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Thu, Sep. 20th, 2007, 09:37 pm

Well met, and welcome to the new and improved Butterfly Rose Creations Gallery! This website is a work-in-progress, intended for easier and more organized browsing, so if you have any suggestions, please feel free to e-mail them to me. My contact information can be found on the Profile page, which also gives basic information about myself and my business.

As this gallery is set up within the format of a blogging host, you'll notice a few differences between it and a more formal business webpage. Each general category (of both information and artistry) is placed here as if a post (first this greeting, then news, then categories of art, then useful information and feedback), and subcategories are placed within the comments of those posts. So, for example, if you look at The Silver Leaves Collection, you will have to click on the "see comments" function of that post, to be faced with the options of looking at finished pieces, or design sketches. "Responses" to those "comments" will show images of and information about each of the pieces/sketches within those subcategories. If there are enough "comments" to a given post, not all will appear on one page, but you will see page numbers to click through.

Thank you for visiting and viewing my works. Comments, suggestions, questions, formal inquiries, and conversation are all welcome. :-)

~ Leslie A. O'Donnell

Wed, Sep. 19th, 2007, 10:10 pm

January 10th, 2008 -- 1:50pm

The end of the year was rather chaotic for my family, and not even because of the holidays. With a move planned in the Spring, it's not likely to be calm for a while, and will have another chaotic spike coming soon enough, but for the moment, I'm trying to get studio time in, finish updating this Gallery, and wrap my brain around the latest effort at getting a formal business webpage online. In the meantime, I've added a recent commission to the Silver Leaves section, and will hopefully be adding some pieces to the non-leafy jewelry section by this weekend.

October 7th, 2007 -- 10:38pm

Oh, Huzzah! There is a good bit left to fill in, here at the new BRC Gallery, but tonight I have finally finished plugging in all the existing entries -- both design sketches and finished pieces -- for the Silver Leaves Collection section. They aren't posted in the order they were drawn/created, but oh well. I was getting dizzy, going back and forth between 5 windows/documents open on the desktop, and my ledger, to try putting everything together in a consistant and fairly accurate way. Unfortunately, there still don't seem to be enough entries for LJ to shrink comment replies (where the individual pieces/sketches are placed, within this LJ format) into a clickable menu, so the S.L.C. post is still very graphics-intensive, and not user-friendly to those with slow connections. I'm not too happy about that, but can't think of much I can do about it, that's any better for overall organization.

Since the leafy stuff is what most people want to see, and since my contact info. is already available on the Profile page (for the requesting of information not yet posted here), I think I am going to let myself announce this new site, start joining communities under this name, etc. I know I'm not really showing off any new work yet, but I'm still too excited by this new Gallery space to wait until it's all finished (in the up-to-date sense.)

Tue, Sep. 18th, 2007, 10:13 pm

The Silver Leaves Collection is fast becomming Leslie's trademark work, offering a combination of self-developed technique, creative design, quality materials, detailed craftsmanship, and hand-made uniqueness not offered elsewhere in the market. The fine jewelry designs of this collection center around natural leaf replicas, hand-crafted from fine silver (.999 pure) -- a precious metal -- many with metal (base or precious) wire, set gemstone accents, and carefully hand-applied oxidation effects. They have a "stylized naturalism", Art Nouveau, or elvish feel to them, depending on your perspective.

Each real leaf is used only once, and there are no castings made, so even when designs are replicated, no two pieces are exactly alike. This adds to the heirloom value of the work, as each is as unique as the nature that inspired it and the person who wears it.

Sizing designs to be larger or smaller is possible, as long as there's room to accomodate the design, and appropriate leaf and stone samples are available. Most of the finished pendants you see are between 1"-2" (from top of bail to bottom of piece) if they are simpler styles, and between 2"-3" if they are the more elaborate styles.

NOTE: "Current Retail Value" actually refers to the amount that the piece sold for at the time it was made. A replica, while it would probably have a comperable price, is most likely to sell for a different amount not because it took so much more or less time, but because material costs changed.

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