A yellow and white gold heart medallion pendant sparkles in this CAD rendering by Joana Miranda
Gold post leaf and lapis lazuli drop earring design rendering in CAD by Joana Miranda
Sometimes creative impulses need to take precedent over other scheduled work. Even so, getting back on track with a task list can help to keep you moving forward.
A new CAD rendering of geometric diamond encrusted cocktails rings by Joana Miranda along with an inspiring quote from Benjamin Franklin
CAD rendering of bezel-set emerald cabochon chandelier earrings with pearl drops by Joana Miranda
An organic Trellis Vine platinum and diamond pendant CAD rendering by Joana Miranda
I'm branching out more and more with CAD - computer aided design. My goal is to get as facile with rendering organic shapes using CAD as I am with hand-rendering.
Although I'm technically not "quitting my day job", I'll be officially on a one-year leave from my "day job" beginning on Sunday. Fear is a great motivator for buckling down to learn new skills and tackle new frontiers...
I learned an important lesson some years ago when my brother-in-law taught me to juggle. The hardest part of juggling, much harder than trying to catch the balls, was actually letting them go. Until I stopped clutching the balls, I made no progress. When I finally gave up trying so hard and starting letting go, I learned to juggle. Even better, the higher I let the balls fly, the more time I had to watch them and gauge where they were going to come down so that I could keep juggling them.
My life of late has seen more a pattern of clutching than anything else. Perhaps that is why I discovered not one, but TWO gray hairs earlier this year.
(I plucked them out promptly…)
While I’m not really thinking of joining the circus next year, I might take up juggling,
and letting go again.
What are you going to let go of today?
Today’s design is one I did for one of my most faithful and supportive clients. Glenda is a colleague and friend at the Milwaukee Symphony. She was also one of the first people to commission me to make something for her when I was just starting out in business. She has been a faithful repeat customer, so when she approached me with a cuff link project for her husband’s birthday, I was more than happy to be involved.
Glenda and Gary (both terrific musicians) own and run Greenhoe Trombones, a premier manufacturer of trombones and trombone components. To celebrate Gary’s birthday, Glenda wanted me to design 14K yellow gold cuff links around their company’s logo. The elegant double-G logo is perfect just as it is, so I came up with the following rough CAD rendering to convey my idea for the cuff link tops:
Upon discussion of the type of cuff link backs, overall sizing and receiving Glenda’s approval, the final CAD was reached:
The finished cuff links came out beautifully! And, for my reader’s benefit, I tried to photograph them in exactly the same position as the CAD rendering:
The cuff links are high polished with a recessed bead-blasted finish…
golden treasures for a golden couple!