Saturday, October 25, 2008

Assembly Time

I'm busy putting things together for the November shows. I have three shows and then I am done for the season. Here are a few bronze pieces that I worked on today. I've been making chain and hanging earrings.



Cigar boxes come in handy to hang the earrings from. We stopped at the local shop today so Lou could pick up a few cigars for his golf game tomorrow. The shop always has empty boxes for sale. When Lou goes in alone he gets charged for the boxes....but when I go in to pick one out I get them for free :))

More Stories from Paris

There is a Swarovski store on rue Bonaparte in Paris. They always have these amazing show pieces in the main window. Below is what they had in the window last year. You have to get past the window glare in the pictures...


We stayed about 2 blocks from the store this year and I was anxious to see what they would have out this year. They had 2 different displays in the time that we were there.


We went to the Marche aux Puces de Saint-Ouen while we where there. This is a large flea/antique market on the outskirts of the city. Wikipedia mentions that this might have been the first flea market ever. It has been there since the 17th century. There was one store that had old tools....hammers, files, anvils and just about everthing else you could imagine. Below is a pic of the store front. They had a couple of really sweet anvils that I wish I could have brought back with me.

Previously I had mentioned that you go through what I think is a dicey area to get to the various markets. We had been there before so I knew this. It was very crowded and on the way back the subway was jammed....really jammed. We made out way down to the turnstiles and there stood 4 hulking subway police. I saw them turning some people away and this freaked me out. They let us go through and we got in a car with a bunch of teenage boys. Great. They tried to hog all the seats and being the "Oh no you didn't" type of woman that I am....I just made them move over and sat down. But....I was still a little freaked so I looked at Lou and mouthed..."Look Mean". He started laughing. He takes pride in the fact that he looks mean naturally (even though he is a teddy bear). I kept looking at him and growling under my breath. "Le Grrrr", Pepe Le Pew style. He sized them up and winked at a few of them.....they were probably more worried than I was.....they had gotten on the subway with a perv and a crazy growling lady. Here is my naturally scary teddy bear on the streets of Saint-Ouen.......


Au Revoir, Bye-Bye......

3 comments:

SueB383 said...

I LOVE your blog! I stumbled across it 2 weeks ago whilst searching out fellow BronzClay artisans. Now I'm hooked :-) Have followed your Paris adventures ... I must say it helped pass the slow time at work and put a smile on my face as well. I love your BronzClay work! I'm just getting started myself and have just fired my first batch. I'm quite pleased. Quick question, I see you have bronze chain ... where did you find it??? Thanks for the insight and humor!! Susan

Laithia said...

Your pieces look great so far!
I absolutely love the 'stitched' look you have going on with them. I love the pictures you posted from the shops..can you imagine how heavy that Swarovski maille piece would be? (not that it's a wearable piece!) Talk about a headache...but wow that's gorgeous too!!

Gail said...

The chain comes from Vintaj. You can find them on the internet. It's the best color match that I have found so far.