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The Tool I Can't Work Without    Tuesday, May 16, 2017

When you work with your hands, whether it’s in mechanics, woodworking, metal, or anything else, your tools become incredibly important to you; even when I was writing a lot, I had favorite a couple of favorite pens, and if I had to use a different one, things just didn’t go as well.  The tools we use are like an extension of our arms and hands.  And sometimes, of our whole selves.

The Simple Things    Wednesday, November 2, 2016

I've been finding myself a little stymied lately.  I have plenty of ideas. But somewhere between concept and execution, the idea gets out of control.  How can I make it bigger, more intricate, more impressive? It's not competition, exactly -- at least, not with anybody but myself. I'm not trying to impress any particular person or audience, or outdo any artist or group of artists.

Blog-o-wrimo?    Monday, October 31, 2016

Creative Prompt: Doors    Monday, September 5, 2016

Sometimes I find myself doing the same thing in my work over and over, like minor variations on a theme. And while browsing gorgeous art jewelry on Pinterest and Etsy and the like can sometimes spur my mind into some fun new directions, I always worry that what I'll make from those inspirations will be derivative of somebody else's work.  So instead of looking at art jewelry for inspiration, I like to look to other sources.

Is it copying, or. . .    Monday, July 4, 2016

If you ever join an art (any art!) or craft forum, you'll find that one of the most frequently discussed topics is copyright infringement.  The discussions range from highly technical, informative posts, to angry rants--often within the same conversation.  But it’s for good reason we talk about it so often.  Copyright infringement is a real problem.

Mini-Blog: Workbench Hacks #1    Wednesday, May 6, 2015

While I was working at my bench tonight, I realized that I have some odd little eccentricities in my work habits (probably other places, too, but that's not the topic here. . .).  I think every crafter or artist probably does.  You know, those little rituals that help you to be more productive, more organized, to save time that you could be using to actually make stuff.  The tricks that make your work just a little easier.

Of Minks and Monkey Skulls: Creating when you don't know what you're doing    Friday, April 10, 2015

It's perverse, really, but it really is my favorite kind of project:  when someone asks me to do something I've never, ever done.  Never thought of doing.  And have no idea how to go about doing.  I love that moment when the idea comes like a flash, sort of a picture of how it all might fit together.

 

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