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"We interrupt our challenge schedule to try something new for the month of August....a headpin challenge. But not just any kind of run of the mill headpin.  We're talking fancy schmancy art headpins.
What is an art headpin?'s a headpin that is handcrafted by an artisan, has been manipulated in a manner that is more than just a ball end, and has the potential to be the centerpiece of a creation rather than just playing a supporting roll."   (the above statements are courtesy of  Art Jewelry Elements blog)
Well I checked my stash and rats, I don't own any art headpins.  How did that happen? I love art headpins.  So I'll just have to make my own.  Take some wire -20 gauge; cut two pieces 6 inches long
Now I could just make swirly coiled headpins but that's so meh. 

Lets try soldering. So I make some bends on one end of each wire to create triangles.  Make a bend in the middle of one side to make the long pin part of the headpin. Next-add some solder to fill i…

Luna Moth Challenge

Over on the Allegory Gallery Facebook page there is a challenge (or several) going on.
One of them is the Luna Moth Challenge . We were required to purchase the kit from the Allegory Gallery website and then had quite a few weeks to create something with those beads.
We had the option of adding from our own stash or not. I chose to NOT add in other bits this time.

I decided I wanted the one -holed focal LUNA MOTH pendant to be a non- pendant so I added another hole opposite the first one, thank goodness for my Dremel Micro. It's become a real workhorse in my studio.

I have not used waxed linen before in my jewellery making, (only for handmade book bindings.)
It was an interesting material to work with. It is self needling cause it's sticky and does fit through quite a few bead holes, even the small e-beads we were given as part of the kit. It does create a less flexible finished piece than is usual with other fibres, but it holds KNOTS really well. Bonus!!!

This being my first…

Oh my word it's almost march

Holy cow. where has the time gone?  I have been remiss in updating my poor blog.
I had a very busy fall craft and art show season so I'll blame that on my lack of posting here. 
I have been working on some new jewellery designs and  once I get them photographed I'll pop them up here for a show and tell. 
Hope you all are surviving winter . Its a weird one for sure.

In the meantime here is a photo of my very first art journal page.  A new venture for me this year.