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.
Yes, it’s the dead of winter, there’s a foot of snow on the ground and the temperature is in the single digits. So, to warm myself up I must think of spring and work on new items that bring warm thoughts of Carnival Balls and Summer Galas. With that in mind, I bring you this “Gilded Lily” tiara.
This piece is now available in my Etsy Shop, but may be subject to prior sale.
Here’s some close up views for you…
For those of you who don’t follow my FaceBook page, My Pink Planet, I’ve recently been accepted into an artist co-op called the Hotpoint Emporium. It’s in a lovely old eighteenth century building in the town of Bristol Rhode Island overlooking Narragansett Bay.
I went in the other day to set up my inventory, what a nice group of people, and the other work that was still coming in when I left looks very promising. Here’s some photos of what’s been set up so far, notice my fancy new jewelry display case, and they let me put my “Prisoner Of Love” necklace in the window too!
The store opens this week, but the grand opening is scheduled for November 3, 2017. So I hope to see you soon at the Hotpoint Emporium, 39 State Street, Bristol RI, 02909
There’s a lovely little art gallery in Providence called Gallery Z, it’s primarily a fine art gallery but they show a nice selection of crafts as well. I’ve been showing my work here on occasion for quite some time and now they’ve given me a display case, well, actually half of a display case. So I’ve renovated the case with a grey ultrasuede background, made some custom display fixtures and signage and shall refer to this as my Gallery Z project.
The lighting in this gallery is very flattering to the artwork, but not so conducive to photography so please excuse the quality of these photos.
My goal with this “Gallery Z Project” is to have a new collection for them every two months. For June and July, 2017 I’m showing my Linear Compositions line, I think it makes for a playful summertime look.
Meanwhile, if you have a chance, please have a look at my etsy shop, I truly appreciate your support. (My Shop)
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.
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.
The other piece I’d like to share is a brooch that will be part of a necklace.
The customer wants something more colorful, with a biological theme and in a silver plate. I hope she likes it!
I got up bright and early this morning and put together this whimsical little tiara. In the center and off to the sides you’ll notice the spiraling empty settings, after I have this piece plated I’ll be setting pearls into them.
Just to be sure you’re aware, all of the items posted during my Twelve Week Creative Challenge have a raw finish and will be plated, patinated, and/or enameled at the end of this motivational project.
So, now I have more motivation for my twelve week creative challenge. I’ve been accepted to a juried show in New York, It’s part of an event hosted by The Imperial Court Of NY called a “Night Of A Thousand Gowns“.
I’m very grateful for this opportunity, I always enjoy designing for drag queens and showgirls. Now I’m faced with the challenge of creating some spectacular pieces to insure the success of this venture.
As always, thank you for following my blog and be sure to check out my Etsy shop if you have the chance.
Well I’m sorry to say that, although not over, my twelve week creative challenge has been greatly interrupted. You see, I’d developed some pretty severe kidney stones making a surgical procedure necessary, after which there were some complications. So with the crippling pain and the grogginess caused by so many painkillers, I was unable to produce anything creative for several days.
I did get into my studio whenever possible and worked on some items that had already been started.
I had a lot of fun with this necklace with all of its flowers and monsters.
In addition to what I’ve shown you in this post, I’ve managed to assemble a lot of small component parts, not worth showing, for larger pieces yet to come. I’m feeling much better now so I’m resuming my creative challenge, I’ve lost track of which day I left off on so my updates won’t be as specific going forward.
Thank you for following my progress.
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.
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.
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.