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Chewie – Hahn’s Macaw and my Oldest Child

Chewie is one of the 3 ‘mini-Macaws”. he’s a little jewel and one of the funniest to watch going a bout his day.
A little background – My bird room was my sun-room; it’s 24′ by 18′ and windows line 3 sides. The 4th side is all open to the living room. I put up wooden blinds to filter the light, but more to keep the birds from being startled by outside critters, birds, and my neighbors. Chewie’s cage doors are never shut. He has no interest in flying though he is fully feathered, his wings un-clipped. He can climb and crawl around his cage at will, though he never ventures to the floor or to any of his neighbors cages.
His favorite activity is to climb to the top of his cage (quite high up) and watch the outside world between the small gap between blinds. I’ve sat and watched Chewie from the living room for hours, fuss and talk at whatever happens to be in front of the window – from lizards to the neighbors cat, to the lawn man.
The funniest to watch/listen to is when the neighbors cat is walking the fence. Chewie repeats endlessly “here kitty, kitty, kitty – come here, come here, its okay, whatchadoing?” I try to stifle my laughter so he doesn’t realize I’m watching him, but sometimes its just overwhelming. When he does realize I’m watching him, the content changes to “whaaaaat?” “Hi Chew Chew – Peek-a-boo.” Actually “Peek-A-Boo” is the ‘rooms’ favorite contact call. Once Chewie starts it, the whole room will repeat it over and over, and over – in 12 different ‘voices’. 9 times out of 10, their day starts with round after round of “Peek-A-Boo”.
I hand raised Chewie – I’m Mom. He won’t tolerate anyone else but me; he’s bitten other’s in my household quite badly. Amazingly in his 13 years he’s never bitten me. And before you think that’s normal – its not. Being bitten at some point – even by a bird that adores you, is a fact of life. At some point (usually) its because you inadvertently ignore or miss a body language signal, and you get bit. It comes with the territory. Of course how you handle it determines how frequently it happens, or even if its ever repeated. A good example is Max, one of my Yellow Streak Lories who will bite the ever-lovin crap out of me, if while I’m holding him, my attention wanders even for a second.
Even though Hahn’s Macaws are not listed real high on the list for extraordinary talkers; Chewie’s vocabulary is pretty impressive. He very softly says “good morning” only in the morning – he does not say this at any other time of the day. The same can’t be said of “nite-nite”. It seems to be a favorite phrase, and at times is repeated so much, I almost regret teaching it to him. A small list of his vocabulary includes “come here; whatcha doin?; knock it off; what’s your problem?; awwww its okay; kiss-kiss (followed by the kiss-kiss noise); hi chew-chew; chew-chew-chewy; Bubba-Boy (my roommates nickname for my dog Patches); Suie quit; Suie hush; the wolf whistle; the microwave and my old phone. Chewie also barks like a dog, though it does sound more like a Chihuahua than a Mastiff. Chewie meows like the cat, coughs and sneezes like me, and thankfully has only one swear word – “shit”, which he unfortunately picked up from me since its my favorite phrase when I screw up. I have to laugh though, as there have been times when I’ve dropped something in the bird-room and Chewie says it before I can. Chewie has been an absolutely wonderful addition to my family. Big Macaw attitude in an itty bitty bird…..

Thanks for visiting………………………
Bobbi

“Friend Good!” ~Frankenstein

Corra’s Rosabella Tutorial Pendants

These pendants were made from Corra’s wonderful Rosabella Pendant Tutorial. They were so much fun to do, and quite addicting. I coiled the wire first – 30g Fine Silver over a 26g core – and added had-set 4mm and 5mm faceted Alexandrite in the centers.

Alexandrite is my favorite faceted stone, though it is a real pain to photograph with the color changes.

Many many thanks for sharing your wonderful designs Corra!!

Thank you for visiting….
Bobbi

“Dreams come a size too big, so we can grow into them” ~Josie Bissett

 

 

Lesson in Patience Dressed Up for Dinner at Perri’s

Sometimes it pays to stay up til 4:30 in the morning .
This is the ring from my tutorial Lesson in Patience Prong Ring Tutorial – dressed up with a variation of Perri’s (Shaktipaj) Periwinkle Bead Cap Tutorial .
The design hit me after seeing an antique dinner ring in a nearby antique mall – (I will try to get a picture of it to post). I used 28 and 30g GF wire, and 2mm and 4mm Swarovski Crystals.

