I have to tell you.

I feel a little bit put out by the Ebola thing being only THREE HOURS away from me.

It brings back bad memories of the terror I had of throwing up when I was a kid, not to mention the whole dying part.

All I ever wanted was a quiet life, minding my own business, making some art stuff, with no one bothering me.

Then this happens!

It’s enough to make me throw my hands up and go scream in a corner.

Probably in my closet which is my ‘go to’ screaming place.

Thank god I cleaned it out. I might be spending a lot of time in there.

I finally opened my website.

coldfeetstudio.com

I’ve been procrastinating about it for far too long and the whole thing was beginning to get on my nerves.

I had been fiddling around with Wix for some time and really liked it, but couldn’t get over that I would be paying for a site which would probably get no traffic.

It was a nightmare with all the discussion going on in my head.

I had used Tictail before, which I like, but thought that no one would ever go there either. But it’s free.

P tells me that I’m very cheap. I say look at my stash of jewelry supplies and say that to my face.

Finally I had to write in big, grown up, capitals.

MAKE A DECISION WILL YOU!

And I did.

I transferred my domain name over to Tictail. Changed up the theme. Toyed with the coding, once I’d found out where it was hiding that is. Heads up, they hide it in plain sight. And stood looking at my computer in awe that I had managed to do all those things.

Coding looks very special and untouchable, but it’s amazing what you can do when you throw caution to the wind and say, dammit, I’m special too, so don’t you be thinking you can do the I’m specialer than you thing to me Johnny boy.

I still can’t find the code part which changes the background of the navigation bar which is a dark, glaring grey, but I am determined that this will not defeat me.

I do believe the Ebola scare has set me free.

So while I’m waiting to hear back from Tictail about how to change the colour, here’s a new piece.

I took my bloooood red crazy lace agate from Jim.

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And made a doodle, but forgot to photograph it.

Basically it looked like all the other doodles I do so I’ll leave it up to your imagination.

Jump ahead to a little leaf making session.

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My way is to take some masking tape, roll it up, stick in on my steel block, and tape it down at the open sides with scotch tape, or more masking tape to stop it from sliding around.

This enables you to stick the leaf shapes to the tape to hold them in place but also giving them a little bounce which allows you to move your stamp across the surface of the silver as well as still allowing some resistance from the block.

You’ll just have to try it to understand what I’m talking about.

The stress of the Ebola is muddling my mind.

To get the veins of the leaves I took my line chasing tool from Larry and chased it across the surface. The tape allowed me to do this smoothly. The chasing gives a nice continual line rather than a disjointed stamping line.

Next I took a texture tool, again from Larry, and chased that across the surface also.

If you hold the tool as I am in the previous photograph, you can rest your little finger on the block and bounce the tool off the surface with each hit of the hammer. This means you can constantly move the tool across the surface of the leaf as you tap the hammer.

Again, this is my way, there are loads of other ways.

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So.

Once that’s done, you’re going to twist them slightly,

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Trim them up a bit so that the edges fit flush to the outside of the bezel collar.

And solder them onto the bezel setting.

These are some little plain leaves I made to go underneath the leaves I made above.

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This is the piece with the top layer of leaves soldered to them.

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Next I added some balls and doohickeys.

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And Bob’s your uncle.

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A new piece.

It’s a bit big, and I always wonder about that. Also I never really know what length of chain to put on them.

Maybe I’ll get the hang of that one day.

NOTE:

Use a charcoal block – here – to make the silver balls. This is the only way I’ve found to make consistently round balls. Other blocks tend to make little flat plops of silver that just don’t look as good.

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About coldfeetstudio

I am English, but live in Houston, TX. I have a degree in Sculpture. I love to make art. I sell my art for charity as I believe there should be no reason for someone to go hungry in this world. I am a wife, mother, pottery maker, jewelry maker, quilt maker, painter, cat lover, and, dog liker. And I am very fortunate to be all these things. View all posts by coldfeetstudio

12 responses to “I have to tell you.

  • Patti Vanderbloemen

    I think the biggest problem with the Ebola scare is the press – not that I am not concerned, because I am. But the press will take something newsworthy and sensationalize it Every.Single.Time. Having said that…the man in Texas who has Ebola made a 3 hour pit stop at Dulles International Airport in Virginia – 30 minutes from me. I may never leave the house!

    Your new website is really gorgeous! I have had the same conversation with myself (who else is there to talk to??) for over a year now – who is going to see my website? So, I age on blogger and etsy….feeling so inadequate about my technology capabilities (limited at best) I applaud your gumption to DO IT!

    Love your new piece, that agate is stunning! Love your tip with the tape on the bench block while stamping! I always tape the bottom of piece to the bench block – covering up a substantial amount of the stamping blank, close my eyes and stamp and hope that I hit the mark (well, it feels that way, anyway!)

    • coldfeetstudio

      I agree, which is why I don’t listen to the local news, only BBC world news. Which is depressing in it’s own way, but, in my opinion, is more straight up in it’s telling.

      30 minutes! I have another corner in my closet if you need it.

  • Fresh Baked Designs

    Always love to get a peek into the working process of artists. Thanks for that! This piece is gorgeous. Love your tape trick with the bench block, too.
    I love making little balls of silver and do have that issue of ‘blobs’. RG offers both hard and soft charcoal blocks? Any preference there?

  • Moe

    Hey Miss Cold Feet,

    Love reading your blog, and finally getting around to responding to your posts. You are so funny! you remind me a lot of myself and my angts and antics as an wire wrap jewelry artist, except that you express it much better. Looking forward to getting past the fear of feeling naked in putting my stuff out there.

    I plan to launch my website by this weekend. Wish me God speed.

    Moe

  • ihrv

    Thank you so much for sharing your gift, it is not wasted on me. I have great appreciation for handmade art, and artists. I enjoy the humor. You absolutely do the ‘good stuff’.

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  • wiredweirdly

    Ebola.
    It’s literally right up the street from me. Right now. On purpose.
    While it’s fantastic having one of the top research hospitals in the country, it can also be bad in that it’s one of a handful of places that they send patients with the scary germs. We received a new patient just this morning. (Omaha Nebraska)
    Personally I really feel that there’s got to be something more to its transmission…
    Anyway – is there a trick you use to hold the (twisted) leaves in place when you solder them?
    Keep on keeping on – love your work!

    • coldfeetstudio

      Good grief! Now I’ve got to worry about you too!

      No real trick to the leaves. I don’t prop them or anything. I twist them once they’re soldered to make them look more natural. You could hold the stem downwards in the third hand and a attach them that way but it’s a bit tricky trying not to un-solder the first ones.

  • maureen

    I love your blog so much! Thanks for the peek into how to make the leaves – something I’ve wondered about here and there. It’s good to know. And the balls – I can’t get a round one to save my soul! Now I have a new trick up my sleeve!

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