Welcome to Dori's mostly clay-related ramblings. Questions, comments and verbal abuses to be left behind the door (i.e. below the posts).

2013/03/30

Spring, where are you?

Veneers and canes

I think I got it! Or at least I'm getting there. My new African/tribal inspired pieces I've been waiting to be born for so long :)). I was browsing through my "veneers" and sheets and I found this:


And this:



And here you go:


Honestly, I don't like it at all. Or maybe I'll just need to get used to it?

I really like this one, however (the brown-cream one):



And some miscellanea:



Some random canes I've made lately:


And some before and after photos (before adding mica):




2013/03/29

Fashion Feature - LikeFreja

Welcome to my new experimental series: Fashion Feature, in which I introduce artists and crafters and their works through fashion.

My second guest is Freja from LikeFreja. She's a knitter and crocheter, whose colorful world will surely captivate you. Her favorite material is virgin wool. I especially like her chunky cowls and her knitted jewelry.




Since winter is here again, let's start with hats, scarves and cowls. My absolute favorite is the white hat with the snowflake - I love wearing it on snowy days. This Easter you could also wear the light yellow hat with the pom-pom, and look like a cute Easter chick ;)







Hopefully warmer weather is on its way soon, and that is when these pretty lace-knit scarves come in handy:






And when real spring and summer finally arrive, you can choose from Freja's many colorful and neon jewelry pieces: necklaces, headbands, bracelets and more:






Do you like Freja's work? Visit her shop, blog and Facebook page for more.


2013/03/24

Fashion Feature - EfZin Creations

Welcome to my new experimental series: Fashion Feature. I would like to introduce artists and crafters and their works through fashion.


My first guest is Zina from Greece. Her brand is EfZin Creations (meaning: "to live well") - she makes delightful jewelry: necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets and brooches. Her main materials are lava beads, felted beads, buttons and beads that she makes by wrapping colorful thread on base beads.


First let's start with something post-winter. It's still very cold throughout Europe, and I love the warmth and softness of these felt pieces - the perfect accessory for a simple wool dress. They make a statement in and of themselves, and they really make an otherwise boring outfit pop.

To view EfZin's felt jewelry click on this beautiful necklace:




As we move towards spring and warmer weather hopefully, more delicate colors appear on our palette. Powdery pink, coral, gentle blues - for the tenderest feminine touch.



blue dress, black dress


For the more delicate pieces, click on this pendant necklace:



Pops of color, strong emerald, turquoise, hot pink, warm red - another look for spring.

dress



dress


And finally, summer arrives, bringing with it a rainbow of colors. Fun, lightweight, and full of summery color combos. 



If this sample of Zina's work has raised your interest, make sure to visit her shop, her blog and her Facebook page. :)


2013/03/16

Reds


And I can't refrain from bragging a little. This is the feedback I received from Christina, a fellow creator: 
"It's unbelievable how fast it was delivered to me, I simply love this mosaic effect on the pendant and I'm glad to have my first "Dori original" in my collection :) I'll be back, highly recommended seller!" Thank you, Christina :)









  
































New things, almost finished

This is still not the direction I want to go now, but it seems like it may not be time yet. Maybe what I'd like will need a little more maturation. I have a few bits and pieces but they really are nothing to show, so I guess I will just have to wait until things really fall into place. That is such a hard period, so stressful, because I kind of know what I want but it just hasn't really materialized in my head. I have loads of vague ideas that are swirling there, I'm trying to grasp them but can't, then I get frantic and make things I didn't really want, end up with loads of bits I can do nothing with but discard, when finally, after some more frustration and impatience, peace arrives and with it real inspiration and what I really wanted comes to life. Have you experienced this? (I'm sure it is a silly question :D)


And the tassel, finished at last! It is to be attached to the large piece above - should it or shouldn't it be, that is the question? But I'm not sure if I like it or not, or even if it will stay in one piece.... (I used glue). What's your input?



My art deco cuff I've been so proud of. I have given it a bit of sanding, but I'm afraid it's gonna take much more to achieve the state where I want it to be. But I don't know, is it just me, or did it really look so much better before sanding? Or it might just be the different light conditions?



before sanding:


I have had these in the "to be finished" box for ages. Finally I sorted out the ends (had to cut them actually, as they broke as I twisted wire around them...), but then I wasn't happy with the smaller "stones", so I thought I'd add some more gold speckles. But the speckles became knife-cut wounds! :D What do you think? Is it really horrible? How can I save it? Or will anyone like it as it is? Maybe I should offer it for a give-away? What do you say? (By the way, the sanding of this piece was a real pain in the sitting body part! No wonder it has been waiting so long to be finished.)



Some more houses for my brother to put on his shelf. Elena suggested that they would look cool as a necklace, and I agree. However, probably not at this size unless you want to walk around bent to the ground... :D


And finally something new, I've been playing around with texture plates these days. When I have no impetus to clay, I draw on some styrofoam plates and then check what it looks like on some scrap piece. The only thing is that I'd need to make the marks deeper, so that the texture is higher, and when I add mica powder it doesn't smear like on these pieces.
I think these earrings will have some kind of an inner thingy hanging from them as well. And I'll need to figure out what to do with the edge. They're pretty big (of course), although maybe not as huge as some others I've made. I like them :)



and the seeds to hang inside:


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