Sunday, May 22, 2011

Featured Artist - Sam Bros

I attended the Asian American Festival at Hempstead, NY and it was a cultural feast.  I posted some photos on my facebook page!/media/set/?set=a.209992405707939.52964.100000915436697  for all to enjoy.

One of the vendors at the fair was Shinrin Art (Sam Bros) who has an online shop on Artifre -

Sam is an American Manga artist and an awesome photographer.  She has published two manga (Japanese graphic novels) thus far and is working on her third.  These manga are of her own character, Ronin Yoshino and she has done extensive research on Japanese culture and history to create an authentic feeling.   The story is a fantasy,  full of mythical beings, great adventures and is quite intriguing.   Her work is amazing!

Sam begins her illustrations by creating a pencil drawing in fine line. She then inks it in, scans it, and finally colors it on her computer.   The result is fantastic.  She has a keen eye for detail her compostions are beautiful.  

Sam is also a photographer.  She is most interested in nature, wildlife,  cultural events, and some current events as well. 

Visit her shop at  where you can connect to her various websites, blogs and more. 
Here are samples of her art: 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

How to make copper leaf earrings

Copper Leaf Earrings
Copper Leaf Earrings
These simple earrings were my first attempt at working with copper sheet (36 gauge).  I didn't think they were good enough to display but I do like the way they turned out, so here they are.

To create them, I cut a section of copper sheet and drew some leaves on it with a regular pen.

I then cut out the leaves with my brand new shears and filed and sanded around the edges to eliminate the sharp edges.

I should have used some kind of glove, but I didn't have any and was anxious to get started.

I punched holes at the top of each leaf with a small hole punching thing I've had for years and used to make holes in coins.

Next, I decided which side of the leaves would be the front, slightly folded them in that direction then reopened them to create a crease down the center.

From the back of the leaves I worked a pencil point to rub between the veins in the leaves to make them puff out and create some texture.

Finally, I twisted the leaves a little at various points to make them look more realistic.

I attached a 20 gauge copper wire about 2" long with a small loop through the hole in the leaf.

I added a bead for weight and color (the leaf is very light weight which gives them nice movement).

The wire was then shaped to form the earwire, hammered a little, and the ends rounded with a file.

So here they are. I hope someone else likes them too.

Carnelian, Copper, Spirals and Links

Lately I find myself making simple links, jump rings, spirals and clasps whenever I feel a lack of inspiration. I find it an interesting and relaxing past time while I sit out my "funk".

Step pliers are an awesome invention, so are bail making pliers. I really like tools!

So as a result of this activity, I have made a collection of different sized little components to play with. Like tiny puzzle pieces, I shift them around to form patterns and add beads until the light blub
in my head turns on.

I've repeated this process often in earlier pieces and I'm usually happy with the results. They may not be examples of great wirework, but I do like the overall designs.

This is how I came to design this necklace.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Creative Addiction Disorder?

I got up in this morning with an overwhelming need to create something.  I rumage through my stash of beads, wire and leftover projects till the tiny spark of an idea lights up.  Sketching furiously and laying out pieces of my stash, I rearrange them continuously until – I’ve got it.  I know what I’m going to make!
Hours go by without my noticing them.  My stomach growls, I forgot to eat.  I tell myself I’ll eat as soon as I finish this one part.  I complete another section, then another.  Can’t seem to stop at this point, I’m almost done!
Another hour goes by.  I’m beginning to slow down or perhaps I’m running out of energy. I must at least go to the bathroom.  Relunctantly, I go to the bathroom taking my work in progress with me to stare at and visualize the final product.  I get back to work quickly, fixing and changing little things it here and there. 
Finally, it’s finished!   Now I have to photograph it, edit it, list it and post it.  
I think I’ll eat something, and I should do some laundry, clean the house and feed the pets. I realized that I didn’t have a single thought about anything else this whole time. 
Do I have a problem?

Lapiz, Copper and Brass necklace

I just recently finished this piece and was very reluctant to post it.  I'm selfish that way.

Kiwi Jasper & Copper Necklace

This is my Kiwi Jasper necklace.                      

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Red & Green Jade Collar

A collar of red and green jade with handmade copper link

I submitted this photo to one of my very favorite jewelry networks  - Making Jewelry Now