Still playing with the combination of Perri’s Periwinkle and my Lesson tutorials. ~~In this pendant – the center stone is an 8mm faceted Olive Peridot CZ with 2mm and 4mm Swarovski crystals set in 14K GF wire.

Thank you for visiting…..
~Bobbi

“If you found in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded”. ~ Maya Angelou

Story Teller Link Swap – The links So Far….

Story Teller Link Swap Links.……..So Far

Update – 04/22/2009 – YAY!! All the links are in – packaged and on their way back to their new owners! Its been such an awesome pleasure to see all these wonderful links in person – Folks will have a tough decision choosing just 4 of these beautiful works of art!!

Keep an eye on the JewelryLessons Gallery for the finished bracelets – I’m sure they will ALL be stunning keepsakes!!

There’s still plenty of time – Come Swap with us

From Becky C (RBcampion)

From Barbara (Barbur)

From Karen (BerginsJewelry)

From Corra


From Vera (Athereal_Minx)

From Carrie (TimeandSand)

From Cyreathia (ReyerWare)


From Perri (Shaktipaj)

From Rita (Pupette3)


From Pam (Coiffure)

From Cathy (Simbelmyne)

From Valeria (Chakeeras)


From Shar

From Me – (BobbiWired)

Gift Links for the Swap – Inspired by antique Friendship quilts, I will be adding a couple of these for everyone that’s in the swap.

Perri has generously offered a free copy of her wonderful Periwinkle Bead Cap Tutorial to our Link Swappers.

…And Eni sadly is too swamped to swap, so she generously offered a free copy of her Spiral Pendant Tutorial .

Come join the Link Swap – There’s still plenty of time…

Story Teller Link Swap on JewelryLessons.com

New Tutorial – Lesson in Patience Ring and the Atom Pendant

Hi all –
I’ve just published a new tutorial – Its actually 2 designs in one – A solitaire style prong ring, and a prong pendant…..

I hope you enjoy the designs, and they delight and inspire you…

Tutorial available in both my Etsy and Artfire shops.

thanks for visiting…………………..
Bobbi

“If at first you don’t succeed, do it like your mother told you to.” ~Unknown

 

 

 

Story Teller Link Swap

Want to “swap stories”? Join the Story Teller Link Swap on JewelryLessons.com…..

Eni suggested this wonderfully fun challenge, and I jumped at the offer to host it.
Each participant would make 4 links – embellish them anyway you like. Each participant would then send them to me. As they arrive to me, I will list your names in the order the packages are post-marked. When all the links are in, I will add my 4 links, and mail them all back to the first person on the list. Each artist will take out 4 different links, and mail them on to the next person on the list enclosed. I will be last on the list.
I chose to do only 4 links to help keep the cost down, both in making the links, and the postage to send them. If there are enough participants, I will send them out in groups of 10 or 12 to a list to shorten the travel time.
When you get your links from 4 of your fellow artists, complete the bracelet with links to compliment the one’s you’ve chosen, and show off the finished piece in the gallery.

This is a fun challenge to share and exchange links with your fellow artists. Everyone is encouraged to participate regardless of skill level or country you live in.

If you wish to participate, please read over the guidelines and post a comment to this article that you wish to join in, and I will PM you my mailing address.

LINK SWAP GUIDELINES:
*Each participant will create 4 links; you can use square or round wire in either Gold Filled, Sterling Silver, Brass, or Copper – no craft wire, or artistic wire please.

*Embellish your links using any of the tutorial suggestions below, or create your own like Rita’s (Puppette3) cute little Bonsai trees.

Some element suggestions:
Snowflake Earrings with Wired Chinese Knot by Corra

Winter Wrath Earrings by Perri
Briolette Flower by Eni
Flower Power Earrings by Endearah
Beaded Flower by Eni

Butterfly Ring by Inge
Woven Imaginations by Franchezka
Orange Circular Pendant by Eni
5-Heart Pendant by BerginsJewelry
Indian Earrings by NaturalJewels
Wire Wrapped Cuff by Jodi

Vintage Briolette Cap by EarringsbyErin
Indian Bracelet by NaturalJewels
Crystal Woven Hoops by ChristinaAmador

*Please keep your link sizes to 1/2 inch square, so they fit nicely with other artists links.

