Wednesday, August 19, 2009

An Oldie Finally Posted

I made these earrings at least 1 - 1/2 years ago...maybe longer. It was when I'd first started playing with fine silver and fusing, and I was a lot more brave and willing to experiment. I'm not really sure if I'll make another pair like these (I have a few more that I made with different designs, but the same concept...also not listed yet).

While lampwork artists use fire to create their beads, after the beads are finished more fire can crack them, and even discolor them. So fusing wire with the lampwork in the design can be a challenge. Somehow I managed to not crack too many beads in my quest for this design.

Remember that all purchases help support Saving Shelter Pets, now through August 26, with 20% of the purchase price being donated by participating Etsy shops.

This fundraiser has inspired me to pull out some of my older work that never quite made it into my shop and get it listed. I just need to find the time to edit all the photos I've been taking.


RNSANE said...

Your work is exquisite. Sadly, a year ago ( this Feb ), I lost my forensic nursing job with the city and county of San Francisco in massive budget cuts and ended up retiring ( and had an income drop of $90,000 a year ). I no longer buy jewelry as I am barely making ends meet. With three adult sons, they never really appreciated what I do have but, joy of joys, I am now going to have a daughter-in-law. At 65, I have a mobility disability so other avenues of nursing, except forensics are really closed to me but IF, I can get some consulting income, I'll be looking to buy a few of your lovely items!

CastoCreations said...

Thanks so much.

I saw that you were unemployed and so sorry to hear it. My mother is also a nurse. Though not a forensic nurse...I'd be curious to learn more about that.

I just discovered your blog recently and am really enjoying it! =)

RNSANE said...

I did an earlier post on forensic nursing in honor of our first ever forensic nurse week in November. It included a poem I wrote about forensic nursing. I was one of 74 nurses that met in Minnepolis in August of 1992 to form our international organization and, through the efforts of IAFN, the American Nurses Association, recognized us as an official specialty in 1995. As a nurse of 45 years, it is hard to be unemployed. My whole identity is tied up in forensic nursing. A couple of years ago, I was invited to Japan for a week, to teach in four cities on child forensic interviewing. All expenses were paid and it was the honor and trip of a lifetime!!

CastoCreations said...

I'll have to sit down and try to find that link as I am very curious. :)

That sounds like SO much fun, going to Japan. I've been there twice and it is such a beautiful country.

I can't imagine my mom being out of work from nursing - it's what she does and who she is (other than now being a grandma). I think she's been a nurse for almost 30 years now.

RNSANE said...

So what speciality is your mom in?

I don't know where you live...I am sure your mom wants to be near the baby...couldn't tell boy or girl? I will be so happy to have a grandchild...I do love the granddogs but, at 65, I am getting a bit old!!!

CastoCreations said...

She's currently a case manager, an RN, and has a specialty in Diabetes. She works really hard, as do almost all the other nurses she works with.

Our new baby is a boy...4 months old today. :) She is the most proud grandma ever. LOL Nobody thought hubby and I would ever have kids so he was quite a special surprise to them. We're in Washington State and most of our family is here, thankfully. :)