It may sound silly, but I'm really proud of myself for keeping up with a blog. I'm incredibly busy and get a bit pre-occupied now and then, so writing 4 or 5 times a month is pretty stinkin good!
By the way, the pieces I posted for Valentine's Day sold out - my apologies for those who inquired about them. But the good news is I've got a lot of new pieces in process that should be available soon!
The last post was a hard one; I'll write more about the happier side of Tucson later - the gem show - but for now I have a treat for you! I've been working on a project that I sketched out in January for a letter opener. Funny thing, it almost looks like a lady's dagger - yikes! I wanted to design another table top piece and incorporate filigree somewhere. There really wasn't a better place for it than in the handle, so I created a fern leaf motif that swirls around inside a stronger, heavier-duty frame. Ferns grow wild in the woods around here, some of them even stay green all winter long. They're incredibly beautiful. After sketching it out a few times, I added in a small oval labradorite stone where the fiddle head forms. It just needed a little sparkle. :)
So, here's the final handle sketch and the pieces in progress... hope you enjoy, and I'll keep you posted on my progress!