*Send your links no later than April 15, 2009; the sooner you send them the closer to the beginning of the list you’ll be.

*Each participant is responsible for postage to the next recipient on the list; please make sure you include the list in your package before you send it on. – Priority tracking is encouraged but not required. (A list will be e-mailed to each participant…just in case)

*Each participant is encouraged to post a picture of the links they are sending in the gallery. Then update the project with the completed bracelet.

*Please take 1 link from 4 different artists, not all from the same artist.

Please come and join, and let’s Swap Stories :))……

Not a member of Jewelry Lessons??? Come join us – Registration is free…….


Here’s a Direct link to
the Story Teller Link Bracelet Tutorial

thank you for visiting…………..
Bobbi
“As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.” ~Donald Trump

Story Teller Link Bracelet Tutorial

It’s been pretty hectic around my household lately, but I did manage time to finish my latest tutorial – the Story Teller Link Bracelet.

The “Story Teller” is a design idea I have been working on for a very long time, as a way to “tell a story” with a beautiful piece of jewelry. This tutorial provides step by step instructions to create an interlocking hinged link bracelet with a nearly invisible clasp. 21 design ideas and elements included.

Note: Some of the design ideas in this tutorial include Corra’s Snowflake Earrings Knot tutorial, Perri’s Winter Wreaths, and Periwinkle Bead Cap tutorials. The tutorials themselves are NOT included, just the suggestions on how to use these wonderful designs. This tutorial is available in both my Artfire and Etsy shops. It will also be the background idea for an upcoming “Link Swap” on Jewelry Lessons.com

Thank you for visiting…..
Bobbi
“Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit.” ~ Mary Lou Retton

 

 

 

 

 

BabyDoll ~ My Small Goffin Cockatoo

BabyDoll is a Goffin’s Cockatoo, and one of my youngest. She is a semi-rescue. After ‘rescuing’ Fred (my Bare-eyed Cockatoo), I swore I would not get another ‘Too. Not that they’re not sweet birds, they are, UNLESS they have been badly re-homed, abused, neglected, even accidentally taught bad habits, they can be absolute monsters. OR in the case of BabyDoll – forced weaned. Force weaning is the morally reprehensible practice of unnaturally accelerating weaning to get a bird on the market faster. In general the larger the bird, the longer they take to wean. Macaws can take up to a year to properly wean, Greys and Toos anywhere from 4 to 6 months. There’s really no hard and fast rule, but there are general guidelines. But you can’t go from spoon feeding one day, and solid food the next, with no further spoon feedings. It amounts to the same thing as bottle feeding a human baby one day, and the next day handing the child a hamburger.
It wasn’t immediately apparent, BabyDoll was forced weaned. When I first saw her, she cried whenever you got close to her cage, not uncommon with young birds in new surroundings. I thought she was cute and cuddly, but outside of that, I had no real interest in buying her.
After several weeks (I visit this particular shop once or twice a week) the “baby crying” not only didn’t stop as it should have, but became incessant. I continually pressed my shop owner friend, and bit by bit learned BabyDoll’s childhood. The breeder had indeed been in a hurry to “get rid of BabyDoll”. She had made a grievous mistake with BabyDoll’s older sibling, and it had died. Actually it was killed by the breeder’s Husky, when she left it on the kitchen table to go get the mail. Aside from the loss of income for the bird, she was supposedly too upset to take anymore time with BabyDoll, but assured my friend BabyDoll was fully weaned and indeed ready to go into a shop – LIE!
One of the clues (aside from her admissions), that BabyDoll was force weaned was her beak. Young birds beaks are not putty, but can become misshapen, and “scissor beaked” if too much force is repeatedly applied to one side, such as with a syringe during feeding. Think of it like a toddler becoming buck-toothed from sucking their thumb.
BabyDoll’s incessant crying – one of the physical and psychological side effects of force weaning, was becoming apparent to doom her to live her life in the pet shop. My shop owner friend said that while everyone who considered buying her thought she was “cute as a bug”, they couldn’t stand the constant crying and begging, which didn’t stop even if you picked her up. She actually got her name because the crying sounded so much like a human baby crying.
Some may say I’m a sucker for the ‘underdog’, but no one else was going to “step up to the plate”, and I bought BabyDoll. Before we went home, we paid a visit to my Avian Specialist at the vet’s office. He very gently reshaped BabyDoll’s beak, to give her a better chance of it realigning normally. She received several different nutritional shots, since she was severely underweight, and undernourished. After much discussion with my vet, it was decided, that I go “back to the beginning” and hand feed her in an effort to wean her correctly. For those that think hand-rearing and weaning a bird is a cakewalk – think again. Its a serious commitment, that takes an extraordinary amount of time and care in the best of circumstances, let alone compounding it with psychological issues.
When I got home with BabyDoll, I started from scratch, feeding her every 3 to 4 hours as if she had just been taken from the parents. She had no problem accepting hand feeding, since that’s what she had wanted and needed all along. When her weight came back up to an acceptable weaning weight, I gradually added a seed, nut, pellet, fruit and veggie mix to her mealtimes. She “weaned out” of her own choosing (as it should be) in about 2 months. As she showed less interest in spoon feeding (I hate syringes), we played more with ‘big bird food’. The incessant crying stopped in about a week after getting home, since she was getting what she needed. There was the occasional begging around meal time, but not the heartbreaking squalling. She still has serious mental issues we are working on, but that’s a whole other novel.

