Friday, June 25, 2010

Tomato & Basil Angel Hair Pasta

My Take:

“Tomato & Basil Angel Hair Pasta”
This one was fun. I love to make double sided pendants, two different options are appealing to me. I had a great photo to work from: Uni Pasta. First of all, the pasta coloring is truly inspiring, so alive & vibrant. While I was not able to reproduce the exact hue, I settled on two colors that work well with the pendant base. The pasta falls in such an organic way, I thought it would be fun to duplicate. My “pasta” placement is deliberate but hopefully not too contrived. I went crazy with the thread inlay on this one. I think there are 5 layers inside. With the domed pieces, I had a lot of space to work with. I look forward to carrying several design techniques from this pendant into future pieces. Without a doubt, this necklace could be a fun addition to your summer collection.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Inspiration Board

Inspiration Board

Oh, I was so glad to find this photo! My creative juices immediately began to flow. I have been in such a slump over the past couple of weeks. There have been several pieces lately that have met their downfall during the final phases of construction. My pieces take so long & there are so many stages that I feel a great sadness not to see them all come out alive. One or two I understand, but this month I've had several causalities. Am I losing it? Well, its time to turn the beat around. And thanks to nicknamemiket this will surely do the trick. Love this inspiration board. The month is almost up & I need to make one more piece. Lets get started.

Bottom Photo: "Uni Pasta"

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Apple Pie Pendants

Apple Pie Pendants

You can't deny the craftsmanship & artistry that goes into the making of a lattice top pie crust. An edible craft project that is picture perfect.

I was inspired by Novel Eats' Apple Pie photos & was a bit surprised with the difficulties I encountered when trying to make my ideas come to life. In the photos, I was drawn to the gentle draping of lattice pieces & the achieved coloring of the dough after baking. I anticipated doing a simple reproduction of a lattice weave.

With the first pendant, I went with a slight variation & created different sized pieces to stack for a tiered effect. It became obvious, for reasons that would bore anyone but myself, that I would have to fill the thread inlay window with resin. This is where my difficulties began. Being so new to resin & with so much to learn, my attempt ended with having to paint the underneath layer of the pendant due to a poor resin fill. And this process determined the color palette, which was different from what I envisioned. Regardless, after taking a break for a few day it is growing on me...

With the second pendant, I tried to bring it back to basics with a primitive weaving. I took acrylic paint and did a simple technique with shadows under & highlights on top. I am pleased with the outcome.

This was a fun endeavor & more so I have gained a heightened appreciation for lattice top pie maker bakers all over the world, especially Samantha with Novel Eats :)