Big Ol’ Earrings

Brass earrings worn ©2014

Brass earrings worn ©2014

I’ve been working with the Alchemists to get our project finished before the big reveal at September’s Yellow Breeches Chapter meeting (it is open to visitors…) so I’ve been busy working on something I can’t really show you yet.

I did manage some time to finish up two pairs of those brass earrings I showed you, and I love the way they turned out. I took both on test drives to make sure they were comfortable. They are super light for their size and not too noisy (though they do make a sound when you move your head.)

These seemed like they needed to be shot on our sweet gum tree... ©2014 WTEK brass

These seemed like they needed to be shot on our sweet gum tree… ©2014 WTEK brass, sterling silver earwires

A fun aspect to them is that the bottoms can slide around so they have a slightly different configuration every time you move. I’ll be finishing up the other pairs soon and then adding them

I wanted these to be pointing in two different directions ©2014 WTEK Brass

I wanted these to be pointing in two different directions ©2014 WTEK brass, sterling silver earwires

to my Etsy shop. If you absolutely need a pair now, let me know and we’ll work it all out. I’ve already had interest, so I think these’ll go fast.

I promise I’ll also add the silver ones too, I’ve just been trying to finish the group project since there’s a deadline looming.

Here is the pair I wore to the JAM Gallery opening ©2014 WTEK sterling silver

Here is the pair I wore to the JAM Gallery opening ©2014 WTEK sterling silver

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Challenges

Sneak peak of the Alchemists group piece ©2014

Sneak peak of the Alchemists group piece ©2014

In life, we’re faced with all sorts of challenges. Some are challenges that life throws at us, others are ones we give ourselves.

This year I challenged myself to work in a group and create a piece together. I challenged myself (with some prompting by Mackenzie at the PGC) to come up with a brand new workshop. In fact, my list of goals is kind of like a batch of yearly challenges.

So far my challenges have forced me to grow and learn. I feel like they’ve helped me become a better, braver artist.

What sort of challenges have you given yourself this year? What challenges have others given you? How have they turned out?

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Moth-erflys and Multiples

Four part way finished pairs of brass earrings ©2014 WTEK Each is about 4" long

Four part way finished pairs of brass earrings ©2014 WTEK Each is about 4″ long

It may seem as though I haven’t been working much in the studio, but I assure you, I have. Lately I’ve been working on some new giant earrings (like the ones I wore to the JAM opening) and on some top secret stuff I haven’t been able to post here.

The top secret stuff is for the YBC Group project and I’ll post  a ton of stuff about it once it’s finished. For now satisfy yourself with these glimpses.

©2014 Christine Goldbeck

A weird view of what I'm working on this weekend for the Alchemists... ©2014 WTEK

A weird view of what I’m working on this weekend for the Alchemists… ©2014 WTEK

The Alchemists in our element (get it? element?) ©2014 Christine Goldbeck

I also just wanted to throw up a couple images from my garden. This year my mina is out of control and taking over my porch. I can’t wait until it blooms. Also there was a super cool moth-erfly on our butterfly bushes this am. That’s right – moth-erfly. I’m not sure whether it’s a moth or butterfly, sure is pretty though.

©2014 WTEK

©2014 WTEK

Cool motherfly ©2014 WTEK

Cool moth-erfly ©2014 WTEK

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