Sabtu, 09 Juli 2011

Studio Saturday with Cindy Gimbrone

Welcome to Studio Saturday! Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.
The winner this week is Pips! - Congratulations, you have won a copy of Chain and Bead Jewelry! . Email Lynn with your address, and she will send the book out to you.

Welcome to the studio of Cindy Gimbrone!

In the studio, I've usually got several projects going on at the same time. This week is no different. I have categories of projects, learning, reviewing, planning, and in-progress.

The learning project this week is working with 26 gauge wire and a crochet hook. I want to crochet wire and not just chains but crochet wire beads. Learning is about practice, practice, practice but we often we don't mention the frustration, frustration, frustration that comes along with learning a new skill so I work on until I get frustrated. Each time I'm a little better than the last but it's still a messy tangle of wire!

Frustration usually leads me to re-reading or reading and reviewing a new book. This week, it's Hot Connections Jewelry by Jennifer Chin. Reviewing books refreshes me and inspires me to return to my projects.

Since I'm reading a book on metal techniques, it's put me back in the mood to do one of my planning projects. I've had some bracelet blanks sitting on my work table for awhile. They've been staring at me for a couple of weeks. I was struck with inspiration yesterday and started to plan out a necklace. Which means this project has moved into the "in-progress" stage and that's where you've found me today in my Studio. Take a look over my shoulder:

I've planned my design, measured the metal blanks and lined up my stamps. So I've given you a feel for the workflow in my studio. Before I get back to work, I'd like to  hear from you:

What is your workflow like in your studio?  Do you start a project and finish it to the end or do you have a couple of projects laid out and move from one to another?

Leave me a comment and you'll be entered to win one of the stamped metal pendants I'm working on. I look forward to reading your comments!

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