Category Archives: Nerd
Each month earring artist Erin Prais-Hintz of Earrings Everyday challenges us to create earrings based on a prompt. This month her prompt was a film showing a kinetic sculpture “Breaking Wave” by Plebeian Design. You can see this amazing sculpture prompt at http://www.earrings-everyday.blogspot.com.
When I was a girl, growing up in DC, Mother would pack me a sack lunch and pin two car tokens to my blouse collar and off I’d go to the museums on the National Mall. Natural History was my favorite. I stood at the rim of the Foucault pendulum and watched it for a LONG TIME as it traced its mark in the sand on the floor below it.
I made these earrings to honor that experience. I hung Swarovski crystals from thin gold-plated chains. I created a Damascus cane from many shades of faded denim to echo the pendulums tracings in the sand. The Damascus cane is modeled after a Japanese sword makers technique.
These earrings will be listed in my new Etsy shop SusanDolphinDelaney on January 1, its grand opening!
In SusanDolphinDelaney I will offer earrings and earring components made me by from my polymer clay opals and from my polymer minerals.
My interest in minerals developed, as you have already guessed, during my childhood solo trips to the Museum of Natural History in DC. The Hall of Minerals was a place that I spent HOURS as a girl. In fact, my interest in crystals, fostered there, inspired the science fair project that led to the scholarships that allowed me to go to college!
Now that I have completed my degrees in Chemistry, Physiology and Medicine, I can take the time to study Geology and make wonderful earrings and earring components for you.
The background of the photo above is taken from one of the polymer clay opals I made:
My shop will have a selection of polymer clay discs in my Monet series:
Some discs made from my Madam Pele polymer clay, which glows from across the room, just like real embers:
There will be pocket-sized touchstone goddesses like this Madam Pele one:
And finally, more discs from opal clay:
The first pair of earring components is made from shimmering peacock opal clay. The second pair from a stunning mixture of white, black, gray and violet opal clays. It is fairly translucent. The third, a set of disks I made from a mixture of three yellow opal clays, white and a tiny bit of black opal clay is wonderfully translucent. I plan to pair it with some leaf charms from Suburban Girl Studios on Etsy.
If you want, you can hop over to my empty Etsy shop now and favorite it, so that you can revisit it on January 1, the grand opening. http://www.susandolphindelaney.etsy.com
I found this ladder at a garage sale in Madison, WI in 1976, during medical school.
It was oak, very well made, and already gently worn.
During my internship, in 1977, I added a hook and eye and a handle, to allow me to carry it easily. I placed the handle, which I took from a screen door, at its balance point. The hook and eye, from the same screen door, kept it closed when I carried it by the handle.
Life went on. In 2000, when I began to joyfully consider how much better my life would be if I were single again, I painted it white and, in the Christmas season, strung it with white lights.
In 2001, I filed for divorce, and that Christmas, again strung it with white lights.
In 2002, my freedom regained, I painted it hot pink, with sea blue “olives” with magenta “pimentos”, after a Mexican folk art design I admired. I strung it with pink lights under the eaves of my new house.
I did so every year.
Unfortunately, one year not long ago, I left it out in the rain and its “feet” rotted.
I was grief stricken.
Fortunately, my son-in-love came to the rescue. He cut off the bad parts and reset the braces. I am so grateful.
I have a kit to repair the wood rot, but for now I have strung it with hot pink Christmas lights.
It is in my sunroom, just off the kitchen, where I can enjoy it safe from the elements.
I am so grateful to have it!
My post for the Earrings Everyday Challenge is just below this one. As you scroll down, check out the glow-in-the-dark earrings in this post.
Ginger Davis Allman of http://www.thebluebottletree.com challenged polymer clay artists to create new polymer objects with an eye to their reactivity under UV light. When she revealed that white Premo clay glowed under UV light, I was IN. I already had a cane, “Blackberry Flower” and had planned to make this pendant for a friend who loves pink. I made it, with faith in Ginger’s statement about the white Premo, even before my black light flashlight arrived. The beaded beads are from DiacopeSupplies on Etsy. Sonia made them for me. When my UV flashlight arrived, I took this photo:
The translucent clay making up the flower petals glowed blue under UV! And the background, which had white Premo in it glowed white. The friend who I made this for is a nerd like me and likely will never wear the pendant under UV light.
I was on a roll now. I had long admired the bioluminescent algae Noctiluca scintillans, which inhabits shorelines and glows when waves disturb it. I made a cane resembling the cellular structure of Noctiluca, incorporating some glow-in-the-dark clay.
This picture shows the earrings I made, which are translucent, with light passing through them:
I photographed the earrings in darkness, to show their glow-in-the-dark properties:
How cool is that?
Next I photographed them under UV light (which was the challenge after all):
I hope those photos tickle you as much as they tickle me.
I made up a batch of my Pele opal clay last weekend. I made some of it into a Pele goddess. Pele is the Hawaiian goddess of volcanos. I love that way she turned out:
I decided to see how she looked under UV light, just for fun. Under a mix of incandescent and UV light that she looks like glowing embers:
I thank my friend, Ginger Davis Altman, a fellow scientist and nerd, for this challenge.
I had a blast with it.
You can see the other challenge pieces at http://www.thebluebottletree.com