Saturday, May 30, 2009

Do what you want, you're a rebel...

Do you remember when Pee Wee said, "I'm a loner, Dottie, a rebel"...well, it's really funny because like Pee Wee, that's the last thing you would think of when you look at me. But in my own way I am rebellious, if that means doing things in a way that isn't usually considered normal or traditional. Now I can rock a button down collar with the best of the professional women, and I can still stay upright in a nice pair of 3" heels, but for me it's just more natural to sew beads and handmade buttons on that shirt and to paint the shoes gold.

Which brings me to this. I was momentarily feeling a bit boring and dull and just didn't know what to post today. I had made several things this week, which is surprising when you let your work space look like this...

I made a trinket for a friend, but can't show that because it's already been packaged for delivery, then I remembered that I made this using one of the canes that I built this week. ..

I like the combination of purple and gold. I have lots of purple beads in my stash and after several false starts, I decide to make links from my good gold wire. I placed an aurora borealis faceted bead between two fairly large, textured tear drop glass beads. The links looked really good and I finished off with links of just the aurora borealis beads.

After picking out the purple shirt that I'm wearing out today, I realized that it was wrinkled. So instead of getting out the iron and board, I tossed the blouse in the dryer with a dampened hand towel. While waiting for the dryer to do it's magic, I sat down to tighten one of the links on the necklace. That, of course, led to more. I decided I just wasn't completely happy with the necklace so then I got out the trusty 18K gold leafing pen and added some highlights to the polymer clay focal piece. Still missing something. So I did what you don't usually do. I still had the gold leafing pen in my hand and before I knew it, I painted onto those really nice glass beads. I am sure someone is gasping out there, but they just needed something and after all it's my necklace and I can do what I want, guessed it, "I'm a rebel, Dottie".

So here is a closer view of the beads. I like them much better. The gold leaf paint toned down the glassiness of the beads which goes better with the matte finish on the focal bead.

So, take the plunge. Be a rebel. Dot some paint onto a pre-made bead. There's really no law against it and you have put even more of yourself into the design of the piece you are working on.

We usually have no fear about adding paint to found objects and broken jewelry, but don't limit yourself. You just might have a strand of beads that would look really special with a splatter of paint on them, or a pair of shoes that you haven't worn for years, but you don't know why. Come on, go for it. Paint them. They just might end up looking really cool and no one else will be wearing anything exactly like them. All I'm saying is take the plunge, the shoes aren't doing you any good in the closet, anyway... find a way to be just a bit of a rebel. Even if no one else knows, you will.

Well, that's it for today. I will be cleaning up that table because I must finish the dragon that I'm making for a birthday present. I can't have any distractions on the table. I have to complete this project. Birthday is first week of July and it needs to ship to the West Coast. Wish me luck. I'll post some pictures of the dragon soon.

Take care, and have a great weekend.

p.s. remember you can always click on my pictures for a larger view.


Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

I always knew I liked you, but after seeing your messy studio and hearing you liked Pee Wee Herman, my god girl... we are kindred spirits!

(Worked in a video store when Pee Wee's Big Adventure was out and must have watched it a hundred times. Was my favorite movie until Edward Scissorhands and Harry Potter bumped it off the list!)

Really like your necklace. Purple and gold are a great combination and your 'enhanced' glass beads look great with your focal pendant!

Crafty Gal Linda said...

you sure are a whiz with clay! I love the pendant. So pretty! About being a rebel. You go girl! You mentioned Pee Wee's Big Adventure. (another favorite of mine) My favorite part of the movie is when he is walking in the rain and hisses at the thugs who try to scare him off! lol Anyway, take care and have a great weekend.

vivian said...

I'm a rebel too.. dont tell me not to do something.. cause then I'll do it just to prove that I can do what I want!
love your necklace and I think adding the gold was a great idea.
however.. I have to say, that I dont share your love for peewee, he just didnt sit well with me! ... but I know lots of people that did love him!
have a sunshiney sunday!

Sea Gypsy said...

I have always loved canes,but I have not worked with them as much as I would like. I love what you do with them and I think that gold was just what it needed. Beautiful!

Life Potentials Network said...

Susan, the photo of your work studio is awesome! I once watched a piece on one of those news shows like CBS Sunday morning where they linked the relationship of one's creativity to the messiness of their space! I bought right into that since I also have a messy space!

And your beads are GLORIOUS! so is the pendant! You rock!

Tina said...

Funny, how I'm continually drawn to the rebellious and out of the ordinary people....even in blogging.

Does that say something about me?


Ronnie said...

I love the Pee Wee quote. I'd live in his house in a minute!
That pendant is crazy cool. Like the heart pendant I have of yours. I love it. Good luck with the dragon, but don't trip on that extension cord in your gold high heels!

Ronnie said...

Susan, Wise words on JOE'S retirement. I love your advice. It's his retirement. Not mine! You make a lot of sense. Thanks.

marni said...

Okay, now I don't feel as bad about my mess. :D I just wish that I had the stamina afterwards to clean up so that I didn't have to do it before I create something...and then I end not up doing anything for a very long you know. :)

But I did create a travel journal as an example for the teen program at the library. I'll bring it to show you all. I had fun with it.

Cool canes,'re so good with me it's very challenging to get the colors to not run together.

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

Yep, I love to run through the house with scissors.

Your pieces are wonderful, as always.

I too am a Pee-Wee Herman fan.
(He just needs to stay out of movies theaters.)
:> )

Kristen Hermanny said...

I love you work space, it looks a lot like mine, but cleaner.
I used to watch Pee Wee's playhouse, then we would get the word of the day and all yell really loud at the bar when someone said the word of the day. (Back when clubbing was fun in the early 90s for me).It was such a laugh when half the people didn't know why my friends and I were yelling.
Thanks for the laugh at my silly memory.
Your necklace is gorgeous. I love the canes you made.