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New year, new designs!!!

I've been busy, finding a few hours here and there to make these slick fibulas.  

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They're kind of fancy large safety pins, meant to be worn with a loosely woven or knit scarf or cowl.  

They're fun to make and since I have an endless supply of cool artists' beads, they're a perfect vehicle for using up, however slightly, my inventory.  

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I have variously used beads of Raku pottery, vintage, kiln-fired lamp work, crystal and some fab new torched copper beads made by cottage industry in Afghanistan.  

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I think they are literally made in people's cottages where they are then dipped in a gold liquid which gives them the most incredible colorations.  The fibs range from $75 to $125 depending on the combinations of beads used.
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Have a fun and safe New Year's!


Thanks for the Memories

I've just completed an interesting commission for a very nice lady who wanted to give a commemorative Christmas gift to each of her sisters-in-law. The gifts were in memory of the two sisters' mother.

I was given two vintage watches, pearls and some wonderful old photos which had been miniaturized so that I could incorporate them in the pieces.
 
The result was two very different brooches:  one was wire-worked gold and the other was etched metal-worked copper.

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The latter presented a thorny problem as it had a mesh band which I had to saw off and a large backplate which ultimately had to be epoxied onto the etched copper as there was nothing to latch onto.
 
Both brooches were design challenges, something the "one-off" artist faces every day as he or she invents and creates anew every time.
 
Maybe you have a cherished piece or artifact that you would like incorporated into a new, more contemporary piece of jewelry?  Let me know.  Email me, Donna@DonnaBarnako.com