Saturday, October 3, 2015

What I Made With A Chewed Up Earring

Frida Kahlo Necklace by Wink Artisans

It all started with my sister-in-law, Jackie, and her dog Buddy. Sometime last year, Buddy got to one of her earrings and gave it a good chew.  Needless to say, that pair of earrings was gone.  Soon, the earrings made their way into my recycled bin to be "salvaged" or be turned into something else.   And that's how this Frida Kahlo necklace came about.  Below are pictures of the process for you to see how the pendant developed. 

The Pair of Earrings
I decided to only use the chewed up earrings. I'll save the other one for another project later on. I kept it on my desk for about three hours before figuring out what to do with it. I kept looking and looking at it. 

The Chewed Up Earring
First step: to cut it open the top with shears, then carefully open the body with my hands and finally cut with the saw blade the bottom where the two pieces of metal were soldered.  

Cut the earring open.
 After I flattened them, it was time to stamp away. You know I love stamping my metal.
Stamping and Texture
 Then I saw a heart shape. I had to do several more cuts to get the desired shape.
Shaping it into a heart
Then came the background in copper.  I enjoy mixing metals and textures. I opted for a cold-connection technique. I grabbed my drill and started drilling holes for riveting.

Riveting to copper background
 Once the piece was washed and polished, then came the image... of course it had to be Frida Kahlo.

There you have it.  Now, let's see you is going to snatch this beauty away.
Good luck everyone!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

End Of Summer Sale

Labor Day Sale
End Of Summer Sale


Winkers, enjoy 50% off on all Wink items 

this Labor Day Weekend! 

No coupon codes needed, all items will be already discounted. 
Just visit our online Etsy shop and go crazy with the savings! 

Sale starts Friday, September 4th and
it ends on Monday, September 7th. 

Offer excludes custom orders, applicable sales tax and shipping. 

All orders will be shipped on Tuesday, September 8th.

Happy & Safe Labor Day Weekend!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Coloring Is Not Just For Kids

Day of the Dead Coloring Book by Thaneeya McArdle

Woo Hoo!  I got me a Day of the Dead Colorging Book by Thaneeya McArdle. Coloring books are no longer just for kids.  If you have not been to the bookstore lately, I urge you to do so right away. Or get online and find yourself some coloring books. As for me, you know me, I like Day of the Dead so I had to get this one once I saw it.

My Prismacolor pencil collection. I've had it since college. I've replaced all the reds and turquoise blues. 

Now it's all a matter of getting my Prismacolor pencils sharpened and ready for me to chillax and hit the 30 illustrations in this book. 
I can hardly wait to color the Catrina, the Frida, the Guadalupe... and heck, it even has a kitty - that's for my beloved Kirina who crossed the rainbow on the first day of Spring. Miss you mucho my dearest kitty.  

RIP Kirina

Now it's time for me to hit the books... or coloring book. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Treasures You Find When You Clean Up

Assymetrical Green Leaf Earrings by Wink Artisans

You never know what you'll find when you clean up!  I admit it, I had not looked in the recycling bin at the studio. This cardboard box holds many treasures to be rediscovered: copper and silver pieces that once where "failed" or in "progress" projects, broken jewelry, found beads (and given to me too), odd pieces like broken watches, forgotten leather strips, paper, fabric, etc.

So I decided to take a look and I found that hand-colored coper leaf I made many moons ago. I have no idea why it ended up in the recycle bin.  In any case, I rescued it as it needed become something Initially, when I created that piece, I envisioned it as a pendant.  But now, it just wanted to be an earring. So I quickly began looking for green beads and silver wire to create an assymetrical pair of earrings. Me likey the finished earrings.

Hawaiian Gold Coral & Turquoise Teardrop Earrings

While I was looking in the recycled bin, I also found a few pieces of Hawaiian gold coral and few turquoise teardrop beads.   When I saw the colors together, I just knew I had to get them to work.

I'll continue digging through my recycle bin. Make sure to stop by the Wink Etsy shop and check out the new and old listings.  

Are you cleaning your closet, garage, on recycle bin?  Are you finding any treasures? Show us your findings!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Frida Parade

Fridas in the Barrio

SEEING FRIDAS --  You could feel it in the dense air.  It had rained heavily during the day with loud thunder and striking lighting storms hitting San Diego all morning and afternoon, but by late afternoon, it all had cleared up and it now was sticky, hot, and humid as hell; or as someone put it, as in Cabo San Lucas. 

As soon as I got off the I-5 Freeway on Cesar Chavez Way and got to Chicano park, one could feel the buzz, the anticipation, and the excitement that something great was about to happen. 

There I was with my Wink table all set up just outside the tiny Chicano Art Gallery on Logan Avenue. The gallery was having a closing reception for the Viva Frida, A Tribute to Frida Kahlo.   I could not have had a better view, it was the best effing spot as I saw many Frida look-alikes arrived and started enjoying the festivities for the Barrio Art Crawl. Their final destination: the opening reception for The Frida Kahlo Group Show at La Bodega Gallery.  Seeing that many Fridas was magical, surreal and so very Frida!

I snapped as many pix as I could, but between saying hello to friends, helping customers, trying to post pix to social media, it was impossible to get everyone.  At the end of my shift, 
I managed to see some of the artwork at some of the galleries, but by the time I did, I had already maxed my iPhone memory- an usual occurrence for this former photographer.  Make sure to stop by the Frida show at La Bodega and check out the Frida mural.  In any case, below are some of the pix I took of the Fridas. Enjoy!