Happy Friday!

Happy Friday!

 

I am busy making Jewelry today!  What are you doing?  I am designing new product today and enjoying my work.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Objectsandoddities
https://www.etsy.com/shop/Objectsandoddities

I am working on new soldered pieces to place in my Etsy shop.  Be sure to check and and visit my Etsy shop!  Objectsandoddities.etsy.com

 

New to the shop!

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BUILD A LINE CHALLENGE FROM B’SUE BOUTIQUES, NIKE BOTTALICO OF OBJECTS AND ODDITIES, PART TWO

BUILD A LINE CHALLENGE FROM B’SUE BOUTIQUES, NIKE BOTTALICO OF OBJECTS AND ODDITIES, PART TWO

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An Egyptian Story

Collection by Nike E. Bottalico of Objects and Oddities

Build A Line Challenge from B’sue Boutiques,  Part Two 

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The online class  I am participating in the Build a Line Challenge with B’Sue Boutiques (http://www.bsueboutiques.com/) is continuing and this is the second blog!   It is a wonderful Master Class being lead by the remarkable Brenda Sue Lansdowne.  The class is being taught so the participants will understand how to build a cohesive line of jewelry!  Since I look at making jewelry akin to making art,  I have found the class to be challenging for me as I am questioning my own beliefs regarding how I go about making art.  However, for anyone to learn from a class, one needs to be open to learning new information!  I have learned to be much more open! The funny part for me in this challenge as prior to my retirement, I was a trainer in my job. It was oftentimes difficult for the new hires to learn new things and as it has been difficult for me to learn new ways of thinking about how I create! pyramid-of-khafre I inserted an image above of a pyramid as part of what my jewelry focus is,  along with one of the core concepts of the class to build a line of jewelry by laying a foundation of your jewelry line in tiers, lowest in price to the highest! IMG_1846 If you did not read my first blog on this subject, for my jewelry line, I chose a childhood love of ancient Egypt, and my desire to be an archeologist.  I also knew I would be able to acquire the jewelry components from Brenda’s website http://www.bsueboutiques.com/ needed for this challenge~ Throughout time humans have created adornment or jewelry.   Brenda’s shop carries a plethora of jewelry components that have been made over and over since the 1900s.  The 1920s  had a time called the Art Deco Revival era that included Egyptian Jewelry.

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Since I wanted to start with the lowest tier of the pyramid for making my jewelry, I chose to experiment with Earrings that would go with all the other pieces of my “line,” of jewelry.  I painted a lot of raw brass and some Brass OX to fit with Pantone’s Spring colors, and I have chosen a few colors to use from ancient Egyptian Times.   bug_earrings_3   bug_earrings_2   To Mid-range of the Pyramid playing with some bracelet shapes with colors, beads, or possible sayings!  I still have some items on my work table that will be shown during the final blog next month!

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  007   Finally during the last blog I will reveal the full collection An Egyptian Story in March.  We are expected to have at least 5 separate pieces to fulfill the challenge.  Here is a sneak peek at my top level design!

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Thanks and visit each artist listed below in our blog hop, leave a comment for them also!  Everyone loves to know that you read us!   Best wishes xo nike

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BUILD A LINE CHALLENGE FROM B’SUE BOUTIQUES

Build a Line Challenge with B'sue Boutiques
Build a Line Challenge with B’sue Boutiques

I will be participating in a Jewelry Build a Line From B’Sue Boutiques.  I will be posting in January 2015 what my work will be, scanning in my sketches and what I will be submitting for the challenge.  Currently I am sketching out ideas and playing with the supplies I have to work with. I will also determine what else I need to purchase for the challenge.  I have two emotions,  excitement and nervousness all at the same time!

I will be letting you know my thoughts and feelings about this as I go.  I cannot reveal exactly what I am designing until January 2015  but I will be letting you know how I am maturing while I go through this process!

Lots of love

xo

nike

 

Being an Artist & Small Altars

Being an Artist & Small Altars

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I love making just about anything.  My favorite item is to make small art.  I do paint large pictures but at this time I feel lead to work in smaller pieces, more focused in the image and what I am attempting to say with the art.

I keep a small altar in my own room… Virginia Woolf  (You cannot find peace by avoiding life.  Virginia Woolf) is an author whose life and death has always spoken to me… to keep a room of ones own… I love small things, romantic things and ritual..   This quote by Ms. Woolf also speaks mightly to me  “Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”
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I need my own space, I keep my room sacred and have places to be still and quiet!   I am an introvert so I need quiet.

The piece I am showcasing here is Saint Therese of Lisieux “The Little Flower.”  I hope you enjoy viewing the piece. I has many beautiful features, pearls, crosses, a crown, rhinestones, what I call bling tape (!) paint, collaged pieces of paper, and words, peace and dream.  It is something I wish for everyone, peace and dream, or really Dream Peace, for yourself and the entire Earth…

I do have it for sale on my Etsy site

https://www.etsy.com/listing/210866371/saint-theresa-collage-altar-dream-peace?ref=shop_home_active_4

Much love & peace

nike

New Jewelry Russian Gold Plate — 18 Karat Gold bath 3 times over Brass

New Jewelry Russian Gold Plate — 18 Karat Gold bath 3 times over Brass

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Russian Gold Plated over Brass.  High Quality USA made filigree.  Choker Length, real pearls, Czech beads, Rhinestone Rondells, with matt Gold chain.  Large Russian Gold Plate Spring Clasp.
Russian Gold Plated over Brass. High Quality USA made filigree. Choker Length, real pearls, Czech beads, Rhinestone Rondells, with matt Gold chain. Large Russian Gold Plate Spring Clasp.

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https://www.etsy.com/shop/Objectsandoddities

Get Ready for the Holiday Seasons of gifts and parties, perfect with that little black dress.  Sent me an email at my Etsy site or on my Objects and Oddities Facebok page for prices or if I can make you a custom items for your special someone!

xo

nike

B’Sues Boutique Pinterest Boards and New Website!

B’Sues Boutique Pinterest Boards and New Website!

Check out my friend B’Sue or Brenda’s Blog and her Jewelry Supply shop.  She is an angel and has awesome USA made products, not something you see everyday!  Have a look, you will be pretty pleased with the quality and wonderful customer service!

http://bsueboutiques.typepad.com/bsue_boutiques_jewelry_su/2014/10/hey-look-what-i-got-from-bsue-boutiques.html#

http://www.bsueboutiques.com/

She also has a great You tube Channel to check out