Studio Tour Update

Turquoise. How can you live in New Mexico and not like turquoise?

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Turquoise Different-lime green

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Turquoise Different

Some creations for my studio tour are of chalk turquoise, a porous white turquoise from China that gets dyed to lime green and fuchsia pink.

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Turquoise Different - fuchsia

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Turquoise Different – fuchsia

Natural components of sterling silver complement these beads. Choosing from my stash can take time…which is the perfect component? Then there’s the additional problem of S.O.S. or Shiny Object Syndrome. Merely lifting the lid on the private stash box leads to new ideas.

I can hardly pause for pictures, but I’m compelled to do so to share the joy.

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Dolphin Whimsey

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Dolphin Whimsey

Jasper continues to intrigue me. (I wrote about the lure of this stone recently. Read more here.) I pull out a new strand of beads, mixing blue and brown to hint at the whisper of Fall in the air. I play with wire wrapping and love the whimsical feel of the dolphin focal.

As usual, pearls call to me. I expand on the turquoise and teal theme and add a five strand beauty to my mix.

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Totally Teal

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Totally Teal

Throughout my work, I add to the earring tree. (Email me for promotional details.)

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, earrings galore

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, earrings galore

The 11th Annual Sandia Heights Art Studio Tour is just around the corner: 10am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday, September 6-7. Preview night on Friday, September 5th at High Desert Art and Frame features two of my necklaces. More on that later. Right now I’ve got to get back to the studio. Can’t wait to play beads!