Friday, March 28, 2014

"Up" Necklace Pre-order

Imagine dozing off to sleep after a long day in class. Suddenly, you are jolted awake by a loud crash! Your entire house starts shaking.You watch your favorite eggshell-blue, table lamp smash to pieces. Is this an earthquake? You don't own any sturdy tables to duck under, since your furniture was all bought on sale at IKEA.
You tumble off the couch and run to grab the handle of your front door and shove it open. A burst of fresh air blows into your nostrils. 
With wide eyes, you peer down below. The apartments and homes look like tiny lego pieces. In front of you, only miles of blue sky. You look up and are completely dumbfounded as you make out hundreds of mint-green, gold, and white balloons bobbing up and down, their strings securely anchored to the top of your house. 
After the magnitude of the situation sets in, you collect your thoughts and start to become concerned about survival. How much ramen and Mountain Dew do you have left?
Then, a funny thing happens. You realize that an army of balloons don't attach themselves to your house and fly you away just any old day. You start to worry less and less about...well, worrying! You've been waiting for an unexpected adventure, an opportunity to seize the moment.

Maybe your lack of concern is being caused by the altitude and lack of oxygen up here, or maybe you are thinking straight for the first time in your life! You feel freedom, peace, and tranquility. You're going on an adventure!

Would you like a miniature, wearable, handmade-sculpture, that will remind you to seize the moment and live your life like one crazy adventure? 
I would like to introduce you to my "Adventure Is Out There" necklace. I created this necklace to inspire artists and creatives on their journey. You will be able to look down at the pendant, and imagine yourself tucked away in the tiny, black house with a dusted gold roof, flying off on your adventure! 
To order, click HERE. Use coupon code: "timetofly"
to receive 20% off!
For the next 24 hours, 80 "Adventure Is Out There" necklaces will be available for pre-order. Please keep in mind the discount code will only work today. The official release date of "Adventure Is Out There" will be April 3rd. 
  • Sculpture height: 3"
  • Chain length:  27"
  • Materials: antique copper and polymer clay.
  • Price: $100 ($80 with discount code)
  • Delivery time: 3-4 weeks. (If you are ordering from outside the U.S., please allow an additional 2 weeks for arrival.)
  • includes autographed CTR postcard with the unique number of your design. 
P.S. This is the second piece I have designed inspired by the movie "Up". I love Pixar and everything that they release. Nothing makes me more excited to work on new art more than great stories about adventure and love. My hope is that my "Adventure Is Out There" necklace can help inspire you in the same way! 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Dear Postman

I just got back from a post office run to drop off my Chandler orders. I sent a Stupendous Chandler to the United Kingdom. The post office lady and I tried to decipher the long address. We couldn't tell if some of the words were part of the business name or the street name. We worked it out to the best of our ability until the ancient computer deemed our formatting acceptable. 

She then reached for the other packages I had pre-stamped. As she sorted through them, she said, "You should see the way addresses are written out when they are being sent to Iran. They usually say something like: Turn left at the second dirt road, make a right, look for the building across from the cemetery, and then on the second floor locate for the door with the broken handle." I laughed. 

As I walked outside, clicking the clicker to my car, I thought about the two different types of addresses. I realized that in both cases the delivery man has the same objective: locate recipient and deliver mail. Yet, the methods to getting to the destinations differed so dramatically. 

We all want the same things out of life. We want to be happy. We want to enjoy ourselves, and we all have such different ways of searching for and arriving at that same destination. 

True there is a set way that addresses are written out: 

Jane Doe
1953 Golden Crescent Way
Birmingham, AL 35205 

This address, translated into life instructions, might look like: graduate from this high school, get into that college, marry that guy, get that job, own that house, have kids and a dog, and eat at your mother-in-law's house every Sunday evening. 

Would it really be so strange to instead to have the address, the life plan, to travel the world, join a circus, own a teacup pig, compete in transatlantic hot air balloon races (do these even exist?), work at a gourmet Asian fusion food truck on the weekdays, and perform at the comedy club on weekends?

Post card image used from an Etsy Shop called Eyefun
I hope my address at the end of my journey reads: 

Dear postman,

Please deliver the package to:

Meg Frampton
Follow the cobblestone road until you see the bent mail box, make an immediate right turn, followed by a left turn until you see the oak tree tilted 45 degrees. Follow the direction of the tilt until you find the animal pen with the two vivacious goats. (Please be careful not to upset the goats!) Proceed to the broken stoplight (that only flashes red these days.) Look for the corner store with the nice, old gentleman who always sits on the bench out front with his tiny pet poodle. There is a doorway to the right of that bench which will lead up two flights of stairs. Drop the package in front of the apartment door painted bright purple. Also, try not to make any noise while you are there. There is some messy art being created behind those doors. 
Somewhere in America. 82345

P.S. Nothing wrong with marrying that guy, owning that house, and eating at your mother-in-law's house every Sunday. I would freaking LOVE to eat at my boyfriend's mom's house every Sunday if we lived nearby. I was just using that example for the sake of this blog post. Cheers!

P.P.S. If you are wondering what kind of "messy art" I've been working on lately. I would like to introduce you to the newest member of the CTR shop: "Cooky Owl"!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Making "Lady Luck Earrings" (Behind The Scenes)

Today I would like to take you behind the scenes to show you a bit of how my process works. I'm going to show you how I make the new "Lady Luck Earrings" that I created just yesterday, because as we all know, St. Patrick's Day is on its way:)

First I cut the wire into small pieces, which I then wind back and forth. I use the handle of one of my polymer clay tools in order to get those smooth curves. I also have some round needle nose pliers that I use to make those curly cues at the tops and bottoms. (I use those curly cues in a lot of my designs. It's kind of one of my signature elements of stye.) I then use that hammer in the top right to hammer flat the edges of the design. This gives it a more sleek look and finishes off the metal portion.

Here I am using sulphur to "patina" the copper wire. Sulphur smells awful. I'm used to the smell, but for Nick's sake, I do the patina process outside. The sulphur looks like tiny chunks of rock. I stick one of those chunks in a bowl of water to dissolve it. (Usually, I wear gloves for this part of the process, but for the photo, I took them off even though I am obviously due for a serious manicure!)

Now to make the four leaf clovers. This is where the detail of the piece come in. I have a pasta machine I use to roll the clay into flat sheets. I then use the above tool to cut out tiny triangles, which I then cut into hearts. I use my nails and the edges of my fingers to give the leaves that round, smooth curve.

Then you have a tiny four leaf clover like this! (Ignore the peeling nail polish please!) 

Here is a row of lucky four leaf clovers. I usually make my jewelry assembly line style after I receive the days orders. I lay out the parts of the style I'm working on in rows, so I can count and keep them organized. Don't want to spend extra time making too many. These little things take quite a bit of time and effort.

The most challenging part of the whole process is getting the clovers to stay on the earring securely. I fashioned a way to do this from the back. I took a tiny dab of clay and attached it in the back, making a criss-cross with my x-acto knife tool. This way it kind of looks like a screw which ties into my "steampunk" theme that I incorporate into the rest of my online shop.

The last step is to add a metallic talcum powder. I used a brass color for these earrings because it has a bit of a green hue. I stick these in the oven at 275 degrees for thirty minutes or so, let them cool. Then I package them up, and they are ready to go!