I Was Just Thinking.....
October 23,2014
Congratulations Joye Designs!

Joye Designs has been nominated for the Golden Spike Awards in Port Moody!

Congratulations Joye!

I have the honor of attending the dinner with Joye. Great opportunity to celebrate (hopefully), and network. Look at me, being all businesslike!

Peace!


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October 22,2014
Aspect Ratio - not for the faint of heart

Okay. I have been doing chain mail for many, many years, and one thing that has always stumped me is figuring out aspect ratios for specific weaves. Thankfully, there are tutorials for many where ring size is clearly stated.

Unfortunately, that is not the case with Jen's Pind Linkage, which I am trying to figure out. It's basically a spiral weave that doesn't spiral, due to the tight configuration of the rings. And so...I cannot find anything anywhere that will tell me the correct aspect ratio to use for 20 gauge rings. I find "AR=IN divided by WD"...easy! Not!! I am slightly math stupid, and now that I have searched about twenty different web sites today trying to figure it out, I also feel just plain stupid.

How have I managed to make so many pieces of jewelry and yet have never figured out this simple (yeah right) equation to calculate AR? I don't know, but I do know that from now on I am going to call it ARRGGGGHHHH! 'Cuz that's how I feel!

Peace!


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October 16,2014
When simple isn't

Some days even the simplest soldering effort turns into nothing but trouble, and today seems to be one of those days! Simple operation...attaching a jump ring to the top of a pendant...clean the pieces, flux, place solder pallion, light torch, aaaaaaand...begin. First pass of the torch - solder jumps away from join. Okay, no problem, pick pallion back up, place back on join, and begin heating again. Solder jumps away from join and off the fire brick. Dang it. Okay, extinguish torch and put it down safely out of the way. Get another little, tiny square of solder, add a little more flux because it probably needs it, place solder, light torch, aaand, begin again. Solder makes a run for it again. This time I have no idea where it's gone. Extinguish torch. Go get a cigarette. Smoke cigarette. Begin again.

Re-clean pendant, because it now has dried flux on it. Cut a new jump ring, because maybe that's the problem. Flux, place jump ring, place solder, light torch, say prayer, begin again. Okay, now we're getting somewhere - solder staying in place, flux becoming glassy meaning solder will soon reach flow temperature, focus heat on the join, aaaand - solder flows up the jump ring away from the pendant.

Extinguish torch. Say words that can't be written here. Throw the whole works in the pickle except for the offending, gobby soldered jump ring which has been thrown into scrap silver jar. Get another cigarette. Smoke it. Decide the universe is telling me I don't really want a jump ring on that pendant anyway, maybe I can just staple the damn thing to the chain.

Yup.

Peace!


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October 13,2014
Thank you

Today is a day of Thanksgiving, and I wanted to thank all those of you who follow this blog, look at the art pages, and are so supportive day after day. I wish you all a day of joy with your families, or just with yourselves!

I am also thankful for all the opportunities and changes that have come my way over the last few months. It's been stressful, and still is, and I wouldn't change a thing!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Peace!


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October 12,2014
Sunday

At the gallery today....I imagine it will be a quiet day, with it being the Thanksgiving weekend, and that's okay too. As Joye likes to say...no such thing as a bad day at the gallery :)

And yes....I still have this wicked cold!

I wish you a lovely Sunday, wherever you are and whoever you're spending it with :)

Peace!


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October 09,2014
Keeping me humble...

Just in case I forgot to be grateful for what I have, I've been blessed with a cold. Hmmmm, I think I was being humble, but maybe just a little too happy :)

Thank you universe for reminding me that I need to take care of myself during this time of transition...I may be eating too much junk food, or not eating at all, definitely smoking more than I should and staying up too late in the workshop. On the bright side, today I am at the gallery, the sun is shining, and I finally got my phone to connect songza to the stereo, so right now I'm being serenaded by Roy Orbison.

All in all, a good day, cold or not!

Peace!


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October 07,2014
Articulation in metal

I've always been fascinated by articulated rings, and other kinetic jewelry. This year I decided to take a try at creating some armour rings, and initially I figured I bit off more than I could chew! However, after making several different paper templates, adjusting, cutting copper, screwing up copper, almost giving up...I came up with one that worked. Part of the appeal is that the whole thing is cold connected with rivets to allow for movement, and part of the challenge is that the whole thing is connected with rivets to allow for movement!

After several tries I finally managed to put one together that worked, moved smoothly, and more importantly, was comfortable to wear.

I really like the way it turned out, and now that many, many hours of prototype are behind me, I'll probably make some more :)

Peace!Copper Articulated Armour Ring


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October 01,2014
Three months to go....

and then Joye Designs will officially become Little Gypsy's Fine Jewelry (Gifts & Gallery)!

Okay, that seems like a really long time to wait, but I am pretty sure I will have my hands full being ready! In the past few days I have spent many, many hours in the workshop, churning out many different designs. For some reason, since making this life changing decision I keep having new ideas pop into my head :) Maybe the fact that I am finally following my dream has opened new pathways in my head. Or, maybe, getting more than four hours of sleep a night has cleared some of the cobwebs out of my brain! Whichever it is, I am very excited for the opportunity. Can't wait for January 1st!!!

Peace!


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