Thursday, May 20, 2010

smitten

Torn & Tattered Bags
aka
Etched & Layered Cuff Bags

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I finished the class bags last night.
My newest line of cuffs come in these delicate little muslin bags.
I design each one differently, adding torn vintage lace & netting, satin bits & pieces, then most often finished with a gorgeous vintage rhinestone or mother of pearl button.
I thought my students would appreciate finding some of their class supplies in one.
When they finish their cuff on Saturday, they too will have one to keep their precious piece of jewelery inside.


Etching is quite an art.
I have worked on my own style.
I call this my
damask etch. I think you can see why.
It is where I add just a kiss of texture to the metal.

But, once oxidized, the gorgeous texture I applied with etching, really shines.
These are two class examples. The befores.
I want students to see the cuff before we begin adding the layers.

I am always amazed at what beauty lies before me.
You can see some of the afters right over to the left in my slide show.
Yes, I am smitten.

22 comments:

Daryl said...

Oh if only I was comfy wearing cuffs like that ... I am drooling over the bags .. they'd be a great gift with or without a piece of your exquisite jewelry inside ..

Gail said...

Wow,
Those are simply gorgeous! All of them..and the bags are such great attention to detail ~ nice job.

Charlene said...

Oh LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY ME! I am thrilled about coming to the class Saturday & the time we will get to spend together! I am off to post about it & LINK everyone to you so they can see what we will be doing. HUGS!
Charlene

Narrative jewelry said...

Diana, your Damask etch is just gorgeous, so delicate, as you surely are. The little muslin bags are a lovely idea, how i would like to be one of your students.

steufel said...

Oh my, those cuffs are great! I'd love to be in your class. Ever thought about moving to Germany, so I could join :-)? regards Stefanie

Diana said...

Beautiful cuffs my friend! You are going to have so much fun teaching your class I know it. And how fortunate your students are to receive their class kit in one of your awesome vintage bags.....filled with so much love. Please give yourself and sweet Charlene a hug for me. Wishing I was joining you all.
Hugs
Diana

beth said...

Oooh they are gorgeous! I love them and cuffs are so stylish too!

beth said...

Oooh they are gorgeous! I love them and cuffs are so stylish too!

sharon said...

The cuffs are absolutely gorgeous!! Stunning!!

Riki Schumacher said...

Oh I wish I was there! The bags are gorgeous, they will love them. And the "damask" effect is just lovely Diane. Great job. Look forward to hearing about your class. Give Charlene a hug from me. Hugs to you too, Riki

Halo Hill said...

Oh my goodness! Your work is enchanting, and I adore your blog. I'm so glad I found you! I wish Oregon were closer, I'd surely take one of your classes.

Hugs,
Sheila

Jill said...

Just cannot make up my mind which I love more - the bracelet or bag! You totally amaze me. Such style and class! --Jill

Lovey said...

Loving the torn and tattered bags!!

vintagesusie & wings said...

Oh Sweet Friend,
I love your bags & adore the cuffs & soooooo wish I could be in your class at this very moment...creating with you.
I'm so very tired friend, exhaustion has gotten the best of me. I don't even have the energy to write a little something for my blog. I'm thinking of a favor friend. I would adore for you to write a guest postfor me anytime next week about anything with any photos you like. Advertise your classes or jewelry or Cresendoh or your Grandpuppy's last poop...anything, just think on it....... I would be forever in your debt!
Have an amazing class asI'm sure all your classes are!!!
Hugs friend...
Susie

Laurel said...

Those are really lovely, Diane! Wish I was there!

Cindy said...

Hello Diane!
How was your class??! I bet it wsa a blast...and I can't wait to see pictures. You always go above and beyond for your students to make the experience as memorable as possible. You are such a giving person. :-)

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

What a beautiful blog! I look forward to future posts. Connie

Debra@Common Ground said...

Diane, these are truly amazing. I love the "damask" cuff bracelets!!! and the precious bag is just the icing on the cake. Wish I was close, I'd be there! Do you sell these in your etsy store? I'm in love!
xo,
Debra

Jen Crossley said...

I so love your cuff etching is so addictive isnt it.
I know your classes will be a huge sucess

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Those are stunning, Diane!
You just can do it all, can't ya? :-)

Have a wonderful Friday!
Anne

Esther said...

"a kiss of texture on metal"!! that's what your work is: LOVE.. perfect cuffs!!

Lovey said...

Hiya Diane...don't forget to grab the button and add to your blogroll...for our event. Smiles and Laughs..
Lovey