The Haunted Hollow Tree: This is an original mixed media of pyrography, water color, and casein paint.
Most commonly known as “wood burning”, pyrography is the traditional art of using a heated tip to burn or scorch images onto natural materials such as wood or leather. It is a challenging medium to work in because the permanent nature of burning requires constant precision and missteps are not easily corrected. It is very much like drawing in a sense, but done with a hot wire tip instead of a pencil. The different tonal values and subtle graduations are created carefully by varying the pressure and temperature of the pen tip.
Ruth Jensen: I’m enthralled with the transparency of wire. It’s perfect for revealing the extraordinary beauty, transience, sometimes humor of what appears to be ordinary. I make each sculpture one twist at a time, without patterns or molds, using bazillions of pieces of straight wire. I “see” the shape I want, and make the wires come together in that shape, like putting a puzzle together. (I love puzzles.) My pieces are meant to intrigue and delight the viewer, to combat the overabundance of dull ugliness in the world.
TQB Designs: I have been making my beaded rounds for almost 15 years now. I am self-taught in the art of bead weaving and developed a system to create these textural rounds, ovals, squares, cylinders, and barrel shaped beads.
I meticulously weave each bead myself in the traditional gourd stitch and each woven sphere contains anywhere from 50 – 700 individual seed beads.
I also create many of the metal worked components. I found it more and more difficult to find the exact commercial part that reflected the look I wanted with my jewelry. So, I decided to start making my own that conveyed my aesthetic and found it so much more satisfying taking the time to make something,for example, as simple as a beautifully designed ear wire.
It’s shocking, really, how startlingly lovely this ring is. They’ll make one in your size, so pick a finger and go. By Catherinette Rings.
Tammy’s Treasures: I’m a self-taught and totally addicted metalsmith. I adore trying new things with different metals and wire. All of the items you see here are lovingly and carefully handcrafted by me. I strive to create beautiful jewelry that will last the wearer a lifetime.