Well folks, it’s that time again! Each month we ask the question, “What Are You Working on Now?” and we look forward to peeking inside your studios and hearing about how your work is evolving. Each month we also feature the work of a random winner—who, in addition to getting a moment in the spotlight, wins a $10 Rio credit!
This month’s winner is Anne Bliss of Bliss Designs in Buffalo, NY. I love Anne’s innovative reuse of copper pipe. Her results are unusual and luminous. Take a look for yourself at her website, Bliss Designs Artisan Jewelry or at her Etsy Store, Bliss Designs.
I’ve been working on making pendants out of the old copper pipe left over from when we remodeled our kitchen. I slice it and use UV curing resin to lock in a design. So far I have used freshwater pearls, which have been my bead of choice for several years, and have now been playing with beach pebbles and 380 million year old fossils that I’ve dug out of the ground.
Here’s a short video showing most of my technique:
The hardest part to figure out was how to cure the resin under UV light, which heated the copper and caused it to expand and pop off whatever surface it was on, and ruin the design. I call this jewelry line Bliss Cu.
Here are a few more pieces from Anne’s Etsy Store:
Now it’s your turn to show us what you’re working on. What inspires you these days? What materials are you dying to work with? Add a comment to this post with photos of something that’s on your bench right now. This next part is REALLY important, so take notes!
WE NEED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IN ORDER FOR YOUR ENTRY TO BE CONSIDERED:
- Your full name (and a link to your website/Etsy store, if you like).
- A photo of your chosen project. Include a few photos if you like!
- A description of the project you’re featuring. If you can include a little about your approach or technique, even better! Your fellow jewelers LOVE to read this stuff and so do we.
- After you add your comment, be sure to check back and make sure your photo has uploaded as it should. We don’t want to miss your pic!
Enter and you might be spending an extra 10 bucks at Rio Grande this time next month. Our next winner will be in the spotlight in September—Amy, over at Rio’s facebook page will keep you posted on the deadline, so stay tuned!