Friday, March 25, 2011

what you do, do that.

first i have to say that you guys are so wonderfully amazing. all of your comments, convos, and e-mails in response to yesterday's post were incredible. i've said it all before, and i don't know how to say it in any new, fresh way, but thank you so much. i love that i can just totally put myself out there and that is the kind of feedback i get from you. it truly is remarkable and i am intensely grateful for your support, especially right now.

and i did have a really good day out in the shop today. every time i felt my mind wandering over to the dark side, i gently pushed it back to focusing on what i was working on. i started and finished three pieces, and i had myself a good long cry. it was a good day.

the "do that" necklace,
with prehnite

this necklace was a true exercise in patience. it must have taken me a dozen tries before i got it right. i learned more about riveting from this piece than i have from anything else, including my workshop. but i did finally get it to work and i love it.

this prehnite is gorgeous, but i never could figure out a good way to set it because it is rounded on both sides. but with a bit of finagling, my new riveted tension setting proved to be the answer.
what you do, do that.
~buddhist proverb

i love that. and i imagine that it can mean so many different things for different people. for me, it means keep doing what you're doing, you're on the right track. what does it mean for you?

i just think it is such a cool and unique look. it has a sort of archaic feel to it, as if it is very very old.

this is the "on swallow's wings" ring,
with an incredible flowering tube agate

the stone is a perfect wing. i just added to it a bit. look at that pattern! it's amazing.

"true hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings."
~william shakespeare

like it's just going to take flight, right off your finger...

and the "breathe" ring,
with a luscious golden prehnite

high-domed, bold, and beautiful.
this stone is stunning really.

the inclusions are almost white;
i've never seen anything like it.

it just says "breathe" along the right side.

oh, and this special little piece for you know who.
she's been asking me to make her a bunny ring for a long time.

look at that sweet little hand.

i think she likes it...

we are leaving early tomorrow morning for a trip to taos, new mexico to meet up with glenn's parents. (it is his spring break.) should be a lot of fun! i will get these pieces listed in the next couple of days though.

and THANK YOU, one more time, for all of your well wishes. i adore you...


Belinda Saville said...

Beautiful work as always, Kristi! I adore what you're doing with rivets...they add a whole new dimension :-)

The bunny ring is just too cute! My three year old daughter, India, is always stealing the rings from my fingers and trying them I've been thinking of making her a special little ring all of her own. Thanks for the inspiration!


Lisa-Maladylis said...

Kristi, I struggle like you do with your moods and what you want to do in life etc. I think your on the right track and I do love your rivit work ! Its something that I'm still working to get a handle on and I think you've got it ! I love your bunny ring, you should make a couple for the shop, I bet they would sell well for easter. (((((Hugs))))

susie said...

LOVE the new riveted pieces. I've done some very simple rivet/blind rivets, but it never occurred to me to set the stones the way you have- I find myself tryiing to look at the pictures from every angle, it almost seems like magic.

Your journey has been so inspiring, thank you so much for sharing (I just ordered the book from the last post). I think as women/moms/artists we have a lot of the same struggles.

Enjoy New Mexico (I can't wait to see the pictures). Wishing you good health, abounding energy, and joy:)

p.s. Love the bunny (I'll be sewing some stuffed bunnies for Lulu and her cousins if I can find the energy after my shift at the hospital)

Teresa said...

WOW!!!! I love the Do That piece!

I love the direction that riveting is taking you in!