Updated Open Studio Schedule

2016 open studio schedule, updated for April

First ever Upcycled Earring class!

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Upcycled/Recycled

Not long ago I blogged about trying to help the “green” effort with materials in my studio and hinted that I’d been getting creative with some of those materials. Today I’m going to show you some of the items I’ve created and what they are made of!

aluminum covered shipping envelope material with copper nuggets attached, $15 © Lynne Medsker

aluminum covered shipping envelope material with copper nuggets attached, $15 © Lynne Medsker

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finished pieces, ready to assemble

I love to explore something new and this idea had been bouncing around in my head a while until I couldn’t contain it any more.

Earrings created from plastic drink bottle, old necklace parts and red stones, $15 pair © Lynne Medsker

Earrings created from plastic drink bottle, old necklace parts and red stones, $15 pair © Lynne Medsker

Earrings from recycled/upcycled materials? Oh, yeah. I made a few pair from plastic drinking bottles to see if it would work (and it did!) and the rest of this initial group were made by covering old packaging/shipping envelops with aluminum.

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shapes cut from packing envelope, ready to be covered with aluminum and colored

Earrings from packaging envelopes and old book pages, SOLD © Lynne Medsker

Earrings from packaging envelopes and old book pages, SOLD © Lynne Medsker

Since that time I am looking at every container that comes through the house as potential supplies. 🙂

materials waiting to be transformed

materials waiting to be transformed

I’ve got a nice pile of “almost ready” pieces for the next batch of earrings, including these painted book pages that are sandwiched between pieces of packaging plastic.

I’ve been wearing one pair and they are fabulously lightweight, which I love! And the compliments aren’t bad either. I’m thinking this may be a potential new class for me to teach, anyone interested?

Lynne

Weekend playdate

I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with a dear friend yesterday! After some wine and nice meal we went out to the studio to play. Several months ago we had gone out for an afternoon of shopping and wandered into a local bead store.  Oh, wow!  We spent a couple of hours there selecting beads & findings and planning on a future date to create some jewelry pieces from all the treasures we gathered that day.  It took a lot longer than anticipated but we were finally able to accomplish that goal.  If you’ve read my blog at all you know how I love to play and experiment with different types of art and creative projects.  I have gone through a couple “bead” phases in my life and have a nice assortment of beads and all the what-nots it takes to assemble them into jewelry.  It has been a few years since I’ve actually done anything with them so it was fun to get everything out  and see what I had and what I might want to do.  Since it had been a few months since I purchased all the treasures at the bead store I really wasn’t sure what my original intent was for many of them! Most likely I didn’t do with them what I originally thought but that’s all part of being creative – going with the flow!  By the end of our afternoon I had finished five pair of earrings.  I am by no means technically excellent at the process but they are together and should stay that way.  Just don’t look to closely at the assembly! 🙂  I hope that everyone else had an enjoyable weekend and had a chance to do something fun!

Big smile,

Lynne