Thanks for visiting…..
~Bobbi
“Nature is the art of God.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Something Old, Something New – Giving Credit Where Credit’s Due

This post has been edited for clarification, based on comments from some very wise friends. 1/12/2009

Knotting, macrame’, weaving is not new. Depending on what part of the world you live in determines at least in part what the knot or weave is called. What I know as a Girl Scout Lariat knot is also known as a Chinese cube knot. That same Girl Scout knot woven repeatedly in one direction, translates into a Chinese Zhu knot. What one person calls a Celtic knot I know also as a Josephine knot. What one person calls a Double Coin Knot, I call a Turk’s head knot. Are you beginning to see a pattern here? Knots are not new. Knots in one form or another have been around for centuries. What’s being done with them in regards to jewelry is fairly new.
One of my favorites is the Turk’s head knot. Corra recently previewed one flat, with a pearl center as a five petal flower knot pendant – her variation of a Double Coin Knot (its soooo cute)…..
That same knot, pulled differently, forms a band, and pulled even tighter still, becomes a ball. (I’ve made key chains with the ball version). Now I made these as a band years and years ago in cotton cord, as a bracelet. I’d weave it, stretch it on, run it under hot water, and it would shrink and conform to my wrist. People were amused by it, since it had no clasp and no apparent way to get it on or off. The fact that it was made with one continuous piece added to the amusement.
Loren Damewood teaches this knot as a band and creates some exquisite sterling and gold rings. I saw a picture of his rings many years ago, and thought “I know that knot, I can do that – right?” Well sort of – I’ve done ONE, although I’m sure I did it the hard way, since I wasn’t all that anxious to do try it again.
Diane Karg Baron has a tutorial for beautiful Celtic Knot Earrings, similar knots I learned doing Macrame’. Perri (who drew inspiration from and credited Remy Heath), recently did an earring tutorial ‘Mobius’. Look closely, its a square knot from Macrame’. Now before you start running for your workbench to try it in wire, be warned, its not as easy as it sounds. Just because you know the knot in cord, doesn’t mean you can do it in wire. There’s a reason Perri’s earring “looks like” cord, but are made of wire. If you’d like to make these earrings or add this knot to your designs, Perri’s tutorial is worth 10 times its weight in gold – tips for creating perfect knots, and how to do it without tearing big gashes in your fingers in the process is priceless.
Since Corra’s and Perri’s tutorial and jewelry postings, several artists have “been reminded” of these and other knots, and incorporating them into their work.
Which brings me to the second half of my blog title. Giving credit where credit’s due. This is probably the single most important ideal out there; that some seem to forget or only “selectively” remember. This does not just apply to knotting and weaving or even just wire work, but all manner of jewelry creation.Many jewelry artists post a long speech in their tutorials about being given credit; or become quite huffy if they are not paid homage if their design is used and they don’t receive credit for it, yet when it comes to their own admissions as to what or who inspired them, well those admissions are conspicuously missing. The only reason I can think of for this is possibly a belief that it will somehow diminish their artistic credibility. This is so far from the truth, it couldn’t be more wrong.
What some people fail to realize is that the Internet has a LONG memory. Sooner or later fans of your work will find out where you got your inspiration from, or who reminded you of a knot you forget you knew. And since you have claimed from the beginning that the idea was yours, or simply even neglected to to credit your inspiration, you end up in a bad light. Even if it wasn’t your intention, you look like you stole some one’s idea and ran with it. Had you, from the beginning, said something like ” I was inspired by so-and-so’s beautiful piece, or reminded of this knot by so-and-so, to create this variation”, your fans would have not thought any less of you. Quite the contrary, they would have thought more you, because you were generous enough to admit to being inspired by another artist.
Please know, I do understand that SOME designs are timeless and knowing (or proving) who thought of it first is next to impossible. Also, true coincidences however rare, do occur. It is entirely possible for 2 artists, who have never come in contact with the others work to have similar designs. Its also possible to have ‘seen’ someone’s work, and have it influence your work, many months down the road. Do you remember who’s design that was? Probably not.“When artists frequent the same forums, and message boards , and collective blogs, coincidences, and accidental influences greatly diminishes – not that its impossible, but much less likely…Perri J. (one of my very wise friends I mentioned) said it better than I ever could – quote” In fact, some of us take part in forums where part of the appeal is the open sharing of our best, most recent work, our most exciting creations. There is an expectation in these places of peer review,and kinship in artistry. It becomes a bond. When that bond is violated by the failure to acknowledge the influence of your friends and peers, everyone loses. We all lose the opportunity to see fresh inventive ideas, because the sense of betrayal causes hesitation, at the very least.”
Do I sound like an “ex-fan”? Its because I am; a very disappointed and disillusioned one. Recently I found out that one of my favorite tutorials, from from an artist I had great admiration for, was not their own idea. Yes their design for the tutorial is different, but not so different; seeing the original design from the ORIGINAL artist there is no doubt where they found their inspiration. I do not say this lightly – nor was it even the original artist that pointed this out. And believe me, I did check for myself. The cover piece for the tutorial IS definitely different, the “prototypes” and variations in the tutorial however leave no doubt. Now had the writer used something similar to my earlier example say “I loved so-and-so’s piece and was inspired to create my variation of it”, I honestly would have had NO problem with it. It would not have taken anything away from their design. To learn that this same writer has done this numerous times – drawn inspiration from other artists, without giving the small courtesy of credit for it – actually hurt my feelings; I feel somehow betrayed. I still admire this person’s artistry and skills, I just feel that at their level of skill, the omission of acknowledgment to a fellow (equally talented) artist, amounts to a snub, and seriously unprofessional.

