I bet you can guess what I’m doing today – embellishing more horseshoes. I’m giving some as Christmas gifts and have offered to donate others to a few worthy animal rescue sites. Now that I’ve done a few of them and gotten the hang of it, I’m going to make the next group with gemstone beads. I have a few more glass-beaded ones to finish, and then, it’s on to the holistic stones! That is always fun, especially when I study their metaphysical properties before choosing gemstone beads for a new project.
If they are well received, I will continue to make them into the new year. If not, I’ll go on to something else. It’s nice to have options. These things are fun, because you are never completely sure how they will turn out until you finish the last bead, wire, charm, and hanger. If you want to make your own, they are simple, but labor intensive, and you need a good stash of beads. Luckily, they don’t have to match, so this is a good orphan bead project.
If you don’t like tedious hand work, but want to bring yourself some luck into the New Year in a beautiful way, I’ve listed a few on Etsy.
You can view them at http://www.etsy.com/shop/Embellies
For those of you who decorate horse shoes, I would like to see your finished ones. These things fascinate me; especially since I get mine from a farrier…supposedly worn shoes have the best luck. These have all been on a horse before finding a new life as am upcycled house or barn decoration. Tradition has it that if a bride is given a lucky horse shoe as a wedding gift, her household will enjoy good luck, health, and prosperity. I’m almost finished with a pink one, a gift for a breast cancer survivor.
Don’t forget to mount them with the opening skyward so you can gather and store all the good luck. If you hang them with the opening down, your luck will fall out (but hopefully stay in the house). There is no requirement to decorate shoes as these are; any used horseshoe will do. They are beautiful in their natural state without any frills.
I recently made steampunk jewelry using Cecilia Swatton’s totally awesome steampunk image collection. Talk about an attention-getter, this one did it! I give it an A++ both for quality and for value. You can indulge all your steampunk creative needs, and each image is 300 dpi for crisp, beautiful clarity (we’ve all purchased those low density collage sheets from other artists and been disappointed – not with THIS monster collection). Then, I decorated a horseshoe, using Cecilia’s images.
It’s hard to describe all of the goodies included for only $15 – you have to see it to believe it. This one has it all. There are even silly steampunk images. Since it is a digital download, it is available to you immediately without having to wait to arrive by mail, and there’s no postage to pay! In addition to the hundreds of images, Cecilia also includes full collage sheets, ATC background paper, and ATCs and greeting cards ready to print and use.
To read more and see more of this mega-collection, check out Cecilia’s blog at http://heartworkbycecilia.blogspot.com/
Get ready for compliments on your art work.
I’m so enamored with this collection, I’ll send you a pair of steampunk earrings using images from this download for $1, the cost of postage and handling. E-mail me at HeliotropeStudio@gmail.com for more information. Offer is limited.
Welcome to Heliotrope Studio! An art studio needs a name, so I chose heliotrope because it is one of my favorite minerals. Heliotrope is a semi precious gemstone (also known as bloodstone), composed of quartz and jasper. Though there are color variations, the classic heliotrope is deep green with red spots or inclusions.
In addition to making jewelry, I enjoy paper, fabric, metal crafts, altered, and assemblage art. I have been a Humane Society volunteer for many years and donate art and jewelry to local rescue groups for fund-raising events.
If you love art and animals, we are truly soul mates.
PS The word heliotrope is Greek and means something that moves in response to the direction of the sun. In that sense, I know many humans who are heliotropes as well!