Sunday, June 24, 2012

Pink Poppy Pendants

My mom and I created an Etsy shop to sell the pendants we have been making. The name of our shop is Pink Poppy Pendants (we both like poppies and alliteration). You can get to the shop by clicking HERE, or through the link on the left. So please, check it out! Here are some pictures from our Etsy shop:




These two pendants were in a previous post, but they didn't have their matching beaded charms yet.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Changes

I recently graduated college and I was fortunate enough to get a job in my field of study: aviation. One unfortunate thing that goes along with starting a new job is having to leave a current job, which is what I had to do today. I had worked at my current job for four and a half years. They were good to me, especially with working around my school schedule. I made good friends along the way, too. It was comfortable to go to work there every day. So, it wasn't easy to leave, which is why I kept telling myself this all day:


I did this while I was at work today, between calls. It was comforting to read this while people kept coming to my desk to say goodbye.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

And the Soldering Continues...

I really think I am getting the hang of this soldering stuff. The beveled glass is still tough though. The darn thing just won't hold still.

The soldering kit my mom bought came with little 0.5x1 inch tiles and we weren't sure what to do with them. My idea was to put letters in them because who doesn't like wearing their first initial around their neck? I made one for myself and one for my mom. The first one turned out pretty bad...good thing I made it for myself! The second one turned out much better.


And on the back, I just soldered the whole thing:


The monarch butterfly wing pendant (my new favorite):


with the charms
These are some my mom made using some of my doodles. I really like how they turned out; she has a good eye:


The soldering on these could use some fixin'. I was out of patience when I was finishing them. I'll touch them up on another day, when my soldering skills are fresh.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Watercolor Pendants

More finished pendants:






I am really having fun making these. And the ideas just keep flowing... you'll see!

The charms my mama made to go with each:



There aren't really two lines down the center of the feather. I used beveled glass on this one and it made the feather look funky.

Beveled glass is harder to use than flat glass, when it comes to soldering at least. It doesn't stay in place. It spins in circles as you are trying to move the solder around the piece-- which makes for some tough soldering. I really think I am getting the hand of the whole soldering thing though! My mom? She's another story...

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Finished Pendants

So far, I have made three pendants:

The flower pendant. I fixed the solder and it looks much better now
Front and back.
The feather pendant, front and back. This one is my favorite.
 My mom made some beaded charms to go with each pendant:




Now they are ready to be hung on any chain. I love new adventures! I'm like addicted to soldering now... I could do it all day!

Friday, June 15, 2012

A New Project

My mom loves both wearing and making jewelry. Her favorite necklace is a chain with removable charms and beads. She started making the beaded charms for herself and had a lot of fun doing it. She wanted to make glass charms to go with them and recruited my help. I've been doing a bunch of little doodles to go between the tiny glass panes. Here are a couple:





We got a soldering iron and all the tools to make the glass charms. I did some soldering when I was in high school, so I had some idea of how to do it. We made our first charm tonight (when I say we, I mean my dad and I; Mom was too scared). It didn't turn out half bad, if I do say so myself:

Front 
Back
There are a few kinks that we will need to work out for next time. It turns out you learn a lot about how to do something if you read the directions before you start... imagine that? After I got past how scary the hot soldering iron is, it was actually a lot of fun. And it is rather relaxing to melt metal and watch it flow around in a liquid form. I think I'll try to even out the solder on this one a little better tomorrow. I was just so excited that I actually did it that I gave up on trying to smooth out the rough areas.


Sunday, June 3, 2012

I Did It!

This post has nothing to do with painting of any kind, but something much more important, to me at least. It is my biggest accomplishment thus far and I wanted to write down my thoughts and feelings, while I still have them.

I graduated from college yesterday. I spent the last five years attending Westminster College and yesterday was a day that I wasn't sure would ever come. I majored in Aviation: Flight Operations and spent much of my time at the airport, flying airplanes. I haven't flown in a while but I think I ended up with about 350 hours. I earned my private, instrument, commercial, and multi-engine ratings. Toward the end of my education, I decided that flying probably isn't for me. This change of heart was a result of many things, but most of all because my eyes were opened to all the other opportunities in the aviation industry. There is a place for me out there, somewhere. I just need to find it.

I was originally pursuing an art minor, which is why it took me an extra year to finish. After taking more classes and trying to figure things out, it just made more sense to switch to an aviation management minor.

Yesterday was everything I thought it would be, and more. I was continually reminding myself to be present, because I didn't want to miss anything. I want to remember it all: the inspirational speakers, the feelings and emotions, even how everything looked, forever. I was in awe of the caliber of people I was surrounded by, and truly honored to be able share that day with them.

I am grateful to have participated in the tradition of the graduation processional. I thought a lot about how strange the whole thing is. We put on weird hats with tassels hanging off of them. We wear silly robes and cords with more tassels. And we are honored and congratulated by people wearing even stranger things: the colorful robes with velvet, hoods, and hats that make even less sense. It seemed to me that the stranger one was dressed, the more honorable they were.

After looking at all the professors with their weird clothes and hats, and watching the masters graduates, with their hoods, it made my accomplishment feel rather small in comparison. I really admire those who can continue their education beyond an undergraduate degree. It has made me reconsider continuing my education to get a masters degree.

I finished my undergraduate degree with few regrets. I can only think of two:
1: I wish I would have given more effort during my first few years. At that point I felt like I had so far to go and like I had time to make things better later. When I started seeing a light at the end of the tunnel, I had an "oh crap!" moment and got my stuff together. My lowest grade was a B-, and I still graduated with honors, but I feel like I could have done better, and would have done better had I put forth more effort in the early years.
2: I wish I would have been more involved in campus activities and made more friends.  I wish I would have lived on campus, even though that would mean that I would be in even MORE debt right now. I suppose I didn't really care at the time because I wasn't going to college to make friends. I had something more important to accomplish. Then yesterday, I really wanted to be able to share that day with friends. I felt kind of alone in a big sea of graduates. Granted, most of my friends graduated last year and I probably wouldn't have felt that way if I graduated on time. I just feel like I missed out on some opportunities there.

I didn't think I would be sad about my college career ending. And I suppose I am not sad that it is over, but more sad that, as my dad said, this chapter in my life has ended. But alas, the time has come to move on. Although, I'm not entirely sure what I am moving on to.





My diploma, framed and ready to be hung.
To see picutres of my graduation day, visit my mom's blog: Williams Family Happinesses.