our airways. Appreciating Christmas carols are part of our traditions, and one has inspired me to create a few statement pieces of hand-made jewelry art in the color blue.
The necklace above is made of various mixed metals, faux pearls, glass beads, shell buttons and dyed shell beads, a tea pot charm and a blue and black clay bead from polymer clay.
Lately the tune Blue Christmas sung my Elvis Presley has been heard quite often. So, I decided to create from the title of the song. I don’t seem to createhand-made items in the color blue very often. I don’t know why. I have nothing against blue. I like blue. So, to concentrate on one specific color, and create item after item in the blue theme, was a welcome challenge and change of pace. How does the color blue make you feel? Does it make you feel down or lift your spirits with a calm feeling?
Using music as inspiration is easy because you can listen to words over and over and take to heart what is being conveyed to you. Any given day may render a new meaning while listening to the same words of a tune so use that as inspiration as well.
Theme jewelry-making can be a challenge to create because you may feel like you are limited in creativity however, it can also be a welcome task because you are placed in a position that you need to stick to in terms of a certain style, mood, or color.
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Have you ever felt the great feeling of being lucky and blessed at the same time? A new friend made me feel wonderful as she hooked me up with a great supply source. Club Creative Studio’s blog shares inspirations of creativity. Today’s post shares the story of how the artful journey of my bullet creations came into being. Using wire-wrapping techniques, beads and clay, I recycled bullets into jewelry art and a few related accessories. When you have the opportunity to creatively transform an unusual item into art, I say…”Go for it”.
Remember how thrilled I was when I wrote about the empty bullet shells that I received from visiting my friend? Janet brought to me many more spent bullets and encouraged me to keep creating from them. She recently introduced me to the supply source and he told me a few interesting things that I will also share with you here on the blog.
Mr. Dan Buckley is a retired police officer. In 1990, Mr. Buckley retired from the Montgomery County Police Department after thirty-three years of dedicated service. He told me about when the force was making a transition from 38 calabar revolvers to the now used 9 millimeter weapons. “The “bad guys” had more powerful weapons than they did.” So, the transition began. While they needed to train with the new guns, they had to shoot many rounds to get comfortable with the use and power. They trained weekly and shot many rounds. Mr. Buckley estimates that the hundred men probably fired around 500 rounds each when they were first making the change-over. Times that by 100 officers and that equals 50,000 empty cases! Dan collected the shells from the ground initially because he planned on reloading them. He did not get around to it. For nearly 25 years, they remained in a 5 gallon bucket in a corner of his garage. I could not wait to make my artful transformations and I continue to dream up new items that I can incorporate the empty shells into.
When Janet told Mr. Buckley about me and the art that I created from her police officer son’s empty gun shells, he offered to give me the bucket so that I could do more creative art! so, whenever I create another item using the shells, I thank the kind heart of Dan for being my generous supply source. It was great timing and great luck to feel blessed with bullets!
I am allowing my mind to wander and expand on other ideas and ways that I can utilize these shells creatively? I have a few creations in the works. If you have any suggestions as to a different way I can use these bullet shells as a new pendant or in a new item, please share your vision. I have a lot of shells to use up! Thank you for sharing your ideas with me.
Welcome to the Feature Friday post from Club Creative Studio.
This post highlights an interesting recent creation. It may have started out as “trash” but, I am happy that I can refer to it as “treasure” now. I spent time visiting an interesting person and in the mist of one of our conversations she quickly swept away the empty gun shells from a desk top to throw away. Her son, a police officer had the discarded shells from his training. Who knew that being tidy in front of me would make her change gears and not toss the trash.
I asked her if I could have the empty shells because I had an idea to drill a hole through it and somehow make an interesting pendant. She agreed to share them with a smile and a bit of confusion. It was hard for her to imagine that I could really use them for something artful. I had ideas in my mind, and I could not wait to show her the results.
Needless to say, I found a way to be creative with the empty shells.
Mixed with a combination of beads, metal wire, crystals, sequins and charms, these bullet shell casings are made to be one-of-a-kind, unique pendants hanging from a simple chain.
These creations will be available online after a brief introduction at a four-day holiday craft fair the first week of November, 2012 in Rockledge, PA.
Club Creative Studio continues to take part in the Gratitude Project 2012, by posting publicly for 90 days something that I am thankful for. On the days that I blog, I am posting about how something with the creativity theme touches my life in thankfulness. Today is the 4th post that coincides with this blog.
It is with gratitude that I have had an opportunity to display and sell art in a new venue. Last week, I prepared Club Creative Studio hand-made art to be included with other talented artist’s work within the Abington Art Center’s Gallery Gift Shop shelves. Laura Burnham, Executive Director of Abington Art Center accepted work and will arrange a space for it to be available to the public for purchase.
There are several reasons that warrant my excitement and thankfulness. I am thrilled to be located in a new area where art and artists are appreciated by many. I feel that this door has been opened to me so that others can readily see up close and personal what I do when I create Art That Sets You Apart. It is great to have many more local eyes fixed upon what I love to create.
Being part of an atmosphere that is a constant support for artists is a blessing. It is motivating and inspiring to reach higher on a creative level.
I am pleased to offer one-of-a-kind, hand-made art in a variety of venues, especially at the Abington Art Center but, as always online at:
I am all “wired up’ as I experiment in the work place of Club Creative Studio. As I try new techniques in wire-wrapping I have run into trials and tribulations. This is what I love about the creative process…the learning process. Success in art means to be brave to start from an idea, remain open-minded to continue the project and then hopefully become pleased in the final product.
This is what is at the heart of exploring creativity. Today in this short post, I share with you the results of the recent stone, wire and crystal art pendants I am experimenting with.
How have you been creative lately?
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