Now – before someone tries to accuse me of being a pot calling the kettle black – I’m not. I have no problem whatsoever telling anyone where an idea comes from, if I was inspired by another artist. Case in point – Snowflakes to Butterflies. Many of you have seen my posts “When Snowflakes Melt, You find Butterflies. Corra used her Cube knot version and created a wonderful Snowflake design. I used her knot version and came up with butterflies (shortly after that Corra posted Where there is Butterflies, You Find Flowers). I posted everywhere, what and who had inspired my design. I received tons of positive feedback, So did Corra – we both won! Do you think my Butterflies would have been so well received had I posted it, with no mention of Corra? NO, it wouldn’t have – As a matter of fact, I would have probably gotten negative feedback. I wouldn’t have even had to claim the design as my own, just leaving out what and who inspired me would have made me look like a thief and a copycat.
There is nothing whatsoever wrong with admitting where or from who, you found inspiration. I truly don’t understand why people think there is. Oh and don’t think for an instant, that because an artist has been around less time than you, that they somehow deserve less recognition; they don’t. A fellow artist that inspires you, deserves credit whether they’ve been around a few months, few years, or few decades.

Both Corra and Perri have new designs (tutorials) out. Corra’s “Friendshipband Bracelet” and Perri’s “Celtic Braid Pendant”, have already given me ideas for some rather spectacular (IMO) designs/variations. What do you want to bet, that when I get my variations done, and give credit where credit’s due, that we don’t all win?

Give credit where credit is due! I think – no, I know, you’ll be surprised how much more positively your work is received, and everyone will benefit from sharing.

Thank you for visiting –
This post is also at http://KarmaWired.blogspot.com and http://Jewelrylessons.com
~Bobbi……
“What is worse than no sight, is being able to see, but having no vision.” ~Helen Keller