My name is Beverly Sandlin and the essence of my art is imagination. Taking an object, becoming inspired by its form, and re-purposing it into jewelry, sculpture, or whimsical objects of beauty.
Art from Nature – Fossil Expressions
From the furthest reaches of time and life come fossils. Man has always been fascinated by rock – its form, texture, color, and innate beauty. From the brilliance of gemstones and marble sculpture to the majestic beauty of mountain peaks – all inspire. I try to capture what was once alive and is now fossilized into rock and mineral and distill it’s innate artistic beauty whether that form takes jewelry, sculpture or integrated into multimedia presentations.
If you have a fossil you would like made into a pendant, drop me an email at bcfossillady at gmail dot com Your fossil, your color choices, $40 includes return shipping in the United States. Is it a gift for a loved one? You can tell me a bit about them and their favorite colors and I can create a unique jewelry piece with no fretting on your part.
The price is very reasonable for an artisan crafted, one of a kind, pendant – necklace not included. Of course, $40 is the starting price, I’m not going to wrap your T-rex skull up all pretty for that price. And of course, no living fossilized animals or plants were harmed during the production of these art pieces. LOL 😀
Multiple works at the same time and receive a reduced rate. And yes, I do occasionally trade for fossils. 😀
Crafting in Memories
Memories of loved ones, melodies that take us back to a different time, colors that make you smile or empower you, all can be evoked by the little things we collect. Broken pieces of jewelry that we just can’t part with because of the memories of a starry night and that first kiss, that rock that we found on a woodland trail that always brings back the scent of summer rain, or perhaps it is a toy from our youth that we still cling to and cherish our childhood. But what to do with these random treasures?
Commissioned Art: Creating art from bits and pieces that evoke memories is a journey in smiles. I try to capture the tone and texture of the original experience to evoke the essence of the memory. Art ranges from jewelry, to walking sticks, to canvas and bone.
The Diamond Willow walking stick I purchased from a local craftsman, then I added found items that bring back memories of various expeditions hunting fossils. The horn is a deer shed I found on one of those forays. The leather is bits and pieces from various projects.
The hammered copper pieces were fun and also leftovers of other projects I have done.
This Crinoid Pendant was from a collection of jewelry I made a year ago, but never wore – reminiscent of a dream catcher it seemed perfect for this piece. And the feathers are from broken earrings that had so many memories they were hard to part with and now have a home.
Practical Recycled Art – MacGyver It!
So much can be creatively fashioned into art with common household bindings. Rocks and sticks can be adhered with silicone caulk and feathers with super glue. A bit of flexible wire from the garden shed and some broken jewelry recycled for beads and you have a unique new necklace. Can’t quite get that pair of stone earrings to shine? Try clear nail polish! Leftover household paints and stains can add a new dimension to your finds. Don’t have the drawing skills to be that kind of artist? Don’t despair! Cut out pictures that appeal to you and decoupage them with common white glue onto…???
Bring a box or bag of whatever inspires you that you would like to create an artistic expression from – and bring a few extras to share with the rest of the class. Perhaps you already have a vision of what you want to create, just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Or perhaps you are seeking a vision and want to be in the company of other creative souls to make your memories or spur of the moment buys come alive. A bit of shared vision and ingenuity and by the end of the class you will be well on your way to awakening the artist within you and creating a one-of-a-kind artistic expression that is meaningful to you.
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Check the Categories menu for “Fossil Jewelry”, click on that and you should be able to pull up all of the posts on fossil jewelry. These are just a couple that I created links too.