I've been getting back to my roots lately - using fiber (mostly wool) in my jewelry. I've also been experimenting with painted metal and, weirdly enough, these two hard and soft mediums work really well together.
I recently got hold of a copy of Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry by Barbara Lewis (it only took about 8 weeks to arrive, even though I had it on pre-order for ages). She has some lovely ideas and projects, I highly recommend it. Whilst this book is really about using proper powder enamels, I wondered if I could approximate the enameled look using paints.
Surprisingly, it was easier than I thought. Takes a lot of patience, building up layers and sanding back to get a subtle effect but the results are great and the finish is pretty tough too.
I tried using my husband's air compressor at first to spray the paint on. After much cursing and blocked nozzles he suggested I go and buy some spray paint (the sort graffiti artists use) from the local hardware. I'm going to give wire bangles the paint treatment next - I'll need to field test them to make sure the finish is tough enough for wrist ware before listing.
I also got my crochet hook out this week for the first time in ages and knocked up these bangles by covering vintage metal bracelets with yarn. I discovered some hand painted handspun wool in a local yarn shop. The beautiful colours of the different skeins (one of them is called 'clown vomit) worked so well together I wanted to find a way to use them all in the one piece.
The last bit of good news is that I discovered (or rather my daughter did) Piknik.com - an online photo editing software. It's much better than Picasa, so I've given my new (hated) digital camera a reprieve ....
'til next time ...