Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
What you see here is a set of wings and a nest made of .999 pure silver. The nest is coated with a layer of 24kt gold. The word nil is made of the silver too and darkened with a black pigment. It is sitting on the drusy that I bought at the jewelry show last week.
The glittering of the leaf is AMAZING in person! Multi colored and brilliant! The leaf is going to be a pin and pendant as soon as I figure out how to do it perfectly. I also bought the agate with crystals which looks like a flower below.
Wearing my black and white charm swap necklace.
End of the night- After a LONG day out! Me in my new hat- Graff lettering by "EQ" He was "inspired" by my street sig to do the lettering. I love the buildings he drew. I will glitz this up with a lot of crystals.
I especially appreciate the gift cards and certificates to pick out my own goodies! THANK YOU!!!!
The best part was the LOVELY weather!
I just got home from Manhattan (Wrote this post FRIDAY night... but published the post 12:20 am Saturday, thus the date being the 26th...) where I had some fun experiences with independent designers and artists... I also passed by a junket for the Tribeca Film Festival... I am looking forward to attending...
OH! I "discovered" artist Terri Ventura today.
She makes what we call vintage assemblage couture.
Without knowing that Terri is already hooked up to blog land, I offered my info to the manager who saw my charm jewelry ala' the International Charms Swap group who was interested in hooking her up with me and vice versa. I was just interested in exposing her to a wider audience and ask if she would like to join our swap group.
Terri's work is right up my ally!
Check her out!
Many of you probably already know of her... she is linked to some of my long time and good artist friends - my swap pals and book pals Linda, Jenny, Ro, Sandra, and a bevy of less than 6 degrees of separation "friends" We really do have a woven tapestry art community!
(Insert the lyrics to "It's a Small World.")
I met "EQ" who graffed up a baseball cap for me with my name at Starbucks on 14th street.
I saw the work of Monica Magness in Art Doll and Haute Handbags. Her work is vibrant! She is also a VERY nice person! BE SURE TO VISIT HER BLOG to see what she is working on in honor of raising money for breast cancer...
Regina took me out to a local Starbucks before I went downtown... She brought over a bunch of B-day gifts which I will post pics of next week.
She passed on a copy of Belle Armoire Jewelry which I am enjoying.
She also shared how she too discovered the rusty bezel location!
AND how she too is now a friend of the Rottweiler
While downtown, I shopped a bit at Papyrus, and ABC carpet and home.
WHAT did I buy?
PAPER!!! For my mini art books!
A BEAUTIFUL sheet of handmade and machine embroidered butterfly paper at Papyrus, and a lovely green and gold sheet at ABC.
Although I wish that I could share more, I cannot.
TOO much happening and I am also very busy!
Please note that if you leave a comment during the week, it will be posted on the weekends.
Have a FUNTASTIC weekend everyone!
BY THE WAY- I WILL BE POSTING NEW STUFF TO ETSY SO BE SURE TO CHECK FOR FUN STUFF!!!
Monday, April 21, 2008
Please note that if you send me an email during the week, I can only text message you back.
Many people have been wondering why my reply emails are so short and sometimes abbreviated.
For the past 3 months I have been texting my emails during the week and using a computer on most weekends.
Since texting is not as easy and as quick as typing on a computer keyboard, you can understand that my replies will be short and directly to the point.
I posted a few little things to Etsy! have a look... ETSY
Have a fun week!
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Speaking of charms swaps--- I am currently hosting *17* themes/swaps in the charms group.
There are no sign up deadlines, but the rules of the group are a little strict when it comes to handing in work that is sturdy, well made, and does not include organic materials (we are an international group and the mailing of organics from one country to another can cause customs to get cranky...)
The charms must not smell like fumes either.
If you would like to join in, let me know.
The quality of work expected is above average and artistic design quality is required.
These are the current themes-
ALL of the following are due by or before July 21st 2008
1. Art Nouveau 6 for 6 pieces 1 inch or less
2. Art Deco 6 for 6 pieces 1 inch or less
3. Glitzy-Bling Bling-Rhinestones Galore 6 for 6 pieces 1 inch or
4. Tea for 2 or Two for tea! Tea themed charms. 6 for 6 pieces 1 inch
5. Jingle Jangle Bells & Chimes. Charms that tinkle, jingle, and ring
when moved. 6 for 6 pieces 1 inch or less
6. Chic Junque Shop Boutique. Turn something that was once nothing,
into something FABULOUS! Must be willing to deck it out! This is
upcycling x10. Pimping out the plain! 6 for 6 pieces 1 1/2 inch or
7. A BEVY OF BEADED BEAUTIES! Stitched beaded sculpture, or encased
work! ADVANCED WORK WELCOME, NO SLOPPY BEADING! (MUST BE STURDY!) 6
for 6 pieces 1 inch or less
8. A grand voyage charm swap. Create 10 for 10 charms due before July
21st. The theme is travel and a grand voyage. Be neat and creative!
Remember to check the files section to review materials that should
not be used. Charms need to be no larger than 1 and 1 fourth of an
inch. Make them sturdy and artistic.
9. MINIATURE book charms 6 for 6 with 10 or more pages No larger than
1 inch. BE CREATIVE and neat!
Create 6 beautiful and neat sturdy (enough to wear) book charms with
no less than 10 pages. Please make sure that the findings add no more
than 1/2 inch to the piece.
10. Fabulous florals. Charms made with florals as the focal point.
Nothing gaudy, just lovely and flowery.
