What I’ve been up to lately, Covid-19 edition.

As so many blog post start, “sorry I haven’t posted in awhile”, so begins this one. Most of my non crafting energy, since my last post has gone into building my website, which I hope you’ve had a chance to look at www.RichardBradleyDesigns.com . Meanwhile, during this new era of Covid-19, I haven’t been doing any craft shows and I’m learning to make my business more “virtual”. So, in the spirit of virtual marketing, I present to you my first self made fashion video.

An Update To My Creative Challenge

So my 12 week creative challenge is moving along at a steady pace, I’ve been concentrating on more elaborate pieces which take more than a day to complete, that’s why I no longer post every day now.  For today though, I thought I’d share these two pieces that are coming together quite nicely.

Work in progress by Richard Bradley for My Pink Planet

I’m calling this the “Warrior Angel” tiara.  I may add a few elements to it still and there are some tiny rings soldered every here and there for hanging beads from, I like my jewelry to have moving elements.  I’ve been wanting to use these cobalt blue stones and spiral beads for quite some time, there’s many old stones and beads hanging around my studio just waiting to be used in just the right design, some of them I’ve had for more than thirty years.  I think I’ll have this gold-plated, if the stones stand out too much after plating, maybe I’ll enamel the leaves like I did in this mask. Richard Bradley, My Pink Planet, URI Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery

The other piece I’d like to share is a brooch that will be part of a necklace.

Work in progress by Richard Bradley for My Pink Planet

This one is a commission based on this piece. Spider pin pendant by Richard Bradley for My Pink Planet

The customer wants something more colorful, with a biological theme and in a silver plate.  I hope she likes it!

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Days Twenty One Through Twenty Four Of My Creative Challenge

I’m moving right along with my twelve week creative challenge, I’m just making things a bit faster than I can photograph them so bear with me.

For day 21, I made this necklace from an old watch case I found somewhere amidst all the junk I’ve collected over the years.  I think I’ll finish it with tones of silver, gold and raw brass.

Work in progress by Richard Bradley for My Pink Planet

On day 22, I made this Venetian style cross necklace, carnivale is coming up in February so I hope to have a series of masks and jewelry to show for the occasion.

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Which brings us to this crystal carnival mask I started on day 23.  I think I need to add a lot more dangling beads and chains, but we’ll see.

And finally for day 24, I struggled to make my way into the studio and I have only the beginning of a renaissance style necklace to show for it.

Work in progress by Richard Bradley for My Pink Planet

That’s all for today, I hope you’re following me on FaceBook and have a chance to check out my ETSY shop? In the meantime, take care.

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Day Twenty Of My Twelve Week Creative Challenge

Today I did some more work on this butterfly tiara, I think I need to take a break and get back to it, it needs something and I just don’t know what.  But that’s what I have to show for day 20 of my twelve week creative challenge.

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Days Nine And Ten Of My Twelve Week Creative Challenge

Although my intention was to make something each day of my twelve week creative challenge, for these two days my creative energy went into the setup and presentation of a very successful holiday craft show. Here’s some photos of my booth…

It’s pretty much the same setup as most of the shows I do, but this time I added a little side table with some specialty items.

In doing a show like this I find the full review of my recent and past work coupled with customer input to be a great exercise and I ended the day with a good amount of inspiration.  I probably won’t have a post for day eleven due to the exhaustion I feel at the end of this amazing event.

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The Gothic Chain Mask

This time of year, around Carnival, I seem to get subconsciously inspired to make masks.  Here’s one I call the Gothic Chain mask.

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I like the way the yards of silver rope chain can look so elegant and veil like on a woman, yet on a man the same piece has a strong warrior look.  Unfortunately, I have no female model to my avail, but here are some photos of me as your model.

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Here is a link to my shop if you’d like to check it out.  My Pink Planet