Thursday, October 28, 2010

More Repurpose

These are all slightly different in style, but do have something in common (as do most things I make, I just couldn't think of anything else to tie them together with this week!)-
They include repurposed items- some simply vintage/recycled beads- and others elements not really intending for the role they now play:

These have plastic beads taken from a bracelet:




These include plastic vintage beads:




These used to be target earrings that I look the seed beads off and filled in with some nail polish & hung maroon beads from:




The metal charms here used to be the latch backs to clip on earrings:




The large metal pieces in these are actually old metal washers that I shaped, hammered & drilled to make into charms:



Monday, October 18, 2010

The Perfect Pair

I made all of these a couple months ago but hadn't put earwires on a couple as silver is expensive. I work with brass & bronze primarily because they are so much cheaper. The beads & stones are all glass and base-metal (not real silver) but hung on sterling silver wire and still have the appearance of pricier pieces. I thought they would work well as wedding jewelry:













Please let me know if you're interested in any of my pieces. Most of what I put on here are made for sale and even some of my personal stash I'd be willing to part with.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Six Songs

Six Songs is an art show our church puts on every fall. There are 6 songs picked to choose for subject matter and whoever wants to participate chooses a song to base their piece of art on.

I chose The Killers "All These Things That I've Done"

Here are the Lyrics:

When there's nowhere else to run
Is there room for one more son
One more son
If you can hold on
If you can hold on, hold on
I wanna stand up, I wanna let go
You know, you know - no you don't, you don't
I wanna shine on in the hearts of men
I want a meaning from the back of my broken hand

Another head aches, another heart breaks
I am so much older than I can take
And my affection, well it comes and goes
I need direction to perfection, no no no no

Help me out
Yeah, you know you got to help me out
Yeah, oh don't you put me on the blackburner
You know you got to help me out

And when there's nowhere else to run
Is there room for one more son
These changes ain't changing me
The cold-hearted boy I used to be

Yeah, you know you got to help me out
Yeah, oh don't you put me on the blackburner
You know you got to help me out
You're gonna bring yourself down
Yeah, you're gonna bring yourself down
Yeah, you're gonna bring yourself down

I got soul, but I'm not a soldier
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier
...

Yeah, you know you got to help me out
Yeah, oh don't you put me on the blackburner
You know you got to help me out
You're gonna bring yourself down
You're gonna bring yourself down
Yeah, oh don't you put me on the blackburner
Yeah, you're gonna bring yourself down

Over and out, last call for sin
While everyone's lost, the battle is won
With all these things that I've done
All these things that I've done
If you can hold on
If you can hold on

Here is the blurb I wrote to go next to my piece:

I've always been fond of this song, mostly because it's so catchy. But listening to the lyrics made me realized that I could identify with its meaning so much. Before I even really thought too much about it, I envisioned a girl yelling at a wall that she couldn't get through. I wasn't quite sure why I saw that... so I thought it was cheesy, doubted myself, and put it off for later.


Fear of failure has been a huge wall in my life that I run away from. I have a deep desire to be used & valued but my insecurities often keep me from commiting.


Weeks after I'd chosen this song, I've been freed by the knowledge that God is strongest for me in my weakness. I don't need to be perfect for Him to love & value me. I don't need to be perfect for Him to use me as I am & to be light to the hearts of men. That image I had in my head so perfectly fit what I was about to see in the very near future.


So this is a declaration that I'm facing that wall. And I'm letting it fall down, brick by brick.


And here is my piece:


Watercolor on Wood

Sarah Ling © 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Haunting

Okay, so I'm kinda enjoying the halloween season more than usual. It's bringing out a darker creative side of me. Not that these are really "dark" per se... but slightly more so in color scheme than usual. And in doing costume research for Zombie/Vampire Prom, my inspiration took a different turn...

I made these last weekend right after the other earrings I posted. They are some of my favorites I've made in a while:





The first photo here is both the pair of earrings & my necklace project for today. The image is a print from one of my paintings, just turned black & white. The copper colored backing & bail to the pendant is from a piece that my friend Jen gave me in a costume jewelry stash she acquired & passed on to me! Thanks, Jen!:





Friday, October 8, 2010

Halloweenish

Since Halloween is on many minds lately (I'm already planning my costume for Zombie Prom 2010!), I thought I'd go along with the theme & see what I could come up with while bored at work for 3 hours. Here's what I did...

These two used to be a pair of clip ons (also from my Nebraska stash) that I separated and made into two pairs:




The circle was from the clip ons & I added the antique leaf charms:




Sunday, October 3, 2010

Gifts from the Heartland

Please excuse my lack of posting last week. In my ambition to get my reading and exercise routine in place, I put this on hold. I digress...

My mom & her sister recently payed a visit to their homeland of Nebraska. I was quite jealous as I am always anxious to visit the "heartland" this time of year for missing the change of seasons. Since I've only really had this experience once in my life, while I lived in Minneapolis, I am so eager to do it again. Oh well... maybe next year?

While they were there, they both thought of me & picked up some super fun finds at the local antique store & a junk jaunt. My mom brought me a glass jar full of vintage beads and my aunt brought me a couple baggies full of vintage clip-ons! They definitely know the way to my heart! Thank you both SO much for thinking of me!

These were all quite simple projects as three out of four of them were easy clip-on conversions. But simple & easy is perfectly fine with me! Classic & simple is still my style: