Friday, August 26, 2011

New pieces, and new adventures!!!

by Kelli Pope

The last couple weeks have been a blur, with putting pieces in a new shop, and preparing for not one, but TWO private parties. It's been jewelry, jewelry, jewelry around the Pope household. And then, in September, all of the shows start, and it will be time to dust off the tent, and start stressing over booth set up again.

Here are a couple of my favorite pieces from the last couple weeks.

Hammered, antiqued copper and hammered sterling silver

Hammered, antiqued copper with patinated components from me and MissFickleMedia

The highlight of today however, was receiving this book in the mail. While I have no idea when I'll have time to start enameling, I can't wait to do so. And can't imagine anyone better at showing me how! (.....maybe it will be my New Year project........)

And last, but not least, I FINALLY bought a kiln!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ain't she grand!!!!!!!!!! :0) I can't wait to put her to good use!!! Many, many, MANY thanks go out to my good friend Mary Ann for firing all my beads for me up to this point, and giving me SUCH wonderful advice.


Alice said...

Your necklaces are wonderful. I especially like the patina on that second one.

I would love to learn how to enamel, but there are so many other techniques I feel I need to lear firs (like working with patina, getting beyond basic soldering, etc). But still I have Barbara's book on my wish list.

Enjoy that new kiln!!!

MaCarroll Beads said...

So it looks like the last of my Kelli Pope bead firing will be this weekend. That looks like a crazy nice kiln!!! So new ;o)

D'Arsie Manzella said...

Wow! Beautiful necklaces! I would love to know which kiln you decided on and why. I would like to buy one within the year...

Patty said...

Beautiful pieces, Kelli! And congratulations on your new kiln. Your life will never be the same again. :-)

Kelli said...

D'Arsi, it's an Olympic test kiln. I wanted a table top electric, but also wanted it to go to 2350 degrees. I want to be able to fire bronze clay also. The requirements for that are what really drove my search. Mary Ann had suggested the Doll test kiln, which is what I had planned to get, but this one is comparable, and was what I could get locally, and not have to pay that HUGE shipping fee.

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