Let me introduce you to my new creative friend, Valerie Taloni:
Valerie is a gifted writer who has had many rich life experiences. What's that she's wearing? Why... it's a necklace we made together here in my workshop in East Palestine, Ohio. Valerie flew in from Bonita Springs, Florida to take a two-day one-on-one workshop with me on assemblage and repurposing.
I prefer one-on-one teaching experiences. It's an intimate, relaxed way to convey solid information to someone who truly wants to learn. In this atmosphere, it's not unlikely that the student will learn many new tricks for their creative arsenal. They'll also discover new ways to think outside of the box with bits they've gathered and our materials from B'sue Boutiques. Best of all, they'll come away with new skills as well as new jewelry!
Valerie and I worked on three pieces and finished two:
This is what we had at the end of the day yesterday....three great focals and plans on how we might finish them.
Valerie not only learned the elements of good assemblage art (for jewelry makers) but she also learned about using the torch to apply patina...as in this video:
She also learned the basics about applying color over the patina, or over plated/raw brass. You can review those techniques in these videos:
We talked a little about cagework as she was quite interested in that, as well:
We talked about placement, flow, style.....and when it's okay to break up pieces to make something else, and when it's not. Unbeknownst to Valerie, she had a few pieces in her bag of goodies that had a bit of value. She truly enjoyed learning about them and being a writer, is anxious to get home, get on the internet and do the research to learn more about them.
We finished the necklace she is wearing in the photo today. The top is a casein plastic molded focal harvested from a lone vintage earring. Casein is an early plastic that although used in molds, yielded clean detail. This piece of casein was made in Japan, probably just after the War (II) , in the Occupied Period. This is a closeup of the focal and the dangle, which was also harvested from a contemporary pierced earring:
The backing for the piece is FIL27 from our website:
Here's a nice photo of the finished piece in our lightbox:
We used Chocolate kiss brass caps:
http://www.bsueboutiques.com/item/Brass-Bead-Caps-Cone-Style-Chocolate-Ox-Nickel-Free-Finish-US-Made13mm-Tall-8179 These are some of my fave caps, they are manipulated filigree made in the USA.
And brass ox filigree barrel beads, also made from carefully manipulated filigree:
http://www.bsueboutiques.com/item/Barrel-Filigree-Bead-5343 We added a little Patina colored Gilder's Paste to them for a pop of color. We also added a bit of Patina to the casein focal. We sealed the color on the casein focal with Swellegant Clear Cote, which is a completely matte, professional sealant:
As you can tell from the photo, Valerie was thrilled with the result.
We were also able to finish the collage on the crescent:
The piece is a lovely mix of repurposed buttons and broken earrings as well as quite a few of the elements we sell at B'sue Boutiques The combination made for a nicely balanced composition.
The face in the center is amazing. Valerie brought a number of them, purchased from a local artist who makes them where she lives. I remarked how much they reminded me of the faces on the vintage Elzac "Victims of Fashion" brooches.
You can check out a gallery of them here at Pinterest:
I suggested she do some research on them before using the other two she had. The story of Elzac Jewelry is compelling....this company eventually merged with an investor by the last name of Mattel....and more history was made. BARBIE DOLLS were born! Can you see the semblance in some of the faces on the Elzac pins at Pinterest?
Valerie left with a head full of new ideas, and a desire to begin selling her own work. We hope she will soon join us at the B'sue Boutiques Creative Group
I will remember with such fondness our time together. Would you like to take a class? Contact me at Brenda Sue Lansdowne at Facebook. It might be just what you need to get your creativity flowing!