This week’s Studio Portrait Friday is a super-belated edition! I had a feeling that I would have a hard time maintaining work/life balance with school starting up again, and boy was I right. I am willing to fight through it though, making things and this summer as a whole has brought so much joy back into my life, I am not going to give it up. That being said, look at all those bows! I bought a huge lot (300 pieces) of tiny bows off eBay and when they arrived I sorted them into a rainbow. You can see that there are damaged ones with no shimmer on them, and I had to throw about a dozen away, but you get what you pay for. There were a ton of lime green and black with blue shimmer, happily there were also lots of pale pink bows. They will be coming to a kokeshi near you.
Next up is some new Dragon Scale jewelry. I made prototypes of a bunch of different colorways for the shop: sunset, yellow, pink, milk, and cyan. I need to photograph them once it’s stopped raining every day. Also I’m working on adding a glaze to the top of these, which doesn’t change how they look at all, but will make them even more durable. I have come to the realization that I am not hard enough on jewelry to effectively test the prototypes (though I do). I might be doing a prototype giveaway in the future so that people can test them out for me; everyone wins. If you like this idea I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
This past week I also embellished and shipped out these three lovely lavender kokeshi to Shana Logic. Around them you can see all of the embellishments I used to finish them. In the middle is a pile of polymer clay flowers that I cut by hand. On the left are some resin roses I got at Michael’s and have been hoarding for years, and on the right is a mixed lot of pearls that I just bought off of Etsy. My favorite girl is on the left, if you were curious.
They’re been moved around a bit, but here is the “after” embellishing photo. I kept the one on the right (formerly left, my favorite) relatively simple, and were super elaborate with the other two. I used the polymer clay flowers on all of their cheeks to give them “blush” spots, which I really like.
Here’s a rare photo of me. I don’t post photos of myself on the blog much, I admit, but I just had the ends of my hair dyed from green to peach and I was excited. My stylist used a mix of Pravana Too Cute Coral, orange, and pink for the color. I love how subtle it is, but it has faded a lot in the one wash since I took this pic, plus there’s still green bits, and she got bleach on my cardigan. I seriously love my stylist, but I was rushing her, and my hair looks a little wonky as the result. I’m also wearing the prototype of the pastel chainmail shag necklace that Walter made for me. A prettier version (that I’ve never worn so don’t worry) will be up in our shop soon.
Last but not least, all my Halloween kokeshi including a big head kokeshi are together in the display area. I will probably list the big head kokeshi on Etsy soon, even though I want to keep her for myself, but the Halloween kokeshi are going to Stitch Rock with me. If you want to adopt one beforehand please contact me.
I hope you all liked the super late studio photos this week. I have some posts I’m working on that I hope you will like this current week, fingers crossed I can juggle teaching and handmade this year. Positive vibes, please!