Just had a tidy up in my studio and so thought I would post these pics to prove (to myself mostly) that I do have the capacity to have things neat, tidy and in some sort of vague order. It wont last of course. I use vintage tins or divided containers to keep the majority of my supplies in, but I tend to forget what I have in my stash if I can't easily see it, so I have put a selection in clear plastic tubs from the $2 shop - a thrifty but not terribly pretty solution.
I see that lots of you are enduring poor etsy sales. On the one hand I'm pleased it's not just me, but now I feel bad for all of us. Being realistic though, in times of uncertainty people really aren't going to go jewelry shopping which is completely understandable. Other than a couple of galleries etsy is my primary vehicle for selling my stuff and I sometimes worry about this. I read an interesting blog from a seller whose shop was closed by etsy, because of some minor infringement or other, and overnight she lost her entire business. She recommended against having a total reliance on a third party like etsy which, ultimately, you have no control over. All very well and good but I'm not sure what the alternatives are particularly when you live in rural Australia!! All this talk is spectacularly dull and makes me sound as though I'm fixated on sales and money. Not the case I promise.
I'm still on a bangle binge - singles rather than stacks though. In addition to the copper ones I've also made a couple of assemblages using vintage brass stampings and other bits and pieces. Stylistically, these two types are completely different from each other. Not sure which are more 'me' but I guess they are both an expression of my artistic voice (that sounds horribly pretentious, so sorry).
From bangles it's a fairly short hop to chokers, especially since I found a metal lined ice bucket in the thrift store which has proved to be an ideal choker mandrel:
Both chokers are wrapped in silk (salvaged from head scarves or clothes), metallic vintage trim and then wire wrapped.
I'm participating in one of Deryn Mentock's online courses at the moment and this necklace was in response to the symmetrical design challenge she posed us. One of the reasons I'm doing the course is that it includes bead stringing which is something I have always shied away from. I am completely paranoid that the beading wire will break and I hate using crimping pliers. I do think developing confidence around stringing as opposed to just wire wrapping beads will open up my design palette, so I've invested in some softlex and a bead buddy (one step crimper).
This necklace is mostly wire wrapped apart from the small beaded section at the back - baby steps.