Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Dance Pendant

Here is my latest soldering piece made from a vintage chandelier crystal.  This is a learning piece since I am  just a beginner in soldering and have no idea what I am doing with wire wrapping.  Totally learning from books on that one and if anyone could watch me who did know what they are doing, it would be hysterically painful!  I am all thumbs with my pliers but am trying!  I do like the way it turned out even if my loops are a little wonky.

The flip side features old sheet music and german glass glitter.  I used an old rosary for the necklace.  I love those old rosaries.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Homage to Joseph Cornell

I have long been a fan of Joseph Cornell, the self taught assemblage artist and sculptor from the mid twentieth century famous for his "cabinet of curiosities".  My recent foray into soldering has opened up all sorts of possibilities into shadowbox and assemblage art.  Here is my animal friendly "taxidermy" done in an old book that has been hollowed out.  The scene was carefully constructed from paper, wire, wood and stone and then set under glass and soldered.   I really love the effect.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Bunnies are Multiplying

I have the most wonderful stack of vintage satin blanket binding in those dusty fifties colors.  I made lots of little bows.

And made little bunny bow ties!  These cards are in the local gallery but if you would like to purchase one let me know.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Spring Fling

Spring is approaching and the clocks have changed.  Another visit to the Smith College Flower Show.  This year's theme was Blue Delft and I really enjoyed the palette and use of fabrics paired with the gorgeous spring blooms.

This was my favorite bloom of the show and I never remember to write these names down but I just love the delicate shape of it.

Now I was inspired to create a Spring Fling garland to celebrate the green season.

The middle section is made from cupcake liners.  Can you believe how many pretty cupcake liners there are to choose from these days?  I don't make cupcakes very often but I confess to collecting colorful cupcake papers whenever I see them!

Happy Spring to You from Loribeth at Maminka Girl Studio!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

What did I make today? Tiny Dancers

I am working small.  I always seem to work small when I have stress in my life.  

These little ladies are inspired by Kaari Meng's book Treasure Notions.  

I used bits of vintage lingerie lace and hand dyed crepe paper to create this little dancer.

Just got back from the Caribbean which inspired this little "Island Girl".  Her hat used to be an old vintage earring.  I have been saving for just the right project.

A little princess with a big crown.