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Cloaked in Shadow - Laura Hepworth

One of my non-jewelry related hobbies is experimental digital photography. Experimental digital photography is a lot of fun and a bit of treasure hunt. You never know what you’re going to find when you bring those images up on the computer and start adjusting the levels!

The image above is one of my favorites. I’d just finished wire-wrapping a gorgeous Bismuth crystal into a pendant and was photographing it. (Ok, so maybe my experimental digital photography hobby is slightly related to jewelry after-all.) While I was photographing it, I got a little silly and started taking pics while moving the camera all over the place just to see what would result. This is just one of the resulting images. The central black form, looked rather like a person to me so I named it “Cloaked in Shadow.”

This is what I was photographing:

Jadis (wire-wrapped Bismuth pendant) - Handmaden Designs LLC

This pendant created all sorts of beautiful, ethereal forms when photographed with a moving camera.

My experimental photography is all posted on my secondary Deviant Art account: Carmenole. (Elvish for: art long-study; closest I could get to ‘art student” in Elvish.)

Lileas: Celtic Spike Flower chainmaille bracelet - Handmaden Designs LLC

Introducing my new line of chainmaille bracelets! I decided to name the line “Lileas.” The Lileas bracelets use a chainmaille design called Celtic Spike Flower. They are a modification of my popular bracelet line “Annora” a regular Celtic Flower chainmaille design.

Lileas: Celtic Spike Flower chainmaille bracelet - Handmaden Designs LLC

This Celtic Spike Flower bracelet is made from enameled copper with a copper hook-and-eye clasp.  The colours used are two shades of pink (hot pink and fuchsia), burnt orange, and two shades of brown.  It uses six different ring sizes, and  two different wire gauges (not including a different gauge used for the clasp).  As with all my chainmaille, every link in the bracelet has been made by hand (I love my saw!).  The clasp is also handmade.  The bracelet measures at 8.25 inches long.

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Lileas: Celtic Spike Flower chainmaille bracelet - Handmaden Designs LLC

"Neassa" sterling silver and Carnelian necklace by Handmaden Designs LLC

This necklace will always hold a special meaning to me. It was the my first time ever soldering and I am incredibly happy with how it turned out. However, the funny thing about this piece though is that when I started I was not planning on making a necklace. I’d originally planned to make a ring, but once I’d soldered the first shank wire to the setting I just couldn’t for the life of me get the other shank wire to solder on the other side. So, after a long drawn-out battle with the solder, I decided to not risk destroying what I had gotten to solder and made a necklace from it instead.

The necklace is entirely made from sterling silver and is entirely handmade. The setting is a handmade open-back, cabochon prong setting, and the chain is a combination of different chain types. It use beaded links, regular 2in1 chain, soldered figure-8 links, and sections of micromaille Barrelweave. All the stones are genuine Carnelian, and the central Carnelian is an 8x10mm cabochon. The necklace measures at 17.5 inches long.

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Liberty Style Celtic Revival chainmaille necklace/earrings set by Handmaden Designs LLC

I love this set. It’s made from sterling silver and enameled copper and features Chrysocolla beads.  When making this set I was inspired by the Archibald Knox designs created for Liberty & Co. during the late 1890s through the late 1910s., particularly, his Celtic Revival designs. Every link in this set has been coiled and cut by hand.  The weaves featured are various forms of Celtic Visions based chainmaille units.

The necklace itself measures at 18 inches long with the centerpiece extending downwards 3 inches.  The earrings are 2.25 inches.

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Silent Witness painting by Laura Hepworth

“Silent Witness” by Laura Hepworth; 2009

This has to be one of my favorite paintings that I’ve done. I painted it as my final project in Painting II. “Silent Witness” is a 30×40 inch, acrylic on canvas painting. I made the image in Photoshop combing a portrait I’d taken that same semester in my Photography I class with a Hubble telescope image of the Eagle Nebula. It was soooooo much fun to paint! I loved all the washes I had to do on this painting. I literally had pools of standing water (with just a hint of paint) on the canvas. Usually, acrylic paint drys very quickly, but at times I had so much water on the canvas that even after my next three-hour class (we were allowed to leave our paintings on the floor of the classroom and come back to work on them later as we were the only class using that room) and the paint was still water pools on the canvas!

I really love how this painting turned out. “Silent Witness” is now in the permanent collection of Delta College (the college I attended for my AFA).

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