10 for 10 please keep them smaller than 1 and 1/4 inch large. DUE
before July 21st. NO ORGANICS, be creative, artistic and neat.
11. Wire Nests. A charm set of nests and bird homes made of wire. Can
include what might lay within a nest, such as an egg, a little bird,
or a family.
Remember no organics (feathers or straw) Due before July 21st. Make 6
for 6. BE NEAT please, making sure that the wire is tight and will
not snag or scratch the skin when worn. Size should be less than one
inch WITH the findings.
12. Victorian. Simply put, lovely Victorian inspired pieces. Soft
colors, lovely images and a whole lot of fun.
Due before July 21st -Make 10 for 10 pieces no larger than 1 and 1/4
inches with the findings. Be artistic, creative and neat please.
13. Fabric and fibers free for all! 5 for 5 pieces Using images
transferred to fabric, or fabric that has been artistically decorated
you create a tiny work of BEAUTY. There must be a pretty or beautiful
image used on this piece in some way.
Sizes should be LESS than 1 and 1/4th inches in all directions.
14. Meet me at the Met-Masters of ART (Incorporate work by the OLD
master's of days long gone by!)
pieces must not be larger than 1 and 1/4 inches big. 6 for 6 pieces
15. Alice in Wonderland 10 for 10 pieces
Can be made from ANY media that is permitted in this group. This
means that you MAY use fabric, AND you can create a mini book charm
for this swap! No larger than 1 and 1/2 inches with findings please.
16. Charming Times --- Charms made with watch parts and gears as a
focal point. Think Steampunk, Victorian, or Retro Deco. 10 for 10 pieces
Charms must be safe to wear. Please be sure to keep the charms less
than 1 inch each piece. Be ARTISTIC
17. Black and white divas. 10 for 10 Charms made using only black and
white tones depicting famous divas. (Famous men divas are OK too!)
Be sure to keep them black and white! NO COLOR and the findings MUST
be black, white or silver ONLY. Size should be no larger than 1 1/4
Saturday, April 19, 2008
I am even more excited about the display/furniture that my husband is building for me!
It's been coming along slowly, but OH SO BEAUTIFULLY!
The following are a few pictures to illustrate for you what he is working on...
This is the arch of the left side door. Just a pencil sketch, waiting to be cut...
This is the centerpoint where the two doors will join...
This is a view of the mold that he constructed along with the doors after being molded and penciled...
This is just another view of the uncut doors with the mold/frame he made to bend the wood...
One of my students who is a member of the Bead Society of Greater New York gave me a VIP invite and some cash to have fun at the show.
And fun I did have!
I saw a few new things and some familiar faces, including a woman who I met on the subway one day in 2007 who is a jewelry artisan. Regina was also at the art clay booth right after I got there.
My wallet got a bit of exercise. I bought a bunch of goodies at the ART CLAY WORLD USA booth. My first time purchasing PMC.
It was only a matter of time before I finally bought some.
Someone named Jackie Truty was demoing and explaining the process of working with the products.
I was in a bit of a rush and she was pretty patient with me and my many questions. I am a bit nutty when it comes to buying new things and when I don't know about what I am buying, I LOVE to ask questions!
My one complaint- THE PACKAGING IS SO DECEPTIVE!
I bought 50 grams of the silver clay and it was EXPENSIVE... I bought 24Kt gold for use with the clay... it is like a TEENY bit and I could have ground up my own dust and saved $$$.
The clay paste was 10 grams in a large bottle.
and the clay part was a slight coating on the bottle!
OK that was a rant... I also bought a few photopolymer plates to play with. And overlay paste to use on fused glass.
((I made a few pieces from the PMC that I will be firing this weekend at some point.
I have NO idea what I am doing- But I love to experiment!))
I ran off to see a few sellers that I buy from who were showing.
Then I made a few rounds to some sellers who I heard would be there.
My FAVORITE booths were those that had the natural stones and FUN layouts. I met Lenny Quintana from Mexico at one of the mineral booths.
Seeing her tray full of stones and specimens inspired me to purchase a slice of something sweet.
I also bought a DELICIOUS drusy leaf with opal coating. WOW!!!
The price was NOT wholesale but I HAD to have it.
Eye candy beyond belief!!! My DH will be paying for the items when I get the bill. (a very nice birthday gift!)
There was an offer from a company rep for me to design something for their website... I am thinking on it...
I wore a few pieces of jewelry constructed from charms from the International Charms Exchange group. The pieces got a LOT of attention.
Speaking of which- I am hosting *17* new charm swaps!
Pretty cool themes! I decided to host them all at once to save members on shipping,
I digress- Rio Grande also had a booth there and so I had fun with one of the reps who with the patience of a saint answered my rapid fire questions.
I ordered two specialty tools and sampled a flex shaft with optional HAMMER mode! That was pretty interesting.
DH picked me up after the show was over, and we met another jewelry artist (who had been at the show) in Herald Square. I learned a LOT and am pretty excited about the connections she shared with me.
All in all, the people were VERY VERY NICE!
I learned a LOT and met a few new friends.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
The other sampling is made from a beautiful fabric wristlette that Sharie M. gave to me as a hostess gift. The charms were made by, (in order from left to right) Kate Webster (Top left) Felted "A" by, Amber Dawn, "Sneek a Peek" by, Jan Hamill, Sharie M. ---
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This is another cool trade that I received in the mail in exchange for rusty bezels. This piece was made by request, a mix of Elvis and Marilyn images.
Click here to see PATI'S RECYCLED GOODS!