Archive | March, 2014

Wire works

31 Mar

I’ve been working with wire this past weekend… here are the results of some exercises… btw, if you’re wondering what “Fiore” means, well… that’s my name. 😉

exercises with wire

exercises with wire

necklace "wired love"...

necklace “wired love”…

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Copper

17 Mar

Recently I’ve been actracted to copper wire, and when I found this lovely tutorial on how to make a Wire Heart Clasp, I decided to give it a try!

The nacklace and earings in the following photos are the results… I used thin copper wire and matte white round crystal beads to make a string with the rosary technique, then, with a thicker copper wire I made the heart shaped clasp and ring. I added a greyish/bluish faceted crystal roundel bead and a cultivated  fresh water nugget pearl for an extra accent.

I used the same materials for the earings except that I didn’t have the copper studs (and the wire used for the clasp was far too thick), so I made them out of two copper rings from this previous work… I straightened two rings and sanded one end and made a loop on the other…. et voilà!

…btw, I wear the necklace so that the lovely heart clasp is in the front. 😉

crystals and pearl necklace

crystals and pearl necklace

crystals and pearl: detail

crystals and pearl: detail

crystals and pearls earings

crystals and pearls earings

Good day

12 Mar

On a good day, Fernando Verdasco can match anybody, and on a good day he’s such a great and enjoyable player to watch.

Thankfully yesterday, as he played Richard Gasquet  in the third round of the Indian Wells Master1000 Tournament, it was a good day!

So, we had the chance to see some of his famous fast and furious forehands along with some other very muscular shots, but most of all we had a glimpse of his talent.

In the past few years he forgot that he can play this tennis, but the shots are still there….  so, let’s hope for many other good days like this for him.

Fernando Verdasco, 11-03-14, Indian Wells

Forehand wizard: Fernando Verdasco, 11-03-14, Indian Wells

Beware of "bad days": Fernando Verdasco, 11-03-2014, Indian Wells

Beware of “bad days”: Fernando Verdasco, 11-03-2014, Indian Wells

Sky blue bracelet

12 Mar

Yesterday evening, as I was watching Fernando Verdasco playing Richard Gasquet at the Master1000 Indian Wells tournament, I came up with this bracelet. It is made with dyed Jade pale blue beads, and golden wire, with my favourite rosary technique.

PS …perhaps the sky blue colour was inspired by Verdasco’s t-shirt…. (see next post!)

sky blue bracelet

sky blue bracelet

sky blue bracelet

sky blue bracelet

Miyazaki’s girls

8 Mar

Celebrating the International Women’s Day with Hayao Miyazaki’s heroines.

Many of my movies have strong female leads – brave, self-sufficient girls that don’t think twice about fighting for what they believe in with all their heart.
They’ll need a friend, or a supporter, but never a savior.
Any woman is just as capable of being a hero as any man.

Hayao Miyazaki

ghibli women

Spring?

6 Mar

The first glimpse of Spring….

After endless days of rain, the cherry tree in the courtyard of my office building decided that it was time for Spring! 🙂

Cherry blossoms and and industrial architecture....

Cherry blossoms and and industrial architecture….

Heart bracelet

3 Mar

Here’a a little bracelet I made during the weekend. Easy and quick it is made with a silver heart shaped pendant, a couple of cultivated pearls, pink glass beads and purple agate beads.

I really like the heart shaped pendant and since I have some others left, I’m planning to make quite few things with them….

Heart bracelet

Heart bracelet

Heart bracelet

Heart bracelet

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