Whee!

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This is what one of my work benches looks like when I am in the midst of making necklaces from rocks I have drilled, sea glass, and handmade silver beads. I have had my nose to the grindstone, spending most of the month of April in my studio. This looks like a confusing mess, but the more things I have out, the more I see to be designing the next necklace even as I am still working on the current one.

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Why so busy? Most of my work is in galleries that are seasonal. (I wish I’d remembered to take some photos before I dropped off work for the fresh new season at KoT Gallery, in Ellsworth, Maine. The work is already there, waiting for the May 5 opening.) I’m lining everything up for May deliveries.

Another reason for this early push is an upcoming show on May 4th and 5th in Greenwich, CT. The show is a fund raiser for local non-profits. If you live in the area please stop by and check it out. It looks like I will be in some very good company.

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(I added a few of my business cards on the back before scanning the list of vendors.) Barny's vendors

Nothing like having my name at the top of a list to finally get myself back to posting on my blog. I hope it gets me back in the habit of taking photos of my work. Today is a good start.

Below is the finished necklace that was sitting in the mess in the middle of my bench.IMGP1523

Sea glass found by Jane Milburn in Seaham, England. White stones from Gilley Beach (just down the street) and fine silver bead handmade by me.

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12 responses to “Whee!

  1. Oh my, but that is one stunning necklace!

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  2. Holly

    OH everything looks so beautiful! I’m inspired!

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  3. Ann

    Barb, believe it or not, your work bench is FAR more organized than mine! But I’m working on it… now that Mae has moved out, I will turn her old room into a studio just for me. Meanwhile, I’ve got this show at the Cannon County Center for the Arts this coming weekend and I am SOOOOOOO not ready!
    Ann

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    • Ha! I periodically clear it all off, sorting those 3mm and 4mm beads back into their drawers. Then the piles start to accumulate all over again. Cool that you have the new studio space! lucky for us jewelry does not take up a lot of space…though I could always use more. Space. Good luck with your show this weekend. Is it fiber or jewelry or both?

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  4. lisa Colarusso

    Beautiful! Is the swirly blue bead a beach stone as well? It’s gorgeous! Lovely work. Regards, Lisa

    On Sun, Apr 24, 2016 at 7:43 PM, Barbara S Fernald Jewelry wrote:

    > Barb Fernald posted: ” This is what one of my work benches looks like when > I am in the midst of making necklaces from rocks I have drilled, sea glass, > and handmade silver beads. I have had my nose to the grindstone, spending > most of the month of April in my studio. This loo” >

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    • Thank you Lisa! The swirly blue bead is actually a piece of sea glass. It looks more like a rock. I think it was in a bonfire, once and then swirled around in the ocean for many many years. I wish I could find sea glass like that in Maine! Most of the sea glass I drill for beads comes from Seaham, England. (Including that blue swirly piece.) Over a hundred years ago there were bottle factories there and at the end of the day they would throw their broken pieces off a cliff into the sea. Pieces still wash up in northeast England.

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  5. Its a crazy balance sometimes having everything out while working but its necessary and it look like you take it in stride.
    Wishing you a great start to your season!

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  6. Sharon Broom

    Gorgeous necklace, Barbara! I’m looking forward to seeing your new work this year. It just keeps getting better.

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