Welcome to my New Blog
Featuring the Build a Line Challenge
with B’Sue Boutiques
A little bit about me, I am 58 and married to a wonderful supportive husband and have 2 daughters. My family helps me with all my travels with my jewelry. As I am blind I do have my challenges with seeing. During my Market times I pay teenagers to help me set up my both. They are great help and they get dinner on me. I use lots of magnifiers and lights. I now have a glass board with grid lines I use to make straight cuts. This tells me that my vision is 1 inch anything beyond that and the lines will me at angles.
I have always liked creating art. I have dabbled in pen&ink, and watercolors. I can sew children clothes and have made several outfits for my younger daughter. I remember buying some material in lilac colored tiny flowers when she was 1, Then a few years later I found that I had bought the same material again. Which all ties into the looks of my English Tea Garden jewelry. So, I would say that I love lilacs, flowers and the color purple. I love color and have a good eye for it. I can look at thread, ribbon and take it home and it matches the fabric perfectly. I don’t know to many people that can do that without a sample with them.
The jewelry I make seems to all go with the colors of my wardrobe which will tell you that I like jewel tones more than earth tones. I do try to make earth tone jewelry but it is , for me thinking outside the box. My Aunt Doris was a earth tone gal and so when I design earth tone jewelry I always have her in mind. She had a eye for design and bold colors. I always say she was the Martha Stewart of her time. Even though she is no longer with us , she has left an imprint on me and I love her for all she taught me as a child.
Wanted to share how my eyes work with jewelry making. I have good light, magnification from 7.5 – 10 powers. As I can not see details unless I have contrast, magnifiers come in handy. I think that is why I like to paint and use colors. My hubby and friend also assist when I miss things. For close up work with only 5% left in each eye when they both work is like looking through a straw. So because jewelry is small it just fits even though there are blind spots, I can still do this. How I find my errors in jump rings, strings from glue, ink, or with my painting is with the camera.
I take pictures with my Nikon J1 with either 4x or 10x macro power lens added or I upload the pics into windows picture gallery and crop pictures to enlarge. This is when I see issues with my jewelry that I may need to fix. Then it is back to the Studio to fix whatever and try again. Thank God that the camera can act as my eyes. So if you want to try my challenge make something with just two straws for your vision and then have one straw closed off because that eye has taken the day off. Distance is better.
Anyway, It is an eye disease that has no cure and will only get worse with time. So I am truly blessed that God has given me the ability to do what I love making jewelry.