Posts Tagged ‘Valentine’s Day’

Necklace with Woven Heart Pendant

February 20, 2019

 

After a technology delay with a new camera, I have a post ready today on the first of two necklaces I made for Vera for Valentine’s Day. This one is something cool. The other necklace is something warm.

It has been awhile since I made any jewelry, but the ideas are stacked up quite literally on my shelves.

While stringing beads is less complicated than creating mosaics or writing, finding the right combination for a jewelry design is interesting and challenging, and sometimes surprising. It is a relaxing counterpoint to my other activities.

 

Necklace with Woven Heart Pendant. Beadwork by Mike Smetzer.

Necklace with Woven Heart Pendant.

 

Detail from Necklace with Woven Heart Pendant. Beadwork by Mike Smetzer.

Detail from Necklace with Woven Heart Pendant.

 

Technical Discussion

This necklace features a pendant finding with four interwoven hearts of nickel-plated pewter and an attached bail. It is inset with small clear gemstones of cubic zirconia. The necklace also features faceted glass teardrops, which are transparent aqua blue in color.

The featured elements are supported by clear faceted Asfour Crystal beads (30% lead). Platinum-plated crimp beads are used in place of a clasp as the length of 27 inches is long enough to slip easily over the head. Because of the difficulty of polishing small elements, I have given up using any actual silver for a new-silver color in most applications. The exception would be Argentium Sterling, if the price comes down or I become rich.

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Breathing: A Poem for Saint Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2018

 

An animal sleeps beside me in the dark
Its breathing swells the sheets
It turns and nuzzles the pillow
Then the rhythm resumes
When I take its paw the fingers close
We breathe into the night

 

 First published in Cottonwood (formerly Cottonwood Review).

photo by Vera Lisa Smetzer. Bride & Groom at the Goddard Mansion in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

Suddenly They Appeared – photo by Vera Lisa Smetzer. Bride & Groom at the Goddard Mansion in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

 

 

Simple Valentines from the 1930s

February 12, 2018

As Valentine’s day approaches, I thought I’d share these vintage valentines. My mother, Viola Smetzer, saved them from her school days in the 1930s until her death in 1998. Most of the ones in this post are fairly simple. They are either flat or folded like most cards. I have captured them with a scanner. In a following post I hope to present valentines that open up to three dimensions. Those, of course, require a camera and are trickier to set up.

I find a sweet but rough-hewn innocence in these cards. Although these cards are clearly Americana, it is interesting that many were printed in Germany.

Valentine from Bellamy - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Bellamy

Valentine from Vivian 2 - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Vivian 2

 

Valentine from James - kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from James. The canoe slides forward.

 

Valentine from Lenorah 1 - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Lenorah 1

Valentine from Lenorah 1 inside - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Lenorah 1 inside

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine from Lenorah 1 back - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Lenorah 1 back

 

Valentine from Virginia - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Virginia

 

Valentine from Dorothy 2 - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Dorothy 2

Valentine from Dorothy 2 inside - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Dorothy 2 inside

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine from Don, Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Don

 

Valentine from Virginia 2 - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Virginia 2

Valentine from Clista - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Clista

 

Valentine from Dorothy, Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Dorothy

 

Valentine from Kathryn - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Kathryn

Valentine from Kathryn inside - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Kathryn inside

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine from GS, Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from GS

 

 

 

 

Valentine from Berne - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Berne.

Inside of Valentine from Berne - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Inside of Valentine from Berne.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine from Vivian - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Vivian

Valentine from Geneva - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Geneva

Valentine from Geneva inside - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Geneva inside

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine from Herman - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Herman

Valentine from Herman inside - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Herman inside

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine from Gerald - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Gerald

Valentine from Gerald inside - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Gerald inside

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine from Gerald back - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Gerald back

 

 

Valentine, date unknown - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from a Maternal Great Grandmother, date unknown

 

Valentine, date unknown - 2

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Valentine 3-4, Kept by Viola Smetzer

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Valentine 5, Kept by Viola Smetzer

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Valentine back - Kept by Viola Smetzer

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Necklace with Native-American Style Acrylic Beads, Wood Squares and Gold-Plated Seed Beads

February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine’s Day!

This 27-inch necklace was a Valentine’s Day present for Vera. Strung on a single length of braided satin-gold color wire attached to a gold-plated spring-ring clasp, it features “exotic” wood squares and acrylic beads in one of the styles of Native-American painted pottery. Between the larger beads are gold-plated glass seed beads. Not everyone likes acrylic beads, but I think these look sharp without the weight of ceramic beads. I tried a bit of asymmetry in the bead and wood square colors here.

Vera thinks the piece has a masculine aspect. Hmmmm. I did have a bit of trouble keeping my bottom ornament pointing straight down when I was setting up the photo.

Beadwork by Mike Smetzer - necklace with "exotic" wood squares and Native American style beads strung on satin gold color wire

Necklace with Native-American style acrylic beads, wood squares and gold-plated seed beads

 

Beadwork by Mike Smetzer - necklace with "exotic" wood squares and Native American style beads strung on satin gold color wire - full length, flat

This is a full length view with the lower wood squares turned to opposite sides. The wood squares around the neck can also be turned in but not when the necklace is worn.