Monday, October 17, 2011

field trip

A trip to the farm in Hood River, Oregon to get apples...but first, a stop along the Columbia at Cascade Locks for lunch.
Most of the flowers at the farm were a little past their prime but they still looked colorful on this beautiful fall day.

Someone had a little fun with the produce.

Loads of pumpkins everywhere.

And the stuff of pies and good eating.

"Nothing is worth more than this day".



I came across an article recently written by Inna Gorshtein for Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine (Sept. 2011) on making scarf pins with wire and beads and decided to try my hand at making a few of my own.
Wire jewelry is something I've enjoyed doing for a while. Sharilyn Miller's book "Bead on a Wire" is my favorite go-to resource on the subject.

I seem to be on a roll with these pins...they are really fun to make. They are worked with 16 and 20 gauge brass wire, oxidized in a solution of Novacan Black Patina and water, then put through a tumbler with stainless steel shot for strength and a final polish.

I think they would look nice on a scarf, shawl, or sweater.