Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Two sparkles and a shiny one

A friend gave me some Chinese brocade:

Necklace #116.  Buttons covered in Chinese brocade, with some old glass buttons from La Mode (so they say on the back), on Japanese chirimen polyester bias tape.

And here are some old rhinestone buttons with a pewter-y patina on the settings

Necklace #117.  The buttons on either side of the central one are actually elements from an old belt.  The accents are vintage palettes, all on Japanese chirimen polyester bias tape.

I only got a little hank of this red and black striped rayon bias tape to try (extra expensive).  It has a  hand so different from the polyester, cotton, or linen tapes.  It seemed the right thing for this great buckle and some accompanying old buttons:

Necklace #118.  The buttons at the top, with the silver band, were from the stash of a generous friend in the neighborhood.  The buckle is likely Bakelite; the funny little button within it is some old-timey plastic.  And they are on the experimental rayon bias tape.

The Salon des Artistes, our annual show with, this year, six artists,  is less than two weeks away - December 7th, 10-4, 4000 Aspen Avenue NE, Albuquerque, near the intersection of Carlisle and Constitution!

And once again, the link to the Google+ album of current work is https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/105148425797657603947/albums/5669744508708774721

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Back to Playing with Textiles, and More Shiny Natural Materials

Textiles, especially the vintage Japanese ones, call to me for a round of covered-button making.

Necklace #114 was a fun color-wheel game.  That deep violet vintage Japanese silk is a complementary color with the chirimen polyester bias tape, and the little Bakelite accent buttons are a split complementary with the deep violet.  It looked nice with an indigo-blue shirt.

Almost time for the annual Salon des Artistes!  It will be December 7th from 10-4 here at 4000 Aspen NE, Albuquerque.  Six of us will exhibit and sell (paperie, jewelry, bags and pillows, surprise balls, vintage clothes..... ).   May it not snow until December 8th!

My photo album of current necklaces (some are at Mariposa Gallery here in Albuquerque) is athttps://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/105148425797657603947/albums/5669744508708774721.