Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Dragon's On the Way!

I've finally got my sketch and my ideas down on paper for my Dragon Self-Portrait
necklace.  I think I've figured out how I'm going to do it and the fire will be glass beads all the way!  Yay!!  For the body (head--as it's going to be a head only view) I'm going to use copper clay, because I want it to be dimensional and I'm not going to spend any more money on forming equipment (except for a few new hammers for fold forming...but that's for another project. 

I still need to experiment with the glass--maybe adding some black, sooty stuff (or just burn my glass, which may be easier) and maybe a bit of opaque color to make it look more fire like.

What do you think of my start?  Do you read it as fire?



                                       Here's my thought for the whole thing:    
                           


Oh yeah--I'm thinking a glass eye, too!


                                                                            

                                                                                                                                   

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

...and Now a Word From Our Sponsors...

Things are going slowly on my dragon.  No drawings yet.  Still I don't know if I'm going to make her out of metal clay or sheet metal.  At first I thought large flames coming from her mouth; then, I thought, "why not make the whole necklace in flames going around my neck?"
For this I'm trying glass flames/beads, or more copper with enamels for color.  Of course, I've never made glass flames, or done much enameling!

So..in a lucky twist of fate, yesterday I found and opened "The Lost Tanzania Videos"

and am publishing a few for your entertainment...

video
                                                                    
                                                                     Cheetah


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                                                            Vultures
                                                              
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                                                        The Great Migration          
                                                             
                                                             
                                                                          the 52 pairs of earrings a year group icon

                                       http://www.flickr.com/search/groups/?q=52+pairs                                           

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Shanghai Market

This is for those of you who want more travel.  Some of my best memories--and I think best photos are from the market in Shanghai.  One of these shots you will recognize:

                        My favorite picture of all time: (this and the sleeping girl in my last post!)

                                                                    
                                                  Yes...I do love this suit
                                 This photo was taken outside the market in Shanghai.

                                                        ...and inside the market...

                            



                        


Probably the only more interesting shopping than this was in the Shanghai? or it could've been Beijing WalMart.  Unfortunately I don't have any pics of that aside from the bags!

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Year of the Dragon

When I first reinvented this blog in September, I left the door open to revisit China.  Although that trip feels like a million years ago, I have recently felt compelled to do so.  This is the Chinese "Year of the Dragon" and I was born in the Year of the Dragon.  Coincidence?

Happily, the Year of the Dragon is considered to be the luckiest year in the Chinese Zodiac.

Though most who know me would call me a fire breather, I am a water dragon.  According to Wikipedia:  ..."water is representative of intelligence and wisdom, flexibility, softness and pliancy; however, an over-abundance of the element is said to cause difficulty in choosing something and sticking to it.  In the same way, water can be fluid and weak, but can also wield great power when it floods and overwhelms the land."

Although I am a water dragon...I envision my dragon to be breathing fire....

So..lets celebrate the Year of the Dragon!

 


                                                              I just like this picture!



Wednesday, March 7, 2012

My Adventure With Wine Bottle Beads...

My complete Miss Tanzania is still eluding me!  I got one, complete with boobs, I'd thought, all in one piece.  when I took her out of the kiln, part of her topknot had broken off.  I did manage to reheat her and repair her topknot and, lo and behold, when I removed her from the kiln for the second time, she had a crack between her boobs, which trailed around her back.

I have not given up on her.  I will prevail--sooner than I have on Egypt!

All is not lost, though.  I have made some lovely wine bottle ladies for She Art http://www.sheartchicago.com/ which will be there early next week for all to admire and purchase!

Wine Goddesses

For my next blog post, I'm going WAY back in time!  Stay tuned...