31 July 2017

~July Art Bead Scene Challenge

Tiger in a Tropical Storm by Henri Rousseau was the inspiration for July. 
I liked the colors and did my best to grab some of them and create a
lovely torch enameled pendant on recycled copper.
Dangles by RaggedRobyn compliment the look with colors also found in the painting.
Just a perfect pairing! 

The complete listing can be found in my shop which is 75% off this month as is darlicioushouse. Use the coupon code gottago at check out in either shop.
As school starts up with new roles and responsibilities, I am liquidating as I simply do not have time to create, maintain shops or do shows.
My focus will be a few items here and there and then donating to silent auctions. xoxo
Enjoy your day!

09 July 2017

We're All Ears :: July Inspiration :: Visual Music :: My Take

I have been participating in many a fun challenge this summer. It's a great distraction from the Dossier process and gives me that mental health break that I need. 
This month, over at Earrings Everyday the July inspiration is visual music. 
See the original post here. What fun!

I was so inspired, and found the following video to be my springboard::

I started with some recycled copper that I counter enameled::


Then I moved onto making stencils from screen shots of the video::
I then laid on the enamels and torched them up!
Back in my clean space, I gussied them up with some marker strokes that were present in the visuals then gave them some super long hand-formed copper earwires to match the scheme::

In the end, I added some gold leaf and viola! My inspirations::

 But then, in true Darlene fashion,I removed the black lines and like them so much better!

Have a wonderful day all! xoxo

30 June 2017

~June Art Bead Scene Challenge

I did it again. Because it's fun. And because I can.
Because I'm working from home this summer. Because I have more time.

I love the interactions and inspiration. The camaraderie that is felt during these challenges from Art Bead Scene Blog and the June challenge was so thoughtful! You can find it here.

I went ahead and created a few enameled pieces by torch firing recycled copper bits in hues that I felt complimented the art. I used skunk berry leaves (a type of sumac) to make the impressions. Then added a few poly beads by shipwreckdandy to the wrapped stems.


Fun. Fun. Fun. Here's the art work. Just lovely. Read all about it in the link above. xoxo

17 June 2017

~firefly

Earrings Everyday posted a little firefly challenge and here are the finished pieces thus far on their reveal post. I'll be adding too as I love a little challenge ~
So I made nighttime rendition of fireflies!
All torch enameled recycled copper scrap with buggin' decals.
I use copper from old viga covers so truly recycled earrings but this time, I just grabbed my scrap and went with their random sizes. As a result, one was much longer than the other so I added a little chain with a ceramic bead to the shorter of the two.
These are truly asymmetrical and can be found here with my other enameled
jewelry, and artisan components for you to makeymake with.
Happy creating!
xoxo


15 June 2017

~New Decals

I found some time, as I awaited a needed document for my dossier, to return to torch enameling decals onto my recycled copper.
I had given up on the decals as over the winter the enameling was popping off when I slowly returned to the second firing of the piece. I was so upset and discouraged that I stopped trying.
But then, I realized it was thermal shock as my torching area is in an enclosed back porch with no heat, so even though the sun would warm it up some, it was just too cold despite the space heater.
Now that we have 90 degree heat, I decided to give it another go.
Woot! Success.
So I will be doing the decal dance again and selling them through my enameling shop. You can also find some finished pieces here as well.
xoxo


31 May 2017

~May Art Bead Scene Challenge

I decided this month to go with a challenge. 
See the challenge at the Art Bead Scene blog. 
It was fun and definitely challenging as the powdered glass can come 
out a different hue than what is in the bag! 
 But I think I came pretty close...
 I love the faces! Expressive.
 made by happyfishthings.
  Also made with Love.
Torch enameled recycled copper inspired by the hues of the following painting: